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city, northeastern Zhejiang sheng (province), eastern China. It is situated in the centre of the eastern half of the coastal plain south of Hangzhou Bay. Shaoxing lies along the Hang-Yong Canal (the local section is also called the Zhedong Canal)-which joins Ningbo to the east with Xiaoshan on the estuary of the Qiantang River to the west-and it is also located on the Ningbo-Hangzhou railway, which follows the same route.