Located in the southeast of Guangdong Province, Jieyang lies in the hinterland of the Chaoshan Plain. It touches Chaozhou and Shantou on the east, Shanwei on the west, the South China Sea in the south and Meizhou on the north.
Jieyang was approved in February 1991 by the State Council as a prefecture-level city. It supervises the Rongcheng district, Jiedong county, Jiexi county, Huilai county and Puning city.
The city dates back to the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC), with a history of about 2,200 years. It is among the first batch of cities claimed as "historical and cultural famous cities" by Guangdong Province and is also the home of folklore and traditional Chinese paintings.
Jieyang is also endowed with rich natural resources and unique landscapes. It is famed for its wonderful scenery, distinctive gardens and fields, rich and colorful folk customs, temples and places of historic interests that vary widely in style. Many flowers and fruits are in endless supply all year long.
Since it became a municipality, Jieyang has created a good environment for tourism by dedicating itself to the exploitation of its favorable geographical location, the acceleration of infrastructure construction, the expansion of opening to the outside world and the hastening up of economic development.
It is estimated that more than 3 million overseas Chinese are from Jieyang. Most of them live in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, the United States, Canada, Australia, France and the United Kingdom. About 650,000 live in the Taiwan province, and the Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions.