Nanyang, Henan

Nanyang (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: 南陽; pinyin: Nányáng) is a prefecture-level city in the southwest of Henan province, China. The city with the largest administrative area in Henan, Nanyang borders Xinyang to the southeast, Zhumadian to the east, Pingdingshan to the northeast, Luoyang to the north, Sanmenxia to the northwest, the province of Shaanxi to the west, and the province of Hubei to the south.

It had 10,263,660 inhabitants at the 2010 census, ranking eleventh in China.[2] However, 1,811,812 residents live in the built-up area made of three urban districts (High-Tech Industrial Development Zone, Wolong and Wancheng).[3] Dinosaur egg fossils have been discovered in the Nanyang Basin.

The 35,000 capacity Nanyang Sports Centre Stadium[4] is the main (football) venue in the city.


Satellite view of Nanyang
Satellite view of Nanyang
Nanyang City in Henan
Nanyang City in Henan
Nanyang is located in China
Location in China
Coordinates (Nanyang People's Park): 33°00′04″N 112°32′17″E / 33.001°N 112.538°ECoordinates: 33°00′04″N 112°32′17″E / 33.001°N 112.538°E
CountryPeople's Republic of China
County-level divisions2 districts
10 counties
 • MayorHuo Haosheng
 • Prefecture-level city26,509 km2 (10,235 sq mi)
 • Urban
309 km2 (119 sq mi)
 • Rural
26,200 km2 (10,100 sq mi)
 • Length263 km (163 mi)
 • Width168 km (104 mi)
131 m (430 ft)
Highest elevation
2,212.5 m (7,258.9 ft)
Lowest elevation
72.2 m (236.9 ft)
 • Prefecture-level city11,942,300
 • Density450/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Urban density6,500/km2 (17,000/sq mi)
 • Rural
 • Rural density380/km2 (980/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (China Standard)
Postal code
Area code(s)0377
ISO 3166 codeCN-HA-13
Major NationalitiesHan
Maidenhead locator or QTH grid squareOM62GX - OM63GA
City FlowersChrysanthemum&China Rose


Nanyang (simplified Chinese: 南阳; traditional Chinese: 南陽; pinyin: Nányáng) -South, /-sun (the south side of a mountain, or the north side of a river, which in Chinese is called Yang meaning "sunny"). Wan () is the abbreviation for Nanyang which in ancient times was known as Wancheng (宛城), meaning "Wan City".

Nanyang has been the name of the region since at least the Qin Dynasty. It therefore has the distinction of being one of the oldest continuously used major place names in contemporary China.


Nanyang is located in southwestern Henan, bordering Hubei (Xiangyang, Shiyan, and Suizhou) to the south, Shaanxi (Shangluo) to the west and the following prefecture-level cities in Henan:

  • Zhumadian (E)
  • Xinyang (SE)
  • Sanmenxia (NW)
  • Luoyang (N)
  • Pingdingshan (NE)

The latitude of the entire prefecture ranges from 32° 17' to 33° 48' N, while the longitude ranges from 110° 58' to 113° 49' E, and the prefecture spans 26,600 square kilometres (10,300 sq mi). The city lies within the Nanyang Basin, which is part of a region in Central China that lies in the gap between the eastern end of the Qin Mountains and the source of the Huai River. Thus, using those two geographic features as the standard dividing line, it is difficult to classify the city into northern or southern China.

To the north of Nanyang city proper, there is a mountain called Mount Du, which is famous for the Dushan jade, one of the four famous jades of China, now a rarity. To the southwest is Neixiang County with the newly developing Baotianman Biosphere Reserve—an area of high biodiversity, with 65 rare and endangered species.

Satellite view of the area, showing the Nanyang Basin in the centre. The city proper of Nanyang is located in the north-central part of this picture.


The climate is generally moderate and is a four-season humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cwa), with strong monsoon influences: winters are cool but dry, and summers are hot and humid. Spring and autumn provide transitions of reasonable length. The monthly daily average temperature in January is 1.4 °C (34.5 °F) and in July it is 26.9 °C (80.4 °F); the annual mean is 14.9 °C (58.8 °F). More than half the annual rainfall occurs from June to August.



