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Langfang (Chinese: 廊坊; pinyin: Lángfáng), is a prefecture-level city of Hebei Province, which was known as Tianjin Prefecture until 1973. It was renamed Langfang Prefecture after Tianjin became a municipality and finally upgraded into a prefecture-level city in 1988. Langfang is located approximately midway between Beijing and Tianjin. At the 2010 census, the population of Langfang was 4,358,839, of whom 868,066 lived in the built-up (or metro) area made of Guangyang and Anci districts;[1] its total area is around 6,417.28 km2 (2,477.73 sq mi). Langfang borders Baoding to the southwest, Cangzhou to the south (both prefecture-level cities of Hebei), Beijing to the north and Tianjin to the east. Sanhe City and Dachang Hui County are now conurbated with Beijing, so that they form part of the same built-up area. Langfang is the smallest prefecture-level city of Hebei Province by land area.

Langfang

廊坊市
Closer Look at Farming Village in Langfang.jpg
Location of Langfang City jurisdiction in Hebei
Location of Langfang City jurisdiction in Hebei
Langfang is located in Hebei
Langfang
Langfang
Location of the city centre in Hebei
Coordinates: 39°31′N 116°42′E / 39.517°N 116.700°E / 39.517; 116.700Coordinates: 39°31′N 116°42′E / 39.517°N 116.700°E / 39.517; 116.700
CountryPeople's Republic of China
ProvinceHebei
Area
 • Prefecture-level city6,417.28 km2 (2,477.73 sq mi)
 • Urban
961.8 km2 (371.4 sq mi)
 • Metro
961.8 km2 (371.4 sq mi)
Population
 (2010 census)
 • Prefecture-level city4,358,839
 • Density680/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
 • Urban
868,066
 • Urban density900/km2 (2,300/sq mi)
 • Metro
868,066
 • Metro density900/km2 (2,300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (China Standard)
ISO 3166 codeCN-HE-10
License Plate Prefix冀R
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Administrative divisionsEdit

Langfang consists of 2 county-level districts, 2 county-level cities, 5 counties, 1 autonomous county, and one economic development zone (开发区).

Map
Name Hanzi Hanyu Pinyin Population
(2004 est.)
Area (km²) Density (/km²)
Anci District 安次区 Āncì Qū 350,000 595 588
Guangyang District 广阳区 Guǎngyáng Qū 410,000 313 1,310
Bazhou City 霸州市 Bàzhōu Shì 570,000 784 727
Sanhe City 三河市 Sānhé Shì 480,000 643 747
Gu'an County 固安县 Gù'ān Xiàn 390,000 697 560
Yongqing County 永清县 Yǒngqīng Xiàn 370,000 774 478
Xianghe County 香河县 Xiānghé Xiàn 310,000 458 677
Dacheng County 大城县 Dàchéng Xiàn 460,000 910 505
Wen'an County 文安县 Wén'ān Xiàn 460,000 980 769
Dachang Hui
Autonomous County
大厂回族自治县 Dàchǎng Huízú
Zìzhìxiàn
110,000 176 625

Development district:

GeographyEdit

Considering Langfang's position between these two prominent cities, it is a relatively green city. Every 300 to 500 m (980 to 1,640 ft) along the city's major streets are parks where local people stroll and take exercise. Langfang's five-kilometer long pedestrian street is now the longest in China.[citation needed] On the other hand, air pollution is a severe problem and in 2013 it was ranked among the 10 worst cities in China for air pollution, along with 6 other cities in Hebei including Xingtai, Shijiazhuang, Baoding, Handan, Hengshui and Tangshan, are among China's 10 most polluted cities.[2]

The "Northern Three Counties" ExclaveEdit

The "Northern Three Counties of Langfang" exclave, separated from the rest of the province, is a part of Langfang City. The exclave comprises Sanhe City, Xianghe County, and Dachang Hui Autonomous County and is located between the municipalities of Beijing and Tianjin.

