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Qiqihar
Qiqihar

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Nickname(s): 
The Crane City ()
Location of Qiqihar City (yellow) in Heilongjiang (light grey) and China
Location of Qiqihar City (yellow) in Heilongjiang (light grey) and China
Qiqihar is located in Heilongjiang
Qiqihar
Qiqihar
Location of the city centre in Heilongjiang
Coordinates: 47°21?N 123°55?E / 47.350°N 123.917°E / 47.350; 123.917Coordinates: 47°21?N 123°55?E / 47.350°N 123.917°E / 47.350; 123.917
CountryPeople's Republic of China
ProvinceHeilongjiang
County-level divisions16
towns and townships156
villages1361
Established1125
Municipal seatJianhua District
Government
 o TypePrefecture-level city
 o CPC Qiqihar SecretarySun Shen ()
 o MayorLi Yugang ()
Area
 o Prefecture-level city42,205.82 km2 (16,295.76 sq mi)
 o Urban
4,039.3 km2 (1,559.6 sq mi)
 o Metro
970.3 km2 (374.6 sq mi)
Elevation
147 m (482 ft)
Population
(2010)
 o Prefecture-level city5,367,003
 o Density130/km2 (330/sq mi)
 o Urban
1,481,637
 o Urban density370/km2 (950/sq mi)
 o Metro
979,517
 o Metro density1,000/km2 (2,600/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+08:00 (China Standard)
Postal code
161000
Area code(s)0452
ISO 3166 codeCN-HL-02
GDPCNY 106.58billion
License Plate?B
Administrative division code230200
ClimateDwa
Website[1]
Qiqihar
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese?
Traditional Chinese?
PostalTsitsihar
Manchu name
Manchu script?
RomanizationCicigar

Qiqihar (Chinese: ?; pinyin: Qíqíh?'?r) is the second largest city in the Heilongjiang province of China, located in the west central part of the province. The built-up (or metro) area made up of Longsha, Tiefeng and Jianhua districts had 979,517 inhabitants, while the total population of the prefecture-level city was 5,367,003 at the 2010 census.[1] These are mainly Han Chinese, though the city is also home to thirty-four minorities including Manchus, Daur, and Mongols.[2] Close to Qiqihar are numerous wetlands and the Zhalong Nature Reserve, famous in China for being home to numerous red-crowned cranes.

Etymology

The Khitan people settled in the region under the Liao dynasty. The word "Qiqi" is a reference to a local river; the word "hari" refers to defense.

History

Early history

Gate of castle wall, Tsitsihar

Qiqihar is one of the oldest cities in the northeast of China. The region was originally settled by nomadic Daur and Tungus herdsmen. Qiqihar is a Daur word, which means border or natural pasture. [3] The city's original name was Bukui (), the Chinese transcription of a Daur word meaning "auspicious".[4] The city's oldest mosque, the Bukui Mosque, predates the foundation of the city by seven years.[5] As the Czarist Russian eastward advance to the Pacific coast, Qiqihar became a major garrison center in 1674. In 1691, a stronghold was constructed in Qiqihar because of the Qing government's campaigns against the Mongols.[6] Around 1700 it was a center for Russo-Chinese trade. A military depot with barracks and an arsenal was set up there, and many convicted criminals were exiled to the area. Heilongjiang Martial domiciled in Qiqihar City in 1699.[3] The Qing Dynasty had initially intended to keep far-northern Heilongjiang province as a semi-pastoral area, separate from the wider Chinese agricultural economy, so it did not allow seasonal urban migrants, such as those from Hebei and Shandong who wished to participate in the Qiqihar fur trade, to own acres and transform the land. After the Russian Empire seized Outer Manchuria according to the unequal treaties of Aigun and Beijing, the Qing made the decision to lift the various restrictions it placed on Northeast China and on Heilongjiang residency in particular, in 1868, 1878, and 1904. It enlisted Han Chinese to help to teach the local Solon people farming techniques, providing materials and tax exemptions to convert them from hunting.[7] In 1903, The completion of the Chinese Eastern Railway made Qiqihar a center for communications between China and Russia. A network of lines radiating from Qiqihar was extended into the northwestern part of Heilongjiang Province including Jiagedaqi and Manzhouli in the late 1920s.

