Saturday, 19 March 2011


Shijiazhuang is located in south-central Hebei, and is part of the Bohai Economic Rim. The latitude of the prefecture ranges from 37° 27' to 38° 47' N, the longitude 113° 30' to 115° 20' E. At its greatest, the prefecture is 148 kilometres (92 mi) long from south to north and 175 kilometres (109 mi) wide from east to west. The prefecture has borders stretching 760 kilometres (472 mi) long and covers an area of 15,800 square kilometres (6,100 sq mi). Bordering prefectures within Hebei are Hengshui (E), Xingtai (S), and Baoding (N/NE). To the west lies Shanxi Province.

The city stands at the edge of the North China Plain, which rises to the Taihang Mountains to the west of the city, and lies south of the Hutuo River (滹沱河). From west to east, the topography can be summarised as moderately-high mountains, then low-lying mountains, hills, basin, and finally plains. Out of the eight east-west routes across the Taihang Mountains, the fifth, the Niangzi Pass, connects the city directly with Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi.

The mountainous part of the prefecture consists of parts of:

    * Jingxing Mining District
    * Jingxing County
    * Zanhuang County
    * Xingtang County
    * Lingshou County
    * Yuanshi County
    * Luquan City

The Hutuo River Basin in the east juts into:

    * Xinle City
    * Wuji County
    * Shenze County
    * Jinzhou City
    * Gaocheng City
    * Gaoyi County
    * Zhao County
    * Luancheng County
    * Zhengding County
    * The metropolitan area and its suburbs, in their entirety
    * All of the divisions mentioned in the above list, except for Jingxing Mining District


The city has a continental, monsoon-influenced semi-arid climate (Köppen BSk), characterised by hot, humid summers due to the East Asian monsoon, and generally cold, windy, very dry winters that reflect the influence of the vast Siberian anticyclone. Spring can bear witness to sandstorms blowing in from the Mongolian steppe, accompanied by rapidly warming, but generally dry, conditions. Autumn is similar to spring in temperature and lack of rainfall. January averages −2.3 °C (27.9 °F), while July averages 26.8 °C (80.2 °F); the annual mean is 13.4 °C (56.1 °F). More than half of the annual rainfall occurs in July and August alone.

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