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Heilongjiang Province
黑龙江省
Province
Name transcription(s)
 • Chinese 黑龙江省 (Hēilóngjiāng Shěng)
 • Abbreviation (pinyin: Hēi)
Map showing the location of Heilongjiang Province
Map showing the location of Heilongjiang Province
Coordinates: 48°N 129°E / 48°N 129°E / 48; 129Coordinates: 48°N 129°E / 48°N 129°E / 48; 129
Named for hēi—black
lóng—dragon
jiāng—river
"Amur River"
Capital
(and largest city)
Harbin
Divisions 13 prefectures, 130 counties, 1274 townships
Government
 • Secretary Wang Xiankui
 • Governor Lu Hao
Area[1]
 • Total 454,800 km2 (175,600 sq mi)
Area rank 6th
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 38,312,224
 • Rank 15th
 • Density 84/km2 (220/sq mi)
 • Density rank 28th
Demographics
 • Ethnic composition Han: 95%
Manchu: 3%
Korean: 1%
Mongol: 0.4%
Hui: 0.3%
 • Languages and dialects Northeastern Mandarin, Jilu Mandarin, Jiaoliao Mandarin
ISO 3166 code CN-23
GDP (2011) CNY 1.25 trillion
US$ 198.4 billion (16th)
 - per capita CNY 27,076
US$ 4,000 (16th)
HDI (2010) 0.704[3] (high) (12th)
Website www.hlj.gov.cn
Heilongjiang
Traditional Chinese 黑龍江
Simplified Chinese 黑龙江
Postal Map Heilungkiang
History of the Priamurye region
(also including Heilongjiang,
Amur Oblast and southern part of Khabarovsk Krai)
Sushen
Mohe • Shiwei
Balhae
Khitan
Liao dynasty • Daurs
Jin dynasty (1115–1234) • Nivkh
Eastern Jin (1215–1234)
Yuan dynasty • Evenks
Yeren Jurchens • Solon Khanate
Qing dynasty • Nanais • Ulchs
Russian Exploration • Negidals
Manchus-Cossacks wars (1652–1689)
Nerchinsk
Government-General of Eastern Siberia
Aigun
Li-Lobanov Treaty
Siberian Regional Government
Far-Eastern Republic
Far-Eastern Oblast
Soviet invasion of Manchuria (1945)
Sino-Soviet border conflict
Far Eastern Federal District

Heilongjiang (simplified Chinese: 黑龙江省; traditional Chinese: 黑龍江省; pinyin: About this sound Hēilóngjiāng Shěng) is a province of the People's Republic of China located in the northeastern part of the country. "Heilongjiang" literally means Black Dragon River, which is the Chinese name for the Amur. The one-character abbreviation is 黑 (pinyin: Hēi). The Manchu name of the region is Sahaliyan ula ᠰᠠᡥᠠᠯᡳᠶᠠᠨ ᡠᠯᠠ (literally, "Black River"), from which the name of Sakhalin is derived, and the Mongolian name accordingly is Qaramörin.

Heilongjiang borders Jilin in the south and Inner Mongolia to the west; it also borders Russia to the north and east.

The Amur River marks the border between the People's Republic of China and Russia to the north. Heilongjiang contains China's northernmost point (in Mohe County along the Amur) and easternmost point (at the junction of the Amur and Ussuri Rivers).

History[edit]

In ancient times Heilongjiang was far from any literate civilization, and information was sparse. Ancient Chinese records and other sources state that Heilongjiang was inhabited by people such as the Buyeo, the Mohe, and the Khitan. Mongolic Donghu people lived in Inner Mongolia and the western part of Heilongjiang.[4] Some names are Manchu or Mongolian.[5] The eastern portion of Heilongjiang was ruled by the kingdom of Balhae between the 7th century and 10th century. The Jurchen Jin Dynasty (1115–1234) that subsequently ruled much of north China arose within the borders of modern Heilongjiang.

