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footnotes = Huaihua (Chinese: 怀化;
pinyin: Huáihuà) is a prefecture-level cityin the Hunanprovince of China.
Mayang Miao Autonomous County麻阳苗族自治县
Xinhuang Dong Autonomous County新晃侗族自治县
Zhijiang Dong Autonomous County芷江侗族自治县
Jingzhou Miao and Dong Autonomous County靖州苗族侗族自治县
Tongdao Dong Autonomous County通道侗族自治县
Geography and economy
Huaihua is in a mountainous region of Hunan. The mountain peaks are rather high. Huaihua is located south of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, and shares the same mountain belt. Zhangjiajie is known for its different peaks and valleys.
The area's rural poverty is a continuing problem. Developing the mountain resources has been a question for some time.
Railroads provide the main transportation in the region, although an accessible highway and airport have been built recently. The only other airport in Zhijiang was rebuilt from a military airport. Zhijiang is also the place where the Japanese surrendered to China on August 21, 1945.
Huaihua is home to the
Second Artillery CorpsBase 55, which is tasked with maintaining ICBMs. [http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/report/1999/chinamod.pdf] [http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/world/china/huaihua.htm] The nuclear assets at Huaihua are intended for small-scale nuclear conflict [http://www.softwar.net/dongfeng.html] (with a limited, but nuclear, exchange), as well as the ability to strike Guam, one of only two B-2 bases.
As the region's development continues, the western countryside will have greater chance to grow. With Huaihua's important location, it will likely offer great opportunities in travel, agriculture, services, and industry, which in turn can help guide the whole westward region's development.
* [http://www.huaihua.gov.cn/ Official website of Huaihua Government]
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