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Prefecture-level city
Linyi Confucius Temple
Linyi Confucius Temple
Location of Linyi City jurisdiction in Shandong
Location of Linyi City jurisdiction in Shandong
Coordinates: 35°03′N 118°21′E / 35.050°N 118.350°E / 35.050; 118.350Coordinates: 35°03′N 118°21′E / 35.050°N 118.350°E / 35.050; 118.350
Country People's Republic of China
Province Shandong
County-level divisions 12
Township-level divisions 181
Municipal seat Lanshan District
(35°3′N 118°19′E / 35.050°N 118.317°E / 35.050; 118.317)
 • CPC Secretary Zhang Shaojun (张少军)
 • Mayor Chen Xianyun ()
 • Prefecture-level city 17,191.21 km2 (6,637.56 sq mi)
 • Urban 2,293.3 km2 (885.4 sq mi)
 • Metro 2,293.3 km2 (885.4 sq mi)
Elevation 74 m (244 ft)
Population (2010 census)
 • Prefecture-level city 10,039,440
 • Density 580/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
 • Urban 2,303,648
 • Urban density 1,000/km2 (2,600/sq mi)
 • Metro 2,303,648
 • Metro density 1,000/km2 (2,600/sq mi)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Area code(s) 539
License Plate Prefix Q
Administrative division code 371300
ISO 3166-2 CN-37-13

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 was 10,039,440 at the 2010 census, of which 2,303,648 lived in the built-up area made up of Lanshan District, Luozhuang District and Hedong District.1


The prefecture-level city of Linyi administers 12 county-level divisions, including 3 districts and 9 counties.

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,23 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.

In 1946, during the Chinese Civil War, the communist Directorate General of Shandong Wartime Posts was moved from the Yimeng Mountains to Linyi and renamed the Shandong Provincial Postal Administration.4

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 charges of fomenting state resistance.5 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.6


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, it 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)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 16.1
Daily mean °C (°F) −0.7
Record low °C (°F) −13.3
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.7 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.

Notable people

Cultural Attractions

Linyi's focal point is the People's Square (Renmin Guangchang). It was built in the early 1990s 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 center of Linyi city is a museum which houses some original bamboo strips from the Warring States period.

See also


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  2. ^ "Yinqueshan Han Bamboo Slips" (in Chinese). Shandong Provincial Museum. 24 April 2008. 
  3. ^ Jonathan Clements (21 June 2012). The Art of War: A New Translation. Constable & Robinson Ltd. pp. 77–78. ISBN 978-1-78033-131-7. 
  4. ^ The Postage Stamp Catalogue of the Chinese People's Revolutionary War Period, published by the China Postage Stamp Museum
  5. ^ Pan, Philip P. (July 8, 2006). "Chinese to Prosecute Peasant Who Resisted One-Child Policy". Washington Post. Retrieved November 2, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Transcript: An Evaluation of 30 Years of the One-Child Policy in China". Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission. Retrieved November 2, 2011. 
  7. ^ From a booklet compiled by the Linyi Municipal People's Government (2003)

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