Shijiazhuang

Some of you may be wondering where in the heck I am moving to and what is interesting about it?

According to Wikipedia:

Shijiazhuang – Simplified Chinese: 石家庄; Traditional Chinese: 石家莊; pinyin: Shíjiāzhuāng, literally: “The Shi Family Village” is a prefecture-level city about 320 kms south of Beijing and the capital of Hebei Province. Its population was estimated at around 9 million in total and at 2.1 million for the urban area in 2004.

Shijiazhuang is a young city, only established in the 1950s. Its name still retains the character for “village” (zhuang, T: 莊 / S: 庄). After becoming the capital of Hebei Province in the 1970s, it expanded rapidly. Its population increased from half a million to 2.1 million in only 30 years.

I have heard good things and bad things. Some people say it is a nice place to live, others say it is a dirty, polluted, concrete jungle. I assume both to be true. The best thing is that it is located on the railroad line, which makes weekend travel easy. Of course, I’m sure I will be reporting much more on what it is like in the months to come.

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