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Lishui, whose name means "beautiful water" in Chinese, lies in the southwestern part of Zhejiang Province. Situated on the intersection point of Zhejiang Province and Fujian Province, the city is adjacent to Wenzhou to the southeast, Ningde and Nanping to the southwest, Quzhou to the northwest, Jinhua to the north and Taizhou to the northeast.

It is 126 km from Wenzhou, 122 km from Jinhua, 292 km from Hangzhou and 512 km from Shanghai. It is a transport hub in Zhejiang Province. The Jinhua-Wenzhou Railway, the Jinhua-Wenzhou Highway, the Longli Highway and the Lihua Highway run across the city. It takes merely 1 hour to travel from the city center to the Wenzhou Airport or Yiwu Airport, 2.5 hours to the Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport, and 4.5 hours to the Shanghai Pudong International Airport. Ningbo-Zhoushan Port, the second largest port in China by cargo turnover in 2007, is within 2.5 hours'  drive.

There are over 3,800 species of plants and 57 kinds of mineral resources in Lishui. The phrophyllite reserve in Lishui accounts for one third of China's total. The Suicang gold mine is the largest gold mine in Zhejiang.

Lishui's history extends to 4,000 years ago, when the ancient tribes started dwelling in this city. In AD 589, during the Sui Dynasty (AD 581-618), Chuzhou was founded in the current territory of Lishui. Several counties were under its administration. In AD 592, it was called Kuozhou, and in AD 607, Yongjia County. Its name was changed to Lishui in AD 779. Subsequently, its name was changed several times, but during the Ming Dynasty (AD 1368-1644), it was changed back to Lishui.

Lishui is well-known in China for its long history and beautiful landscapes. Yan Yu Lou (misty rain tower) was built during the Northern Song Dynasty (AD 960-1127). Many famous ancient poets praised the tower's beauty. Other recommendable scenic spots are Fengyangshan-Baishanzu National Natural Resort, Xiandu National Park, and Shishi Temple. Shishi Temple is a wooden structure built during the Song and Yuan Dynasties (AD 960-1368). The most characteristic local dishes are Jade Mutton Roll, Shan Fen Ball, Anren Fish with Bean-curd and Xian Cai Hot Pot.

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