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Shaying River near downtown of Zhoukou City
Shaying River near downtown of Zhoukou City
Zhoukou in Henan
Zhoukou in Henan
Zhoukou is located in China
Location in China
Coordinates (Bureau of Civil Affairs ()): 33°36?29?N 114°39?25?E / 33.608°N 114.657°E / 33.608; 114.657Coordinates: 33°36?29?N 114°39?25?E / 33.608°N 114.657°E / 33.608; 114.657
CountryPeople's Republic of China
 o Prefecture-level city11,959 km2 (4,617 sq mi)
 o Urban
101 km2 (39 sq mi)
 o Metro
141 km2 (54 sq mi)
(2010 census)
 o Prefecture-level city8,953,793
 o Density750/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
 o Urban
 o Urban density6,100/km2 (16,000/sq mi)
 o Metro
 o Metro density3,600/km2 (9,300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (China Standard)
Postal code
Area code(s)0394
ISO 3166 codeCN-HA-16
Vehicle registration?P
GDP(2009)CNY 111.17 billion[2]
Major NationalitiesHan
County-level divisions9
Township-level divisions1

Zhoukou (Chinese: ; pinyin: Zh?uk?u; 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 Anhui on 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 2 districts, 1 county-level city and 7 counties.


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.[3] 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.






Universities and Colleges

  • Zhoukou Normal University ()
  • Zhoukou Vocational College of Science and Technology ()
  • Zhoukou Institute of Education ()
  • Zhoukou Polytechnic ()


  • Huaiyang High School (?)
  • Zhoukou First High School (?)
  • High School of Fugou County (?)
  • Xiangcheng First High School (?)
  • Shangshui First High School (?)

Notable people

Sister cities


  1. ^ Cox, W (2018). Demographia World Urban Areas. 14th Annual Edition (PDF). St. Louis: Demographia. p. 22.
  2. ^ 2009 (in Chinese).
  3. ^ "?". Archived from the original on July 8, 2011.
  4. ^ "".

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