Zhoukou (Chinese: 周口; pinyin: Zhōukǒu; Wade–Giles: Chou-k’ou; postal: Chowkow) is a prefecture-level city in eastern Henan province, China. It borders Zhumadian to the southeast, Xuchang and Luohe to the west, Kaifeng to the northwest, Shangqiu to the northeast, and the province of Anhuion all other sides. Its population was 8,953,793 inhabitants at the 2010 census whom 535,738 lived in the built-up (or metro) made up of Chuanhui district and the northern part of Shangshui county.
The prefecture-level city of Zhoukou administers 1 district, 1 county-level city and 8 counties.
Chuanhui District (川汇区)
Xiangcheng City (项城市)
Huaiyang County (淮阳县)
Shenqiu County (沈丘县)
Dancheng County (郸城县)
Luyi County (鹿邑县)
Taikang County (太康县)
Fugou County (扶沟县)
Xihua County (西华县)
Shangshui County (商水县)
For thousands of years, Chen (now at Huaiyang) had been the center of this area and a nationally well-known city. The ancient city site founded at Pingliangtai (near Huaiyang) is over 4600 years old, which is one of the oldest cities in China. According to the legend, Fu Xi, the first of the Three Sovereigns of ancient China, died in the city. During the Spring and Autumn period, Chen was the capital of Chen State and then annexed by Chu. Therefore, the area was usually referred to as "Chen Chu" in ancient times. The leaders of the first Chinese peasant uprising (the Dazexiang Uprising) established the government at Chen.
The city's name "Zhoukou" is short for "Zhoujiakou", which literally means "Zhou's ferry". Located at the intersection of Jialu River and Shaying River, it started to develop as a river harbor of China's Inland Water Transport System in the early Ming Dynasty. By the end of the 18th century, two towns along the rivers merged into one big town with several tens of thousand permanent residents. From the port, cargo could either be shipped south to the Yangtze River or north to the Yellow River. However, after the "sea ban" was canceled, sea transport began to play a major role on the trade between Jiangnan and North China, which diminished the utility of inland waterways. The cost of maintaining the river channels kept increasing because of the ever-rising river bed. The appearance of railways and modern roads in the early 20th century lead to a recession in the water transport business nearby. Finally, in the 1970s, a dam was built on the Shaying River, which cut the city's last waterway.
In 2000, the government of the Zhoukou prefecture-level city was founded. The old county-level city and its suburban area became Chuanhui District.
Zhoukou is a major agricultural producer in the province of Henan. Its economy is mainly based on the trade of agricultural products, such as grain, cotton, oil, meat and tobacco. In particular, Zhoukou is famous for the skin of the Huai Goat, a local breed of goat.
Luofu Railway (Luohe-Fuyang)
Nanluo Expressway (Nanjing-Luoyang)
Shangzhou Expressway (Shangqiu-Zhoukou)
Daguang Expressway (Daqing-Guangzhou)
Yongdeng Expressway (Yongcheng-Dengfeng)
China National Highway 311 (G311)
China National Highway 106 (G106)
Universities and Colleges
Zhoukou Normal University (周口师范学院)
Zhoukou Vocational College of Science and Technology (周口科技职业学院)
Zhoukou Institute of Education (周口教育学院)
Zhoukou Polytechnic (周口职业技术学院)
Huaiyang High School (淮阳中学)
Zhoukou First High School (周口一高)
High School of Fugou County (扶沟县高级中学)
Xiangcheng First High School (项城一高)
Shangshui First High School (商水一高)
Laozi (a philosopher of ancient China and a central figure in Taoism)
Wu Guang (a major leader of the Dazexiang Uprising)
Yuan Shikai (a famous Chinese politician)
Ji Hongchang (a general and patriot)
Yue Wenhai (city's governor)
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