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Prefecture-level city
Guangyuan skyline.jpg
Location of Guangyuan in Sichuan
Location of Guangyuan in Sichuan
Guangyuan is located in Sichuan
Location in Sichuan
Coordinates: 32°26′N 105°49′E / 32.433°N 105.817°E / 32.433; 105.817Coordinates: 32°26′N 105°49′E / 32.433°N 105.817°E / 32.433; 105.817
Country People's Republic of China
Province Sichuan
 • Total 16,313.78 km2 (6,298.79 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,484,123
 • Density 150/km2 (390/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+8 (China Standard)
Postal code 628017
Area code(s) 0839
ISO 3166 code CN-SC-08

Guangyuan (simplified Chinese: 广元; traditional Chinese: 廣元; pinyin: Gǔangyúan; Wade–Giles: Kuang-yüan) is a prefecture-level city in Sichuan Province, China. It has an area of 16313.78 square kilometers and a population of 2,484,123 in 2010 (3,037,600 in 2002.[1])

Guangyuan's economy is based on a diverse array of heavy industry, as well as mining and agriculture. It is an ancient city, notable for its relics and tombs. Plant 821, a large plutonium producing reactor is located near Guangyuan.

On May 12, 2008 a magnitude 7.9 earthquake occurred. 4,822 people were killed, 28,245 injured, and 125 missing in the city as of June 7, 2008.[2]


Formerly known as Lizhou (利州), Guangyuan was the birthplace of Wu Zetian, the only woman in Chinese history to bear the title Empress Regnant.

Administrative divisions

Name Hanzi Hanyu Pinyin Population (2004 est.) Area (km²) Density (/km²)
Lizhou District 利州区 Lìzhōu Qū 460,000 1,482 310
Zhaohua District 昭化区 Zhāohuà Qū 240,000 1,435 167
Chaotian District 朝天区 Cháotiān Qū 210,000 1,618 130
Wangcang County 旺苍县 Wàngcāng Xiàn 450,000 2,976 151
Qingchuan County 青川县 Qīngchuān Xiàn 250,000 3,269 76
Jiange County 剑阁县 Jiàngé Xiàn 670,000 3,204 209
Cangxi County 苍溪县 Cāngxī Xiàn 770,000 2,330 330




  1. ^ (in Chinese) Profile of Guangyuan, official website of Guangyuan Government, visited on May 13, 2008.
  2. ^ "Guangyuan Government Held 20th News Conference for the Earthquake on June 7" (in Chinese). Official website of Guangyuan Government. 2008-06-08. Archived from the original on 2017-06-20. Retrieved 2008-06-08.
  3. ^ 中国地面气候标准值月值(1981-2010) (in Chinese). China Meteorological Data Service Center. Retrieved 20 October 2018.

External links

  • Official website of Guangyuan Government
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