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Street view of Yingxiu, July 2005.
Street view of Yingxiu, July 2005.
Yingxiu is located in Sichuan
Location in China
Coordinates: 31°03′32″N 103°29′41″E / 31.05889°N 103.49472°E / 31.05889; 103.49472Coordinates: 31°03′32″N 103°29′41″E / 31.05889°N 103.49472°E / 31.05889; 103.49472
Country China
Province Sichuan
Prefecture Ngawa
County Wenchuan
 • Total 115.12 km2 (44.45 sq mi)
Elevation 1,012 m (3,320 ft)
Population (2007)
 • Total 6,906
 • Density 60/km2 (160/sq mi)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Postal code 513221102

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.[1]

Yingxiu Street After May 12, 2008

It is at the epicentre and one of the worst hit areas of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. 80% of the town was destroyed. The town was the first journalists were able to reach inside Wenchuan County. 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. A boulder flew down here during the earthquake, people engraved it with the words 5.12 Epicenter Yingxiu.[citation needed]


  1. ^ (Chinese) Profile of Yingxiu.

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