Jinsha (jĭnˈshäˈ) [key], formerly Shashi shäˈshûˈ or Shasi shäˈsēˈ, city (1994 est. pop. 683,000), S Hubei prov., China, on the Chang River. It is an important trade center for the N Dongting Lake basin and the site of a massive reservoir built to protect the central Hubei plains from floods. Textile and handicrafts are the main products. Jinsha is connected to Hunan prov. by canal.