|Abbreviation: 吉 (pinyin: Jí)|
|Origin of Name||short for 吉林乌拉 jilin wula, Manchu for "along the river"|
| Capital and|
|CPC Jilin Committee Secretary||Wang Yunkun|
|Area||187,400 km² (13th)|
| Population (2002) |
| 26,990,000 (21st) |
| GDP (2002)|
- per capita
| 224.6 billion ¥ (18th) |
8322 ¥ (13th)
|Major Nationalities (2000)|| Han – 91%|
Korean – 4%
Manchu – 4%
Mongol – 0.6%
Hui – 0.5%
Jilin (Chinese: 吉林; pinyin: Jílín; Wade-Giles: Chi-lin; Postal System Pinyin: Kirin), is a province of the People's Republic of China located in the northeastern part of the country. Jilin borders North Korea and Russia to the east, Heilongjiang to the north, Liaoning to the south, and Inner Mongolia to the west. The name was transliterated to Kirin before standardization to pinyin. Jilin is part of the region known as Manchuria.
The name "Jilin" probably originates from jilin wula (吉林烏拉), the Chinese transliteration of a Manchu term meaning "along the river". The literal meaning of the Chinese characters for "Jilin" is "auspicious forest".
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In ancient times Jilin was inhabited by various peoples, including the Mohe and the Wuji. The kingdom of Bohai was established in the area from 698 to 926 AD. The region then fell successively under the domination of the Khitan Liao Dynasty, the Jurchen Jin Dynasty, and the Mongol Yuan Dynasty. During the Qing Dynasty much of the area was under the control of the General of Jilin, whose area of control extended to the Sea of Japan to encompass much of what is Russia's Primorsky Krai today. Immigration of Han Chinese was strictly controlled.
However, after the Primorsky Krai area was ceded to Russia in 1860, the Qing government began to open the area up to Han Chinese migrants, most of whom came from Shandong. By the beginning of the 20th century Han Chinese had become the dominant ethnic group of the region. In 1932 the area was incorporated into Manchukuo, a puppet state set up by Japan, and Changchun, capital of Jilin today, was made the capital of Manchukuo. After the defeat of Japan in 1945 the region, together with the rest of Manchuria, was handed to the communists by the Soviets. Manchuria was then the staging ground from which the communists eventually conquered the rest of China.
In 1949, Jilin province was smaller, encompassing only the environs of Changchun and Jilin City, and the capital was at Jilin City, while Changchun was a municipality independent from the province. In the 1950s Jilin was expanded to its present borders today. During the Cultural Revolution Jilin was expanded again to include a part of Inner Mongolia, giving it a border with the independent state of Mongolia, though this was later reversed. In recent times Jilin has, together with the rest of heavy industry-based Northeast China, been facing economic difficulties with privatization. This has prompted the central government to undertake the Revitalize the Northeast Campaign.
Jilin is highest in altitude in the southeast, and drops gently towards the northwest. The Changbai Mountains run through its southeastern regions, and contains the highest peak of the province, Baiyun Peak at 2691 m. Other mountain ranges include the Jilinhada Mountains, Zhang Guangcai Mountains, and Longgang Mountains.
Jilin is drained by the Yalu and Tumen Rivers in the extreme southwest (which together form the border between China and North Korea), by tributaries of the Liao River along the southern border, and by the Songhua and Nen rivers, both eventually flowing into the Amur.
Jilin is made up of 8 prefecture-level cities and 1 autonomous prefecture.
- Changchun (长春市 : Chángchūn shì)
- Jilin City (吉林市 : Jílín shì)
- Siping (四平市 : Sìpíng shì)
- Liaoyuan (辽源市 : Liáoyuán shì)
- Tonghua (通化市 : Tōnghuà shì)
- Baishan (白山市 : Báishān shì)
- Songyuan (松原市 : Sōngyuán shì)
- Baicheng (白城市 : Báichéng shì)
- Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture (延边朝鲜族自治州 : Yánbiān Cháoxiǎnzú Zìzhìzhōu)
For a complete list of the county-level divisions of Jilin, see List of administrative divisions of Jilin. These administrative divisions are explained in greater detail at Political divisions of China.
Jilin's agricultural production is centered upon rice, maize, and Chinese sorghum. Rice is mostly cultivated in the eastern parts, such as Yanbian prefecture. The Changbai Mountains are an important source of lumber. Herding of sheep is an important activity in the western parts, such as Baicheng prefecture-level city.
Jilin's culture is part of a culture of Northeast China that is quite homogeneous across all of the northeastern China. See Manchuria#Culture for a detailed description. In particular, Jiju, or Jilin Opera, is a form of traditional entertainment that Jilin has innovated over its short migrant history.
Professional Sports Teams
- Chinese Football Association Jia League
- Changchun Yatai
- Yanbian FC
- Chinese Basketball Association
Colleges and universities
|Province-level divisions administered by the People's Republic of China|