Shi·jia·zhuang geographical name \ˈshir-ˈjyä-ˈjwäŋ, ˈshē-\
city NE China ∗ of Hebei pop 1,068,439
Shijiazhuang geographical name (Concise Encyclopedia)
City (pop., 2003 est.: 1,971,000), capital of Hebei province, northeastern China. Located on the edge of the North China Plain at the foot of the Taihang Mountains, the site dates to pre-Han times (c. 206 BC). After it came under the Tang dynasty (7th–10th century AD), it was only a local market town. Its growth into one of China's major cities began in 1905, when the railway reached the area, stimulating trade and agriculture. Other rail connections and an extensive road network established it as a communications centre. It developed into an industrial city with administrative functions at the end of World War II. It is now one of China's major industrial, cultural, and economic centres.
Variants of SHIJIAZHUANG
Shijiazhuang or Shih-chia-chuang
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