Siping, Jilin

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Siping
四平市
Prefecture-level city
Siping martyr cenotaph, in Siping City, Jilin province, China.
Siping martyr cenotaph, in Siping City, Jilin province, China.
Siping (red) in Jilin (orange)
Siping (red) in Jilin (orange)
Siping is located in Jilin
Siping
Siping
Location of the city centre in Jilin
Coordinates: 43°10′N 124°22′E / 43.167°N 124.367°E / 43.167; 124.367Coordinates: 43°10′N 124°22′E / 43.167°N 124.367°E / 43.167; 124.367
Country People's Republic of China
Province Jilin
County-level divisions 7
Government
 • Type Prefecture-level city
 • CPC Siping Secretary LIu Xijie (刘喜杰)
 • Mayor Shi Guoxiang (石国祥)
Area
 • Prefecture-level city 14,323 km2 (5,530 sq mi)
Elevation 164 m (538 ft)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Prefecture-level city 3,386,325
 • Density 240/km2 (610/sq mi)
 • Urban 613,837
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Postal code 136000
Area code(s) 0434
GDP ¥320.66 billion (2006)
License Plate Prefix C
ISO 3166-2 cn-22-03
Major Nationalities Han - 95.48%
Website http://www.siping.gov.cn/

Siping (Chinese: 四平; pinyin: Sìpíng), formerly Ssupingkai (Chinese: 四平街; pinyin: Sìpíngjiē), is a prefecture-level city in the west of Jilin province, People's Republic of China. Located in the southwestern part of the province, in the middle of the Songliao Plain and at the intersection of Jilin, Liaoning and Inner Mongolia, Siping covers an area of 14,323 km2 (5,530 sq mi). At the 2010 census, Siping has a total population of 3,386,325 while the urban population is 613,837.[1]

History[edit]

Siping's history can be stretched to 3000 years ago during Shang Dynasty. The Kingdom of Yan Ruins indicate that the Han Chinese People started moving into Northeast region of China during the Spring and Autumn Period. Ancient ethnic tribes such as the Fuyu, the Goguryeo, the Khitans, the Jurchen, the Mongols, the Manchus, and Koreans have left behind cultural artifacts, including Hanzhou, Xinzhou, and the Yehe Tribe Cultural Artifacts .

Yehe Town in Siping is also the hometown of two empresses of the Qing Dynasty, Empress Dowager Cixi and Empress Dowager Longyu.[2]

However, Siping was a place of little importance until the completion of the railway between Changchun and the port of Dalian in 1902. With a rapidly growing population, Siping became a regional commercial center. After 1907, Siping's economy experienced steady growth under the administration of the South Manchuria Railway Company. The construction of a railway linked to Baicheng in northwestern Jilin Province was completed in 1923, while a railway running south to Tonghua and to Korean Peninsula was built in 1939. A new town was built after 1921, going by the name Ssupingkai. After 1932, under the Japanese invasion of Manchuria, some agriculture-based industry including brewing, oil pressing and flour milling grew up. In the latter part of World War II, the Japanese completed a project in the construction of a refinery for the production of synthetic petroleum from coal.

Communist troops in the Battle of Siping.

Siping was the site of several major battles during the Chinese Civil War between the Chinese Communist and Nationalist forces from 1945 to 1949.[3] After the war, Siping was virtually destroyed.[4]

Siping grew rapidly after the Communist government was established in 1949, being the third largest city in Jilin Province.

Geography and climate[edit]

Siping is located in the transition between plains and hilly terrain, with hills to the southeast and the Songliao Plain to the northwest. The city has a four-season, monsoon-influenced, humid continental climate (Köppen Dwa). Winters are long (lasting from November to March), cold, and windy, but dry, due to the influence of the Siberian anticyclone, with a January mean temperature of −13.5 °C (7.7 °F). Spring and fall are somewhat short transitional periods, with some precipitation, but are usually dry and windy. Summers are hot and humid, with a prevailing southeasterly wind due to the East Asian monsoon; July averages 23.7 °C (74.7 °F). Snow is usually light during the winter, and annual rainfall is heavily concentrated from June to August. The annual mean temperature is 6.69 °C (44.0 °F). With monthly percent possible sunshine ranging from 46% in July to 71% in January and February, there are 2,684 hours of bright sunshine annually, with autumn and winter being especially sunny.

