Located 280 km or 173 mi southwest of Beijing, Shijiazhuang is the provincial capital of Hebei. This is a relatively young city in China, the origin of which goes back to the early 20th century, when the juncture of two railways was built here. Partly due to its strategic location, Shijiazhuang grew rapidly in the coming decades, especially after 1968, when the provincial government of Hebei was relocated to the city. In 2009, the urban area of Shijiazhuang has a population of 231 million; with the residents of the surrounding counties that are under the city's adminstration, the total population of Shijiazhuang is 940 million.



Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport is 32 northeast of Shijiazhuang. Transportation: shuttle buses and taxis.