Siping martyr cenotaph, in Siping
Location of Siping City (yellow) in Jilin (light grey) and China
|Country||People's Republic of China|
|• Type||Prefecture-level city|
|• CPC Siping Secretary||Han Fuchun|
|• Mayor||Guo Lingji|
|• Prefecture-level city||14,323 km2 (5,530 sq mi)|
|Elevation||164 m (538 ft)|
|• Prefecture-level city||3,386,325|
|• Density||240/km2 (610/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (China Standard)|
|ISO 3166 code||CN-JL-03|
|GDP||¥320.66 billion (2006)|
|License Plate Prefix||吉C|
|Major Nationalities||Han - 91.6%|
Siping (Chinese: 四平; pinyin: Sìpíng), formerly Ssupingkai (四平街; Sìpíngjiē), is a prefecture-level city in the west of Jilin province, People's Republic of China. Located 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 2015 census, Siping has a total population of 3.36 million while the urban population is 625 thousand.
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.
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.
- Battle of Siping March 15, 1946−March 17, 1946
- Campaign to Defend Siping April 17, 1946−May 19, 1946
- Siping Campaign June 11, 1947−March 13, 1948
Siping grew rapidly after the Communist government was established in 1949, being the third largest city in Jilin Province.
Geography and climate
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)|
|Average high °C (°F)||−7.4
|Average low °C (°F)||−18.4
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||5.5
|Average 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|
|Average relative humidity (%)||66||62||55||50||54||67||79||79||72||65||64||65||65|
|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|
Siping prefecture includes two districts, two counties and two county-level cities. Four commodity grain bases in Jinlin Province, namely Lishu County, Yitong Manchu Autonomous County, and Shuangliao City, are under the administration of Siping.Gongzhuling City is under the administration of Jilin Province.
|Name||Hanzi||Hanyu Pinyin||Population (2013 est.)||Area (km²)||Density (/km²)|
|Tiexi District||铁西区||Tiěxī Qū||2.7 ten thousand||162||1,721|
|Tiedong District||铁东区||Tiědōng Qū||3.7 ten thousand||945||354|
|Shuangliao City||双辽市||Shuāngliáo Shì||4.1 ten thousand||3,121||135|
|Gongzhuling City||公主岭市||Gōngzhǔlǐng Shì||10.8 ten thousand||4,027||271|
|Lishu County||梨树县||Líshù Xiàn||7.9 ten thousand||3,545||221|
|Yitong Manchu Autonomous County||伊通满族自治县||Yītōng Mǎnzú Zìzhìxiàn||4.7 ten thousand||2,523||188|
Siping has GDP of RMB 1266.3 billion Yuan in 2015, representing a rise of 6.4% year on year. The city's GDP ranked fourth in Jilin Province(2010). Agricultural products processing, electricity and thermal power, pharmaceutical, and chemicals are the pillar industries. Private economy is also a major contributor of the industrial sector.
Siping is a transportation hub in Jilin Province. The Qiqihar-Siping, Siping-Meihekou and Beijing–Harbin railways The city is served by both the Siping Railway Station and Siping East Railway Station (IATA: OSQ).The Harbin-Beijing Highspeed Railway also run through the Siping East Railway Station.The new airport will be completed in 2030.
With the Highway,the city run through Beijing-Harbin highway, JiTong highway, Daqiang-Guangzhou Highway, Changchun-Shenzhen Expressway, ChangYing highway, TieChao highway (Beijing-Siping highway), Yi Liao Expressway and Changchun-Liaoyuan highway. The city of Siping also has a ring first grade highway, which is connected to the 102 National Road and 303 National Road in the four directions.
Siping is 550 kilometers away from Dalian international shipping center. It is only 1 hours away from Changchun Longjia Airport and Shenyang Taoxian International Airport. The Siping local dual-use airport is about to open domestic flights.
- Jia Hongsheng (1967−2010), actor
- John Derbyshire, American writer, lived in Siping 1982−3. The city is mentioned in his 1996 novel Seeing Calvin Coolidge in a Dream, Chapter 9, the city's name translated there as "Fourfold Peace."
- Profiles of China Provinces, Cities and Industrial Parks
- 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
- 吉林省四平市志编纂委员会 [Siping, Jilin (1993). 四平市志. 吉林人民出版社 [Jilin People's Press]. ISBN 7-206-01824-6.
- Derbyshire, John. "Second-Guessing China". National Review Online. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
- http://www.siping.gov.cn/ - Siping City Website