Hebei Province (河北省), China Travel Guide


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Hebei Province is a province of the People's Republic of China. It is located in North China. Hebei covers an area of 187,700 sq km (72,500 sq mi), ranking it the 12th largest province in the country. Its population of 69.9 million people places it in sixth position out of the 22 provinces.


The Great Wall at Shanhaiguan
The Great Wall at Shanhaiguan
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Hebei Province was formed in 1928. Its name means "north of the Yellow (River)". Hebei is also known as Yanzhao, after the state of Yan and the state of Zhao which existed during the Warring States Period of Chinese history, from 475 BC to 221 BC. The province surrounds the cities of Beijing and Tianjin. It borders Liaoning Province to the north east, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region to the north, Shanxi Province to the west, Henan Province to the south and Shandong Province to the southeast. It faces the Bohai Sea to the east.

Hebei is divided into 11 prefectural-level cities. These are subdivided into 172 county-level divisions (22 county-level cities, 108 counties, 6 autonomous counties and 36 districts) and 2207 townships.


Xumi Pagoda and Kaiyuan Monastery, Hebei Province
Xumi Pagoda and Kaiyuan Monastery, Hebei Province
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Prefectural-level Cities of Hebei

  1. Shijiazhuang - capital
  2. Baoding
  3. Cangzhou
  4. Chengde
  5. Handan
  6. Hengshui
  7. Langfang
  8. Qinhuangdao
  9. Tangshan
  10. Xingtai
  11. Zhangjiakou

Tourist Attractions in Hebei

  1. Chengde Mountain Resort
  2. Qing Dynasty Tombs
  3. Shanhaiguan - location of the east end of the Ming Great Wall
  4. Zhili Governor's Residence in Baoding
  5. Xibaipo

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