Heilongjiang and Jilin Provinces on a 1734 French map

Heilongjiang as an administrative entity was created in 1683, during the Kangxi era of the Manchu Qing Dynasty, from the northwestern part of the Jilin province.[6] This Heilongjiang Province only included the western part of today's Heilongjiang Province, and was under the supervision of the General of Heilongjiang (the title is also translated as the Military Governor of Heilongjiang), whose power extended, according to the Treaty of Nerchinsk, as far north as the Stanovoy Mountains. The eastern part of what's today Heilongjiang remained under the supervision of the General of Jilin, whose power reached the Sea of Japan. These areas deep in Manchuria were closed off to Han Chinese migration.

The original seat of the Military Governor of Heilongjiang, as established in 1683, was in Heilongjang City (also known as Aigun or Heihe, or, in Manchu, Saghalien Ula), located on the Amur River. However, already in 1690 the seat of the governor was transferred to Nenjiang (Mergen) on the Nen River, and, in 1699, further south to Qiqihar. According to modern historians, the moves may have been driven by supply considerations: Nenjiang and Qiqihar are connected by a convenient waterway (Nen River) with southern Manchuria, meanwhile accessing Aigun (Heihe) would require either sailing all the way down the Sungari River until its fall into Amur and then up the Amur to Heihe, or using a portage over the Lesser Xing'an Mountains between the Nen River valley and the Amur valley. An additional advantage of Qiqihar may have been its location at the junction of a northbound road (to Nenjiang) and a westbound one (to Mongolia), enabling its garrison to serve for the defense both against the Russians and the Ölöt Mongols.[7]

In 1858 and 1860 the Qing government were forced to give up all land beyond the Amur and Ussuri Rivers to the Russian Empire, cutting off Manchu Qing Empire from the Sea of Japan and giving Heilongjiang its present northern borders. At the same time, Manchuria was opened to Han Chinese migration by the Qing government. By the early twentieth century, due to the Chuang Guandong, the Han Chinese had become the dominant ethnic group in the region. <Patrick Fuliang Shan, "Taming China's Wilderness: Immigration, Settlement, and the Shaping of the Heilongjiang Frontier, 1900-1931," Ashgate, 2014, ISBN: 978-1-4094-6389-4.>

In 1932, present-day Heilongjiang became part of the Japanese puppet state of Manchukuo.

In 1945 Japanese were defeated by Soviet Army. During Chinese Civil War Heilongjiang became the first province to be completely controlled by the Chinese communists and Harbin the first major city to be controlled by them.

At the beginning of communist rule, Heilongjiang province included only the western portion of the present-day province, and had its capital at Qiqihar. The remaining area was the province of Songjiang; its capital was Harbin. In 1954, these two provinces were merged into present-day Heilongjiang. During the Cultural Revolution, Heilongjiang was also expanded to include Hulunbuir League and some other areas previously in Inner Mongolia; this has since mostly been reversed.

Geography[edit]

Heilongjiang is a land of varied topography. Much of the province is dominated by mountain ranges such as the Greater Khingan Range and Lesser Khingan Range, Zhangguangcai Mountains, Laoye Mountains, and Wanda Mountains. The highest peak is Mount Datudingzi at 1,690 metres (5,540 ft), located on the border with Jilin province). The Greater Khingan Range contains China's largest remaining virgin forest and is an important area for China's forestry industry.

The interior of the province, which is relatively flat and low in altitude, contains the Muling River, the Naoli River, the Songhua River, the Nen River, and the Mudan River, all tributaries of the Amur's basin, while the northern border forms part of the Amur valley. Xingkai Lake (or Khanka Lake) is found on the border with Russia's Primorsky Krai.