ClimateEdit

Climate data for Langfang (1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 1.8
(35.2)
5.7
(42.3)
12.5
(54.5)
21.0
(69.8)
26.9
(80.4)
30.9
(87.6)
31.6
(88.9)
30.4
(86.7)
26.6
(79.9)
19.8
(67.6)
10.2
(50.4)
3.6
(38.5)
18.4
(65.2)
Daily mean °C (°F) −4.1
(24.6)
−0.5
(31.1)
6.0
(42.8)
14.3
(57.7)
20.3
(68.5)
24.6
(76.3)
26.5
(79.7)
25.2
(77.4)
20.2
(68.4)
13.2
(55.8)
4.3
(39.7)
−1.9
(28.6)
12.3
(54.2)
Average low °C (°F) −8.8
(16.2)
−5.5
(22.1)
0.5
(32.9)
8.1
(46.6)
13.9
(57.0)
18.9
(66.0)
22.1
(71.8)
21.0
(69.8)
15.1
(59.2)
7.8
(46.0)
−0.5
(31.1)
−6.3
(20.7)
7.2
(44.9)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 3.3
(0.13)
4.4
(0.17)
9.2
(0.36)
22.4
(0.88)
32.4
(1.28)
69.9
(2.75)
146.1
(5.75)
139.3
(5.48)
47.6
(1.87)
25.4
(1.00)
11.1
(0.44)
2.5
(0.10)
513.6
(20.21)
Average relative humidity (%) 51 49 48 49 56 63 76 79 72 64 60 55 60
Source: China Meteorological Administration[3]

HistoryEdit

On June 26, 1900, during the Boxer Movement, belligerent European forces heading towards Beijing were stopped by Boxers at the Battle of Langfang, and were defeated and forced to turn back to Tianjin. The Chinese forces were victorious.[4]

It was the site of another battle during the Second Sino-Japanese War.

EconomyEdit

Langfang's economy emphasizes computers and technology and manufacturing. To that effect Langfang is home to an Export Processing Zone, an area for factories, and the Oriental University City (东方大学城), a 4-billion yuan investment that began construction in 1999, where some 30 universities enroll about 50,000 students.

There are two national oil and gas companies based in Langfang. The China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau, the primary builder of pipelines in China, and the ENN Group, a natural gas company, are both based in the city.[5]

Development ZoneEdit

  • Langfang Export Processing Zone

The Langfang Export Processing Zone (Langfang EPZ) was established by the State Council in 2005. It has a planned area of 0.5 km2 and commenced operation in October 2008. It is the only state-level development zone in Langfang. Langfang EPZ is located in the Langfang Economic and Technical Development Zone (Langfang ETDZ), which is a province-level development zone. It is 38 km (24 mi) from Beijing's third ring-road, and 50 km (31 mi) from down-town Tianjin. It is 60 km (37 mi) from Beijing Capital International Airport, and 70 km (43 mi) from Tianjin Binhai International Airport, airports which are China's first and twelfth largest airports in terms of cargo transport, respectively. The nation's fourth largest seaport, Tianjin Port, is 105 km (65 mi) from Langfang EPZ.[6]

TransportEdit

 
Langfang Railway Station

Langfang does not have its own port or airport, but is well connected. It is only a one-hour drive from Beijing Capital International Airport and the Tianjin New Port. Langfang Railway Station is situated on the Beijing–Harbin Railway. Parts of Beijing Daxing International Airport will spill into the Langfang city limits.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.citypopulation.de/php/china-hebei-admin.php
  2. ^ Bildner, Eli (February 27, 2013). "Interactive Maps of China's Most–and Least–Polluted Places". Global Voices China. http://newsmotion.org. Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  3. ^ 中国气象数据网 - WeatherBk Data. China Meteorological Administration. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  4. ^ Paul A. Cohen (1997). History in three keys: the boxers as event, experience, and myth. Columbia University Press. p. 49. ISBN 0-231-10651-3. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  5. ^ "China National Wins Reliance Gas Pipeline Contract in India". Bloomberg. July 8, 2014.
  6. ^ RightSite.asia | Langfang Export Processing Zone

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