Street view of Yingxiu, July 2005.
|• Total||115.12 km2 (44.45 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1,012 m (3,320 ft)|
|• Density||60/km2 (160/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (China Standard)|
Yingxiu (Chinese: 映秀; pinyin: Yìngxiù) is a town of southern Wenchuan County, northwestern Sichuan province of Southwest China. It is located at the southern end of the Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, and lies on the road to Jiuzhaigou Valley, Wolong and the Siguniang Mountains. It is located 47 kilometres (29 mi) south of the county urban centre, and just 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) west of the city of Dujiangyan. The town has an area of 115 square kilometres (44 sq mi), and as of 2007, a population of 6,906.
It is at the epicentre and one of the worst hit areas of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. 80% of the town was destroyed and 5,462 people died. The collapsed Xuankou Middle School became one of the most memorable images of the disaster, and is now part of a memorial site.
Benevolence Square, built by the Chinese government at the epicentre of the earthquake, contains a huge boulder lying below the surface and surrounded by a moat. A plaque, in Chinese and English, reads as follows: "Benevolence Square: It was arable land before the earthquake.
- (in Chinese) Profile of Yingxiu.
- "Rebuilt Sichuan town struggling 10 years after earthquake". Nikkei Asian Review. Retrieved 2018-12-13.
- "Ruin of Xuankou Middle School - China.org.cn". www.china.org.cn. Retrieved 2018-12-13.
- Yingxiu: epicentre of the earthquake – The Guardian
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