A humid continental climate (Köppen Dwa or Dwb) predominates in the province, though areas in the far north are subarctic (Köppen Dwc).[8] Winters are long and bitter, with an average of −31 to −15 °C (−24 to 5 °F) in January, and summers are short and warm to very warm with an average of 18 to 23 °C (64 to 73 °F) in July. The annual average rainfall is 400 to 700 millimetres (16 to 28 in), concentrated heavily in summer. Clear weather is prevalent throughout the year, and in the spring, the Songnen Plain and the Sanpingjiang Plain provide abundant sources of wind energy.

Major cities: Harbin, Daqing, Qiqihar, Mudanjiang, Jiamusi, Jixi, Shuangyashan, Hegang, Qitaihe, Yichun, Heihe

Pollution[edit]

Main article: 2013 Harbin smog

In parts of Harbin, the PM2.5 measure of air pollution reached 40 times the WHO's recommended daily exposure level. All highways in Heilongjiang province were shut and the capital Harbin closed the airport and schools.[9]

Transport[edit]

A road and highway proposal was accepted in 2006; the project plans to develop 38,000 kilometers of new roads and expand Heilongjiang’s total road network to 2.3 million kilometers.

There are 60 rail lines of around 5,300 kilometers including a section of the Asia-Europe Continental Bridge. Construction of a RMB92.3 billion passenger-only railway line running from Harbin-Dalian began in August 2007. The railway will stretch from Harbin, Heilongjiang’s capital, to Dalian in Liaoning province via Changchun and Shenyang comprising 23 stops. It is expected to transport 37 million passengers per year by 2020 and 51 million by 2030. Major airports include Harbin International Airport, Qiqihar Airport, Mudanjiang Airport, Jiamusi Airport and Heihe Airport. Harbin International Airport is capable of handling six million passengers every year and connects to over 40 domestic and international cities.

Administrative divisions[edit]

Heilongjiang is divided into thirteen prefecture-level divisions, consisting of eleven prefecture-level cities, one sub-provincial city, and one prefecture:

Map # Name Administrative Seat Hanzi
Hanyu Pinyin
Population (2010)
黑龙江省行政区划.png
Sub-provincial city
1 Harbin Nangang District 哈尔滨市
Hā'ěrbīn Shì
10,635,971
Prefecture-level city
2 Qiqihar Longsha District 齐齐哈尔市
Qíqíhā'ěr Shì
5,367,003
3 Mudanjiang Aimin District 牡丹江市
Mǔdānjiāng Shì
2,798,723
4 Jiamusi Qianjin District 佳木斯市
Jiāmùsī Shì
2,552,097
5 Daqing Sartu District 大庆市
Dàqìng Shì
2,904,532
6 Jixi Jiguan District 鸡西市
Jīxī Shì
1,862,161
7 Shuangyashan Jianshan District 双鸭山市
Shuāngyāshān Shì
1,462,626
8 Yichun Yichun District 伊春市
Yīchūn Shì
1,148,126
9 Qitaihe Taoshan District 七台河市
Qītáihé Shì
920,419
10 Hegang Xingshan District 鹤岗市
Hègǎng Shì
1,058,665
11 Heihe Aihui District 黑河市
Hēihé Shì
1,673,898
12 Suihua Beilin District 绥化市
Suíhuà Shì
5,416,439
Prefecture
13 Da Hinggan Ling Jiagedaqi District 大兴安岭地区
Dàxīng'ānlǐng Dìqū
511,564
Qiqihar
Mudanjiang
Daqing

(Additional information regarding the last prefecture can be found in Greater Khingan)

The thirteen prefecture-level divisions of Heilongjiang are subdivided into 130 county-level divisions (65 districts, nineteen county-level cities, forty-five counties, and one autonomous county). Those are in turn divided into 1284 township-level divisions (473 towns, 400 townships, 58 ethnic townships, and 353 subdistricts).

