Language Services For Changde

Changde is a prefecture-level city in the northwest of Hunan province, People’s Republic of China, with a population of 5,717,218 as of the 2010 census, of which 1,232,182 reside in the built-up area made of 2 urban districts of Dingcheng and Wuling. Located on the Yuan River upstream from its junction with the Lake Dongting system, Changde is a natural centre of the northwest Hunan plain. The city was historically situated on the north bank of the Yuan River and has since expanded development south of the river.

Historical, Cultural facts & Religion

During the Song Dynasty, it was called Dingcheng. In the Tang Dynasty (618–907) it became the seat of Lang prefecture. In 1117, Changde county was established, and around 1165, Changde superior prefecture was established. The name Changde has been used for the city ever since. Changde Uyghur culture – Changde Uyghur culture In particular, young Changde Uyghurs often do not practice Islam and consume pork, strictly forbidden among Xinjiang Uyghurs and Muslims in general, but common for the Han Chinese. In addition, the Changde Uyghurs speak Chinese instead of Uyghur. In particular, young Changde Uyghurs often do not practice Islam and consume pork, strictly forbidden among Xinjiang Uyghurs and Muslims in general, but common for the Han Chinese. In addition, the Changde Uyghurs speak Chinese instead of Uyghur. Those who practice Islam also learn Arabic for religious purposes.

Brief City  History

Changde, Wade-Giles romanization Ch’ang-te, city in northern Hunan sheng (province), China. Situated on the north bank of the Yuan River above its junction with the Dongting Lake system, Changde is a natural centre of the northwest Hunan plain. In historical times it was also a centre from which governments controlled the mountain tribes of western Hunan. A county named Linyuan was established there in the 2nd century BCE. In 589 its name was changed to Wuling, and under the Tang dynasty (618–907) it became the seat of Lang prefecture. Under the Song dynasty (960–1279) the name of the prefecture was changed to Tingzhou, and in 1164–74 it became a superior prefecture called Changde. This status was retained until 1912 when the superior prefecture was abolished and the city became a county seat.

In the late 19th century Changde became a prosperous commercial centre and the chief agricultural central market of the Yuan River basin. Many Chinese firms, and—after 1905, when it was opened to foreign trade—foreign firms as well, maintained branches there to buy rice, cotton, tung oil, and timber so that Changde’s economic influence reached out into northern Guizhou, southwestern Hubei, and parts of south-eastern Sichuan provinces. The merchants of the Dahe quarter of the city controlled much of the north-western Hunan economy, and early in the 20th century Changde was the second city of Hunan, after Changsa, the provincial capital. Although the commercial dominance of Changde firms disappeared with the advent of communist rule in 1949, the city remained an important centre of trade, with the majority of its population engaged either in commerce or in transportation. Grain, oil, cotton, and other commodities are loaded into medium-sized ships and taken to Yueyang, Changsa, or Hankou (Wuhan, Hubei province) for onward shipment. Timber is also rafted there and floated across Dongting Lake to Yueyang, and thus to the Yangtze River (Chang Jiang). Changde now has rail lines, and an express highway links it to Changsha. The light industry, mostly based on such local products as wood, leather, and bristles, has developed in the city since 1949. Pop. (2002 est.) 437,039; (2007 est.) urban agglom., 1,469,000.

Language (s) Written & Spoken

The Changde dialect is a variety of Southwestern Mandarin.

Important Types of Commerce in Changde

Economy. Tobacco is the most important industry in Changde. Changde Cigarette Factory (CDCF), now a subsidiary of China Tobacco Hunan Industrial Co., Ltd., is one of six key cigarette companies in China and employs 8,300 workers in Changde as of 2013.

Language Services US and others will provide working with Changde

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