Jiaxing or Kashing, city (1994 est. pop. 227,600), N Zhejiang prov., SE China, at the junction of the Grand Canal, the Huangpu River, and the Hangzhou-Shanghai RR. An important marketing center for rice and silk, it has textile mills, food-processing establishments, and cement plants. It also produces most of China's cigarette paper. The name sometimes appears as Chia-hsing.
Jiāxīng Shì
Abbreviation: 禾 (Pinyin: Hé)
Administration Type Prefecture-level city
Area 3,915 km²
Population 3,355,500 (2006)
Major Nationalities Han
County-level divisions 7
Township-level divisions 75
Mayor Li Weining (李卫宁)
Area Code 573
City Flower Blossom of pomegranate
City Tree Camphor Laurel
Cinnamomum camphora (L.) Sieb.
License Plate Prefix 浙F

Jiaxing (Wade-Giles:Chia-hsing; Postal map spelling: Kashing) is a prefecture-level city in northern Zhejiang province, People's Republic of China. Lying on the Grand Canal of China, Jiaxing borders Hangzhou to the southwest, Huzhou to the west, Shanghai to the northeast, and the province of Jiangsu to the north.


The prefecture-level city of Jiaxing administers 7 county-level divisions, including 2 districts, 3 county-level cities and 2 counties.

These are further divided into 75 township-level divisions, including 60 towns, 2 townships and 13 subdistricts.


  • 210 BC: Qin Shi Huang changed the name of Jiaxing from Changshui District (长水县) to Youquan (由拳縣).
  • 231: Master Yedao (野稻) of Jiaxing informed Sun Quan of the Kingdom of Wu that there was a sign of auspice, so Sun changed Youchuan to Hexing District (禾興縣). This why Jiaxing's abbreviation is He. Sun also changed his era name to Jiahe (嘉禾) in the following year.
  • January 242: Sun He was made the crown prince. To prevent the name taboo, Jiahe was changed to Jiaxing.
  • 938: (Later Jin of the Five Dynasties): Xiu Prefecture (秀州) established
  • 1117: (Song Dynasty): Lianghe District (亮禾郡)
  • 1429: (Ming Dynasty): Xiushui District (秀水縣) was established northwest of Jiaxing.
  • Early 1900s (the Republic of China): Xiushui and Jiaxing were combined into Jiahe County
  • 1914: Reverted to Jiaxing County (because there's a Jiahe in Hunan Province)
  • 1921: Communist Party of China founded at the South Lake in Jiaxing.
  • 1949 – 1958, 1979 (PRC): Upgraded to a city
  • 1981: Old Jiaxing County merged into the city
  • 1983: Upgraded to prefecture-level city


Jiaxing is known as the 'home of silk', and hence is a producer of textiles as well, including woollens. It is one of the world's largest exporters of leather goods. There are mechanical, chemical and electronic industries there.

Jiaxing is an important energy base in East China area. Qinshan Nuclear Power Plant, the first self-designed nuclear power station in China, is located Haiyan County.



Jiaxing is situated at the juncture of the Hangzhou-Shanghai Railway.

Jiaxing will be a station on the proposed Shanghai-Hangzhou Maglev Train Line.

Jiaxing is on the Shanghai-Hangzhou Highway and 320 National Highway. In the mean time, Beijing-Hangzhou Great Canal runs across Jiaxing.

Notable people


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