Politics[edit]

Heilongjiang
Ice Snow World.jpg
Winter night in Harbin's Ice and Snow World.
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 黑龍江省
Simplified Chinese 黑龙江省
Literal meaning Black Dragon River Province
Mongolian name
Mongolian Qaramörin
Manchu name
Manchu script ᠰᠠᡥᠠᠯᡳᠶᠠᠨ ᡠᠯᠠ

List of Secretaries of the CPC Heilongjiang Committee:

  1. Zhang Qilong 张启龙(1949–1950)
  2. Zhao Dezun 赵德尊 (1950–1953)
  3. Feng Jixin 冯纪新 (1953–1954)
  4. Ouyang Qin 欧阳钦 (1954–1965)
  5. Pan Fusheng 潘复生 (1965–1967)
  6. Wang Jiadao 汪家道 (1971–1974)
  7. Liu Guangtao 刘光涛 (1977)
  8. Yang Yichen 杨易辰 (1977–1983)
  9. Li Li'an 李力安 (1983–1985)
  10. Sun Weiben 孙维本 (1985–1994)
  11. Yue Qifeng 岳岐峰 (1994–1997)
  12. Xu Youfang 徐有芳 (1997–2003)
  13. Song Fatang 宋法棠 (2003–2005)
  14. Qian Yunlu 钱运录 (2005–2008)
  15. Ji Bingxuan 吉炳轩 (2008-2013)
  16. Wang Xiankui 王宪魁 (March 2013 - incumbent)

List of Governors:

  1. Yu Yifu 于毅夫 (1949–1952)
  2. Zhao Dezun 赵德尊 (1952–1953)
  3. Chen Lei 陈雷 (1953–1954)
  4. Han Guang 韩光 (1954–1956)
  5. Ouyang Qin 欧阳钦 (1956–1958)
  6. Li Fanwu 李范五 (1958–1966)
  7. Pan Fusheng 潘复生 (1967–1971)
  8. Wang Jiadao 汪家道 (1971–1974)
  9. Liu Guangtao 刘光涛 (February 1977-December 1977)
  10. Yang Yichen 杨易辰(December 1977 – 1979)
  11. Chen Lei 陈雷 (1979–1985)
  12. Hou Jie 侯捷 (1985–1989)
  13. Shao Qihui 邵奇惠 (1989–1994)
  14. Tian Fengshan 田凤山(1994–2000)
  15. Song Fatang 宋法棠 (2000–2003)
  16. Zhang Zuoji 张左己 (2003-December 2007)
  17. Li Zhanshu 栗战书 (December 2007 - August 2010)
  18. Wang Xiankui 王宪魁 (August 2010 - March 2013)
  19. Lu Hao 陆昊 (March 2013 - incumbent)

Economy[edit]

The agriculture of Heilongjiang, heavily defined by its cold climate, is based upon crops such as soybeans, maize, and wheat. Commercial crops grown include beets, flax, and sunflowers.

Heilongjiang is also an important source of lumber for China. Pine, especially the Korean pine and larch are the most important forms of lumber produced in Heilongjiang. Forests are mostly to be found in the Daxingan Mountains and Xiaoxingan Mountains, which are also home to protected animal species such as the Siberian Tiger, the red-crowned crane, and the lynx.

Herding in Heilongjiang is centered upon horse and cattle. Heilongjiang has the greatest number of milk cows and the highest production of milk among all the province-level divisions of China.

Petroleum is of great importance in Heilongjiang, and the Daqing oilfields are an important source of petroleum for China. Coal, gold, and graphite are other important minerals to be found in Heilongjiang. Heilongjiang also has great potential for wind power, with an average wind energy density of 200 watts per square metre.

Heilongjiang is part of northeast China, the traditional base of industry for the People's Republic of China. Industry is focused upon coal, petroleum, lumber, machinery, and food. Due to its location, Heilongjiang is also an important gateway for trade with Russia. In recent years,[when?] Manchuria has suffered from stagnation. As a result, the government has started the Revitalize Northeast China campaign to deal with this problem, using privatization as the preferred method of economic reform.

