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Hengyang

China.org.cn, April 22, 2015
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The city of Hengyang lies in the south-central Hunan. It has a population of 7.3 million and an area of 15,310 square kilometers, consisting of five districts – Yanfeng, Shigu, Zhuhui, Zhengxiang and Nanyue – the two cities of Changning and Leiyang and five counties – Hengnan, Hengyang, Hengshan, Hengdong and Qidong.

Mt. Hengshan in Hengyang [Photo/enghunan.gov.cn]

It has been known as "The City of the Wild Geese" since ancient times, as flocks of wild geese rest here during their long migration from the north.

Hengyang is rich in historical relics and beautiful natural scenery. Mount Heng, also known as "Longevity Mountain," is the southernmost of the "five sacred mountains" of China, famous for its magnificent landscape and ancient temples.

Mt. Hengshan in Hengyang [Photo/China.org.cn] 

The city is one of 45 cities that form key hubs in the country's highway network, and five railways run through the region. Moreover, the port of Hengyang is one of the biggest ports in the province.

The city is one of the major producers of food grains, lean-meat pigs and cooking oil in China, and its agricultural production leads the country. Meanwhile, its process of industrialization is being accelerated, and it is now China's largest mining equipment manufacturer. It also produces small-bore steel tubes, processes beallon (an alloy of beryllium and copper), makes ultra-high-voltage transformers and manufactures fine chemicals. It is also the largest bio-pharmaceuticals production center in south-central China.

Its GDP reached 239.6 billion in 2014, up by 9.9 percent over 2013.

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