Liaoyang

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Liaoyang
辽阳市
Prefecture-level city
White Pagoda (Baita) in Liaoyang
White Pagoda (Baita) in Liaoyang
Location of Liaoyang City jurisdiction in Liaoning
Location of Liaoyang City jurisdiction in Liaoning
Liaoyang is located in Liaoning
Liaoyang
Liaoyang
Location of the city centre in Liaoning
Coordinates: 41°16′N 123°11′E / 41.267°N 123.183°E / 41.267; 123.183Coordinates: 41°16′N 123°11′E / 41.267°N 123.183°E / 41.267; 123.183
Country People's Republic of China
Province Liaoning
Municipal seat Baita District
Districts
Government
 • CPC Secretary Sun Yuanliang
 • Mayor Tang Zhiguo
Area
 • Prefecture-level city 4,731 km2 (1,827 sq mi)
 • Urban 210 km2 (80 sq mi)
Elevation 29 m (95 ft)
Population (2010 census)
 • Prefecture-level city 1,859,768
 • Density 390/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
 • Urban 527,850
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Postal code 111000
Area code(s) 419
Licence plates 辽K
Administrative division code 211000
ISO 3166-2 cn-21-10
Website http://www.liaoyang.gov.cn

Liaoyang (simplified Chinese: 辽阳; traditional Chinese: 遼陽; pinyin: Liáoyáng) is a prefecture-level city of east-central Liaoning province, People's Republic of China, situated on the T'ai-tzu River and, together with Anshan, forms a metro area of 2,057,200 inhabitants in 2010. It is approximately one hour south of Shenyang, the provincial capital, by car. Liaoyang is home to Liaoning University's College of Foreign Studies and a number of vocational colleges. The city hosts a limited number of professional basketball and volleyball games in a modern sports facility.

History[edit]

Nurhaci captured Liaoyang in 1621 and made it the capital of his Empire until 1625.

Liaoyang is one of the oldest continuously-inhabited cities in northeast China dating back to before the Spring and Autumn period. During the Chinese Tang dynasty, Liaoyang was part of the northern edge of the Goguryeo kingdom. Remains of Yodong and Baegam cities, the old Goguryeo cities, can still be seen near to the modern city. This was the site of a major battle between the Tang and Goguryeo in 645 AD. Goguryeo (an antecedent of modern Korea) ruled the area for a brief period.

Liaoyang rose to prominence during the Liao dynasty. Several buildings in the city date to this period. Among these is the White Pagoda (baita), which dates back to 1189 in the Liao Dynasty with additions during the Yuan dynasty.[1] The Liaoyang White Pagoda sits in Baita Park within Baita district in the centre of the city. Next to the park is Guangyou Temple, one of the oldest and largest temple complexes in the north east of China covering some 60,000 square metres (650,000 sq ft).

Under the Jurchen Jin dynasty, the city served as their empire's eastern capital under the name Dongjing (東京).[2]

In the 17th century, the Manchu people rose up against the Ming dynasty of China. Liaoyang was one of the first Ming cities to fall and Nurhaci, the new Emperor of the Later Jin dynasty, made his capital there naming the city Dongjing in 1621. He also moved the tombs of several family members to Liaoyang and they can still be seen in Dongjingling, just east of the city. As the Manchu expanded, they again moved the capital to Shenyang in 1625. After this Dongjing faded in importance. Today, remains of the city walls can still be see and a small museum stands within the reconstructed south gate.

The year 1900 saw the Boxer Rebellion in China. Russian troops camped in Liaoyang city, burning the ancient Guangyou temple. On the August 24 September 1904, the Battle of Liaoyang took place. This was a major battle of the Russo-Japanese war.

Liaoyang was one of the major centres of the Manchurian revival, a Protestant Christian revival which took place in Mukden (Shenyang) and the surrounding countryside in 1908.

