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Population  1.711 million (2000)
Mayor  Chen Xuejun (???)
Province  Hebei
Area  13,472 km2

Colleges and Universities  Hebei Polytechnic University, North China Coal Medical University

Country  Peoples Republic of China

Tangshan (Chinese: ; pinyin: ) is a largely industrial prefecture-level city in northeastern Hebei province, Peoples Republic of China. It has become known for the 1976 Tangshan earthquake which measured 7.8 on the Richter scale and killed at least 255,000 residents. The city has since been rebuilt and has become a tourist attraction.


Map of Tangshan

The city of Tangshan is approximately 149 kilometers, 92 miles or 80 nautical miles east by south east of the countrys capital city of Beijing. It takes roughly 2 hours by road to get from Tangshan to Beijing.

Intercontinental tangshan

Tangshans prefecture population was 7,577,289 at the 2010 census, with 3,187,171 in the built-up (or metro) area made of the 6 urban core districts.

Tangshan travel guide map weather history


Tangshan in the past, History of Tangshan

Tangshan has a long history, with ancient humans living in the area as early as 4,000 years ago. It fell within the territory of the Guzhu Kingdom (1600 BC) at the time of the Shang Dynasty and later became a part of the State of Yan, one of the seven Warring States (403 – 221 BC). During the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD) it became part of the ancient province of Youzhou. It was under the jurisdiction of Yongping Province and Zunhua State successively during the Qing dynasty (1644–1911).

Geography and climate

Tangshan Beautiful Landscapes of Tangshan

Tangshan is located in the central section of the Bohai Economic Rim, facing the Bohai Sea to the south. Lying on the North China Plain, Tangshan is adjacent to the Yan Mountains to the north, borders the Luan River and Qinhuangdao to the east, and to the west adjoins with Beijing and Tianjin. Because of its location in the northeast of Hebei, it is a strategic area and a corridor linking two Chinas north and northeast regions. The largest river in the prefecture is the Luan River.

Tangshan Beautiful Landscapes of Tangshan

Tangshan has a monsoon-influenced, humid continental climate (Koppen Dwa), with cold and very dry winters, and hot, rainy summers. Spring and autumn are short with some rainfall. The monthly 24-hour average temperature in January is ?5.1 °C (22.8 °F), and 25.7 °C (78.3 °F) in July, and the annual mean is 11.5 °C (52.7 °F). Close to 60% of the annual precipitation of 610 millimetres (24.0 in) falls in July and August alone. The frost-free period lasts 180?190 days, and the area receives 2,600?2,900 hours of sunshine annually.


Tangshan is an important heavy industrial city in North China. Its output include machinery, motor vehicles, chemicals, textiles, glass, petroleum products, and cement. It has been a coal-mining center since late Qing Dynasty, as Guangdong merchant Tong King-sing opened the first coal mine using modern techniques in Kaiping in 1877. Since the construction of the Caofeidian Project, it has hosted large iron and steel plants, chemical projects, and electricity plants. Tangshan is also called the "porcelain capital of North China."


Tangshan Culture of Tangshan
  • Pingju (??)
  • Tangshan Shadow Play (????)
  • Laoting Drums (????)
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