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159 counties, 38 cities

93.92 million inhabitants

167,000 km2

562 inhabitants/km2

The central Chinese province of Henan is the most populous province of China, with a population of about 94 million people. In 1954, its capital was moved from the traditional cultural center of Kaifeng to the industrial city of Zhengzhou. The largest part of the province lies south of the Yellow River , hence the name "Henan" (south of the river). Two-thousand years ago, it was called Zhongzhou, i.e. the prefectur…

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Heberer, Thomas, “Henan”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 04 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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