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Dingzhou, formerly Dingxian is a county-level city with sub-prefecture-level city status, located under the administration of the prefecture-level city of Baoding in the southwest of Hebei Province in northern China, about halfway between Baoding and Shijiazhuang. As of 2009, Dingzhou had a population of 1.2 million. Dingzhou has 3 subdistricts, 13 towns, 8 townships, and 1 ethnic township. Dingzhou is southwest of Beijing, northeast of Shijiazhuang.HistoryChina's tallest pre-modern pagoda, the 84m Liaodi Pagoda, is located here, built in 1055 during the Song Dynasty. In 1973 a tomb was excavated about southwest of Dingzhou dating to 55 BCE and containing several fragments of Chinese literary works, including an early manuscript of the Analects of Confucius, a manuscript of a Daoist work known as Wenzi and fragments of the military treatise Liu tao.From 1926 to 1937, the county was the site of the National Association of Mass Education Movement's Ting Hsien Experiment of the Rural Reconstruction Movement. In the 1990s the New Rural Reconstruction Movement maintained a training and outreach center.
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