Coordinates: 27°34′11″N 110°00′06″E / 27.5698°N 110.0016°E / 27.5698; 110.0016

Huaihua (simplified Chinese: 怀化市; traditional Chinese: 懷化市; pinyin: Huáihuà Shì) is a prefecture-level city in the southwest of Hunan province, China. it covers 27,564 km2 (10,643 sq mi) and is bordered by Xiangxi to the northwest; Zhangjiajie, Changde to the north; Yiyang, Loudi and Shaoyang to the east; Guilin and Liuzhou of Guangxi to the south; Qiandongnan, Tongren of Guizhou to the southwest. It has 4,741,948 of population (2010 census), accounting for 7.22% of the provincial population.[2][3] According to 2010 Census, there are 2,909,574 Han Chinese, Han shares 61.4% of the population, 1,832,289 population of minorities, 38.6%; Dong, Miao, Tujia, Yao and Bai are major native minorities.[4] Huaihua is the central region of Dong ethnic population, there lives 816,481 Dong people (2010 census), it shares 28.35 per centage of Chinese Dong ethnic group.[5]


Yuan River in Yuanling County
Location of Huaihua City jurisdiction in Hunan
Location of Huaihua City jurisdiction in Hunan
Huaihua is located in Hunan
Location of the city centre in Hunan
Coordinates (Yingfeng Park (迎丰公园)): 27°33′39″N 109°59′08″E / 27.5608°N 109.9856°E / 27.5608; 109.9856
CountryPeople's Republic of China
Municipal seatHecheng District
 • Prefecture-level city27,600 km2 (10,700 sq mi)
 • Urban
64.00 km2 (24.71 sq mi)
 • Districts[1]722.8 km2 (279.1 sq mi)
 • Prefecture-level city5,000,000
 • Density180/km2 (470/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Urban density9,700/km2 (25,000/sq mi)
 • Districts[1]
Time zoneUTC+8 (China Standard)
ISO 3166 codeCN-HN-12

Huaihua is very mountainous, it is located between Wuyi and Xuefeng mountain ranges, Yuan river runs from the south to the north; the forest coverage reached 70.8% in 2015.[6]



Geography and economyEdit

Huaihua lies in the mountainous west of Hunan, south-east of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, and shares the same mountain belt. Railroads is a major means of transportation in the region, and an airport was opened in 2004.

Huaihua is home to the Second Artillery Corps Base 55, which is charged with maintaining ICBMs. [1][2] The nuclear assets at Huaihua are intended for small-scale nuclear conflicts [3] (with a limited, but nuclear, exchange), as well as the ability to strike Guam, one of only two B-2 bases.


The current CPC Party Secretary of Huaihua is Peng Guofu and the current Mayor is Lei Shaoye.


Huaihua railway station

Huaihua is located at a major railway node and its economy has historically benefited from the concentration of railways meeting in the city. Three major railways, the Shanghai–Kunming Railway, the Jiaozuo–Liuzhou Railway, and the Chongqing–Huaihua Railway, intersect in the city. Through these railways Huaihua has connections to almost all major Chinese cities. Passenger trains are served by the Huaihua Railway Station.

Huaihua is on the route of G65 Baotou-Maoming Expressway, which connects it with Chongqing to the northwest. It is also on the route of G60 Shanghai–Kunming Expressway, which connects it with Guiyang to the west, and Changsha to the east. Other roads that run through the city include China National Highway 209 and China National Highway 320.

By air, Huaihua is served by Zhijiang Airport, located some 31 kilometers from the city proper in the Zhijiang Dong Autonomous County.

External linksEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, ed. (2019). China Urban Construction Statistical Yearbook 2017. Beijing: China Statistics Press. p. 68. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  2. ^ Huaihua Census 2010 Archived 2014-07-14 at the Wayback Machine and Hunan Census 2010 Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Huaihua introduction, also see Huaihua Yearbook 2015
  4. ^ Ethnic group Analysis of Huaihua Census 2010 (2012-11-30)
  5. ^ According to China census 2010, there is 2,879,974 Dong ethnic population; Huaihua lives 816,481 population of Dong ethnic group, it shares 28.35% of Chinese Dong people.
  6. ^ the forest coverage in 2015 is according to 2015 Statistical Report on National Economy and Social Development of Huaihua