Dingzhou, formerly romanized as Tingchow, is a county-level city with
sub-prefecture-level city status, located in
Baoding in the southwest
Hebei Province in northern China. As of 2009,
Dingzhou had a
population of 1.2 million.
Dingzhou has 3 subdistricts, 13 towns, 8
townships, and 1 ethnic township.
Dingzhou is about halfway between
Baoding and Shijiazhuang, 196 kilometers (122 mi) southwest of
Beijing, and 68 kilometers (42 mi) northeast of Shijiazhuang.
2 Administrative divisions
4 Places of interest
6 External links
Dingzhou was originally known as Lunu in early imperial China. A
tomb about 4 kilometers (2.5 mi) southwest of
55 BCE was discovered and excavated in 1973. It contained several
fragments of Han literature, including manuscripts of Confucius's
Analects, the Taoist Wenzi, and the Six Secret Teachings, a military
Dingzhou took its present name around 400 CE when it became the
seat of Ding Prefecture under the Northern Wei, displacing the earlier
An Prefecture. In the mid-6th century, its territory held 834,211
people living in 177,500 households. Under the Sui, the seat of
Boling Commandery at present-day Anping was renamed "Gaoyang". In 607,
Dingzhou then became the eponymous seat of a new Boling commandery and
retained that name and status under the Tang until it returned to
Dingzhou between 621 and 742 and again after 758. Its
territory held only 86,869 people in 25,637 households in 639 but
recovered to 496,676 people in 78,090 households by 742.
In 1055, under the Song, the city became the home of the 84-meter-tall
(276 ft) Liaodi Pagoda, which is today China's tallest surviving
Under the early Republic, it was known as Dingxian (then romanized
"Tingsien" or "Ting Hsien") from its status as the seat of Ding
County. From 1926 to 1937, the county was the site of the National
Association of Mass Education Movement's
Ting Hsien Experiment of the
Rural Reconstruction Movement. In the 1990s, the New Rural
Reconstruction Movement maintained a training and outreach center.
Qingfengdian (清风店镇), Dongting (东亭镇), Liqingu
(李亲顾镇), Mingyuedian (明月店镇), Daxinzhuang
(大辛庄镇), Xingyi (邢邑镇), Zhuanlu (砖路镇), Liuzao
(留早镇), Pangcun (庞村镇),
Gaopeng (高蓬镇), Ziwei
(子位镇), Dingningdian (叮咛店镇), Dongwang (东旺镇),
Dongliuchun Township (东留春乡), Zhoucun Township (周村乡),
Daluzhuang Township (大鹿庄乡), Yangjiazhuang Township
(杨家庄乡], Zhaocun Township (赵村乡), Xicheng Township
Xizhong Township (息塚乡), Haotouzhuang Hui Ethnic
Dingzhou is one of the transportation hubs in North China.
Dingzhou Railway Station
Jingshi Passenger Railway:
Dingzhou East Railway Station
Dingzhou South Railway Station
China National Highway 107
Places of interest
Liaodi Pagoda: The tallest existing pre-modern Chinese pagoda
Confucius Temple: A well-preserved
Confucius temple in Hebei
^ a b 定州市-行政区网
^ a b c d e Xiong (2017), "Dingzhou".
^ Xiong, Victor Cunrui (2017), "Boling", Historial Dictionary of
Medieval China, Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, p. 69,
ISBN 9781442276154 .
Sidney D. Gamble, Foreword by Y.C. James Yen. Field work directed by
Franklin Ching-han Lee. Ting Hsien, a North
China Rural Community (New
York: International Secretariat Institute of Pacific Relations, 1954;
rpr Stanford University Press, 1968). xxv, 472p. 54009009.
Sociological survey conducted in the 1920s and early 1930s.
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Dingzhou City Government Website
Report on excavation of
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