Longquan () is a county-level city
and former county under the administration of the prefecture-level city
in southwestern Zhejiang
Province, China, located on the upper reaches of the Ou River
and bordering Fujian
province to the southwest.
Called Longyuan () before the Tang dynasty
, Longquan adopted its current name because of the naming taboo
of Emperor Gaozu
, the founder of Tang whose personal name was Li Yuan ().
Longquan has a population of around 270,000.
There is an ''Ethnic Township'' set aside for the She-nation
minority at Zhuyang ().
Celadons and swords
Longquan is famous locally for its swords
and Longquan celadon
ceramics, both of which are often regarded as historically the finest in China. Longquan celadon was one of China's finest ceramics from the Song dynasty
until it fell out of fashion in the Imperial court during the Ming dynasty
. Production continued but at lower quality. The swords made in Longquan (Longquanjian) are famous among martial artists in China. Modern sword production is now led by a workshop named "Shenguanglong" whose sword-making history can be traced back to the twentieth year of Guangxu in the Qing Dynasty. There are several private and state-owned swords-making factories in Longquan.
The city has a static inverter plant of HVDC Three Gorges-Changzhou
The city's executive, legislature and judiciary
are at Longyuan Subdistrict
(), together with the CPC
branches. The other divisions, numbering two subdistricts, eight towns, seven townships and one ethnic township, are as follows:
(), Jianchi Subdistrict
(), Dashi Township
(), Baoxi Township
(), Longnan Township
(), Daotai Township
(), Yanzhang Township
(), Chengbei Township
(), Zhuyang She Ethnic Township
The city is served by a station on the Quzhou–Ningde railway
which opened on 27 September 2020.
Category:County-level cities in Zhejiang
Category:National Forest Cities in China