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Wukan is located in Guangdong
Location in Guangdong
Coordinates: 22°53′18″N 115°40′13″E / 22.8884°N 115.6704°E / 22.8884; 115.6704Coordinates: 22°53′18″N 115°40′13″E / 22.8884°N 115.6704°E / 22.8884; 115.6704
CountryPeople's Republic of China
Prefecture-level cityShanwei
County level cityLufeng
SubdistrictDonghai [zh]

Wukan (traditional Chinese: 烏坎; simplified Chinese: 乌坎; pinyin: Wūkǎn) is a coastal fishing village in Donghai Subdistrict (东海街道), in the city of Lufeng, Guangdong.[1][2] It has a population of approximately 13,000 residents, and is located approximately 120 km (75 mi) east of Hong Kong near the South China Sea coast.[3]

Wukan became internationally notable as the site of the 2011 Wukan protests that resulted in the ousting of the ruling Communist Party of China's local government over allegations of corruption, the appointment of village leaders to positions within the Communist Party, and the holding of democratic elections to elect the new village chief and village council.


  1. ^ 2016年统计用区划代码和城乡划分代码:东海街道 [2016 Statistical Area Numbers and Rural-Urban Area Numbers: Donghai Subdistrict]. National Bureau of Statistics of the People's Republic of China. 2016. Retrieved 13 July 2018. 441581001210 112 乌坎村委会
  2. ^ 东海街道 [Donghai Subdistrict] (in Chinese). XZQH.org. 25 June 2012. Retrieved 14 July 2018. 【2011年代码及城乡分类】441581001:{...}~210 112乌坎村
  3. ^ Ewing, Kent. "Guangdong Boss Bets on Velvet Glove". Asia Times Online. January 7, 2012. Retrieved April 27, 2012.

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