Second Sino-Japanese War

General Ma Zhanshan

In 1931, Japan used a false flag attack, remembered as the September 18 Incident, to justify moving its Guandong Army to capture major cities in Northeast China that month, starting with Shenyang, Changchun, then Jilin City. General Ma Zhanshan was ordered to act as Governor and Military Commander-in-chief of Heilongjiang Province on October 10, 1931. General Ma declined a Japanese ultimatum to surrender Qiqihar on November 15. However, after the loss of Jiangqiao Campaign, the Japanese began their occupation of Qiqihar on November 19, 1931.[8]Liaoning fell in December, and Harbin in February; the puppet Manchukuo government of the Japanese-occupied territory under General Zhang Jinghui established Qiqihar as its administrative center and of Longjiang province. Qiqihar became a major military base for Guandong Army and its economic importance also grew rapidly. During the occupation, the Imperial Japanese Army established Unit 516 in Qiqihar for research into chemical warfare.[9] A major mustard gas tank left over from the Second Sino-Japanese War buried underground was accidentally damaged in August 2003, causing 43 injuries and one death.[10]

Modern era

After the defeat of Japan, the Democratic Regime Qiqihar Municipal Government was established, under the administration of Nenjiang Province. Japanese forces in Northeast China surrendered to the Soviet Union while Japanese forces in the rest of China surrendered to the United States.[11][12] From March to May, Soviet troops progressively withdrew from their positions, giving the People's Liberation Army more notice than the National Revolutionary Army so that the former could occupy more positions in the context of the Chinese Civil War.[13] Qiqihar was controlled by the Communists on April 24, 1946, along with other important regional cities like Changchun, Jilin City, and Harbin. Qiqihar was established as the capital of Heilongjiang Province after the foundation of People's Republic of China in 1949. However, since Songjiang Province was merged into Heilongjiang Province, the provincial capital was transferred to Harbin in 1954. During the first five-year plan of China from 1951 to 1956, many factories including Beiman Special Steel Co. and China First Heavy Industries were aid-constructed by the Soviet Union in Fularji District, making Qiqihar an important center of equipment manufacturing industry in Northeast China. In 1984, Qiqihar was designated to be one of the 13 Larger Municipalities in China by the General Office of the State Council.[14]

Geography

Qiqihar City sits on a land area of 42,289 square kilometers at an altitude of 100-500 meters, with an average elevation of 146 meters.

Border

Qiqihar is located along the middle and lower reaches of the Nen River and the hinterland of Songnen Plain, which is adjacent to the Greater Khingan Range and Hulunbuir Prairie. Bordering prefecture cities are:

The city's metro area is located 359 km (223 mi) from the provincial capital of Harbin, 282 km (175 mi) from Baicheng, 139 km (86 mi) from Daqing, and 328 km (204 mi) from Suihua. The total area under the city's jurisdiction is 42,289 km2 (16,328 sq mi). The region's elevation above sea level is generally between 200 m (660 ft) and 500 m (1,600 ft).[15]

Climate

Qiqihar has a cold, monsoon-influenced, humid continental climate (Köppen Dwa), with four distinct seasons. It has long, bitterly cold, but dry winters, with a 24-hour average in January of -18.6 °C (-1.5 °F). Spring and fall are mild, but short and quick transitions. Summers are very warm and humid, with a 24-hour average in July of 23.2 °C (73.8 °F). The average annual precipitation is 415 millimetres (16.3 in), with over two-thirds of it falling from June to August. The annual mean is 3.95 °C (39.1 °F). With monthly percent possible sunshine ranging from 56% in July to 73% in February, the city receives abundant sunshine, with 2,839 hours of bright sunshine annually. Extreme temperatures have ranged from -39.5 °C (-39 °F) to 42.1 °C (108 °F).[16]

