Siangyang, Siang-yang
Overlooking Fancheng District from Xiangcheng District on the other side of the Han River.
Overlooking Fancheng District from Xiangcheng District on the other side of the Han River.
Location of Xiangyang City jurisdiction in Hubei
Location of Xiangyang City jurisdiction in Hubei
Xiangyang is located in Hubei
Location of the city centre in Hubei
Coordinates (Xiangyang municipal government): 32°00′36″N 112°07′19″E / 32.010°N 112.122°E / 32.010; 112.122Coordinates: 32°00′36″N 112°07′19″E / 32.010°N 112.122°E / 32.010; 112.122
CountryPeople's Republic of China
County-level divisions8
Township-level divisions159
Municipal seatXiangcheng District
 • MayorQie Yingcai
 • Prefecture-level city19,724.41 km2 (7,615.64 sq mi)
 • Urban
3,672.9 km2 (1,418.1 sq mi)
 • Metro
3,672.9 km2 (1,418.1 sq mi)
71 m (232 ft)
 (2020 census)[1]
 • Prefecture-level city5,260,951
 • Density270/km2 (690/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Urban density630/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
 • Metro
 • Metro density630/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (China Standard)
Area code(s)710
ISO 3166 codeCN-HB-06
GDP 2007¥78.545 billion
GDP per capita 2007¥14,478
License Plate Prefix鄂F
"Xiangyang" written in Chinese
Simplified Chinese襄阳
Traditional Chinese襄陽

Xiangyang is a prefecture-level city in northwestern Hubei province, China and the second largest city in Hubei by population. It was known as Xiangfan from 1950 to 2010.[2] The Han River runs through Xiangyang's centre and divides the city north–south. The city itself is an agglomeration of two once separate cities: Fancheng and Xiangyang (or Xiangcheng), and was known as Xiangfan before 2010. What remains of old Xiangyang is located south of the Han River and contains one of the oldest still-intact city walls in China, while Fancheng is located to the north of the Han River. Both cities served prominent historical roles in both ancient and pre-modern Chinese history. Today, the city has been a target of government and private investment as the country seeks to urbanize and develop the interior provinces. Its built-up area made up of 3 urban districts had 2,319,640 inhabitants at the 2020 census while the whole municipality contained approximately 5,260,951 people.


Han River near Fancheng, 1874
Han River near Fancheng, 1874

Xiangyang is located at a strategic site on the middle reaches of the Han River, and has witnessed several major battles in Chinese history. Xiangyang County was first established at the location of modern Xiangcheng in early Western Han dynasty and the name had been used continuously for more than 2,000 years until 20th century.

In the final years of Eastern Han dynasty, Xiangyang became the capital of Jing Province (ancient Jingzhou). The warlord Liu Biao governed his territory from here. Under Liu's rule, Xiangyang became a major destination of the northern elite fleeing warfare in the Central Plain. In the Battle of Xiangyang in 191 AD, Sun Jian, who was a rival warlord and the father of Sun Quan, founder of Eastern Wu, was defeated and killed. The area passed to Liu Bei after Liu Biao's death. Two decades later, Battle of Fancheng, one of the most important battles in late Han-Three Kingdoms period was fought here, resulting in Liu Bei's loss of Jingzhou.

During the early years of Jin dynasty, Xiangyang was on the frontier between Jin and Eastern Wu. Yang Hu, the commander in Xiangyang, was remembered for his policy of "border peace". Cross-border commerce was allowed, and the pressure on the Jin army was greatly relieved. Eventually, Xiangyang accumulated sufficient supplies for 10 years, which played a key role in Jin's conquest of Wu.

Guangde Temple, Xiangyang
Guangde Temple, Xiangyang

In Southern Song dynasty, after the Treaty of Shaoxing, Xiangyang became a garrison city on the northern frontier of Song. During Mongol conquest of the Song dynasty, Xiangyang together with Fancheng formed one of the greatest obstacles against the expansion of Mongol Empire. They were able to resist for six years before finally surrendering in the Siege of Xiangyang.

In 1796, Xiangyang was one of the centers of the White Lotus Rebellion against the Qing dynasty. Here, rebel leader Wang Cong'er successfully organized an rebel army of 50,000 and joined the main rebel forces in Sichuan. The revolt lasted for nearly 10 years and marked a turning point in the history of Qing dynasty.

In 1950, Xiangyang and Fancheng were merged to form Xiangfan City. In later 20th century, it became a major transport hub as Handan, Jiaoliu, and Xiangyu railways intersect in Fancheng. The city's current boundaries were established in 1983 when Xiangyang Prefecture was incorporated into Xiangfan City. The city was renamed to Xiangyang in 2010.


Xiangyang has a latitude range of 31° 14'−32° 37' N, or 154 km (96 mi), and longitude range of 110° 45'−113° 43' E, or 220 km (137 mi), and is located on the middle reaches of the Hanshui, a major tributary of the Yangtze River. The urban area, however, has a latitude range of 31° 54'−32° 10' N, or 29 km (18 mi), and longitude range of 112° 00'−112° 14' E, or 21 km (13 mi). It borders Suizhou to the east, Jingmen and Yichang to the south, Shennongjia and Shiyan to the west, and Nanyang (Henan) to the north. Its administrative border has a total length of 1,332.8 km (828.2 mi).

