Haining is a county-level city in Zhejiang Province, China, and under the jurisdiction of Jiaxing. It is in the south side of Yangtze River Delta, and in the north of Zhejiang. It is 125 kilometers west of Shanghai, and 61.5 kilometers east of Hangzhou, the capital of the province. To its south lies the Qiantang River. The city has a land area of 731.03 sq. kilometers and a population of 640,000. Haining is known for its leather industry and spectacular tide in the Qiantang River. Haining consists of 4 administrative districts and 8 towns. In May 1949 Haining was occupied by the Communist Army, and Haining County was formed, which belonged to Jiaxing Region. In June 1949 the county government was relocated to Xiashi Town. In October 1958 Haiyan County was merged into Haining. In December 1961 Haiyan County was re-established. In November 1986 Haining County was elevated to Haining City, under jurisdiction of Jiaxing.
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