|Formerly known as Tzekung.|
Zigong, city in southern China, in Sichuan Province. Rich local deposits of salt brine and natural gas support a large and varied chemical industry; other manufactures include electricity, machinery, and fertilizers. The city was formed and named in 1939 with the merger of Gongjing, a great salt-producing center since the 7th century AD, and Tzeliutsing. It was reached by rail in 1958 and developed rapidly as an industrial center in the 1960s and 1970s.
Zigong is situated in the south of the province covering an area of 4,373 sq km with a population of 3,070,000.lt has 4 districts and 2counties under its jurisdiction. Zigong is a medium-sized industrial city with salt-making as the leading industry. lt's home to 1300-odd industrial enterprises and 44 scientific research institutes which empoly over 74,000 engineers and technical personnel. The city possesses well arranged networks of transportation and telecommunication and abounds in natural gas and nas adequate electricity supply.