The city was the site of widespread labor protests in March 2002 that were sparked by the bankruptcy and subsequent liquidation of the Liaoyang Ferroalloy Factory, or Liaotie. The protesters were workers from at least seven different factories, including failing textile, chemical, piston, instruments, leather, and precision tool plants. Their grievances involved local government corruption and widespread worker layoffs coupled with arrearage in employee wages, pensions and unemployment benefits. The activists demanded compensation for what they were owed, an investigation into the bankruptcy of Liaotie, and the resignation of the chairman of the local legislature, Gong Shangwu. The protests were eventually dispersed after several days by the government after declaring a curfew under martial law. Two of the workers' representatives, Xiao Yunliang and Yao Fuxin, were given prison terms of four and seven years, respectively. The government also responded by paying most but not all of the money that the workers were owed, and by ordering an investigation into the charges of corruption at Liaotie which culminated in the arrest and thirteen year prison sentence of its manager, Fan Yicheng, for smuggling and fraudulent dereliction of duty. The provincial governor who approved the Liaotie bankruptcy was also imprisoned for accepting bribes, but Gong Shangwu evaded punitive action.[3]

Administrative divisions[edit]

Within Liaoyang prefecture there is 1 county, 5 districts and 1 city.[4]

Map
Liaoyang mcp.png
# Name Hanzi Hanyu Pinyin Population (2003 est.) Area (km²) Density (/km²)
1 Baita District 白塔区 Báitǎ Qū 210,000 24 8,750
2 Wensheng District 文圣区 Wénshèng Qū 180,000 38 4,737
3 Hongwei District 宏伟区 Hóngwěi Qū 110,000 59 1,864
4 Gongchangling District 弓长岭区 Gōngchánglǐng Qū 90,000 288 313
5 Taizihe District 太子河区 Tàizǐhé Qū 120,000 148 811
6 Dengta City 灯塔市 Dēngtǎ Shì 510,000 1,331 383
7 Liaoyang County 辽阳县 Liáoyáng Xiàn 590,000 2,853 207

Tourism[edit]

Although the lack of greenspace throughout the city is noticeable, the largest park is Baita park. There are several historical sites to be visited. The new Liaoyang Museum - open to the public since 2009 - contains many antiques and has English subtitles. Guangyou temple beside the Baita (White Pagoda) has become one of Liaoyang's main tourism attraction in recent years. The first temple on the site dates back to 1145. The temple was destroyed by Russian troops during the 1900 Boxer Rebellion but later rebuilt.[5] It houses a giant statue of Buddha made from sandalwood. There are two small museums for famous Liaoyang residents: Cao Xueqin, author of the book Dreams of a Red Mansion, and Wang Erlie, a notable Qing dynasty official. There is also a small museum just outside the city on the site of Dongjing - the old capital city. The Gongchangling County, just east of the main city is noted for its hot spring resort, golf course and ski centre. Outdoor activities include the Tanghe Reservoir Scenic Area and rafting on the Taizi river.[6] In the downtown area busy shopping malls can be found. The shopping area includes a total of 5 malls and traffic-free streets with many Chinese brand name stores. Within the malls, you can find unique stores and cheap goods. On the streets, there are many interesting and delicious regional snacks. Also in the shopping area is a street with many Korean BBQ restaurants (street name?). Further afield, you'll find many more different types of Chinese restaurants including Huo Jia Jiaozi, a traditional dumpling restaurant. Also look for Ming Du Sangna, a place where the wealthy elite meet for a bath.

Famous people from Liaoyang

  • Cao Xueqin, the author of Dream of the Red Chamber (Hong lou meng, 红楼梦).
  • Wang Erlie, a notable Qing dynasty official.

Military[edit]

Liaoyang is headquarters of the 39th Mechanized Group Army of the People's Liberation Army, one of the three group armies that comprise the Shenyang Military Region responsible for defending China's northeastern borders with Russia and North Korea.

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Liaoyang is twinned with:

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Baida White Pagoda Park Travel Guide". A Book About China. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Theobald, Ulrich. China Knowledge. "Chinese History - Jin Dynasty 金 (1115-1234): Map and Geography". Accessed 19 Oct 2012.
  3. ^ Philip P. Pan, Out of Mao's Shadow, 2008: Simon and Schuster. (ISBN 1416537058)
  4. ^ Liaoyang Municipal Government (2007-07-03). "辽阳市人民政府网站" (in Chinese). Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  5. ^ "Guangyou Temple Scenic Area Travel Guide". A Book About China. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Liaoyang Travel Guide". A Book About China. Retrieved 26 March 2012.