Climate data for Qiqihar (1971-2000)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 2.4
(36.3)
12.8
(55.0)
23.0
(73.4)
30.9
(87.6)
35.5
(95.9)
40.8
(105.4)
39.9
(103.8)
37.5
(99.5)
33.3
(91.9)
26.9
(80.4)
14.5
(58.1)
6.9
(44.4)
40.8
(105.4)
Average high °C (°F) -12.4
(9.7)
-6.5
(20.3)
2.7
(36.9)
13.1
(55.6)
21.2
(70.2)
26.2
(79.2)
28.0
(82.4)
26.3
(79.3)
20.3
(68.5)
11.1
(52.0)
-1.1
(30.0)
-10.1
(13.8)
9.9
(49.8)
Daily mean °C (°F) -18.6
(-1.5)
-13.4
(7.9)
-3.9
(25.0)
6.5
(43.7)
14.7
(58.5)
20.6
(69.1)
23.2
(73.8)
21.2
(70.2)
14.4
(57.9)
5.0
(41.0)
-6.6
(20.1)
-15.7
(3.7)
4.0
(39.1)
Average low °C (°F) -23.7
(-10.7)
-19.3
(-2.7)
-10.1
(13.8)
-0.2
(31.6)
8.0
(46.4)
14.9
(58.8)
18.5
(65.3)
16.6
(61.9)
9.1
(48.4)
-0.2
(31.6)
-11.3
(11.7)
-20.4
(-4.7)
-1.5
(29.3)
Record low °C (°F) -39.5
(-39.1)
-34.5
(-30.1)
-29.4
(-20.9)
-14.0
(6.8)
-7.4
(18.7)
1.9
(35.4)
9.9
(49.8)
7.2
(45.0)
-3.5
(25.7)
-16.0
(3.2)
-27.9
(-18.2)
-35.0
(-31.0)
-39.5
(-39.1)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 1.5
(0.06)
1.7
(0.07)
5.6
(0.22)
17.3
(0.68)
29.6
(1.17)
67.1
(2.64)
128.8
(5.07)
90.0
(3.54)
45.5
(1.79)
20.1
(0.79)
4.4
(0.17)
3.6
(0.14)
415.2
(16.34)
Average precipitation days 3.5 3.0 3.4 5.1 7.2 11.2 13.7 11.2 9.1 5.1 3.5 4.9 80.9
Average relative humidity (%) 67 58 47 46 46 62 73 73 66 57 60 67 60
Mean monthly sunshine hours 190.6 208.6 260.4 248.5 282.7 282.2 269.4 271.7 247.3 227.6 185.4 164.9 2,839.3
Percent possible sunshine 70 73 71 61 61 60 56 62 66 68 66 63 64
Source: China Meteorological Administration[17]

Subdivisions

Map of Qiqihar (labeled as CH'I-CH'I-HA-ERH (TSITSIHAR)) and surrounding areas from the International Map of the World (1975)

Qiqihar is divided into 16 divisions: 7 districts (?; q?), 8 counties (?; xiàn) and 1 county-level city (; xiànjí shì).

Map
# Name Hanzi Hanyu Pinyin Population (2010 est.) Area (km²) Density (/km²)[18]
1 Longsha District Lóngsh? Q? 354,987 283 1,254
2 Jianhua District Jiànhuá Q? 292,579 81 3,612
3 Tiefeng District Ti?f?ng Q? 331,951 695 478
4 Ang'angxi District ? Áng'ángx? Q? 80,109 623 129
5 Fularji District Fùl?'?rj? Q? 256,159 375 683
6 Nianzishan District ? Ni?nzish?n Q? 72,151 290 249
7 Meilisi Daur District Méil?s? Dáwò'?rzú Q? 165,852 1,948 85
8 Nehe City N?hé Shì 625,892 6,664 94
9 Longjiang County Lóngji?ng Xiàn 572,764 6,197 92
10 Yi'an County Y?'?n Xiàn 480,035 3,780 127
11 Tailai County Tàilái Xiàn 302,027 4,061 74
12 Gannan County G?nnán Xiàn 368,734 4,384 84
13 Fuyu County Fùyù Xiàn 276,537 4,335 64
14 Keshan County Kèsh?n Xiàn 403,175 3,632 111
15 Kedong County Kèd?ng Xiàn 264,285 2,083 127
16 Baiquan County Bàiquán Xiàn 519,766 3,569 146

Demographics

According to the sixth national population census, the population amounted to 5,367,003 people.[19] There are 2,720,725 men and 2,646,278 women. The population age of 0-14 was 691,722, 4,238,140 people aged 15-64 and 437,141 people aged 65 and older.

Economy

Qiqihar is a heavily industrialized city involved in manufacturing.

