|— Prefecture-level city —|
|Country||People's Republic of China|
|• Party Secretary||Sun Ruibin (孙瑞彬)|
|• Mayor||Ai Wenli (艾文礼)|
|• Prefecture-level city||15,722 km2 (6,070 sq mi)|
|• Urban||399.3 km2 (154.2 sq mi)|
|• Metro||1,917.3 km2 (740.3 sq mi)|
|Elevation||83 m (272 ft)|
|• Prefecture-level city||10,163,788|
|• Density||650/km2 ( 1,700/sq mi)|
|• Urban density||6,500/km2 ( 17,000/sq mi)|
|• Metro density||2,000/km2 ( 5,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||China Standard (UTC+8)|
|Licence plate prefixes||冀A|
|City Flower||Rosa Chinensis|
|Literal meaning||The Stones' Village|
Shijiazhuang (Chinese: 石家庄) is the capital and largest city of North China's Hebei province. Administratively a prefecture-level city, it is about 280 kilometres (170 mi) southwest of Beijing, and it administers 6 districts, 5 county-level cities, and 12 counties.
At the 2010 census, it had a total population of 10,163,788, with 2,604,930 in the urban area in 2010 and 3,833,606 in its metropolitan area, made of 5 urban districts plus Luquan City, and the counties of Zhengding and Luancheng. Gaocheng City is about to be part of the Shijiazhuang metropolitan area, its urbanisation still growing.
Shijiazhuang is a newly industrialised city. It experienced dramatic growth after the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949. The population of the metropolitan area has more than quadrupled in only 30 years. It is a central hub of transportation routes. The city is home to a large garrison of military troops situated to protect Beijing. It has a number of PLA colleges and universities. Shijiazhuang has some of the worst air pollution in the world, and, as a result, in 2012 launched an initiative to replace local coal-fired boilers with gas-fired, and to take other measures to reduce the air pollution problem.
The oldest name of the city was Shiyi. In pre-Han times (i.e., before 206 BC) it was the site of the city of Shiyi in the state of Zhao, and from Han (206 BC–AD 220) to Sui (581–618) times it was the site of a county town with the same name. With the reorganization of local government in the early period of the Tang dynasty (618–907), the county was abolished. Shijiazhuang then became little more than a local market town, subordinated to the flourishing city of Zhengding (modern Zhengding) a few miles to the north.
The growth of Shijiazhuang into one of China's major cities began in 1905, when the Beijing–Wuhan (Hankou) railway reached the area, stimulating much new trade and encouraging local farmers to grow cash crops. Two years later the town became the junction for the new Shitai line, running from Shijiazhuang to Taiyuan, Shanxi. This connection immediately transformed the town from a local collecting centre and market into a communications centre of national importance on the main route from Beijing and Tianjin to Shanxi and later, when the railway from Taiyuan was extended to the southwest to Shaanxi as well. The city also became the centre of an extensive road network.
Pre-World War II Shijiazhuang was a large railway town as well as a commercial and collecting centre for Shanxi and regions farther west and for agricultural produce of the North China Plain, particularly grain, tobacco, and cotton. By 1935 it had far outstripped Zhengding as an economic centre. At the end of World War II the character of the city changed once again. Not only did it assume an administrative role as the preeminent city in western Hebei, but it also developed into an industrial city. Some industries, such as match manufacturing, tobacco processing, and glassmaking, had already been established before the war.
In 1948 the city, formerly known as Shímén (石門), was renamed Shijiazhuang.
Xibaipo, a village about 90 km (56 mi) from downtown Shijiazhuang, in Pingshan County was the location of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the headquarters of the People's Liberation Army during the decisive stages of the Chinese Civil War between May 26, 1948 and March 23, 1949, at which point they were moved to Beijing. Today, the area is a memorial site.
After 1949 the planned industrialisation of the city gathered momentum. Its population more than tripled in the decade 1948–58. In the 1950s, the city experienced a major expansion in the textile industry, with large-scale cotton spinning, weaving, printing, and dyeing works. In addition there are various plants processing local farm produce. In the 1960s it was also the site of a new chemical industry, with plants producing fertilizer and caustic soda. Shijiazhuang also became an engineering base, with a tractor-accessory plant. There are important coal deposits at Jingxing and Huailu, now named Luquan, a few miles to the west in the foothills of the Taihang Mountains, which provide fuel for a thermal-generating plant supplying power to local industries. The city's role as a transport centre has been supplemented by the construction of an airport handling regular domestic flights.
