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Sub-prefecture-level city
Dingzhou is located in Hebei
Location in Hebei
Coordinates: 38°31′N 114°59′E / 38.517°N 114.983°E / 38.517; 114.983Coordinates: 38°31′N 114°59′E / 38.517°N 114.983°E / 38.517; 114.983
Country China
Province Hebei
Prefecture-level city Baoding
 • Sub-prefecture-level city 1,274 km2 (492 sq mi)
 • Urban 25 km2 (10 sq mi)
Elevation 58 m (189 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Sub-prefecture-level city 1,200,000
 • Density 940/km2 (2,400/sq mi)
 • Urban 216,000
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Postal code 073000
Area code(s) 0312
License Plate Prefix 冀F
Website http://www.dingzhou.gov.cn/
Chinese 定州
Postal Tingchow
Alternative Chinese name
Simplified Chinese 定县(former name)
Traditional Chinese 定縣(former name)
Postal Tingsien

Dingzhou (Chinese: 定州; pinyin: Dìngzhōu), formerly Dingxian (simplified Chinese: 定县; traditional Chinese: 定縣; pinyin: Dìngxiàn postal: Tingsien) is a county-level city with sub-prefecture-level city status, located under the administration of the prefecture-level city of Baoding in the southwest of Hebei Province in northern China, about halfway between Baoding and Shijiazhuang. As of 2009, Dingzhou had a population of 1.2 million. Dingzhou has 3 subdistricts, 13 towns, 8 townships, and 1 ethnic township.[1] Dingzhou is 196 kilometres (122 mi) southwest of Beijing, 68 kilometres (42 mi) northeast of Shijiazhuang.


China's tallest pre-modern pagoda, the 84-metre-tall (276 ft) Liaodi Pagoda, is located here, built in 1055 during the Song Dynasty. In 1973 a tomb was excavated about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) southwest of Dingzhou dating to 55 BCE and containing several fragments of Chinese literary works, including an early manuscript of the Analects of Confucius, a manuscript of a Daoist work known as Wenzi and fragments of the military treatise Liu tao.

From 1926 to 1937, the county was the site of the National Association of Mass Education Movement's Ting Hsien Experiment of the Rural Reconstruction Movement. In the 1990s the New Rural Reconstruction Movement maintained a training and outreach center.

Administrative Divisions[edit]

[1] Towns:



Dingzhou is one of the transportation hubs in North China.



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  • Sidney D. Gamble, Foreword by Y.C. James Yen. Field work directed by Franklin Ching-han Lee. Ting Hsien, a North China Rural Community (New York: International Secretariat Institute of Pacific Relations, 1954; rpr Stanford University Press, 1968). xxv, 472p. 54009009. Sociological survey conducted in the 1920s and early 1930s.

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