Saturday, 19 March 2011


Shijiazhuang (simplified Chinese: 石家庄; pinyin: Shíjiāzhuāng) is the capital and largest city of North China's Hebei Province. Administratively a prefecture-level city, it is about 280 kilometres (170 mi) south of Beijing. Shijiazhuang Prefecture contains the Shijiazhuang metropolitan area, the Jingxing Mining District, five county-level cities, and twelve counties, and has a total population of 9.6 million, with 2.6 million in the metro area in 2008.

Shijiazhuang is a newly industrialised city. It experienced dramatic growth after the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949. The population of the metropolitan area has more than quadrupled in only 30 years[1] It is a central hub of transportation routes. The city is home to large garrison of military troops in case of need to protect Beijing[1] It has a number of PLA colleges and universities.

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