Xinxiang's location in Henan province
|Country||People's Republic of China|
|• Party Chief||Wang Dengxi (王登喜)|
|• Mayor||Zhang Guowei (张国伟)|
|• Prefecture-level city||8,249 km2 (3,185 sq mi)|
|• Urban||431 km2 (166 sq mi)|
|• Metro||3,390 km2 (1,310 sq mi)|
|• Prefecture-level city||5,708,191|
|• Density||690/km2 (1,800/sq mi)|
|• Urban density||2,400/km2 (6,300/sq mi)|
|• Metro density||770/km2 (2,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (China Standard)|
|ISO 3166 code||CN-HA-07|
|GDP||¥238.48 billion (2017)|
|License plate prefixes||豫G|
It borders the provincial capital of Zhengzhou to its southwest, Kaifeng to its southeast, Hebi and Anyang to its north, Jiaozuo to its west, and the provinces of Shanxi and Shandong to its northwest and east respectively.
Its population was 5,707,801 as of 2010 census of whom 2,596,759 are in the built-up area made of 4 urban districts (Weibin, Hongqi and Muye). and, as the city is expanding very quickly, Fengquan district, Xinxiang county and Huixian City are now being urbanized.
Xinxiang was site of the Battle of Muye where the Shang Dynasty was overthrown by the Zhou. Xinxiang dates from the Sui dynasty (581-618) and was a small market center before being developed as an industrial center in the 1950s. It also served as the capital of the short-lived Pingyuan Province, which covered neighbouring cities Anyang, Hebi, Puyang, Jiaozhuo and Heze, between 1949 and 1952, for the purpose of exterminating Nationalist guerillas.
The Roman Catholic minority (no statistics available) is served by its own Apostolic Prefecture of Xinxiang 新鄉 (中文) / Sinsiang / Sinsiangen(sis) (Latin), which was established on July 7, 1936 (1936.07.07) on missionary territory split off from the then Apostolic Vicariate of Weihuifu 衛輝府 (now Diocese of Jixian). It is a pre-diocesan jurisdiction, which is exempt (i.e., directly subject to the Holy See and its missionary Roman Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples), not part of any ecclesiastical province.
It has had the following incumbent Apostolic Prefects of Xinxiang 新鄉 (Roman Rite) :
- Father Thomas Megan (米干), Divine Word Missionaries S.V.D.) (born USA) (1936.07.07 – retired 1948), died 1951
- Fr. Johannes Schütte (舒德), S.V.D. (born Germany) (1948 – death 1971.11.18), also Superior General of Society of the Divine Word (Divine Word Missionaries) (1958.03.28 – 1967.12.15) and Vice-Secretary of Pontifical Commission of Justice and Peace (1968 – 1971.11.18)
- Joseph Zhang Wei-zhu (張維柱) (first Chinese and secular priest) (1992, with clandestine episcopal consecration – ...).
Xinxiang is the headquarters of the 83rd Group Army of the People's Liberation Army, one of the three group armies that comprise the Jinan Military Region responsible for defence of the Yellow River Plain.
There are several important enterprises located in Xinxiang, such as Frestech Refrigerator, Golden Dragon Copper Group, Bailu Chemical Fibre, Henan Kelong Group，AVIC XINHANG Industry Corporation...etc.
Agriculture and industryEdit
Textiles and processed food are major manufactures. It has a large number of heavy industry in machine making. As an old textiles basement, the cotton industry is very developed in Xinxiang.
Air & soil pollutionEdit
According to a report by Greenpeace in 2015, Henan (the province that Xinxiang is in) has the most severe air pollution of all the provinces in China, with an average PM2.5 concentration of 103.3 μg/m3 (micrograms per cubic meter). Ranking second and third respectively are the provinces of Hubei and Hebei, with PM2.5 concentrations of 99.2 μg/m3 and 98.4 μg/m3.
Xinxiang is the 13th most polluted city air-wise in China, with a PM2.5 concentration of 114.6 μg/m3 (over 11 times the safe limit established by the WHO) during the first quarter of 2015. Other cities in Henan that ranked within the top 30 most polluted cities in China during the first quarter of 2015 include Zhengzhou, Jiaozuo, Anyang, Pingdingshan, Zhoukou, Xuchang, Puyang, and Luoyang; all of these have PM2.5 concentrations above 100 μg/m3. Farmland governed by the municipality was also noted for heavy metal contamination by leading China news site Caixin, as the epicenter of Chinese battery (nickel cadmium) producers. See also Toxic heavy metal.
The city is a rail junction and industrial centre at the head of navigation on the Wei River (Shandong) (卫河). The river, made navigable for small vessels by river improvements in the 1950s, links the city with Tianjin, the main port for Beijing. Later, due to heavy industrial chemical pollution, the river course had been totally cut off and got filled up. After recent dredges, it is still no more than a man-made lake.
There are several universities and colleges located in the prefecture level city.
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- "Greenpeace ranks 360 Chinese cities by PM2.5 Air Pollution". Greenpeace. 2015-03-24.