Location of Hengshui City jurisdiction in Hebei
|Country||People's Republic of China|
|• Prefecture-level city||8,836.95 km2 (3,411.97 sq mi)|
|• Urban||602.5 km2 (232.6 sq mi)|
|• Metro||602.5 km2 (232.6 sq mi)|
|Population (2010 census)|
|• Prefecture-level city||4,340,773|
|• Density||490/km2 (1,300/sq mi)|
|• Urban density||870/km2 (2,200/sq mi)|
|• Metro density||870/km2 (2,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||China Standard (UTC+8)|
|License Plate Prefix||冀T|
Hengshui (pinyin: Héngshǔi) is a prefecture-level city in southern Hebei province, People's Republic of China, bordering Shandong to the southeast. At the 2010 census its population was 4,340,373 inhabitants whom 522,147 lived in the built-up (or metro) area made of Taocheng urban district. It is on the Jingjiu Railway.
|#||Name||Hanzi||Hanyu Pinyin||Population (2010 census)||Area (km²)||Density (/km²)|
|1||Taocheng District||桃城区||Táochéng Qū||522,147||602.5||867|
|2||Jizhou City||冀州市||Jìzhōu Shì||362,013||918||394|
|3||Shenzhou City||深州市||Shēnzhōu Shì||566,087||1,244||455|
|4||Zaoqiang County||枣强县||Zǎoqiáng Xiàn||391,469||903||4371|
|5||Wuyi County||武邑县||Wǔyì Xiàn||315,693||830||380|
|6||Wuqiang County||武强县||Wǔqiáng Xiàn||214,549||442||485|
|7||Raoyang County||饶阳县||Ráoyáng Xiàn||280,498||573||490|
|8||Anping County||安平县||Ānpíng Xiàn||328,512||493||666|
|9||Gucheng County||故城县||Gùchéng Xiàn||487,025||941||518|
|10||Jing County||景县||Jǐng Xiàn||528,693||1,183||447|
|11||Fucheng County||阜城县||Fùchéng Xiàn||341,087||698||489|
Hengshui is also the home of Hengshui University.
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 
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.
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.
Hengshui is the seat of the Catholic Diocese of Hengshui.
- 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.
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