|— Prefecture-level city —|
|Country||People's Republic of China|
|City seat||Lanshan District
|• CPC Secretary||Zhang Shaojun(张少军)|
|• Mayor||Zhang Wufeng(张务锋)|
|• Prefecture-level city||17,186 km2 (6,636 sq mi)|
|• Urban||1,759 km2 (679 sq mi)|
|• Metro||1,759 km2 (679 sq mi)|
|Elevation||74 m (244 ft)|
|Population (2010 census)|
|• Prefecture-level city||10,039,400|
|• Density||580/km2 (1,500/sq mi)|
|• Urban density||1,100/km2 (2,800/sq mi)|
|• Metro density||1,100/km2 (2,800/sq mi)|
|Time zone||China Standard (UTC+8)|
|GDP per capita|
|License Plate Prefix||鲁Q|
Linyi (simplified Chinese: 临沂; traditional Chinese: 臨沂; pinyin: Línyí) is a prefecture-level city in the south of Shandong province, People's Republic of China. As of 2011, Linyi is the largest prefecture-level city in Shandong, both by area and population, Linyi borders Rizhao to the east, Weifang to the northeast, Zibo to the north, Tai'an to the northwest, Jining to the west, Zaozhuang to the southwest, and the province of Jiangsu to the south. The city Linyi (临沂) literally means "close to the Yi River".
The city recently expanded along the Yi River to Nanfang, under slogan "Grand Linyi, New Linyi". Multiple recreational parks were built, along with new school campuses etc. The development is a consequence of a series of governmental projects, including relocate the city government, which is expected to stimulate the economy.
The population is 10,039,400 by the 2010 census, of which 1,876,770 live in Lanshan District, Luozhuang District and Hedong District.
The city is further divided into 181 township-level divisions.
Linyi has a history of 2400 years. It is home to many historical figures, notably Zhuge Liang and Wang Xizhi. In 1972, the Sun Bin's Art of War was first discovered here, along with other classics on hand written banboo slips. Sun Bin's Art of War is currently in display at Shandong Provincial museum.
In the spring of 1938, during the Second Sino-Japanese War, the city was the scene of fierce fighting between Chinese and Japanese troops. The civilians were encouraged by army victory in the Battle of Tai'erzhuang, which was nearby, defended Linyi fiercely, but Japanese soldiers breached the walls on April 19, 1938. The defenders withdrew the next day to another contested area 30 miles away.
After the People's Republic of China was founded in October 1949, the administrative division was adjusted.
In 2005, Linyi drew international attention as a center of human rights abuses related to the enforcement of China’s controversial family planning policies. Following widespread allegations of violence and coercion in excess of Chinese law, local human rights defender Chen Guangcheng filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of the victims. The local Chinese courts refused to hear the case and imprisoned Chen Guangcheng on trumped up charges.  Due in part to the severity and scope of these abuses Linyi has been used by activists to criticize China's violation of women's rights.
Linyi is located in the south of Shandong province, not far from the ports of Rizhao, Lanshan District, Rizhao and Lianyungang, and located along the G2 Beijing–Shanghai Expressway as well as the Eurasian Land Bridge. The urban area itself lies on mostly flat land, which, however, gives way to more rugged terrain in the west and northwest of the city's administrative area, which covers 17,184 km2 (6,635 sq mi).
Linyi has a monsoon-influenced climate with generous summer precipitation, with cold, dry winters, and hot, humid summers. Under the Köppen climate classification, is in the transition from the humid subtropical zone (Cwa) to the humid continental zone (Dwa), though favouring the former. More than half of the annual precipitation of 831 mm (32.7 in) falls in July and August alone, and the frost-free period is above 200 days.
|Climate data for Linyi (1971–2000)|
|Daily mean °C (°F)||−0.7
|Precipitation mm (inches)||11.2
|Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm)||3.1||4.7||5.4||6.5||7.0||8.5||14.6||11.0||7.5||5.6||5.1||3.6||82.6|
|Source: Weather China|
Linyi's economy is based around its wholesale markets. The Linyi Wholesale City is ranked 3rd in its category in China with an annual trade volume of 40 billion RMB (~US$5 billion). The Linyi prefecture has developed more than 1,500 specialized villages, over 80 specialized towns and nearly 800 industrialized agricultural enterprises.
In 2002 the prefecture's GDP was 71 billion RMB (~US$16 billion) comprising 12 billion RMB from primary industry, 34 billion RMB from secondary industry and 25 billion RMB from tertiary industry. Main industrial products are: textiles, foodstuffs, machinery, electronics, chemicals, building materials, coal, medicines, gold and porcelain.
In 2003 there were 77 enterprises with a pre-tax profit above 10 million RMB (US$1.25 million) and 7 enterprises with a pre-tax profit above 100 million RMB (US$12.5 million).
Machinery is exported to Europe, the Americas and south-east Asia. Linyi prefecture has an annual capacity of 3 million tons of compound fertilizers.
Linyi's focal point is the People's Square (Renmin Guangchang). It was built in the early 1990's on the site of an old army barracks. It is about 500 metres (1,600 ft) east-west, and about 300 m (980 ft) north-south. Underneath it is a shopping centre and entertainment facilities.
Just north of the city centre is a park dedicated to Wang Xizhi. For a small entrance fee tourists can enjoy a pleasant walk and try Chinese calligraphy.
Near the centre of Linyi city is a museum which houses some original bamboo strips from the Sun Tzu era.
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