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60 counties, 28 cities

27.23 million inhabitants

187,400 km²

145 inhabitants per km²

The province of Jilin is located at the center of China's three northeastern provinces. The provincial capital was transferred from the city of Jilin to Changchun (7.39 million inhabitants) in 1954. The topographic features of Jilin are aptly described by the phrase yi shan san shui (one mountain, three rivers): The southeastern landscape is dominated by the Changbai Mountains. This is not only were the border rivers Yalu Jiang (Amnok) and Tumen Jiang origin…

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Flitsch, Mareile, “Jilin”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 03 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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