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Prefecture-level city
Hengshui City Hall.jpg
Location of Hengshui City jurisdiction in Hebei
Location of Hengshui City jurisdiction in Hebei
Hengshui is located in Hebei
Location of the city centre in Hebei
Coordinates: 37°44′N 115°42′E / 37.733°N 115.700°E / 37.733; 115.700
Country People's Republic of China
Province Hebei
 • Prefecture-level city 8,815 km2 (3,403 sq mi)
 • Urban 590 km2 (230 sq mi)
 • Metro 590 km2 (230 sq mi)
Population (2010 census)
 • Prefecture-level city 4,340,773
 • Urban 460,240
 • Urban density 780/km2 (2,000/sq mi)
 • Metro density 460,240/km2 (1,192,000/sq mi)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
License Plate Prefix T

Hengshui (pinyin: Héngshǔi) is a prefecture-level city in southern Hebei province, People's Republic of China, bordering Shandong to the southeast. It has an urban population of 460,240 in the built-up area and a population of 4,340,373 at the 2010 census in its administrative area. It is on the Jingjiu Railway.

Administrative divisions[edit]

Hengshui comprises

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# Name Hanzi Hanyu Pinyin Population (2004 est.) Area (km²) Density (/km²)
1 Taocheng District 桃城区 Táochéng Qū 440,000 590 746
2 Jizhou City 冀州市 Jìzhōu Shì 360,000 918 392
3 Shenzhou City 深州市 Shēnzhōu Shì 560,000 1,244 450
4 Zaoqiang County 枣强县 Zǎoqiáng Xiàn 380,000 903 421
5 Wuyi County 武邑县 Wǔyì Xiàn 310,000 830 373
6 Wuqiang County 武强县 Wǔqiáng Xiàn 210,000 442 475
7 Raoyang County 饶阳县 Ráoyáng Xiàn 290,000 573 506
8 Anping County 安平县 Ānpíng Xiàn 310,000 493 629
9 Gucheng County 故城县 Gùchéng Xiàn 470,000 941 499
10 Jing County 景县 Jǐng Xiàn 500,000 1,183 423
11 Fucheng County 阜城县 Fùchéng Xiàn 320,000 698 458


Hengshui High School [1] is located in Hengshui.

Hengshui is also the home of Hengshui University.


Hengshui skyline from Hengshui High School

The Harrison International Peace Hospital is located in Hengshui. This comprehensive teaching and research hospital was named after Dr. Tillson Harrison, a martyr to the Chinese revolution. Dr. Harrison, a Canadian, died in 1947 while transporting medical equipment and supplies. Some of this equipment is on display in an exhibition room in the hospital. The hospital uses both traditional Chinese medicine and modern western diagnostic and therapeutic technology.

The city is renowned as the centre for inside painting, mainly of small snuff bottles. Zhang Rucai was born in Hebei Province and since 1972, he started to learn the art of inside painting. In April 1996, he was conferred the title Master of Chinese Folk Arts & Crafts by UNESCO. The city has a fascinating museum and exhibition of the art of the inside painter - many complex paintings done on the inside of small snuff bottles as well as special larger pieces of glassware. See [1]

There is a Buddhist Temple on the outskirts of the city which is well worth a visit, as is the bridge in the old part of the city - one of the few remnants of the old town.

Air pollution[edit]

As air pollution in China is at an all-time high, several Hebei cities are among one of the most polluted cities and has one of the worst air quality in China. Reporting on China's airpocalypse has been accompanied by what seems like a monochromatic slideshow of the country's several cities smothered in thick smog. According to a survey made by "Global voices China" in February 2013, 7 cities in Hebei including Xingtai, Shijiazhuang, Baoding, Handan, Langfang, Hengshui and Tangshan, are among China's 10 most polluted cities.[2]


Hengshui is the seat of the Catholic Diocese of Hengshui.


  1. ^ http://www.hbhz.net/english/
  2. ^ Bildner, Eli (February 27, 2013). "Interactive Maps of China’s Most–and Least–Polluted Places". Global Voices China. http://newsmotion.org. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 

Eric Liddell served as a missionary for decades in Xiaozhang, Zaoqiang County, Hengshui.

Coordinates: 37°44′N 115°42′E / 37.733°N 115.700°E / 37.733; 115.700