In 1967, Tianjin was again carved out of Hebei, remaining a separate entity today, and thus the provincial capital was moved to Baoding. It was chaotic in the midst of the Cultural Revolution, and under the direction of Mao Zedong, in 1968, to "prepare for war and natural disasters", Shijiazhuang became the provincial capital.
|Climate chart (explanation)|
Shijiazhuang is located in south-central Hebei, and is part of the Bohai Economic Rim. Its administrative area ranges in latitude from 37° 27' to 38° 47' N, and the longitude 113° 30' to 115° 20' E. The prefecture-level city reaches a 148 kilometres (92 mi) north-south extent and a 175 kilometres (109 mi) wide from east to west. The prefecture has borders stretching 760 kilometres (472 mi) long and covers an area of 15,722 square kilometres (6,070 sq mi). Bordering prefecture-level cities in Hebei are Hengshui (E), Xingtai (S), and Baoding (N/NE). To the west lies the province of Shanxi.
The city stands at the edge of the North China Plain, which rises to the Taihang Mountains to the west of the city, and lies south of the Hutuo River (滹沱河). From west to east, the topography can be summarised as moderately-high mountains, then low-lying mountains, hills, basin, and finally plains. Out of the eight east-west routes across the Taihang Mountains, the fifth, the Niangzi Pass, connects the city directly with Taiyuan, Shanxi.
The city has a continental, monsoon-influenced semi-arid climate (Köppen BSk), characterised by hot, humid summers due to the East Asian monsoon, and generally cold, windy, very dry winters that reflect the influence of the vast Siberian anticyclone. Spring can bear witness to sandstorms blowing in from the Mongolian steppe, accompanied by rapidly warming, but generally dry, conditions. Autumn is similar to spring in temperature and lack of rainfall. January averages −2.3 °C (27.9 °F), while July averages 26.8 °C (80.2 °F); the annual mean is 13.38 °C (56.1 °F). More than half of the annual rainfall occurs in July and August alone.
|Climate data for Shijiazhuang (1971−2000)|
|Average high °C (°F)||3.6
|Average low °C (°F)||−6.6
|Precipitation mm (inches)||3.9
|Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm)||2.2||2.8||3.6||4.1||6.2||8.4||13.1||12.3||7.3||5.5||3.8||2.0||71.3|
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||174.0||176.8||205.9||236.0||265.8||247.6||201.0||198.3||206.7||193.5||164.1||157.3||2,427|
|Percent possible sunshine||58||58||56||60||61||56||45||47||56||56||54||53||55|
|Source: China Meteorological Administration|
Shijiazhuang has direct administrative jurisdiction over:
|Map||Name||Hanzi||Hanyu Pinyin||Population (2010)||Area (km²)||Density (/km²)|
|Chang'an District||长安区||Cháng'ān Qū||560,643||110||4,362|
|Qiaodong District||桥东区||Qiáodōng Qū||410,116||43||9,538|
|Qiaoxi District||桥西区||Qiáoxī Qū||596,164||53||11,248|
|Xinhua District||新华区||Xīnhuá Qū||625,119||92||6,795|
|Yuhua District||裕华区||Yùhuá Qū||574,572||101||4,888|
|Jingxing Mining District||井陉矿区||Jǐngxíng Kuàngqū||95,170||56||1,699|
|Zhengding County||正定县||Zhèngdìng Xiàn||466,807||568||822|
|Luancheng County||栾城县||Luánchéng Xiàn||328,933||347||948|
|Xinji City||辛集市||Xīnjí Shì||615,919||951||648|
|Gaocheng City||藁城市||Gàochéng Shì||775,110||836||927|
|Jinzhou City||晋州市||Jìnzhōu Shì||537,679||619||868|
|Xinle City||新乐市||Xīnlè Shì||487,652||625||780|
|Luquan City||鹿泉市||Lùquán Shì||432,936||603||718|
|Jingxing County||井陉县||Jǐngxíng Xiàn||309,882||1,381||224|
|Xingtang County||行唐县||Xíngtáng Xiàn||406,353||1,025||396|
|Lingshou County||灵寿县||Língshòu Xiàn||333,558||1,546||216|
|Gaoyi County||高邑县||Gāoyì Xiàn||186,478||222||840|
|Shenze County||深泽县||Shēnzé Xiàn||250,264||296||845|
|Zanhuang County||赞皇县||Zànhuáng Xiàn||244,799||1,210||202|
|Wuji County||无极县||Wújí Xiàn||502,662||524||959|
|Pingshan County||平山县||Píngshān Xiàn||433,429||2,951||147|
|Yuanshi County||元氏县||Yuánshì Xiàn||418,466||849||493|
|Zhao County||赵县||Zhào Xiàn||571,077||714||800|
In 2011, the GDP of Shijiazhuang reached RMB 408.7 billion, an increase of 12 percent over the previous year.
