An important industrial base in China

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A view of the Zhengding ancient town in Shijiazhuang, the capital city of Hebei province, Dec 9, 2017. The town, which has a history of over 1,600 years, is scheduled to reopen to the public after 4 years of renovation. [Photo/IC]

Population: 75,563,000 (2018)

Area: 188,800 square kilometers

Location: Hebei province, surrounding the capital city of Beijing and adjoining Tianjin Municipality in the east, is an important part of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Collaborative Development strategy and the Bohai Rim Economic Circle.


Hebei province is an important industrial base in China, and one of the leading places with the fastest economic growth in the country. In recent years, under the impetus of three major national strategies, including the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Collaborative Development Strategy, the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Urban Agglomeration Strategy and the Hebei Coastal Economic Belt Strategy, Hebei is enjoying continuously improving opportunities for economic growth.

In the year 2018, Hebei's GDP reached 3.6 trillion yuan ($523.49 billion), an increase of 6.6 percent over the previous year. The added value in the primary industry was 333.8 billion yuan, increasing by 3 percent; that in the secondary industry was 1.6 trillion yuan, increasing by 4.3 percent; that in the tertiary industry was 1.7 trillion yuan, increasing by 9.8 percent.

The total value of imports and exports reached 355.16 billion yuan, with 5.1 percent annual growth. The total value of exports was 224.3 billion yuan, an increase of 5.5 percent; the total value of imports was 130.87 billion yuan, an increase of 4.5 percent.

The actual use of foreign capital exceeded 9.7 billion US dollars, an increase of 8.6 percent over the previous year. The foreign direct investment was $9.08 billion, increasing by 7 percent. There were 246 newly established foreign-invested enterprises (projects), up by 26.8 percent.

Administrative divisions

Hebei province governs 11 prefecture-level cities. They are Shijiazhuang, its provincial capital, Chengde, Qinhuangdao, Tangshan, Zhangjiakou, Baoding, Langfang, Cangzhou, Hengshui, Xingtai, and Handan.

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