Origin of Wenzhou

Best answer: In the second year of Shangyuan (675), Tang Gaozong settled in Wenzhou, which was the beginning of Wenzhou’s name. According to “Zhejiang Tongzhi”, “The Tujing” was quoted: “Wenzhou originated from Shanxi, Wen Qiao, and the people cultivated it with fire, although it was persistent in the middle of winter”. Wenzhou is located in the south of Wen Qiao Ridge, with no severe cold in winter, no hot summer and a warm climate, so it is called Wenzhou.

In the second year of Shangyuan Tang Gaozong (675), Chuzhou settled in Wenzhou, which was the beginning of Wenzhou’s name. According to “Zhejiang Tongzhi”, “The Tujing” was quoted: “Wenzhou originated from Shanxi, Wen Qiao, and the people cultivated it with fire, although it was persistent in the middle of winter”. Wenzhou is located in the south of Wen Qiao Ridge, with no severe cold in winter, no hot summer and a warm climate, so it is called Wenzhou. Wenzhou was called Oudi in ancient times, also known as “Dongou”. It was called Wenzhou in Tang Dynasty, or “Wen” for short. Ou is a kind of pottery vessel. About the Neolithic Age, Wenzhou was inhabited by pottery made by primitive Ou people.

Wenzhou has experienced a large number of talented people in all ages, and has made outstanding achievements in academic, literary, artistic and scientific fields. During the Southern Song Dynasty, the Yongjia School represented by Ye Shi was formed academically, which has a high position and far-reaching influence in the academic history of our country. In literature, Yongjia Siling Poetry School appeared in poetry circles. Opera pioneered the Southern Opera, a folk drama form. During Xiyou period of Southern Song Dynasty, medical scientist Chen Yuanxuan founded Yongjia Medical School on the theoretical basis of Three Causes. There are many outstanding talents in the Song Dynasty, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties, such as Huang Gongwang, Liu Ji, Sun Yi and so on. The contemporary cultural and educational circles are full of stars: Xia Nai, Xia Chengtao, Su Buqing, Gu Chaohao and so on.

Wenzhou people have created a glorious history, and have also written a chapter of entrepreneurship in the present generation. Wenzhou people have made great efforts to develop the socialist market economy with the spirit of independent reform, self-reliance, self-improvement and self-development. From 1978 to 1999, major economic indicators such as gross domestic product, gross industrial output value, fiscal revenue, foreign trade export and per capita income of farmers have all increased five to six times, with an average annual increase of 20-40%. The living standard of most Wenzhou people has entered a well-off society. The old Wenzhou city is changing with each passing day. The old houses that were dark in the past have been replaced by high-rise buildings. The built-up area of the city has expanded from 12 square kilometers in 1978 to 76 square kilometers. The image of a modern city with complete functions and advanced facilities lies on the coast of the East China Sea.

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