Wuqiao County

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Wuqiao County
吴桥县
County
Wuqiao is located in Hebei
Wuqiao
Wuqiao
Location of the seat in Hebei
Coordinates: 37°40′N 116°21′E / 37.667°N 116.350°E / 37.667; 116.350Coordinates: 37°40′N 116°21′E / 37.667°N 116.350°E / 37.667; 116.350
Country People's Republic of China
Province Hebei
Prefecture-level city Cangzhou
County seat Sangyuan
Area
 • Total 583 km2 (225 sq mi)
Population
 • Total 280,000
 • Density 480/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Postal code 062650
Area code(s) 0317
Website http://www.wuqiao.gov.cn/

Wuqiao County (simplified Chinese: 吴桥县; traditional Chinese: 吳橋縣; pinyin: Wúqiáo Xiàn, literally "Wu Bridge") is a county of southeastern Hebei province, China, bordering Shandong to the southeast. It is under the administration of the Cangzhou City. Wuqiao covers an area of 583 square kilometers with a population of 280,000 and 444 natural villages under its jurisdiction. Over a period of more than 1500 years, Wuqiao is an old county with a vivid and rich history and culture. Wuqiao is situated in the center of the Huabei Plains and has a pleasant climate most of the year round and it is possible to pleasurably visit here at almost any time of the year.[citation needed]

Near the cities Beijing, Tianjin, Shijiazhuang, and Jinan, Wuqiao County has many transportation connections. There are many rail and bus services operating in the town. Wuqiao was the first Chinese city to open up its doors to the world under the "Open Door" policy and over many years development, Wuqiao has become a flourishing city with a favorable investment environment.[citation needed]

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Wuqiao Acrobatic Culture[edit]

The history of Wuqiao county records that lamps lighted up the whole county of Wuqiao for three days during festivals, people set off firecrackers and performed acrobatics, and the local feudal officials did not practice curfew in the period.

The tomb murals of the Eastern Wei Dynasty (534–550) in the Southern and Northern Dynasties Period (386–581) unearthed from Xiaomachang Village of Wuqiao County in 1958 depict the performances of handstands, plate spinning, deft horsemanship and so on. However, it was after the Yuan Dynasty (1271–1368) that acrobatics of Wuqiao gained much reputation. Before that, acrobatics in Henan Province was much more influential. After the Yuan Dynasty was established, the capital was moved from Kaifeng of Henan to Beijing, and the acrobatics in Wuqiao of Hebei, which neighbors Beijing, began to prosper and was increasingly influential.

People in Wuqiao today, young or old, often possess astonishing acrobatic ability. It is no wonder that the county has produced many of the most famous acrobats. Wuqiao performers can be found in acrobatic troupes throughout China and across the world. When Premier Zhou Enlai visited European countries, he found Wuqiao acrobats nearly each time he met with overseas Chinese. He happily said that Wuqiao is really worth the title of 'home of Chinese acrobatics'.

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