Benxi

Benxi (Chinese: 本溪; pinyin: Běnxī) is a prefecture-level city located in the east of Liaoning province, People's Republic of China, south-southeast of the provincial capital Shenyang. Its population was 1,709,538 at the 2010 census whom 1,011,377 lived in the built-up area made of 3 urban districts (Pingshan, Xihu and Mingshan). It was founded as a metallurgical center in 1915. Benxi Iron and Steel Company (Bengang) is the largest employer in the city, and used to be the fourth-largest steel company in China. The second-largest industry in Benxi is coal mining. The city has pollution problems due to steel production and coal mining.

Benxi
本溪市
Location of Benxi City jurisdiction in Liaoning
Benxi
Location of the city centre in Liaoning
Coordinates (Benxi Bureau of Civil Affairs / 本溪市民政局): 41°18′14″N 123°45′54″E
CountryPeople's Republic of China
ProvinceLiaoning
Municipal seatXihu District
Districts and Counties
List
  • Pingshan District
  • Xihu District
  • Mingshan District
  • Nanfen District
  • Benxi Manchu Autonomous County
  • Huanren Manchu Autonomous County
Government
  CPC BenxiCommittee Secretary
  MayorTian Shuhuai (田树槐)
Area
  Prefecture-level city8,435 km2 (3,257 sq mi)
  Urban
 [1]
1,526.00 km2 (589.19 sq mi)
  Metro
907.0 km2 (350.2 sq mi)
Elevation
131 m (430 ft)
Population
 (2010 census)[2]
  Prefecture-level city1,709,538
  Urban
 [1]
1,094,294
  Metro
1,011,377
Time zoneUTC+8 (China Standard)
Postal code
117000
Area code(s)24
ISO 3166 codeCN-LN-05
Licence plates辽E
Administrative division code210500
Websitehttp://www.benxi.gov.cn/

During the disaster of Air France flight AF447, Benxi Iron and Steel Company lost 5 employees, including the executive Chen Chiping who was the wife of Liaoning's provincial governor.[3]