|— Prefecture-level city —|
|Cangzhou West Railway Station|
|Country||People's Republic of China|
|• Prefecture-level city||13,419 km2 (5,181 sq mi)|
|Elevation||13 m (42 ft)|
|Population (2010 census)|
|• Prefecture-level city||7,134,053|
|• Density||530/km2 ( 1,400/sq mi)|
|Time zone||China Standard (UTC+8)|
|Licence plate prefixes||冀J|
Cangzhou (simplified Chinese: 沧州; traditional Chinese: 滄州; pinyin: Cāngzhōu) is a prefecture-level city in eastern Hebei province, People's Republic of China. Cangzhou's urban center has a population of approximately 514,074 as of the 2010 national census, while the prefecture-level administrative unit in total has a population of 7,134,053. It lies approximately 90 kilometres (56 mi) from the major port city of Tianjin, and 180 km (110 mi) from Beijing.
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Cangzhou is reported to have been founded in the Southern and Northern Dynasties period (420−589 CE).
Administrative divisions 
|1||Yunhe District||运河区||Yùnhé Qū||270,000||138||1,957|
|2||Xinhua District||新华区||Xīnhuá Qū||220,000||89||2,472|
|3||Botou City||泊头市||Bótóu Shì||550,000||977||563|
|4||Renqiu City||任丘市||Rénqiū Shì||770,000||1,023||753|
|5||Huanghua City||黄骅市||Huánghuá Shì||490,000||1,545||317|
|6||Hejian City||河间市||Héjiān Shì||770,000||1,333||578|
|7||Cang County||沧县||Cāng Xiàn||660,000||1,527||432|
|8||Qing County||青县||Qīng Xiàn||390,000||968||403|
|9||Dongguang County||东光县||Dōngguāng Xiàn||350,000||710||493|
|10||Haixing County||海兴县||Hǎixīng Xiàn||220,000||836||263|
|11||Yanshan County||盐山县||Yánshān Xiàn||400,000||795||503|
|12||Suning County||肃宁县||Sùníng Xiàn||330,000||497||664|
|13||Nanpi County||南皮县||Nánpí Xiàn||350,000||794||441|
|14||Wuqiao County||吴桥县||Wúqiáo Xiàn||280,000||603||464|
|15||Xian County||献县||Xìàn Xiàn||570,000||1,191||479|
|16||Mengcun Hui Autonomous County||孟村回族自治县||Mèngcūn Huízú
Cangzhou's urban center is a heavily industrial city but the city's administrative territory also includes strongly agricultural areas, and is well known in China for its Chinese jujubes (Chinese dates) and pear (widely known under the export name of Tianjin Ya Pear). The North China Oil Field is within Cangzhou City's jurisdiction. Cangzhou also encompasses a large fishing port and the coal-exporting Huanghua Harbour.
Geography and transportation 
Cangzhou is located in eastern Hebei, immediately to the south of Tianjin, near the coast of the Bohai Sea of the Pacific Ocean. Bordering prefecture-level cities are Hengshui to the southwest, Baoding to the west, and Langfang to the north. It lies on the Beijing–Shanghai Railway and the Jinghu Axis, a notional geographic and transportation corridor between Beijing and Shanghai.
The G1811 Huanghua–Shijiazhuang Expressway connects Cangzhou to Shijiazhuang, the provincial capital, and is linked to Beijing via both the G2 Beijing–Shanghai Expressway and G3 Beijing–Taipei Expressway, which are concurrent within the province, and to Shanghai via G2. Cangzhou's Huanghua Harbour is the end of a main Chinese coal shipping railway, the Shuohuang Railway. Other major highways serving Cangzhou's urban area are China National Highway 104 and 307.
The Grand Canal passes directly through Cangzhou, and a district of Cangzhou (Yunhe District) is named after it.
Cangzhou has a four-season, monsoon-influenced climate lying right on the border between the humid continental and humid subtropical regimes (Köppen Dwa/Cwa), with cold, dry winters, and hot, humid summers. The monthly 24-hour average temperature ranges from −3 °C (26.6 °F) to 26.5 °C (79.7 °F), while the annual mean is 12.9 °C (55.2 °F). Close to 60% of the annual rainfall of 605 mm (23.8 in) occurs in July and August alone.
|Climate data for Cangzhou (1971−2000)|
|Average high °C (°F)||2.5
|Average low °C (°F)||−7.1
|Precipitation mm (inches)||3.2
|Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm)||1.6||2.5||3.1||4.4||5.7||8.6||12.6||9.5||5.8||4.8||3.2||2.1||63.9|
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||188.8||184.5||229.2||250.7||274.6||261.5||219.8||229.3||235.2||226.6||186.7||175.8||2,662.7|
|Source: China Meteorological Administration |
The city has historically been known in China for its wushu (Chinese martial arts) and acrobatics (specifically, the Wu Qiao school). Cangzhou is also famed for its historic thousand-year-old 40-ton sculpture, the Iron Lion of Cangzhou. The sculpture is reportedly the largest cast-iron sculpture in the world, cast in 953 in the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period. The famed lion has even given its name to a locally-brewed beer and is a symbol of the city.
Demographics and society 
Cangzhou, though predominated by the Han Chinese majority, is home to a sizable population of the Muslim Hui minority. Intermarriage occasionally occurs between the majority Han and the Hui, but stereotypes of Hui still exist among Cangzhou's Han residents, and some tensions remain. Migration to Hebei province and Cangzhou by Xinjiang Muslim minorities (generally ethnic Uighurs) is increasing.
The dominant first language of Cangzhou's population is a variety of the northeastern Mandarin dialect continuum termed Cangzhou, and is a variety of Ji Lu Mandarin. There are some similarities with the Tianjin variety and the Baoding variety of Mandarin, but both are considered distinct groups from that of Cangzhou . Dialects of the Cangzhou area vary between localities and counties, though are generally intelligible among each other.
Municipal government 
The city, like all other Chinese administrative divisions, has a party committee, the People's government, the People's Congress, and the Political consultative conference.
Cangzhou is home to the Cangzhou Airbase of the People's Liberation Army Air Force
Famous residents 
- Sun Yue (1985), fifth Chinese national to play in the NBA
- Wang Zi-Ping (1881–1973), Chinese martial arts grandmaster
- "中国地面国际交换站气候标准值月值数据集（1971－2000年）" (in Simplified Chinese). China Meteorological Administration. Retrieved 2010-06-03.
- Wagner, Donald B. "The cast iron lion of Cangzhou", Needham Research Institute newsletter, no. 10, June 1991, pp. 2-3.
- WEST MOSQUE MUSEUM, CANGZHOU, HEBEI PROVINCE CHINA HERITAGE NEWSLETTER, No. 5, March 2006. (China Heritage Project, The Australian National University. ISSN 1833-8461).
3. DuBois, Thomas. The Sacred Village: Social Change and Religious Life in Rural North China. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2005.
- Lions of Cangzhou: a Martial arts (wushu) school in Malle, Belgium
- Article about the Cangzhou Lion (in Chinese)
- "Chinese 'serial killer' arrested". BBC World Service. 15 November 2003. (Incident in Cangzhou)