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In the north-east of Chinas Hebei Province lies the city of Tangshan. To the north of the citys territory lies the Yangshan Mountains. The area to the east and south of the Yangshan Mountains faces the coast of the Bay of Bay. The name of the present city is derived from the former name of a mountain elevation located in the center of the city.

Ancient archaeological research on the area shows that humans were present in this area during the Neolithic period. The first settlements here were founded during the reign of the Tang dynasty. During the tenure of the Minh representatives, there was an intense exploration of the mineral deposits found in the region, as well as the production of ceramic objects.

In the late 19th century, the first industrial enterprises with foreign technology began to develop in Tangshan. The present-day city received its present name in 1889. It did not achieve city status until the following century, in 1938.

The city is the first city where a coal mine began operating. The Tangany plant produced the countrys first steam train. The first line of the railroad track was also laid here. It is quite legitimate that Tangshan is known as "the Cradle of Modern Chinese Industry.

Tangshan has recently been the recipient of a new and unusual feature, the Clay Cultures Park. The number of clay tiles on the park grounds is up to a couple of thousand. All of the figurines made by the sculptor Öine Chipina are made of clay, including structures, animals and people. All of the sculptures are 2/3 of the original size.

Most notable among the historic features is the collection of the mummies of the genus Öndernin. The complex has been well preserved to this day and was listed in the famous list of UNESCO. The ancient structures are part of the Great Wall of China. The townspeople of present-day China cherish their ancestors. It is a place where folk groups often perform, and where numerous festivals of folk songs and dances take place.

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  • Air quality: 147 US AQI Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups. Members of sensitive groups may experience health effects. The general public is less likely to be affected.
  • Tap water: No, not drinkable
  • Religious government: Non-religious
  • Population: 1,700,000 people
  • GDP: $8,126 / year
  • Power outlets: 230V50Hz
  • Internet: 1 Mbps Internet in Tangshan is fast averaging 8 Mbps but the Great Firewall slows down speeds to foreign websites by 8x to 1 Mbps.
  • Best wireless: China Mobile
  • Pay without cash: No, cash only esp. for foreigners because WeChat is very hard to set up
  • Tipping: Tipping in China is generally uncommon and can even be considered rude or embarrassing in some circumstances. Seriously. Leaving money on a table in an authentic restaurant may confuse a staff member or cause them stress. … Even worse, gratuity is illegal in airports and some establishments.
  • Apartment listings: Ganji
  • Apartments: Airbnb
  • Hotels: Booking.com
  • More hotels: Hotels.com
  • Best taxi: Didi
  • Best short-haul air carrier: Hainan
  • Best intl air carrier: China Southern Airlines
  • Monthly costs for expat: $800
  • Monthly costs for family: $2300
  • Monthly costs for local: $650
  • Meal: $3
  • Small Cola: $0.6
  • Beer 1 Pint: $3
  • Coffee: $4.5

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