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Hebei Province

Location: Lying on the North China Plain

Area: 187,700 sq km

Climate: The province has a temperate continental monsoon climate, which varies greatly due to its vastness, and most of the territory has clear-cut seasons. Its annual sunshine time is 2400-3100 hours. annual frost-free period 120-200 days. annual precipitation 300-800mm, annual average temperature 0 degree to 13 degree.

provincial capital: Shijiazhuang

Population: 67,44 millions (March 2001)

Ethnic groups: The population of Han nationality,accounts for 96% of the total; the rest is composed of people from 53 minority nationalities including Manchu, Hui Mongolian,Zhuang, Korean, Miao, Tujia, etc,

Major Cities: Cangzhou; Chengde; Qinhuangdao(Including Beidaihe and Shanhaiguan); Tangshan; Baoding; Zhangjiakou

Agriculture: Eastern Hebei Province is a flat, alluvial plain on which grow luxuriant crops of wheat, cotton, corn, paddy, tobacco, peanut and sesame. In the western part is the rugged Taihang Mountain Area which, besides producing wheat and other cereal crops, also grows walnut, persimmon, date and a wide variety of fruit.

Industry: Located in northeastern Hebei Province not far northeast of the great port of Tianjin is the Kailuan Coal Mines, one of the major coal producers in China. Sizable reserves of oil, iron and other deposits have also been found in the province. Petroleum are tapped on quite a scale in the Renqiu Area in southeastern Hebei Province.

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