Zhijin County

Zhijin County is a county under the administration of the prefecture-level city of Bijie in the west-central part of Guizhou province, China.

Zhijin County

Zhijin is the southernmost division in this map of Bijie
Bijie in Guizhou
Coordinates: 26°39′36″N 105°46′12″E
CountryPeople's Republic of China
Prefecture-level cityBijie
Time zoneUTC+8 (China Standard)
Zhijin County
Traditional Chinese織金
Simplified Chinese织金
Literal meaningGold-Weaving County
Former names
"Ping-yuen-fou" and 2 other towns of "Koei-tcheou" from Du Halde's 1736 Description of China, based on reports from Jesuit missionaries
Pingyuan Prefecture
Traditional Chinese平遠
Simplified Chinese平远
Literal meaningPeaceful-&-Distant Prefecture
Pacified-&-Distant Prefecture


Zhijin has been inhabited since the Qin, populated mainly by the Gelao. After the Jin, the Yi moved in. During the Kangxi Era of the Qing, a city was founded named Pingyuan. In 1914, it was renamed Zhijin after one of its streets.


Zhijin County is located in the southeastern part of Bijie City, roughly in the middle of Guizhou province. It is 151 km from Guiyang, 95 km from Anshun, 129 km from Bijie City. It spans 82.5 km from East to West, and 66 km from North to South. Its total area is 2,868 km2 (1,107 sq mi).

Karst topography dominates the landscape, with caves everywhere. The Zhijin Cave 22 km from the county seat is considered the most magnificent cave in China, and is a popular tourist spot.

The highest point in the county has altitude 2262 m, and the lowest 1319 m.


The average temperature is 14.31 c, with annual rainfall 1356 mm.


The most important industry is tourism, with Zhijin Cave the number one attraction drawing tourists from all over China and the world.



There are 23 ethnic groups living in Zhijin, including Han Chinese, Miao, Yi, Hui and Buyei. 48.02% of Zhijin's population are considered minorities in China.


There are 11 towns and 21 townships in the county. Among them are:

  • Banqiao township
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