At least five miners were killed after a coal mine fire in Heilongjiang it was reported on September 21, 2008.[10]

Its GDP has been rising steadily since 2003, growing 37% from 2003-2007. Furthermore, the incremental value of the private economy grew by 20.1 percent in 2006 reaching RMB234 billion, and accounting for 37.6 percent of the GDP. The tax revenue from private enterprises hit RMB20.5 billion, a rise of 17.8 percent.

Private enterprises in Heilongjiang witnessed the fastest development in 2007, fueling the overall economic growth of the province. Many leading private enterprises have begun to emerge. Over 200 of them have an annual income exceeding RMB100 million. The province's three major private enterprises, namely the Heilongjiang Sunflower Medicine Ltd, Qitaihe Yidaxin Coal Co., and Heilongjiang Yiyang Group, each contributed more than RMB100 million in tax revenue in 2007.[citation needed]

At present, many private investors are involved in large construction projects in Heilongjiang. In 2006, 928 large projects absorbed private capital of RMB5 million each, and 101 projects attracted RMB100 million each within the province. In line with the central government’s policy to revitalize the Northeast, Heilongjiang is now restructuring its six pillar industries, namely equipment manufacturing, petrochemicals, food processing, energy, pharmaceuticals, and forest and timber processing.[citation needed]

In 2011, Heilongjiang's nominal GDP was 1,250 billion yuan (US$198.5 billion), an annual growth rate of 12.2%. Its per capita GDP was 21,640 yuan (US$3,168). Its primary, secondary, and tertiary industries were worth 108.9 billion yuan, 436.6 billion yuan, and 285.5 billion yuan respectively.[11] The per capita disposable income of urban residents in Heilongjiang reached 11,581 yuan (US$1,667), a rise of 13% from the previous year. The per capita net income of rural residents in the province reached 4,856 yuan (US$700), a rise of 17.5 from 2007.[12]

Economic and technological development zones[edit]

  • Daqing New & Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone
Daqing New & Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone was constructed in April 1992 and was then approved as a national high-tech zone by the State Council later that year. Its initial zone area is 208.54 sqkm, and it recently expanded the area by 32.45 sqkm.[13]
  • Heihe Border Economic Cooperation Area
  • Harbin Economic and Technological Development Zone
  • Harbin New & Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone
Harbin High-tech Zone was set up in 1988 and was approved by the State Council as a national development zone in 1991. It has a total area of 34 sqkm in the centralized parks, subdivided into Nangang, Haping Road and Yingbin Road Centralized Parks. The Nangang Centralized Park is designated for the incubation of high-tech projects and research and development base of enterprises as well as tertiary industries such as finance, insurance, services, catering, tourism, culture, recreation and entertainment, where the headquarters of major well-known companies and their branches in Harbin are located; the Haping Road Centralized Park is a comprehensive industrial basis for the investment projects of automobile and automobile parts manufacturing, medicines, foodstuffs, electronics, textile; the Yingbin Road Centralized Park is mainly for high-tech incubation projects, high-tech industrial development.[14]
  • Sino-Russia Dongning-Piurtaphca Trade Zone
Sino-Russia Dongning-Piurtaphca Trade Zone was approved by the State Council in 2000 and was completed in 2005. The zone has a planned area of 275.4 hectare. The Chinese part of the zone has a 22-hectare trade center with 4 subsidiary area A, B, C, D. in which more than 6,000 stalls are already set up, mainly dealing with clothes, household appliances, food, construction materials, etc.[15]
  • Suifenhe Border Economic Cooperation Area
Suifenhe Border Economic Cooperation District (Suifenhe BECD) is located in the north of Suifenhe City, and borders Russia to the east. Suifenhe BECD is the largest among the three state-level border-trade zones of Heilongjiang, in terms of investor numbers. Suifenhe BECD has a convenient transport network. The Binzhou-Suifenhe Railway, which connects the Russian Far East Railway, is an important port for export. The railway distance between Suifenhe and Harbin is 548 km (341 mi). Buguranikinai, the corresponding Russian port city, is 21 km (13 mi) away.[16]

Demographics[edit]

The majority of Heilongjiang's population is Han Chinese, while other ethnic minorities include the Manchus, Koreans, Mongols, Hui, Daur, Xibe, Oroqin, Hezhen and Russians.