Salaries continue to experience relatively rapid growth as well. The city continues to strive to create an economic atmosphere encouraging investment and growth. Total fixed investment reached RMB 172.7 billion.
Shijiazhuang has become a major industrial city in North China and is considered to be the economic center of Hebei province. The city is the largest base for the pharmaceutical industry and is also one of the most important textile industry bases. Other main sectors include machinery and chemicals, building materials, light industry and electronics. With abundant agricultural resources, Shijiazhuang has 590,000 hectares of cultivated land and is the main source of high quality cotton, pears, dates and walnuts in Hebei province.
In 2008, total imports reached US$1.393 billion, an increase of 42.1 percent over the previous year. Exports increased by 34.9 percent to US$5.596 billion.
The Shijiazhuang municipal government reports that higher education and vocational education continue to experience rapid development, while compulsory education has experienced an increase in quality. A 2006 World Bank reports that Shijiazhuang spends less than RMB400 per capita on education, as opposed to Beijing (RMB1,044) and Weihai (RMB1,631).
- Shijiazhuang High-Tech Industrial Development Zone
The zone was established in March 1991 as a State-level development zone and is divided into three districts. Several National Highways like 107, 207, 307, 308 pass through the zone, and it is 15 km (9.3 mi) away from Shijiazhuang Railway Station, 105 km (65 mi) away from Tianjin Port. The zone has comprehensive infrastructure and industries encouraged include pharmaceuticals, electronic information, mechanical production, automobile manufacturing, chemicals production and logistics.
The Eastern District, located in the eastern part of Shijiazhuang, covers an area of 5.8 km2 (2.2 sq mi), and serves as the primary section of the New High-tech Industrial Development Zone. The district focuses on the establishment of new high-tech enterprises. There are plans to expand the district into an area of 9.8 km2 (3.8 sq mi). A special railway line operated by Shijiazhuang Oil Refinery runs through the zone from north to south, making it easy for enterprises in the zone to build lines of their own if necessary.
The Western District, located in the southwest of Shijiazhuang, covers an area of 8.2 km2 (3.2 sq mi). It focuses on small- and medium-sized technology enterprises and technology incubation. Liangcun District, which borders the Western District, covers 4 km2 (1.5 sq mi), and focuses on the pharmaceutical industry and the petrochemical industry. All three districts are subject to the same policies and regulations.
Since their/its foundation, 2,560 enterprises have settled in the zone, of which 185 are foreign-funded enterprises. At present, firms from Japan, the US, the Republic of Korea, Germany, Italy, Canada, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan have all established themselves in the zone.
The city is an important centre for the dairy trade, being the headquarters of the Sanlu Group. Sanlu became Shijiazhuang's largest taxpayer since it had become the largest formula seller in China for a continuous 15 year period. Richard McGregor, author of The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers, said that Sanlu became "an invaluable asset for a city otherwise struggling to attract industry and investment on a par with China's premier metropolises."
