Nan'ao County

Nan'ao County

Nan'ao County (Chinese: 南澳县; pinyin: Nán'ào Xiàn) is a county in Shantou, Guangdong, China.

Geographically, the main part of the county is the island of Nan’ao, which lies 2 – 5 miles off the coast of Guangdong. The county also includes a few minor islands nearby, in particular the Nanpeng Archipelago (南澎列岛, Nanpeng Liedao), a chain of islets located some 30 km to the southeast from the Nan'ao Island.

The county has a land area of 108 square kilometres, and a population of 70,000.

Nan'ao island lies on the Tropic of Cancer.

History

In 1950 Nan'ao Island was the scene of a battle (Battle of Nan'ao Island) fought between the nationalists and the communists during the Chinese Civil War. A smaller battle (Battle of Nanpēng Archipelago) was fought in 1952 on the nearby Nanpeng islands.

An important Ming-era shipwreck was recently excavated off Nan'ao Island.[1]

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Coordinates: 23°25′41″N 117°01′12″E / 23.428°N 117.02°E / 23.428; 117.02


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