Located in the northwest of Fujian, Jiangle County is situated on the south of the Wuyishan Mountain, middle and lower reaches of Jinxi River of the Minjiang River tributaries.Under the jurisdiction of Sanming,Jiangle county has Shunchang County to the east,Taining County to the north and Mingxi County to the south.It borders Shaowu County on the north and Shaxian County on the southeast. The county covers an area of 2,246 square kilometers with the total population of 16.72 thousand. Jiangle County is subtropical monsoon climate with absolutely distinct seasons, no sweltering heat of summer and Jack Frost of winter. Average yearly temperature is 18.7 C and average yearly rainfall is 1,689.2 millimeters.
Jiangle County is rich in mineral resources. It has been discovered more than 40 kinds of mineral resources and almost 200 mineral deposit and mine. There has been the development and utilization of nearly 23 kinds of mineral resource such as mineral coal, iron, tungsten, tin, copper, lead, zinc and fluorite, K-feldspar, calcite, limestone, kaolin and tremolite, etc. Among them, the reserves of limestone is rich, the forecast of the total reserves are more than 1.3 billion tons. Anthracite has been proved to own reserves of more than 30 million tons and more than 2 million tons of fluorite and more than 3 million cubic meters of marble.
Jiangle county is also very rich in water and electrical resources. The brook and river in the county is vertically and horizontally crossed. The rainfall is abundant and the average yearly runoff of river is 2,285,000,000 cubic meters, the hydro-energy theory reserves are 333,100 kilowatts. The water and electricity resources can be developed is 255,000 kilowatts. Jinxihe River of Minjiang river branch passes through county-wide. It has constructed five medium hydroelectric power stations in the county, the total installed capacity is 180,500 kilowatts.
The forest resources are abundant in JiangLe county as well .It has the forest land area of 2,933,800 Chinese acres, wool bamboo grove area of 430,000 Chinese acres. The quantity of the forest reserves is 14,377,400 cubic meters and up to 84.4% of the forest coverage. The stand bamboo is measured 64,500,000 and annual lumber production is 130,000 cubic meters, annual bamboo production is 2,500,000, and annual bamboo shoots production is more than 20 million tons.
Jiangle County also has rich tourist resources. Here scenery serves as contrast, the humanities landscape is rich, heritage attraction very many.It has the marvelous sight, also has the wonderful hole and crag.The karst landform forms three natural ancient hole,Yuhua, Yinhua, Jinhua,histories call “Sanhua Shenjing” beautiful scenery. The State-level key point of interest Yuhua Cave is the Fujian mountain first hole with various physical appearance.After discovered at the begining of the Western Han Dynasty ,there have been many tourist come to here. State-level nature protection area Longqishan Mountain is located in the southwest of Jiangle County,average elevation 800 meters.Within the area, there are altogether cliff mountains, towering into the sky like a dancing group, with natural flow flies the waterfall,fabulous mountains and clean water.In the forest there are many rare and precious zoology and botany, scenery quiet clear attractive.It is not only tours the sightseeing the beautiful scenery, also the good destination which the summer vacation convalesces. The Tianjie Mountain retained the good vegetation, has been included the National Forest Park.
Jiangle's traffic is very convenient. The roads extend in all directions. The total course of road is 1217 kilometers. It’s only 45 kilometers away from Shunchang train station and 200 kilometers from the Mt. Wuyishan Airport. The Beijing Express Highway Fujian section which is open to traffic in 2005 passes through county-wide. It has two intercommunication mouths in the county in which Xiacun intercommunication mouth is only 2 kilometers to county. By the express way to Sanming is 80 kilometers, to Fuzhou is 200 kilometers, to Nanchang and Xiamen is 300 kilometers and goes south to Guangdong is about 300 kilometers.
Jiangle's communication facilities consummate day by day. Program-controlled telephone, two-way charges for cellular phones, beeper, wide band transmission cover all the villages and towns. It maintains convenient communication with the world at any moment in the county.
（Thanks: Amanda Tan and Leeves Xu.）