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County-level city
Shishou is located in Hubei
Location in Hubei
Coordinates: 29°43′N 112°24′E / 29.717°N 112.400°E / 29.717; 112.400Coordinates: 29°43′N 112°24′E / 29.717°N 112.400°E / 29.717; 112.400
Country People's Republic of China
Province Hubei
Prefecture-level city Jingzhou
 • Total 630,000
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)

Shishou ([ʂɨ̌.ʂòu]; Chinese: 石首) is a county-level city under the administration of the prefectural-level city Jingzhou, in the south of Hubei province, China.


Shishou is located in the south of the province, near its border with Hunan. The Shishou City National Baiji Reserve for Chinese river dolphins is nearby. It shares its name with a stream flowing into the Yangtze River.

2009 Shishou incident[edit]

In June 2009, Shishou was rocked by violent protest after a man, Tu Yuangao, was found dead, supposedly due to suicide, outside the Yonglong hotel. The hotel is owned by a relative of Shishou's mayor.[1] Tu, 24, was the hotel's chef.[2] Fearing a cover-up, Tu's family refused to accept that his death was a suicide, and guarded his body while awaiting investigation. When police tried to forcefully remove Tu's body, local residents joined Tu's family, blocking the hotel entrance from the police. On June 19 a large number of local residents guarded the hotel, fighting with the police, including armed police. Confrontations between the police and residents continued outside the hotel, and on June 20, the municipal government began cutting internet connections in Shishou. On June 21, the police managed to break through the crowd and took Tu's corpse to a crematorium, apparently without giving the family the investigation it had requested.[2]


  1. ^ "City in central China rocked by violent riots: residents," Agence France-Presse, June 20, 2009.
  2. ^ a b Oiwan Lam, "China: Mass incident sparked by a dead body," Global Voices Online, June 21, 2009.

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