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Shijiazhuang
石家庄市
Shihkiachwang
Prefecture-level city
Clockwise from top: Panoramic view near Huaite Building, far view of downtown Shijiazhuang, Hebei provincial museum, Gangnan reservoir, Shijiazhuang TV Tower.
Clockwise from top: Panoramic view near Huaite Building, far view of downtown Shijiazhuang, Hebei provincial museum, Gangnan reservoir, Shijiazhuang TV Tower.
Location of Shijiazhuang City jurisdiction in Hebei
Location of Shijiazhuang City jurisdiction in Hebei
Country People's Republic of China
Province Hebei
Area
 • Prefecture-level city 15,848 km2 (6,119 sq mi)
 • Urban 283.72 km2 (109.54 sq mi)
 • Metro 2,240 km2 (860 sq mi)
Elevation 83 m (272 ft)
Population (2016)
 • Prefecture-level city 10,784,600
 • Density 680.502/km2 (1,762.49/sq mi)
 • Urban 4,303,700
 • Urban density 15,168.8/km2 (39,287.1/sq mi)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Postal code 050000
ISO 3166 code CN-HE-01
Licence plate prefixes 冀A
City Flower Rosa Chinensis
City Tree Styphnolobium
Website www.sjz.gov.cn

Shijiazhuang is the capital and largest city of North China's Hebei Province. Administratively a prefecture-level city, it is about 266 kilometres (165 mi) southwest of Beijing, and it administers eight districts, two county-level cities, and 12 counties.

As of 2015 it had a total population of 10,701,600 with 4,303,700 in the central (or metro) area comprising the seven districts and the county of Zhengding largely conurbated with the Shijiazhuang metropolitan area as urbanization continues to proliferate. Shijiazhuang's total population ranked twelfth in mainland China.

Shijiazhuang 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 30 years as a result of industrialization and infrastructural developments. From 2008 to 2011, Shijiazhuang implemented a three-year plan which concluded with the reorganization of the city resulting in an increase of green areas and new buildings and roads. A train station, airport and a subway system have been opened.

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.

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