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Zigui County

Zigui County


  is located at the foot of

Woniu Mountains

  and the north side of the

Yangtze River

. It is near to the west mouth of

Xiling Gorges

. The foundation of ancient Zigui County was made of the boulder, and the city looks like a gourd, so Zigui is also called stone city and gourd city. Zigui is a time-honored ancient town. It was formally established to be a county in the Han Dynasty. Zigui area is the cradle of Chu culture, one of southern China's ancient cultures. At the end period of Chu state, the great patriotic poet of China, Qu Yuan, was born here. His thoughts and poems played a key role in China's culture history. The name of Zigui County was originated from Qu Yuan. It is said that Qu Yuan was exiled by King of Chu State due to slander, and his old sister intentionally came back to see him, generally in southern China, the old sister is called by her little brother as Zizi in dialect of southern China, and then this place was called


. Zigui is the main producing area of oranges in Three Gorges area of China.

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