Xingshan County

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Xingshan County
兴山县
County
Near Wujiaping (between Gaoqiao and Nanyang)
Near Wujiaping (between Gaoqiao and Nanyang)
Xingshan is located in Hubei
Xingshan
Xingshan
Location in Hubei
Coordinates: 31°19′N 110°48′E / 31.317°N 110.800°E / 31.317; 110.800Coordinates: 31°19′N 110°48′E / 31.317°N 110.800°E / 31.317; 110.800
Country People's Republic of China
Province Hubei
Prefecture-level city Yichang
Area
 • Total 2,327 km2 (898 sq mi)
Population [1]
 • Total 182,600
 • Density 78/km2 (200/sq mi)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Website Xingshan County People's Government (Chinese)
Xingshan County People's Government (English Version)

Xingshan County (simplified Chinese: 兴山县; traditional Chinese: 興山縣; pinyin: Xīngshān Xiàn) is a county of western Hubei, People's Republic of China. It is under the administration of Yichang Prefecture-level City.

Geography[edit]

The county occupies the mountainous north-western corner of Yichang prefecture ("prefecture-level city"), bordering on Badong County in the west and Shennongjia in the north. The highest mountains within the county are Mount Wanchao (2,253 metres (7,392 ft) elevation) and Mount Wanfu (1,819 metres (5,968 ft)).

The county seat is in Gaofu town; this is the location that is simply marked as "Xingshan" on less detailed maps.

Although the county is away from the Yangtze River itself, and most of its land is at high elevations, the construction of the Three Gorges Dam resulted in the flooding of the valley of the Yangtze's tributary Xiang Xi (香溪, "Fragrant Stream"), where many of the county's residents lived. Accordingly, some 20,000 residents had to be relocated from the flooded areas.[2] It is officially part of the Three Gorges Reservoir Region.

Administrative division[edit]

The county is administratively divided into 8 county-level units: 6 towns and 2 townships.

Towns:

  • Gufu 古夫 (the county seat)
  • Gaoyang 高阳
  • Xiakou 峡口
  • Nanyang 南阳
  • Huangliang 黄粮
  • Shuiyuesi 水月寺

Townships:

  • Gaoqiao 高桥
  • Zhenzi 榛子

Gallery[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 兴山概况 (Xingshan County Summary) (Chinese)
  2. ^ Emigration (from the county's official site)

External links[edit]