Climate data for Siping City (1971−2000)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) −7.4
(18.7)
−3.1
(26.4)
5.2
(41.4)
15.3
(59.5)
22.1
(71.8)
26.6
(79.9)
28.2
(82.8)
27.3
(81.1)
22.4
(72.3)
14.2
(57.6)
3.5
(38.3)
−4.5
(23.9)
12.5
(54.5)
Average low °C (°F) −18.4
(−1.1)
−14.7
(5.5)
−6.2
(20.8)
2.8
(37)
9.8
(49.6)
15.9
(60.6)
19.6
(67.3)
17.8
(64)
10.5
(50.9)
2.3
(36.1)
−6.7
(19.9)
−14.6
(5.7)
1.5
(34.7)
Precipitation mm (inches) 5.5
(0.217)
5.6
(0.22)
15.5
(0.61)
31.8
(1.252)
57.8
(2.276)
99.8
(3.929)
176.9
(6.965)
133.5
(5.256)
53.1
(2.091)
32.9
(1.295)
12.9
(0.508)
7.4
(0.291)
632.7
(24.91)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 4.4 4.4 5.1 7.3 10.4 12.7 15.3 12.0 8.5 6.8 5.4 4.7 97.0
 % humidity 66 62 55 50 54 67 79 79 72 65 64 65 64.8
Mean monthly sunshine hours 204.0 209.2 249.2 246.3 263.6 246.0 212.2 222.5 241.1 225.5 182.8 181.1 2,683.5
Percent possible sunshine 71 71 68 62 59 54 46 52 64 66 63 65 61
Source: China Meteorological Administration

Administrative divisions[edit]

Siping prefecture includes two districts, two counties and two county-level cities. Four commodity grain bases in Jinlin Province, namely Gongzhuling City, Lishu County, Yitong Manchu Autonomous County, and Shuangliao City, are under the administration of Siping.

Map
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# Name Hanzi Hanyu Pinyin Population (2010 est.) Area (km²) Density (/km²)
1 Tiexi District 铁西区 Tiěxī Qū 278,837 162 1,650
2 Tiedong District 铁东区 Tiědōng Qū 335,000 945 587
3 Shuangliao City 双辽市 Shuāngliáo Shì 420,865 3,121 139
4 Gongzhuling City 公主岭市 Gōngzhǔlǐng Shì 1,093,314 4,027 269
5 Lishu County 梨树县 Líshù Xiàn 782,900 3,545 208
6 Yitong Manchu Autonomous County 伊通满族自治县 Yītōng Mǎnzú Zìzhìxiàn 475,409 2,523 191

Economy[edit]

Siping has GDP of RMB 78.9 billion in 2010, representing a rise of 15.4% year on year.[5] The city's GDP ranked fourth in Jilin Province. Agricultural products processing, electricity and thermal power, pharmaceutical, and chemicalss are the pillar industries. Private economy is also a major contributor of the industrial sector.

Transport[edit]

Siping is a transportation hub in Jilin Province. The Qiqihar-Siping, Siping-Meihekou and Beijing–Harbin railways, as well as the Beijing-Harbin Highway and Daqing-Guangzhou Expressway run through the city. The city is served by both the Siping Railway Station and Siping East Railway Station (IATA: OSQ).

Notable people[edit]

Sister cities[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 四平市2010年第六次全国人口普查主要数据公报
  2. ^ Profiles of China Provinces, Cities and Industrial Parks
  3. ^ Harold M. Tanner. The Battle for Manchuria and the Fate of China: Siping, 1946. Twentieth-Century Battles Series. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013. 288 pp, ISBN 978-0-253-00723-0; review by Johnny Spence, H-War, H-Net Reviews. January 2014
  4. ^ 吉林省四平市志编纂委员会 (1993). 四平市志. 吉林人民出版社. ISBN 7-206-01824-6. 
  5. ^ 22010年四平市国民经济和社会发展统计公报

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