Shijiazhuang is the capital and largest city of North China’s Hebei Province. Administratively a prefecture-level city, it is about 266 kilometres southwest of Beijing, and it administers eight districts, two county-level cities, and 12 counties. Shijiazhuang is situated east of the Taihang Mountains, a mountain range extending over 400 km (250 mi) from north to south with an average elevation of 1,500 to 2,000 m (4,900 to 6,600 ft), making Shijiazhuang a place for hiking, outdoor trips and cycling.
Historical, Cultural facts & Religion.
The city is relatively young; it was formally established in 1939 and was renamed Shijiazhuang in 1947. It became the provincial capital in 1968. Until the beginning of the 20th century, Shijiazhuang was only a small village under Luquan county. Shijiazhuang means the village of Shi family in Chinese. One hundred years ago, Shijiazhuang was a village consisting of six streets, six temples, four wells, 150 households, and 600 people. During one hundred years, it has become a regional centre of politics, economy, and culture centre. China’s Communist Party is intensifying religious persecution as during the Palm Sunday mass at a ‘house church’ near Shijiazhuang.
Brief City History
Shijiazhuang, Wade-Giles romanization Shih-chia-Chuang, city and capital of Hebei sheng (province), north-eastern China. It is situated south of the Hutuo River in the west-central part of the province, on the edge of the North China Plain and at the foot of the Taihang Mountains, which lie to the west. The city is relatively young; it was formally established in 1939 and was renamed Shijiazhuang in 1947. It became the provincial capital in 1968. Until the beginning of the 20th century, Shijiazhuang was only a small village under Luquan county. Its growth into one of China’s major cities began in 1906 when the Beijing-Hankou (Wuhan) railway passing through the area opened for traffic. This quickly stimulated much new trade and encouraged local farmers to grow cash crops. One year later the town became the junction for a new rail line, running westward from Zhengding (now administratively under Shijiazhuang) to Taiyuan in central Shanxi province. This connection immediately transformed the town from a local collecting centre and market into a communications hub of national importance on the main route from Beijing and Tianjin to Shanxi and—later, when the railway from Taiyuan was extended southwest—to Shaanxi province as well. The city also became the centre of an extensive road network. During the pre-World War II period, Shijiazhuang was a large railway town as well as a commercial and collecting point for Shanxi and the regions farther west and for the agricultural produce of the North China Plain, particularly for grain, tobacco, and cotton. By 1935 it had far outstripped Zhengding as an economic centre. At the end of World War II, the character of the city changed once again. Not only did it assume an administrative role as the preeminent city in western Hebei, but it also developed into an industrial city. Some industry, such as match manufacturing, tobacco processing, and glassmaking, had already been established before the war.
Language (s) Written & Spoken
Jilu or Ji–Lu Mandarin, formerly known as Beifang Mandarin “Northern Mandarin”, is a dialect of Mandarin Chinese spoken in the Chinese provinces of Hebei (Jì) and the western part of Shandong (Lǔ).
Important Types of Commerce in Shijiazhuang
Shijiazhuang has become a major industrial city in North China and is considered to be the economic centre of Hebei province. The city is a major base for the pharmaceutical and textile industries. Other sectors include machinery and chemicals, building materials, light industry and electronics.
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