The whole city area has a population over 10.26 million, which is the twelfth prefecture-level city in China now. The built-up area has over 1.8 million people, which is the fifth largest city in Henan Province. About 1 million commute from the city, mainly to Zhengzhou, Guangdong province, Beijing and Shanghai. The majority of the province is Han; among the minority nationalities are the Hui people and Man people.


Nanyang higher education already has a good foundation for development. Nanyang is a great city of education. It has a fine tradition of respecting teachers and teaching and educating students. It has taken the lead in proposing a strategy of science and education in the country. In particular, in recent years, the municipal party committee and the municipal government have attached great importance to education. The education industry in our city has developed vigorously and the face of higher education has undergone tremendous changes. There are 6 colleges and universities in the city, with nearly 90,000 students. All colleges and universities adhere to the Party's education policy, implement the fundamental tasks of Lide Shuren, and have achieved unprecedented achievements in personnel training, scientific research, social services, cultural heritage innovation and international exchanges and cooperation, which not only promotes the city's science and technology. Innovation, social progress and improvement of people's livelihood have also laid a good foundation for achieving a higher level of development at a new starting point.

Secondary education[5]

  • No.1 High School of Nanyang
  • No.2 High School of Nanyang
  • No.5 High School of Nanyang
  • No.8 High School of Nanyang

Higher education

  • Henan Polytechnic Institute[9](河南工業職業技術學院)
  • Nanyang Vocational College of Agriculture[10](南陽農業職業學院)



The prefecture-level city of Nanyang administers 2 districts, 1 county-level city and 10 counties.



  • Nanyang has a developing cattle industry, as well as a tobacco factory.
  • The Bai River flows through Nanyang and provides it with an abundant supply of fish.
  • Nanyang produces two kinds of quality wine: Shedianlaojiu and Wolongyuye.
  • Nanyang oil field is the second largest oil field in Henan Province.
  • Agriculture plays an important role in its economy.
  • There is a large optical component production community in the area comprising several factories.




Nanyang has one major railway station: Nanyang Railway Station. There are also several other small stations serving suburban areas.

Nanyang is a railway junction for the Nanjing-Xi'an Railway and the Jiaozuo-Liuzhou Railway. Direct train service is available to Shanghai, Nanjing, and Hefei to the east, Xian and Lanzhou to the west, Luoyang to the north and Liuzhou to the south.

Highways and expressways

Over 500 km (310 mi) of highway network has been built along the railway line and others. An 80 km (50 mi) beltway is being constructed surrounding the city. As of 2009, feasibility studies for 80 km (50 mi) of elevated rope suspension pathways hanging 10 meters high for pedestrian and bicycle use have been approved by city level governance. Installation will begin early 2010.

Airport and airlines

Nanyang Airport is one of three civil aviation airports in the province. It is only 20 minutes bus time from the urban area. Passengers can take flights to and from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Guilin.

There are also two avion airports.

Public transit

Nanyang city buses have about 30 lines in the urban area. Taxis are common.



The official language of Nanyang is Mandarin Chinese, but most locals speak the Henan dialect, with its easily identifiable stereotypical features; this local dialect is known as Nanyang Hua (南阳话), and is spoken by about 15 million people in the area.

There is also a local form of Chinese opera called Wan Opera.

Famous people from Nanyang

Within the metropolitan area

Temples, cathedrals, and mosques

Outside the metropolitan area, but within the municipality

Temples, cathedrals, and mosques


See also


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  2. ^ 最新中国城市人口数量排名(根据2010年第六次人口普查). 2012. Retrieved 2014-05-28.
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Nanzhao County

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Sheqi County

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Tongbai County

Tongbai County (Chinese: 桐柏县; pinyin: Tóngbǎi Xiàn) is a county in the south of Henan province, China, bordering Hubei province to the south. The easternmost county-level division of the prefecture-level city of Nanyang, it has an area of 1,941 square kilometres (749 sq mi) and a population of 420,000.

Wancheng District

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Climate data for Nanyang, Henan (1971−2000)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 19.5
Average high °C (°F) 6.7
Daily mean °C (°F) 1.4
Average low °C (°F) −2.6
Record low °C (°F) −12.8
Average precipitation mm (inches) 13.7
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 4.5 5.0 7.9 8.1 9.5 9.9 12.3 10.4 9.2 8.8 6.0 3.8 95.4
Source: Weather China
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