The airport has been built recently enough that the Google Earth view of the environs shows only forested and undeveloped land:
The little blue squares are links to geotagged photos of the airport itself, for instance this one -- of a typical-looking provincial airport control tower (I've been to a lot of these places):
For the past six or eight years Chinese airlines have been statistically the safest in the world, since there have been no reported fatal crashes. I am actually writing about the phenomenal boom in Chinese air travel, and the sudden appearance of such airports all across the country is part of the saga. It is again a sign of the pace of change that Google Earth has not caught up. Sympathies to all families affected by this crash.
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