In 2009, the city's 95 large-scale equipment manufacturing enterprises, with total assets of 30.6 billion yuan, accounting for the city's industrial enterprises above designated size of 46.5% of total assets, the number of employees 5.2 million, accounting for the city's industrial enterprises above the size of 45.6% of the total number of employees. The main business income of 25.57 billion yuan, industrial added value of 8.05 billion yuan, profits of 1.96 billion yuan, 1.03 billion yuan of taxes, respectively, year on year growth of 2.9%, 3%, 19.6% and 22.3%, accounting for the city's industrial enterprises above designated size were 40.6%, 40%, 44.3% and 31.7%, respectively.

Hospitals

Qiqihar has 23 hospitals.

Companies

Companies conducting business in Qiqihar include RT-Mart, Walmart, GOME Electrical Appliances, and Suning Commerce Group.

Banks

Since Qiqihar is a large city, numerous banks work here. Some of the banks include Bank of China, China Construction Bank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, and Agricultural Bank of China.

Tourism

Qiqihar is very close to the Zhalong Nature Reserve. Also there is the Longsha park.

Transportation

Airport

Qiqihar is served by its own domestic airport, Qiqihar Airport.

Trains

Qiqihar is well-connected in terms of railway transportation. Trains from Qiqihar Railway Station connect the city with Harbin, Beijing, Dalian, Hangzhou, Xi'an and several other major cities in China. Qiqihar Airport, 13 km (8.1 mi) from Qiqihar's downtown area, operates daily flights to Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai and other major cities in China. In the district of Ang'angxi, the Harbin-Manzhouli Railway intersects with the Qiqihar-Bei'an Railway.

The new Harbin-Qiqihar High-Speed Railway (?) is scheduled to open in August 2015; it will provide frequent high-speed service to Harbin, as well as some direct trains to Beijing.[20]

River

The Nen River is used to transport material.

Gallery

Education

Numerous schools exist in the city. Four elementary schools feed into 8 city or county high schools.

There are two universities: Qiqihar University and its medical school.

Sister cities

Notable people from Qiqihar

Notes

  1. ^ 2010. Dongbei Wang (in Chinese). 2011-05-12. |[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 17, 2007. Retrieved 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  3. ^ a b "Survey of the City". Qiqihar Municipal Government. Archived from the original on October 17, 2007. Retrieved 2012.
  4. ^ , Xinhua News, 2006-08-25, archived from the original on 2011-07-21, retrieved
  5. ^ , Qiqihar News, 2005-06-27, retrieved
  6. ^ Qi, Xipeng () (1989). . Heilongjiang People's Press. ISBN 978-7-207-01417-7.
  7. ^ Shan, Patrick Fuliang (June 2006). "Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Race Relations: The Chinese Treatment of the Solon Tribes in Heilongjiang Frontier Society, 1900-1931". Asian Ethnicity. 7 (2): 185-187.
  8. ^ Matsuzaka, The Making of Japanese Manchuria, 1904-1932
  9. ^ "Mustard Gas Victims Prepare Case Against Japan", China.org.cn, 2004-06-28, retrieved
  10. ^ "Diplomatic row over poison gas", The Guardian, 2003-08-13, retrieved
  11. ^ Zarrow, Peter Gue. [2005] (2005). China in War and Revolution, 1895-1949. Routledge. ISBN 0-415-36447-7. pg 338.
  12. ^ LTC David M. Glantz, "August Storm: The Soviet 1945 Strategic Offensive in Manchuria". Leavenworth Papers No. 7, Combat Studies Institute, February 1983, Fort Leavenworth Kansas.
  13. ^ Heinzig, Dieter (2004). The Soviet Union and Communist China, 1945-1950: The Arduous Road to the Alliance. M.E. Sharpe. p. 100.
  14. ^ "?".[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ "Geography and Topography". Qiqihar Municipal Government. Archived from the original on October 17, 2007. Retrieved 2012.
  16. ^ . . Retrieved .
  17. ^ ?(1971-2000?) (in Chinese). China Meteorological Administration. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved .
  18. ^ National Bureau of Statistics of the People's Republic of China (December 2012). 2010? (in Chinese). China Statistics Press. ISBN 978-7-5037-6659-6.
  19. ^ 2010. Qiqihar Municipal Bureau of Statistics
  20. ^ Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine, , 2015-7-30
  21. ^ As of today, Krasnoyarsk City Administration has concluded protocols of intent and agreements on cooperation with the following foreign cities:

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