Both the dairy trade and Sanlu were affected by the 2008 Chinese milk scandal. Chairman and General Manager of Sanlu, and several party officials, including vice mayor in charge of food and agriculture, Zhang Fawang, were reportedly removed from office. Mayor Ji Chuntang reportedly resigned on 17 September;
Since Sanlu, the region's largest purchaser of milk, was ordered to halt production, farmers in Hebei are suffering hardship because of the lack of purchasers for their milk. Many are said to be contemplating selling their cows into a buyerless market.
In 2001, the city received approval from the World Bank for a US$100 million loan for the Shijiazhuang Urban Transport Project, which was designed to foster the development of an efficient and environmentally sustainable urban transport system while providing a wider set of travel choices for users. The project is scheduled to be completed by December 31, 2008, with a total estimated cost of US$266 million. Major elements of the project include the upgrading of 25 kilometers of peripheral roads linking the city to the surrounding provincial highways, the upgrading and construction of 52 kilometers of urban major arterial roads, and the construction of six multi-level interchanges, two major rail overpasses, and 21 pedestrian crossing facilities.
Rail and roads
Shijiazhuang is a transportation hub: it is at the intersection point of the Beijing-Guangzhou, Taiyuan-Dezhou, and Shuozhou-Huanghua railroads. The new Shijiazhuang Railway Station (opened December 2012) has a rare distinction of being served by both the "conventional" Beijing–Guangzhou Railway and the new Beijing–Guangzhou High-Speed Railway. Such an arrangement is fairly common on China's high-speed rail network, as typically high-speed lines are constructed to bypass city cores, where the older "conventional" train stations are. In Shijiazhuang's case, to make it possible to bring the new high-speed railway into the central city, a 5-km-long railway tunnel was constructed under the city. This is the first time a high-speed railway has been run under a Chinese city.
The Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport is the province’s center of air transportation. It is located about 30 kilometers northeast of the city and can accommodate all types of medium and large-sized aircraft. Presently there are 32 domestic routes arriving at and departing from Shijiazhuang, including destinations such as Shanghai, Shenzhen, Dalian, Hong Kong, and other medium and large cities. In addition, the airport services 12 international destinations including four routes to Russia. The airport is currently being expanded and will be capable of being an alternate airport to Beijing Capital International Airport.
With the opening of the Beijing–Guangzhou High-Speed Railway at the end of 2012, the airport got its own train station, making available fast, although infrequent, train service between the airport and Shijiazhuang Railway Station, as well as other stations in the region.
As a young industrial city, Shijiazhuang city proper is generally considered to have relatively few sights of historical or cultural interest. Exceptions are:
- Martyrs' Memorial (Chinese: 烈士陵园; pinyin: Lièshì Língyuán, ) dedicated to Norman Bethune, Eric Liddell, and Dwarkanath Kotnis
- Hebei Museum (Chinese: 河北省博物馆; pinyin: Hébĕi Shĕng Bówùguǎn, )
However, several sites of historical and cultural significance are located in the surrounding area, including:
- Longxing Monastery in Zhengding, 15 kilometers to the north
- Mount Cangyan, 50 km (31 mi) to the southwest
- Zhaozhou Bridge, 40 km (25 mi) to the southeast
- Bailin (Cypress Grove) Temple (Chinese: 柏林禅寺; pinyin: Bǎilín Chán Sì; literally "Cypress Forest Zen Temple", ), 40 km (25 mi) to the southeast, known as one of the ten most renowned Buddhist temples in China.
Shijiazhuang is also famous for its rock cultures. Several underground rock bands are active in this city, mostly performing in pubs. Two nationwide rock magazines, SoRock (我爱摇滚乐) and XMusic (通俗歌曲) are based in Shijiazhuang and act as major platforms promoting rock music in China.
- The First Hospital of Shijiazhuang City
- Bethune International Peace Hospital
Universities and colleges
- Shijiazhuang Tiedao University
- Hebei Normal University
Twin towns — sister cities
Shijiazhuang is twinned with:
- Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
- Parma, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
- Bielsko-Biała, Poland
- Cheonan, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea
- Soria, Castile and León, Spain
- Falkenberg, Halland County, Sweden
- Des Moines, Iowa, United States
- Edison, New Jersey, United States
- Nagykanizsa, Zala County, Hungary
- Corby, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
Shijiazhuang also has a Sister City Agreement:
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