Acheng District

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Acheng
阿城区
District
Acheng is located in Heilongjiang
Acheng
Acheng
Location in Heilongjiang
Coordinates: 45°32′12″N 126°58′02″E / 45.5368°N 126.9671°E / 45.5368; 126.9671Coordinates: 45°32′12″N 126°58′02″E / 45.5368°N 126.9671°E / 45.5368; 126.9671[1]
Country People's Republic of China
Province Heilongjiang
Sub-provincial city Harbin
Subdivisions 9 subdistricts
8 towns
1 township
1 ethnic township
Seat Jincheng Subdistrict (金城街道)
Area[2]
 • Total 2,680 km2 (1,030 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3][verification needed]
 • Total 596,856
 • Density 220/km2 (580/sq mi)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Postal code 1503XX
Area code(s) 0451
Harbin district map
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Core
1 Daoli
2 Nangang
3 Daowai
4 Pingfang
5 Songbei
6 Xiangfang
Suburban
7 Hulan
8 Acheng
16 Shuangcheng
Satellite
17 Shangzhi
18 Wuchang
Rural
9 Yilan Co.
10 Fangzheng Co.
11 Bin Co.
12 Bayan Co.
13 Mulan Co.
14 Tonghe Co.
15 Yanshou Co.

Acheng District (simplified Chinese: 阿城区; traditional Chinese: 阿城區; pinyin: Àchéng Qū; Manchu: Alchuka) is one of nine districts of Harbin, the capital of Heilongjiang province, People's Republic of China, covering part of the southeastern suburbs. As of 2010, it had a population of 596,856 residing in an area of 2,680 square kilometres (1,030 sq mi)[note 1],[2] and is 29 km (18 mi) southeast of downtown Harbin, 190 km (120 mi) north of Jilin City, and around 50 km (31 mi) south of the Songhua River. It lies within the basin of, and was until 1909 considered synonymous with, the Ashi River (Chinese: 阿什河; pinyin: Āshíhé; Wade–Giles: A-shih-ho).[5] The district administers nine subdistricts, eight towns, one township, and one ethnic township. It borders Daowai District to the north, Bin County to the northeast, Shangzhi to the southeast, and Wuchang to the south, Shuangcheng District to the west, and Pingfang and Xiangfang Districts to the northwest.

History[edit]

The city of Acheng has a long history. It is the site of the ruins of Huining, a prefecture in Shangjing which served as the first capital (1122–1234) of the Jin Dynasty (1115-1234), and a subsidiary capital after 1173.[5] There is currently a museum at the site, about 2 km (1.2 mi) south of the Acheng urban area.

Acheng County was established in 1909. It was designated a county-level city in 1987.

Population[edit]

Year Urban population Total population
1989[5] 188,600
1994[2] 219,500 631,700
2010 596,856

Administrative divisions[edit]

Acheng is divided into nine subdistricts, eight towns, one township, and one ethnic township:[6][dead link]

Subdistricts:

Towns:

Townships:

Commerce[edit]

The area is rich in mineral resources, including sources of rock, volcanic rock, granite, molybdenum, zinc, lead, iron,[2] and copper.

The agricultural strengths of the area are grain production and cattle.[2] Grain production is strong, having produced 33,100 tons of grain in 2002; much of this grain is essential in feeding the important city of Harbin.

Acheng is a major industrial area for Heilongjiang, with over 300 types of enterprises, including textile,[2] electromechanics, food, building materials[2] (especially brickworks), metallurgy, breweries fueled by the local grain, sugar refineries, a flax plant,[5] iron, steel,[2] and the production of medicine. In 1996 a new technology industrial development zone was created on the western side of the city to encourage the development of high technology, export-oriented industry.

Tourism is also a growing part of the local economy. Acheng is located on the popular tourist route serving Harbin, the Yabuli ski resort, Lake Jingpo, and Xingkai Lake. A number of historic and nature reserves in the area also attract visitors.

Transport[edit]

The city of Acheng is a 50 km (31 mi) drive from Harbin Taiping International Airport.

The Harbin–Suifenhe Railway (part of the original Chinese Eastern Railway) passes through the district. There are over twenty commuter rail lines in the rural area.

G10 Suifenhe–Manzhouli Expressway and China National Highway 301 both connect the district to downtown Harbin.

People of note[edit]

  • Huang Taihua: artist born in Acheng (1947), director of the Academy of Fine Arts of Acheng, director of the Heilongjiang Artists Association.
  • Zhao Weichen: President of China Unicom, born in Acheng (1929)

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Some sources give an area of 2,452.1 square kilometres (946.8 sq mi).[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Google, Inc. 2014
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Cohen 1998, p. 12
  3. ^ 2010 Census Harbin primary statistics report (《哈尔滨市2010年第六次全国人口普查主要数据公报》). Accessed 8 July 2014.
  4. ^ Ming 2011
  5. ^ a b c d Hoiberg 2010, p. 1
  6. ^ Anon 2012

References[edit]

  • Cohen, Saul B., ed. (1998) [1952]. "Acheng". The Columbia Gazetteer of the World. New York, NY: Columbia University Press. ISBN 0-231-11040-5. 
  • Hoiberg, Dale H., ed. (2010). "A-ch'eng". Encyclopedia Britannica. I: A-Ak - Bayes (15th ed.). Chicago, IL: Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc. ISBN 978-1-59339-837-8. 
  • Ming, Ben She. Yi (2011). Harbin Statistical Yearbook 2011 (Chinese: 《哈尔滨统计年鉴2011》. China Statistics Press. ISBN 7-5037-6314-0. 

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