Rehe (), also romanized as Jehol, was a former Chinese
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Rehe was north of the
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, west of
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, and east of
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. Its capital and largest city was
Chengde Chengde, formerly known as Jehol and Rehe, is a prefecture-level city Image:Yangxin-renmin-huanyin-ni-0022.jpg, A road sign shows distance to the "Huangshi urban area" () rather than simply "Huangshi" (). This is a useful distinction, because ...
. The second largest city was Chaoyang, followed by Chifeng. The province covered 114,000 square kilometers.


Rehe was once at the core of the Khitan-led Liao Dynasty. Rehe was conquered by the
banners before they took possession of Beijing in 1644. Between 1703 and 1820, the Qing emperors spent almost each summer in their summer
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in Chengde. They governed the empire from Chengde, and received there foreign diplomats and representatives of vassal and tributary countries. The Kangxi emperor restricted the admission to the forests and prairies of Rehe to the court's hunting expeditions and to the maintenance of the imperial cavalry. Agricultural settlements were at first forbidden to
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Hanzu, or Han peopleZhili, migrants from Hebei and Liaoning settled in Rehe and displaced the Mongol communities. The Republic of China created the Rehe Special Area (熱河特別區) in 1914, and the Province of Jehol in 1923. To form a buffer zone between China proper and Japanese-controlled
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, the
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invaded Jehol in Operation Nekka on 21 January 1933. It was subsequently annexed by the Empire of Manchukuo, as the '' anto'' (province) of Rehe. The seizure of Jehol poisoned relations between Japan and China, and was one of the incidents that led to the
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. At the end of
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, when the Republic of China (1912–1949), Republic of China resumed control of Manchuria, the Kuomintang government continued to administer the area as a separate province, reverting its name to Jehol Province, with its capital in Hailar, China, Hailar. In 1955, the administration of the People's Republic of China divided the area between Hebei province, Liaoning Province, Tianjin Municipality, and the Inner Mongolia, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.


*Hedin, Sven (1933). ''Jehol: City of Emperors''. Reprint (2000): Pilgrim's Book House, Varanasi. . *Forêt, Philippe (2000). "Mapping Chengde. The Qing Landscape Enterprise". 2000: University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu. . {{coord missing, China Rehe Province, Provinces of the Republic of China (1912–1949) Former provinces of China Provinces of Manchukuo States and territories established in 1923 States and territories disestablished in 1955