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Clockwise from top: Fuyang Bridge, Hengshui Lake, Skyline of Hengshui, Hengshui High School
Peach City (桃城), Lake City (水市湖城)
Location of Hengshui City jurisdiction in Hebei
|Coordinates(Hengshui municipal government): Coordinates:|
|Country||People's Republic of China|
|Established||May 31, 1996|
|Municipal seat||Taocheng District|
|• Prefecture-level city||8,836.95 km2 (3,411.97 sq mi)|
|• Urban||401.40 km2 (154.98 sq mi)|
|• Districts||1,509.6 km2 (582.9 sq mi)|
|• Prefecture-level city||4,340,773|
|• Density||490/km2 (1,300/sq mi)|
|• Urban density||1,600/km2 (4,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (China Standard)|
|ISO 3166 code||CN-HE-11|
|License Plate Prefix||冀T|
|Literal meaning||"horizontal river"|
Hengshui (Chinese :衡水) is a prefecture-level city in southern Hebei province, People's Republic of China, bordering Shandong to the southeast. At the 2010 census its population was 4,340,373 inhabitants whom 522,147 lived in the built-up (or metro) area made of Taocheng urban district. It is on the Jingjiu Railway.
|#||Name||Hanzi||Hanyu Pinyin||Population (2010 census)||Area (km²)||Density (/km²)|
|1||Taocheng District||桃城区||Táochéng Qū||522,147||602.5||867|
|2||Jizhou District||冀州区||Jìzhōu Qū||362,013||918||394|
|3||Shenzhou City||深州市||Shēnzhōu Shì||566,087||1,244||455|
|4||Zaoqiang County||枣强县||Zǎoqiáng Xiàn||391,469||903||437|
|5||Wuyi County||武邑县||Wǔyì Xiàn||315,693||830||380|
|6||Wuqiang County||武强县||Wǔqiáng Xiàn||214,549||442||485|
|7||Raoyang County||饶阳县||Ráoyáng Xiàn||280,498||573||490|
|8||Anping County||安平县||Ānpíng Xiàn||328,512||493||666|
|9||Gucheng County||故城县||Gùchéng Xiàn||487,025||941||518|
|10||Jing County||景县||Jǐng Xiàn||528,693||1,183||447|
|11||Fucheng County||阜城县||Fùchéng Xiàn||341,087||698||489|
Hengshui High School and Hengshui Universityare located in Hengshui.
The Harrison International Peace Hospital is located in Hengshui. This comprehensive teaching and research hospital was named after Dr. Tillson Harrison, a martyr to the Chinese revolution. Dr. Harrison, a Canadian, died in 1947 while transporting medical equipment and supplies. Some of this equipment is on display in an exhibition room in the hospital. The hospital uses both traditional Chinese medicine and modern western diagnostic and therapeutic technology.[ citation needed ]
The city is renowned as the centre for inside painting, mainly of small snuff bottles. Zhang Rucai was born in Hebei Province and since 1972, he started to learn the art of inside painting. In April 1996, he was conferred the title Master of Chinese Folk Arts & Crafts by UNESCO. The city has a fascinating museum and exhibition of the art of the inside painter - many complex paintings done on the inside of small snuff bottles as well as special larger pieces of glassware.
There is a Buddhist Temple on the outskirts of the city which is well worth a visit, as is the bridge in the old part of the city - one of the few remnants of the old town.
|Climate data for Hengshui (1981–2010)|
|Average high °C (°F)||3.2|
|Daily mean °C (°F)||−2.7|
|Average low °C (°F)||−7.1|
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||2.0|
|Average relative humidity (%)||60||55||53||54||59||60||75||79||72||66||66||64||64|
|Source: China Meteorological Administration|
According to a survey made by "Global voices China" in February 2013, 7 cities in Hebei including Xingtai, Shijiazhuang, Baoding, Handan, Langfang, Hengshui and Tangshan, are among China's 10 most polluted cities.
Hengshui is the seat of the Catholic Diocese of Hengshui.
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