Woody Island, also called Yongxing Island in People's Republic of China and Phu Lam Island in Vietnam, is the largest of the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, with an area of 2.1 square kilometres. It has a population of more than 1,000 people, with roads, banks and a "small" air strip. The Paracel Islands are a group of islands, reefs, banks and atolls in the northwestern part of the South China Sea. Woody Island is part of the Amphitrite Group in the eastern Paracels and is approximately equidistant from Hainan and the Vietnam coast.
The island has been under the control of the People's Republic of China since 1956. It is administered by Sansha, a town located on the island.It is disputed territory and is also claimed by the Republic of China and Vietnam.
Coordinates 16°50'11.388" N 112°20'29.979" E