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Full nameLiaoyuan
Official name辽源市
Native name辽源
Settlement typePrefecture-level city
CountryPeople's Republic of China
Incorporated (county)August 4, 1902
Incorporated (County-level city)October 15, 1948
Incorporated (Prefecture-level city)October 3, 1983
CPC SecretaryMa Ming
MayorJiang Youwei
Total Area1978.3 sq mi (5125 km2)
Urban Area165.6 sq mi (429 km2)
Elevation853 ft (260 m)
Total Population1267033 (2000)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
Urban (pop.)462233
Other information
Time zoneChina Standard (UTC+8)
Postal code136200
Area code0437
License Plate Prefix吉D

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Liaoyuan ( ) is a prefecture-level city in the west of Jilin province in Northeast China, bounded on the west by Liaoning province. Liaoyuan city lies some 100 km southeast of Changchun, the capital of Jilin province, and has a population of 1,267,033 (including rural region, 2000; 462,233 urban alone, 2000).

Coal mining used to contribute an important part to the local economy. During Japanese occupation from 1931 to 1945, Liaoyuan was the second largest coal-mining center of Manchukuo, preceded only by Fushun. This city continued to produce approximately 3 million tons of coal every year till mid 1990s, when the exhaustion of coal resource brought the economy of this city to a standstill. Fortunately, the city succeeded in transforming its economic structure from a mining oriented one to a light manufacturing oriented one. At present, the city is the largest cotton-sock manufacturing center in Manchuria. Furthermore, the aluminum shell of Apple Macbook Pro is also manufactured in this city.

The present mayor of this city is Jiāng Yǒuwéi (姜有为/姜有為). The secretary of CPC is Mǎ Míng (马明/馬明)

On December 16, 2005, a fire in Liaoyuan Central Hospital killed at least 39 people, 33 of whom were patients. The cause of the fire was wire-aging, as reported by local media.(BBC)

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