Zhejiang (Chinese: 浙江; pinyin: Zhèjiāng; Wade–Giles: Che-chiang or Chekiang) is a southeast coastal province of the People's Republic of China. The word Zhejiang was the old name of the Qiantang River 銭塘江, which passes through Hangzhou, the provincial capital. The name of the province is often abbreviated to its first character, "浙".
Zhejiang borders Jiangsu and Shanghai to the north, Anhui to the northwest, Jiangxi to the west, and Fujian to the south; to the east is the East China Sea, beyond which lie the Ryukyu Islands of Japan. The economic power of Zhejiang Province ranks the fourth among all the provinces in China, with the top three being Canton Province, Jiangsu Province, and Shandong Province.