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Gong'an County

"Gong'an" redirects here. For other uses, see Gongan (disambiguation)
Gong'an County
公安县
County
Gong'an is located in Hubei
Gong'an
Gong'an
Location in Hubei
Coordinates:
Country People's Republic of China
Province Hubei
Prefecture-level city Jingzhou
Area
 • Total 2,257.5 km2 (871.6 sq mi)
Population (2004)
 • Total 1,020,000
 • Density 450/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Postal code 434300
Area code(s) 0716

Gong'an County (simplified Chinese: 公安县; traditional Chinese: 公安縣; pinyin: Gōng'ān Xiàn) is a county in southern Hubei province, People's Republic of China, bordering Hunan to the south. It is under the administration of Jingzhou City.

Administration

The county oversees 14 towns (镇) and two townships (乡) as of 2005. Altogether 60 neighbourhood committees (居委会) and 326 village committees (村委会) come under the county's jurisdiction. The new county seat for executive, legislative and judiciary and for the CPC and PSB branches, is Douhudi Town (斗湖堤镇) (pop. 131,865).[1]

Gong'an's other towns -

  •  Buhe (埠河镇) (pop. 100,552)
  •  Yangjiachang (杨家厂镇) (pop.,54,402)
  •  Mahaokou (麻豪口镇) (pop. 63,032)
  •  Jiazhuyuan (夹竹园镇) (pop. 56,178)
  •  Zhakou (闸口镇) (pop. 56,754)
  •  Ouchi (藕池镇) (pop. 46,623)
  •  Huangshantou (黄山头镇) (pop. 38,388)
  •  Zhangzhuangpu (章庄铺镇) (pop. 66,622)
  •  Shizikou (狮子口镇) (pop. 67,228)
  •  Banzhudang (斑竹垱镇) (pop. 74,099)
  •  Mengjiaxi (孟家溪镇) (pop. 49,261)
  •  Nanping (南平镇) (pop. 56,505)
  •  Maojiagang (毛家港镇) (pop. 76,440)

Township

  • Ganjiachang (甘家厂乡) (pop. 42,591)
  • Zhangtianshi (章田寺乡) (pop. 46,355)

Gong'an in the News

In 2009 April the county drew nationwide ridicule after media reported that Gong'an officials had ordered civil servants and employees of state-owned companies to buy a total of 23,000 packs / year of a Hubei brand of cigarette. Departments whose employees failed to buy enough or who bought other brands would be fined.

The officials were undaunted, saying that the increased revenue from the cigarette tax would buoy the local economy. After several weeks of embarrassment, they relented, posting a short message on their government Web site:

  • "We have decided to remove this edict."[2]

Notes and references

  1. ^ http://baike.baidu.com/view/48199.htm
  2. ^ laFraniere, Sharon; "Salute All Cars, Kids. It's a Rule in China."; New York Times, 2009 Oct 25
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