Location of Langfang City jurisdiction in Hebei
|• Prefecture-level city||6,417.28 km2 (2,477.73 sq mi)|
|• Urban||961.8 km2 (371.4 sq mi)|
|• Metro||961.8 km2 (371.4 sq mi)|
|Population (2010 census)|
|• Prefecture-level city||4,358,839|
|• Density||680/km2 (1,800/sq mi)|
|• Urban density||900/km2 (2,300/sq mi)|
|• Metro density||900/km2 (2,300/sq mi)|
|Time zone||China Standard (UTC+8)|
|License Plate Prefix||冀R|
Langfang (Chinese: 廊坊; pinyin: Lángfáng), is a prefecture-level city of Hebei province formerly known as Tianjin Prefecture until 1973, it was renamed Langfang Prefecture after Tianjin became a municipality and finally upgraded into a prefecture-level city in 1988, located approximately midway between Beijing and Tianjin. At the 2010 census, its population was 4,358,839 whom 868,066 lived in the built-up (or metro) area made of Guangyang and Anci districts. Its total area is around 6,417.28 km2 (2,477.73 sq mi). Langfang borders Baoding to the southwest, Cangzhou to the south (both prefecture-level cities of Hebei), Beijing to the north and Tianjin to the east. Sanhe City and Dachang Hui County are now conurbated with Beijing belonging to the same built-up area. It is the smallest prefecture-level city of Hebei by land area.
|Area (km²)||Density (/km²)|
|Anci District||安次区||Āncì Qū||350,000||595||588|
|Guangyang District||广阳区||Guǎngyáng Qū||410,000||313||1,310|
|Bazhou City||霸州市||Bàzhōu Shì||570,000||784||727|
|Sanhe City||三河市||Sānhé Shì||480,000||643||747|
|Gu'an County||固安县||Gù'ān Xiàn||390,000||697||560|
|Yongqing County||永清县||Yǒngqīng Xiàn||370,000||774||478|
|Xianghe County||香河县||Xiānghé Xiàn||310,000||458||677|
|Dacheng County||大城县||Dàichéng Xiàn||460,000||910||505|
|Wen'an County||文安县||Wén'ān Xiàn||460,000||980||769|
Considering Langfang's position between these two prominent cities, Langfang is a relatively green city. Every 300 to 500 m (980 to 1,640 ft) along the city's major streets are parks where local people stroll and take exercise. Langfang's five-kilometer long pedestrian street is now the longest in China.
The Sanhe exclave, separated from the rest of the province, is a part of Langfang City. The exclave comprises Sanhe City, Xianghe County, and Dachang Hui Autonomous County and is located between the municipalities of Beijing and Tianjin.
As air pollution in China is at an all-time high, several Hebei cities are among the most polluted cities and have 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.
On June 26, 1900, during the Boxer Movement, belligerent European forces heading towards Beijing were stopped by Boxers at the Battle of Langfang, and were defeated and forced to turn back to Tianjin. The Chinese forces were victorious.
It was the site of another battle during the Second Sino-Japanese War.
Langfang's economy is developing with an emphasis on computers and technology, such that some have dubbed it "China’s Silicon Valley." One recent development is the Oriental University City (东方大学城). Having begun construction in October 1999, the complex was built in less than 3 years at a 4-billion yuan investment, and some 30 universities have been established here with a combined enrollment of about 50,000 students.
- Langfang Export Processing Zone
The Langfang Export Processing Zone (Langfang EPZ) was established by the State Council in 2005. It has a planned area of 0.5 km2 and commenced operation in October 2008. It is the only state-level development zone in Langfang. Langfang EPZ is located in the Langfang Economic and Technical Development Zone (Langfang ETDZ), which is a province-level development zone. It is 38 km (24 mi) from Beijing's third ring-road, and 50 km (31 mi) from down-town Tianjin. It is 60 km (37 mi) from Beijing Capital International Airport, and 70 km (43 mi) from Tianjin Binhai International Airport, airports which are China's first and twelfth largest airports in terms of cargo transport, respectively. The nation's fourth largest seaport, Tianjin Port, is 105 km (65 mi) from Langfang EPZ.
Langfang does not have a land port or airport, but is only a one-hour drive from Beijing Capital International Airport and the Tianjin New Port. Langfang Railway Station is situated on the Beijing–Harbin Railway.
- 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.
- Paul A. Cohen (1997). History in three keys: the boxers as event, experience, and myth. Columbia University Press. p. 49. ISBN 0-231-10651-3. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
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