Xingyang

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Xingyang
荥阳市
滎陽市
County-level city
Xingyang is located in China
Xingyang
Xingyang
Location in China
Coordinates (dm): 34°47′N 113°21′E / 34.783°N 113.350°E / 34.783; 113.350Coordinates: 34°47′N 113°21′E / 34.783°N 113.350°E / 34.783; 113.350
Country China
Province Henan
Prefecture Zhengzhou
Area
 • Total 908 km2 (351 sq mi)
Population
 • Total 590,000
 • Density 650/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Website http://www.xingyang.gov.cn/

Xingyang (simplified Chinese: 荥阳; traditional Chinese: 滎陽; pinyin: xíngyáng), is one of county-level cities of Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China. It is 15 kilometers in the west of Zhengzhou city and is the nearest city to Zhengzhou as well. The amount of inhabitants of Xingyang is around 590,000 and the area of Xingyang is about 908 km².[1]

Administration[edit]

The county-level city of Xingyang administers 16 township-level divisions, including 9 towns, 3 townships, 1 ethnic township, 2 sub-districts and 1 landscape division.

  1. Suohe Office 索河办
  2. Jingcheng Office 京城办
  3. Chengguan Township 城关乡
  4. Qiaolou Town 乔楼镇
  5. Yulong Town 豫龙镇
  6. Guanwu Town 广武镇
  7. Gaocun Township 高村乡
  8. Wangcun Town 王村镇
  9. Sishui Town 汜水镇
  10. Gaoshan Town 高山镇
  11. Liuhe Town 刘河镇
  12. Cuimiao Town 崔庙镇
  13. Jiayu Town 贾峪镇
  14. Jinzhai Hui Ethnic Township 金砦回族乡
  15. Beimang Township 北邙乡
  16. landscape division

History[edit]

The name of Xingyang, coming from Shangshu, means the city located in the north of river Xing (荥). The history of Xingyang can be retrieved in books written more than 3,000 years ago.

It is believed in Chinese legend that Xingyang is the place where Chang'e flew to the Moon. In addition, many influential persons in Chinese history were from Xingyang, such as Shen Buhai (申不害,a legalist in the Warring States period) and Li Shangyin (a poet in late Tang Dynasty). Moreover, Xingyang is considered as the origin place of the people whose surname is Zheng (郑氏) in the world.

Economy[edit]

In 2004 the GDP is ¥ 14.5 Billion, and the GDP per capita is ¥ 23,387.

Located on the flat southern bank of the Yellow River, Xingyang's Wangcun Town is known for its aquaculture. Since their development started in 1986, the pond systems in Wangcun have grown to the total size of 15,000 mu (10 km2), making the town the largest aquaculture center in North China.[2]

In 2007, construction started in Wangcun on a large turtle farm raising the Yellow River Turtle (a local variety of the Chinese softshell turtle). With the capacity for raising 5 million turtles a year, the facility was expected to become Henan's largest farm of this kind.[3]

Transportation[edit]

Travelling within the city is convenient and cheap by bus or taxi. In 2005, the start fee of Taxi for the first 3 kilometres is about ¥ 4, and the cost for every additional kilometre is ¥ 1. Fares are generally somewhat higher during 10 pm to 6 am. Normally ¥ 6-7 is maximum for traveling in the city Xingyang.

Tourism Sites[edit]

Famous Agriculture Products[edit]

Notable residents[edit]

The hometown of the character Zheng (T: 鄭, S: 郑) from The Tale of Li Wa is Xingyang.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Chinese) Profile of Xingyang, Official website of Xingyang Government, visited on April 12, 2008.
  2. ^ 黄河畔的荥阳市万亩鱼塘 (Ten thousand of mu of fish ponds in the riverside Xingyang), 2011-09-30
  3. ^ 荥阳开建河南省最大黄河鳖养殖基地 (Construction started in Xingyang on the province's largest Yellow River Turtle farm), www.zynews.com,  2007-07-24
  4. ^ Nienhauser, William H. Jr. (University of Wisconsin-Madison). "A Third Look at "Li Wa Zhuan"." T'ang Studies (Print ISSN: 0737-5034, Online ISSN: 1759-7633), 2007(25), pp. 91–110. -- Cited: p. 100.

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