Ezhou

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<!-- -->Ezhou () is a prefecture-level city in China's Hubei province.

Geography and climate

Ezhou is located in southeastern Hubei province, on the southern bank of the Yangtze River east of Wuchang (the southern section of Wuhan), and across the river from the city of Huanggang, to which it is connected by the Ehuang Bridge. Sandwiched between the prefecture-level cities of Wuhan and Huangshi, the prefecture-level city of Ezhou has a relatively small area of 1,504&nbsp;km<sup>2</sup>. (Reported by city government as 1594&nbsp;km<sup>2</sup>)

History

Ezhou has a long rich history. Its Han Dynasty (206 BCE &ndash; 220 CE) name derives from the ancient Zhou Dynasty (1046&ndash;256 BCE) vassal State of E located nearby. Its administrative region was changed several times but the name stayed the same until the Three Kingdoms (220&ndash;280 CE). During this period it was made the capital of the Wu Kingdom by Sun Quan and was named Wuchang. This name was attested in use as late as 1915, which in that era proved confusing to travellers, as it was also applied to the much larger city of Wuchang, which was soon to become one of the constituent parts of Wuhan.

Throughout China's history it has remained an important city politically, economically, and militarily with its strategic position along the middle part of the Yangtze River. It is also an important place in the history of the Pure Land Sect of......
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