Zhumadian City lies on the Huaihe River Basin and in the mid-south of Henan province. As the communications hub in ancient times, many post stations were set up in the city, thus it got the name----Zhumadian, known as “Hinterland of Henan, Center of China.” It governs nine counties and a district with an area of 15,000 square kilometers and a population of 8,260,000 till the end of 2003.
Zhumadian boasts of its advantageous location, abundant products, and convenient transportation. Beijing-Guangzhou Railway, No. 106 and 107 State Highways, and Beijing-Zhuhai Expressway run through the city from south to north. Zhumadian is warm and has sufficient rainfall, which provides good conditions for agriculture production. It is an important national and provincial grain and oil production base, commonly called “a granary of the central plains,” “an oil depot of the central state,” and “the kingdom of sesame.”
Zhumadian takes pride in a long history and many outstanding people. In the north there is “a potted landscape in the central plains” -- Chaya Mountain. In the south there is the state-level scenic spot and forest park of Boshan Lake with the hill and water of one hue. In the west towers the layer of green and precipitous Tongshan Mountain, a province-level scenic resort. In the east lies the largest plain lake – Suya Lake with vast expanses of reed marshes and vital birds and fishes. Also there are many historic relics such as Tianzhong Mountain in Runan County, Prime minister Lisi Tomb of Qin Dynasty (221B.C. – 206A.D.), and Fuxi Divination Pavilion. The story of Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai, one of the “Great Four Legends” of China, originate in Runan County.