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Guangyuan is a prefecture-level city
Prefecture-level city
A prefectural level city , prefectural city or prefectural level municipality is an administrative division of the People's Republic of China, ranking below a province and above a county in China's administrative structure. Prefectural level cities form the second level of the administrative...

 in Sichuan
Sichuan
' , known formerly in the West by its postal map spellings of Szechwan or Szechuan is a province in Southwest China with its capital in Chengdu...

 Province, China
China
Chinese civilization may refer to:* China for more general discussion of the country.* Chinese culture* Greater China, the transnational community of ethnic Chinese.* History of China* Sinosphere, the area historically affected by Chinese culture...

. It has an area of 16313.78 square kilometers and a population of 2,484,123 in 2010 (3,037,600 in 2002.)

Guangyuan's economy is based on a diverse array of heavy industry
Heavy industry
Heavy industry does not have a single fixed meaning as compared to light industry. It can mean production of products which are either heavy in weight or in the processes leading to their production. In general, it is a popular term used within the name of many Japanese and Korean firms, meaning...

, as well as mining and agriculture. It is an ancient city, notable for its relics and tombs. Plant 821, a large plutonium
Plutonium
Plutonium is a transuranic radioactive chemical element with the chemical symbol Pu and atomic number 94. It is an actinide metal of silvery-gray appearance that tarnishes when exposed to air, forming a dull coating when oxidized. The element normally exhibits six allotropes and four oxidation...

 producing reactor is located near Guangyuan.

On May 12, 2008 a magnitude 7.9 earthquake
2008 Sichuan earthquake
The 2008 Sichuan earthquake or the Great Sichuan Earthquake was a deadly earthquake that measured at 8.0 Msand 7.9 Mw occurred at 14:28:01 CST...

 occurred. 4,822 people were killed, 28,245 injured, and 125 missing in the city as of June 7, 2008.

History


Formerly known as Lizhou (利州), Guangyuan was the birthplace of Wu Zetian
Wu Zetian
Wu Zetian , personal name Wu Zhao , often referred to as Tian Hou during the Tang Dynasty and Empress Consort Wu in later times, was the only woman in the history of China to assume the title of Empress Regnant...

, the only woman in Chinese history to bear the title Empress Regnant
Emperor of China
The Emperor of China refers to any sovereign of Imperial China reigning between the founding of Qin Dynasty of China, united by the King of Qin in 221 BCE, and the fall of Yuan Shikai's Empire of China in 1916. When referred to as the Son of Heaven , a title that predates the Qin unification, the...

.

Administrative divisions

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# Name Hanzi Hanyu Pinyin Population (2004 est.) Area (km²) Density (/km²)
1 Lizhou District
Lizhou District
Lizhou District , formerly Shizhong District , is a district of Sichuan Province, China. It is under the administration of Guangyuan city.-External links:*...

利州区 Lìzhōu Qū 460,000 1,482 310
2 Yuanba District
Yuanba District
Yuanba District is a district of Sichuan Province, China. It is under the administration of Guangyuan city....

元坝区 Yuánbà Qū 240,000 1,435 167
3 Chaotian District
Chaotian District
Chaotian District is a district of Sichuan Province, China. It is under the administration of Guangyuan city....

朝天区 Cháotiān Qū 210,000 1,618 130
4 Wangcang County
Wangcang County
Wangcang County is a county of Sichuan Province, China. It is under the administration of Guangyuan city....

旺苍县 Wàngcāng Xiàn 450,000 2,976 151
5 Qingchuan County
Qingchuan County
Qingchuan County is a county in Sichuan, China, under the jurisdiction of the prefecture-level city Guangyuan...

青川县 Qīngchuān Xiàn 250,000 3,269 76
6 Jiange County
Jiange County
Jiange County is a county of Sichuan Province, China. It is under the administration of Guangyuan city....

剑阁县 Jiàngé Xiàn 670,000 3,204 209
7 Cangxi County
Cangxi County
Cangxi County is a county of Sichuan Province, China. It is under the administration of Guangyuan city....

苍溪县 Cāngxī Xiàn 770,000 2,330 330

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