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Wenchuan County

Wenchuan County
汶川县
County
Chinese transcription(s)
 • Simplified 汶川县
 • Traditional 汶川縣
 • Pinyin Wènchuān Xiàn
 • Tibetan ལུང་དགུ་རྫོང་།
Street view of Yingxiu town, July 2005
Street view of Yingxiu town, July 2005
Wenchuan (red) in Ngawa Prefecture (yellow), Sichuan province, and the PRC
Wenchuan (red) in Ngawa Prefecture (yellow), Sichuan province, and the PRC
Wenchuan is located in Sichuan
Wenchuan
Wenchuan
Location in Sichuan
Coordinates:
Country People's Republic of China
Province Sichuan
Prefecture Ngawa
County seat Weizhou
Area
 • Total 4,084 km2 (1,577 sq mi)
Population (2005)
 • Total 106,119
 • Density 26/km2 (67/sq mi)
 • Major nationalities Han - 46%
Qiang - 34%
Tibetan - 18.6%
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Postal code 623000
Area code(s) 0837

Wenchuan County (Chinese: 汶川县; pinyin: Wènchuān Xiàn, Tibetan: ལུང་དགུ་རྫོང༌།, ZYPY: Lunggu Zong) is a county in Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan, People's Republic of China.

This county has an area of 4,084 square kilometres (1,577 sq mi) and a population of 106,119 as of 2005.[1]

Wolong National Nature Reserve is a protected area located in Wenchuan County, which houses more than 150 highly endangered giant pandas. The Wolong Special Administrative Region is also located here.

The area was the site of the epicentre and one of the most severely hit areas of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake (or Wenchuan earthquake).

Wenchuan earthquake

On May 12, 2008, the area was the site of the epicentre and one of the most severely hit areas of the great Sichuan, or Wenchuan, earthquake (汶川地震). In Chinese, the earthquake is named after the county, making its name resonate across the nation. In the county, 15,941 people were dead, 34,583 injured, and 7,474 still missing as of June 6, 2008.[2][3]

Wenchuan was at the center of one of two areas where seismic intensity were the highest at XI liedu during this earthquake.[4] Since the earthquake, the central government has increased fortification intensity for seismic design for this area from VII to VIII.[5]

Subdivisions

The rebuilt Wenchuan

Wenchuan County has six towns and seven townships:[6]

Transport

References

  1. ^ (Chinese) Profile of Wenchuan County, official website of Wenchuan County Government, visited on May 12, 2008.
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  6. ^ (Chinese) Profile of Wenchuan County, visited on May 25, 2008.

External links

  • Official website of Wenchuan County Government
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