|Country||People's Republic of China|
|Municipal seat||Maojian District|
|• CPC Secretary||Chen Tianhui (陈天会)|
|• Mayor||Zhang Siyi (张嗣义)|
|• Total||1,022 km2 (395 sq mi)|
|Highest elevation||1,640 m (5,380 ft)|
|• Density||3,400/km2 (8,800/sq mi)|
|Time zone||China Standard (UTC+8)|
442000 (Urban center) 442100-442300, 442500-442700(Other areas)
Camphor Laurel Cinnamomum camphora L. Sieb. Southern magnolia Magnolia grandiflora L.Blossom of pomegranate Punica granatum L. Chinese RoseRosa chinensis
Shiyan (Chinese: 十堰; pinyin: Shíyàn) is a prefecture-level city in northwestern Hubei province, People's Republic of China, bordering Henan to the northeast, Chongqing to the southwest, and Shaanxi to the north and west.
The Wudang Mountains run approximately east-west through the territory of the "Prefecture-level city" of Shiyan, crossing several of its county-level divisions. The peak commonly referred to as "Wudang Mountain", or in Mandarin Wudangshan, is one of the most important cultural centres of the Taoist faith. The surrounding areas are dotted with up to 200 Taoist monastic temples and religious sites. The main attraction in this area, and also one of the most sacred Taoist sites, which forms an important stop for mainly Chinese tourists bound there, with up to twenty bus loads of visitors per day at peak times is Wudangshan Jiedao of the Danjiangkou county-level city.
- Maojian District (茅箭区)
- Zhangwan District (张湾区)
- Danjiangkou City (丹江口市)
- Yun County (郧县)
- Yunxi County (郧西县)
- Zhushan County (竹山县)
- Zhuxi County (竹溪县)
- Fang County (房县)
The main urban area of the prefecture-level city of Shiyan is in Maojian District; it is typically labeled on maps simply as "Shiyan".
This area is subject to major change as part of the South to North water diversion project of the Han River. Certain areas will see an increase of up to 5 meters in water level to create a new reservoir to serve Beijing an Tianjing as part of this major water diversion project.
Shiyan is one of the most important centers of automobile industry in China, with Dongfeng, the premier Chinese truck, bus, and heavy goods vehicle as a major employer. It is also labeled as the 'Detroit' of China, given this focus on automobile manufacture.
Before 1949, it was a small village, which grew after the founding of the People's Republic of China. In 1967, teams of workers and engineers were first sent to Shiyan in order to survey sites for automotive plants and factories. At this time, the population of Shiyan was only a few hundred. Chairman Mao chose Shiyan as the site for China's automobile industry because the surrounding mountains and relative inaccessibility could act as a barrier against foreign attacks.
- China National Highway 209
- Several four-lane highways passing through Shiyan will also be completed in 2009.
- The closest airport is Xiangyang Liuji Airport, approximately two and a half hours by road, but Shiyan Wudangshan Airport is scheduled for construction in 2012.
- Government website of Shiyan (available in Chinese and English)