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Shaoxing
绍兴市
Shaohsing
Prefecture-level city
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Location of Shaoxing City jurisdiction in Zhejiang
Location of Shaoxing City jurisdiction in Zhejiang
Country People's Republic of China
Province Zhejiang
County-level divisions 6
Area
 • Total 8,279.1 km2 (3,196.6 sq mi)
Population (2010 census)
 • Total 4,912,239
 • Density 593.330/km2 (1,536.718/sq mi)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Area code(s) 0575
ISO 3166 code CN-ZJ-06
GDP 2015 ¥446.6 billion
GDP per capita 2015 ¥100,811
License Plate Prefix 浙D

Shaoxing is a prefecture-level city on the southern shore of Hangzhou Bay in eastern Zhejiang province, China. It was formerly known as Kuaiji and Shanyin and abbreviated in Chinese as (Yuè) from the area's former inhabitants. Located on the south bank of the Qiantang River estuary, it borders Ningbo to the east, Taizhou to the southeast, Jinhua to the southwest, and Hangzhou to the west. As of 2010, its population was 4,912,339 inhabitants. Among which, 1,914,683 (Keqiao and Yuecheng districts) lived in the built-up metropolitan area of Hangzhou-Shaoxing, with a total of 8,156,154 inhabitants.

Notable residents of Shaoxing include Wang Xizhi, the parents of Zhou Enlai, Lu Xun, and Cai Yuanpei. It is also noted for Shaoxing wine, meigan cai, and stinky tofu, and was recently featured on A Bite of China. Its local variety of Chinese opera sung in the local dialect and known as Yue opera is second in popularity only to Peking opera. In 2010, Shaoxing celebrated the 2,500th anniversary of the founding of the city.

Economically, the city's driven by manufacturing of textiles, electronics, and energy-efficient lighting. Zhejiang has the fifth highest per capita GDP in the nation, with the city itself at 32nd nationally by GDP per capita.

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