Yang County

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Yang County
County
Chinese transcription(s)
 • Traditional 洋縣
 • Simplified 洋县
 • Pinyin Yáng Xiàn
Location in Shaanxi province
Location in Shaanxi province
Location in Hanzhong
Location in Hanzhong
Coordinates: 33°13′N 107°32′E / 33.217°N 107.533°E / 33.217; 107.533
Country  China
Province Shaanxi
Prefecture Hanzhong
Population (2004) 440,000
Time zone China standard time (UTC+8)
Website http://www.yangxian.gov.cn/

Yang County, or Yangxian (simplified Chinese: 洋县; traditional Chinese: 洋縣; pinyin: Yángxiàn), is a county in Hanzhong, Shaanxi Province, China. It encompasses the easternmost portion of the Han River (Hanshui) Gorges, including the Hanzhong Basin (汉中盆地).

History[edit]

Kaiming Temple (Chinese: 开明寺) in 1875. It was built in AD 713.
Imperial Palace Liangmasijue (Chinese: 良马寺觉皇殿).

Yang County has been inhabited for 7,000 years, since the Neolithic period.[citation needed] Since the Tang dynasty and Song dynasty, many writers and artists have passed through, including Du Fu, Bai Juyi, Su Shi, and Wen Tong.[citation needed]

Administration[edit]

Yang County has three subdistricts:[1]

It also has 15 towns:

Economy[edit]

Geography[edit]

Yang County is located in southwestern Shaanxi Province, near Chenggu County and Xixiang County, and is part of the Shannan region. It sits in the eastern Hanzhong Basin (汉中盆地), on the Han River. The Daba Mountains are to the south of the county; to the north are the Qin Mountains. The administrative area (prefecture) ranges in latitude from 33°02′ to 33°43′N and in longitude from 107°11′ to 108°33′E, and is 3,206 square kilometres (1,238 sq mi).[2] The northern part of the prefecture is at a high elevation, while the southern part is generally low. Elevations range from around 389 metres (1,276 ft) in the urban area to 3,071 metres (10,075 ft) in the Qin Mountains.

Transport[edit]

Yang County is served by Hanzhong Airport and the Yangpingguan–Ankang Railway. Its major roads are the G5 Beijing–Kunming Expressway, part of the National Expressway System; China National Highway 108; and Provincial Road 230.

The Xi'an–Chengdu High-Speed Railway, currently under construction, is scheduled to begin operations in December 2017.[3][4]

Education[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Relative location[edit]

Map
(Location of Yang County Prefecture within Hanzhong.)