In the northern most region of Henan, Anyang borders the Taihang Mountains to the west and China's northern plains to the east. Covering 7,354 square kilometers, Anyang is home to 5,172,834 residents and enjoys a continental monsoon climate, providing distinct seasons and comfortable weather year round.
With the Huanshui River flowing through it, the city's natural beauty abounds with scenic sites including the Xiaonanhai, the Pearl Spring Scenic Area and the Taihang Great Valley. Taihang, in particular, attracts visitors from home and abroad who often come to enjoy the exhilarating sports of sky diving and hang-gliding. Another famous attraction is the Hongqi ("Red Flag") Canal. This manmade waterway has been laurelled as the "Eighth Wonder of the World."
Historically speaking, Anyang is one of the eight ancient Chinese capitals. In 1300 BC, Pangeng, the 20th Shang Emperor, founded this venerable city. In those ancient times, some 3,000 years ago, an early agricultural economy was developed, establishing Anyang as a thriving metropolis. The city went on to be the home of Youlicheng, China's ancient prison and the site where the iconic I Ching was written. Yue Fei Temple, in honor of the courageous Song Dynasty general, is also found here, along with the world-famous Yin Ruins, where numerous Shang Dynasty relics are on display.