Ethnic groups in Heilongjiang (2000 census)
Nationality Population Percentage
Han Chinese 34,465,039 95.20%
Manchu 1,037,080 2.86%
Koreans 388,458 1.07%
Mongol 141,495 0.39%
Hui 124,003 0.34%
Daur 43,608 0.12%
Xibe 8,886 0.03%

Excludes members of the People's Liberation Army in active service.
Source: Department of Population, Social, Science and Technology Statistics of the National Bureau of Statistics of China (国家统计局人口和社会科技统计司) and Department of Economic Development of the State Ethnic Affairs Commission of China (国家民族事务委员会经济发展司), eds. Tabulation on Nationalities of 2000 Population Census of China (《2000年人口普查中国民族人口资料》). 2 vols. Beijing: Nationalities Publishing House (民族出版社), 2003. (ISBN 7-105-05425-5)

Culture[edit]

Heilongjiang's culture is part of a culture of Northeast China that is relatively homogeneous across this region, known in Mandarin Chinese as "Dongbei" (the northeast).

Media[edit]

Heilongjiang Television and Harbin Economy Radio serve as broadcasters.

Tourism[edit]

Harbin, the provincial capital, is a city of contrasts, with Chinese, Russian, and eclectic worldwide influences clearly apparent. Bukui Mosque, a national heritage site, is the largest glazed tile building in the province.[17] Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant churches dot the city.[18]

The long, cold winter is the backdrop for its famed ice sculpture exhibitions. In 2007 already the 8th Ice and Snow World opened to visitors in Harbin. More than 2000 ice sculptures were on display at the annual event.[19]

Wudalianchi Lakes are a series of five lakes formed between 1719 and 1721 when volcanic eruption shaped one section of a tributary of the Amur into five interconnected lakes. The second lake in particular is renowned for its irregular geological sights.

Lake Jingbo, in Ning'an County, is a section of the Mudan River that has been narrowed and shaped by volcanic eruption into a series of sights, including the Diaoshuilou Falls.

Colleges and universities[edit]

Sports[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Doing Business in China - Survey". Ministry Of Commerce - People's Republic Of China. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Communiqué of the National Bureau of Statistics of People's Republic of China on Major Figures of the 2010 Population Census [1] (No. 2)". National Bureau of Statistics of China. 29 April 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "《2013中国人类发展报告》" (PDF) (in zh-cn). United Nations Development Programme China. 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-05. 
  4. ^ Origins of Minority Ethnic Groups in Heilongjiang
  5. ^ 浅谈黑龙江省地名的特点
  6. ^ Edmonds, Richard Louis (1985). Northern Frontiers of Qing China and Tokugawa Japan: A Comparative Study of Frontier Policy. University of Chicago, Department of Geography; Research Paper No. 213. p. 6. ISBN 0-89065-118-3. 
  7. ^ Edmonds (1985), pp. 115–117
  8. ^ Updated Asian map of the Köppen climate classification system
  9. ^ Chinese city paralysed by smog The Guardian 21 October 2013
  10. ^ "50 dead in Chinese mining accidents." CNN. Retrieved on December 27, 2008.
  11. ^ NE China province reports record GDP growth
  12. ^ 2006年黑龙江省农民人均收入达3552元 增长10.3%
  13. ^ RightSite.asia | Daqing New & Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone
  14. ^ RightSite.asia | Harbin New & Hi-Tech Industrial Zone
  15. ^ RightSite.asia | Sino-Russia Dongning-Piurtaphca Trade Zone
  16. ^ RightSite.asia | Suifenhe Border Economic Cooperation District
  17. ^ Bukui Mosque, a popular tourist attraction
  18. ^ "China Expat city Guide". China Expat. 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  19. ^ Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin

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