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.
|Coordinates (Benxi Bureau of Civil Affairs / 本溪市民政局):|
|Country||People's Republic of China|
|Municipal seat||Xihu District|
|Districts and Counties|
|• CPC Benxi||Committee Secretary|
|• Mayor||Tian Shuhuai (田树槐)|
|• Prefecture-level city||8,435 km2 (3,257 sq mi)|
|• Urban||1,526.00 km2 (589.19 sq mi)|
|• Metro||907.0 km2 (350.2 sq mi)|
|Elevation||131 m (430 ft)|
|• Prefecture-level city||1,709,538|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (China Standard)|
|ISO 3166 code||CN-LN-05|
|Administrative division code||210500|
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.