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Prefecture-level city
South Renmin Road (人民南路), Huaihua
South Renmin Road (人民南路), Huaihua
Huaihua is located in Hunan
Location of the city centre in Hunan
Coordinates: 27°33′N 109°58′E / 27.550°N 109.967°E / 27.550; 109.967Coordinates: 27°33′N 109°58′E / 27.550°N 109.967°E / 27.550; 109.967
Country People's Republic of China
Province Hunan
 • Prefecture-level city 27,600 km2 (10,700 sq mi)
 • Urban 32 km2 (12 sq mi)
 • Prefecture-level city 5,000,000
 • Density 180/km2 (470/sq mi)
 • Urban 370,000
 • Urban density 12,000/km2 (30,000/sq mi)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)

Huaihua (simplified Chinese: 怀化; traditional Chinese: 懷化; pinyin: Huáihuà) is a prefecture-level city in Hunan province of China.


Geography and economy[edit]

Huaihua lies is in the mountainous west of Hunan, south-east of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, and shares the same mountain belt.

The area's rural poverty is a continuing problem.[citation needed]

Railroads provide the main transportation in the region, although an airport was opened in 2004.

Huaihua is home to the Second Artillery Corps Base 55, which is charged with maintaining ICBMs. [1][2] The nuclear assets at Huaihua are intended for small-scale nuclear conflicts [3] (with a limited, but nuclear, exchange), as well as the ability to strike Guam, one of only two B-2 bases.


Huaihua railway station

Huaihua is located at a major railway node and its economy has historically benefited from the concentration of railways meeting in the city. Three major railways, the Shanghai–Kunming Railway, the Jiaozuo–Liuzhou Railway, and the Chongqing–Huaihua Railway, intersect in the city. Through these railways Huaihua has connections to almost all major Chinese cities. Passenger trains are served by the Huaihua Railway Station.

Huaihua is on the route of G65 Baotou-Maoming Expressway, which connects it with Chongqing to the northwest. It is also on the route of G60 Shanghai–Kunming Expressway, which connects it with Guiyang to the west, and Changsha to the east. Other roads that run through the city include China National Highway 209 and China National Highway 320.

By air, Huaihua is served by Zhijiang Airport, located some 31 kilometers from the city proper in the Zhijiang Dong Autonomous County.

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