Xiangyang has a monsoon-influenced, four season humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa), with cold, damp (but comparatively dry), winters, and hot, humid summers.

Climate data for Xiangyang (1981–2010 normals)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 7.4
Daily mean °C (°F) 3.1
Average low °C (°F) −0.2
Average precipitation mm (inches) 19.5
Average relative humidity (%) 73 71 72 73 72 76 83 82 78 76 74 72 75
Source: China Meteorological Administration[3]


The prefecture-level city of Xiangyang administers 9 county-level divisions, including 3 districts, 3 county-level cities and 3 counties.[4][5]

These are further divided into 159 township-level divisions, including 106 towns, 29 townships and 24 subdistricts.



The Tang dynasty city film and television base in Xiangyang
The Tang dynasty city film and television base in Xiangyang

Xiangyang possesses large water energy resources whilst its mineral deposits include rutile, ilmenite, phosphorus, barite, coal, iron, aluminum, gold, manganese, nitre, and rock salt. The reserves of rutile and ilmenite rank highly in China. Textile production is the mainstay industry of Xiangyang followed by machinery manufacture, chemical processing, electronics, and manufacture of construction materials. Agricultural resources are significant with Xiangyang's chief farm products including grain, cotton, vegetable oil crops, tobacco, tea and fruit. As the home of Dongfeng Motors, Xiangyang is a well known automobile hub and partners with foreign manufacturers to produce Nissan and Infiniti models for domestic sales. In addition, there are a number of chemical fibre enterprises in the city including Birla Jingwei Fibres, a member of the Aditya Birla Group. The city has also invested in many industrial, technology and clean energy parks.

Industry development

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Xiangyang has been evaluated as one of “Top-100 Commercial Cities in Chinese Mainland” and “Top-20 Suitable Cities to Set Up Factories in Chinese Mainland” by Forbes. National top-50 city. New energy vehicle, civil-military integration industry, renewable energy utilization – three national new industrial demonstration bases. Comprehensive national industrial innovation center. “Core” industry intelligent creation center. National demonstration base of manufacturing industry high quality development.[citation needed]

Xiangyang has formed a modern multi-industry system of “one leading industry (Auto industry) and six pillars”, and has gathered more than 30 world top-500 enterprise such as Dongfeng, Nissan and Huawei.

Hubei Free Trade Zone at Xiangyang

With a total planned area of 21.99 square km, Hubei Free Trade Zone at Xiangyang is one of the three Hubei Free Trade Pilot Zones, a national opening-up platform and a new height of leading opening-up, enjoying preferential policies of free trade zone and national high-tech zone and giving priority to high-end equipment manufacturing, new energy autos, big data, cloud computing, business logistics, inspection and testing.[6]


Xiangyang is a railway junction for the Xiangyang-Chongqing (Xiangyu), Hankou-Danjiangkou (Handan), and Jiaozuo-Liuzhou (Jiaoliu) Railways. Xiangyang East railway station opened in 2019 and is connected to multiple high-speed lines. Three National Highways including Route 207 pass through the city. The Han River and four other rivers are open to commercial transport year-round. The Xiangyang Liuji Airport has commercial airline services to major cities throughout China including Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou.

With Xiangyang-Ningbo Port International Sea-railway Combined Transportation, “Xiangyang-Wuhan-Europe” Central Europe Freight Trains, three-dimensional international logistics channels have been established. Economic ties with countries and areas along the “Belt and Road” are getting closer and closer.

See also


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  2. ^ 湖北省襄樊市更名为襄阳市(图). 163.com (in Chinese (China)). 2010-12-02. Retrieved 2010-12-03.
  3. ^ 中国气象数据网 - WeatherBk Data (in Chinese (China)). China Meteorological Administration. Retrieved 2020-04-15.
  4. ^ 襄樊市更名为襄阳市,襄阳区更名为襄州区 [Xiangfan City Changes Name to Xiangyang City, Xiangyang District Changes Name to Xiangzhou District] (in Simplified Chinese). XZQH.org. 2 December 2010. Retrieved 22 August 2018. 行政区划调整后,襄阳市辖襄城、樊城、襄州3个市辖区以及南漳、谷城、保康3个县,代管老河口、枣阳、宜城3个县级市。
  5. ^ 2017年统计用区划代码和城乡划分代码:襄阳市 [2017 Statistical Area Numbers and Rural-Urban Area Numbers: Xiangyang City]. National Bureau of Statistics of the People's Republic of China. 2017. Retrieved 22 August 2018. 统计用区划代码 名称 420601000000 市辖区 420602000000 襄城区 420606000000 樊城区 420607000000 襄州区 420624000000 南漳县 420625000000 谷城县 420626000000 保康县 420682000000 老河口市 420683000000 枣阳市 420684000000 宜城市
  6. ^ "中国(湖北)自由贸易试验区襄阳片区简介". 襄阳自贸区官网 (in Simplified Chinese). Retrieved 2021-07-30.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)