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Shiyan

Shiyan is a prefecture-level city in northwestern Hubei Province of China.

Geography
The Wudang Mountains run approximately east-west through the territory of the "Prefecture-level city" of Shiyan, crossing several of its county-level division. The peak commonly referred to as "Wudang Mountain", and its surrounding monastic centers, are located south of the Shiyan main urban area, which is an important stop for tourists bound there.

Economy
Shiyan is one of the most important centres of automobile industry in China, with Dongfeng as a major employer. Before 1949 it was a small village, which grew after the founding of the People's Republic of China. In 1967 teams of workers and engineers were first sent to Shiyan in order to survey sites for automotive plants and factories. At this time the population of Shiyan was only a few hundred. Chairman Mao chose Shiyan as the site for China's automobile industry because the surrounding mountains could act as a barrier against foreign attacks.

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