Shashi District


Location in Hubei

Coordinates: 30°18′58″N 112°15′07″E / 30.31611°N 112.25194°E / 30.31611; 112.25194Coordinates: 30°18′58″N 112°15′07″E / 30.31611°N 112.25194°E / 30.31611; 112.25194
Country People's Republic of China
Province Hubei
Prefecture-level city Jingzhou
Population (2006)
  Total 520,000
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)

Shashi (Chinese: 沙市; pinyin: Shāshì) is a district within the main urban area of Jingzhou, Hubei province, People's Republic of China. It is located on the left (northern) bank of the Yangtze River, between Yichang and Wuhan, and has a population of around 520,000.


Shashi was founded as an extension of the Chu capital Ying during the warring states period as a port on the Yangtze. In modern history it is notable as one of the four ports specified to be opened in the Treaty of Shimonoseki . It grew rapidly into because of this, gaining the moniker of "Little Hankow".[1] Nonetheless, the opening of other coastal ports led to trade moving elsewhere and it gradually declined.

In 1994 it lost its status as a city and was combined with Jingzhou to form Jingsha city.[2]


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