Around Sanyong Lake, 2017
Around Sanyong Lake, 2017
Location of Daqing City (yellow) in Heilongjiang (light gray) and China
Location of Daqing City (yellow) in Heilongjiang (light gray) and China
Daqing is located in Heilongjiang
Location of the city centre in Heilongjiang
Daqing is located in China
Daqing (China)
Coordinates (Daqing municipal government): 46°35′20″N 125°06′14″E / 46.589°N 125.104°E / 46.589; 125.104
CountryPeople's Republic of China
County-level divisions9
 • TypePrefecture-level city
 • CPC Daqing SecretaryHan Lihua (韩立华)
 • MayorHe Zhonghua (何忠华)
 • Prefecture-level city22,161 km2 (8,556 sq mi)
 • Urban
5,107 km2 (1,972 sq mi)
 • Metro
2,734.6 km2 (1,055.8 sq mi)
149 m (489 ft)
 (2020 census)[1]
 • Prefecture-level city2,781,562
 • Density130/km2 (330/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Urban density340/km2 (890/sq mi)
 • Metro
 • Metro density580/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
 • Prefecture-level cityCN¥ 298.4 billion
US$ 47.9 billion
 • Per capitaCN¥ 107,419
US$ 17,247
Time zoneUTC+8 (China Standard)
Postal code
Area code0459
ISO 3166 codeCN-HL-06
Licence plates黑E
"Daqing", as written in Chinese
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese大庆
Traditional Chinese大慶
Literal meaningGreat Celebration
Manchu name
Manchu scriptᡩᠠᡴᠠᠩ

Daqing (simplified Chinese: 大庆; traditional Chinese: 大慶; pinyin: Dàqìng) is a prefecture-level city in the west of Heilongjiang province, People's Republic of China. The name literally means "Great Celebration" and refers to the tenth anniversary of the PRC.[2]: 2  Daqing is known as the "Oil Capital of China" and has experienced a phenomenal boom since oil was discovered at the Daqing Oil Field in 1959.[3]

Its population was 2,781,562 as of the 2020 census, of whom 1,574,389 lived in the built-up (or metro) area in four out of the total of five urban districts: Sartu, Longfeng, Ranghulu and Honggang.


The region now known as Daqing Prefecture was a reasonably insignificant place until the Qing dynasty, known only as an unsettled hunting ground of Dörbet Oirat tribes due to its wetland and prairies. The region began to grow slightly after the Russian Empire constructed the Chinese Eastern Railway (KVZhD) through the area in 1898.[4] The railway has a station at Sartu in today's Sartu District. It was not until 1959 that oil was discovered in the region as part of the large scale oil exploration put into motion across the Northeast China Plain.[3]

The Daqing oilfield was discovered in the late 1950s, and drilling began in 1958. A town with the same name was founded in 1959 to house workers extracting oil and gas from the oilfield and to host industries which could take advantage of the energy and petrochemicals, shortly before the 10th anniversary of the founding of the PRC. The successful construction of the Daqing oil field despite harsh weather conditions and supply limitations became a model held up by the Party as an example during subsequent industrialization campaigns.[5]: 52–54  The project also delivered critical economic benefits because without the production of the Daqing oil field, crude oil would have been severely limited after the Soviet Union cut off supplies as a result of the Sino-Soviet split.[5]: 53 

Original plans for Daqing included the development of a "new socialist mining district" (rather than a city) with families in which the husband would work in industry and the wife would work in agriculture.[6]: 313 

The name Daqing literally means "Great Celebration". On 26 May 1960, Anda City was established at former Anda town (today's Anda City in Suihua prefecture), administering Daqing oilfield area. Five months later, the administrative organs of the oilfield relocated in Sartu. On 23 June 1964, the city was established Anda special administrative region, with Anda county administering its surrounding area.

The first two years of the Cultural Revolution resulted in major disruptions to China's petroleum industry and an oil shortage by 1967.[2]: 159  In March of that year, the People's Liberation Army was called to Daqing to maintain order so that oil production could proceed.[2]: 159  This made Daqing one of the first places brought under military control during the Cultural Revolution.[2]: 159  In May 1968, the Daqing Revolutionary Committee was established.[2]: 159  Iron Man Wang Jinxi became its vice director.[2]: 159–160  The oil field continued to be a major driver of economic growth during the chaotic Cultural Revolution period.[2]: 160 

The Daqing Oil District became a city in 1980.[2]: 200  Its first master plan set a goal of growing Daqing into "a new industrial city" through a development strategy of "relative dispersion with several modest concentrations.[2]: 200  Academic Hou Li summarizes that as a result "new settlements became much more concerntrated. The three existing towns, thirty-four central villages, and 260 settlement points were restructured into six workers' towns, twenty-four central villages, and twenty-seven resident villages."[2]: 200 

The city revised its master plan in 1989, setting a new goal of building an oil city centered in Saertu, Dongfeng, and Longfeng.[2]: 200  This plan shifted Daqing's urban planning focus away from decentralization to centralization.[2]: 200 

In 1990, the city received the top recognition in the Heilongjiang Province Science and Technology Awards.[2]: 200  In 1994, its population reached one million.[2]: 200  After the mid-1990s, urban expansion in Saertu was halted in order to provide more space for oil production.[2]: 1  Urban construction was instead transferred to East Town and West Town areas.[2]: 1 

Since its foundation, Daqing has been advocated as a model of good practice in industry and healthcare by the Chinese government.

Learn from Daqing in industry

The fact that Mao Zedong promulgated his Supreme Directive, Learn from Daqing in Industry, in the 1960s reflects how important a role Daqing has historically played in industry in China.[7] Learn from Daqing in industry (Chinese: ; pinyin: gōngyè xué dàqìng) was a slogan during the Cultural Revolution telling the people to use the city as an example for industrial production.[7][8]

The film Entrepreneurial Pioneers (创业), made in the early 1970s, is a literary rendition of the history of Daqing. During the Mao era, Daqing's agricultural counterpart was Dazhai, a village in the hilly Xiyang county, Shanxi Province, for which Chairman Mao issued the directive In agriculture, learn from Dazhai, also in the 1960s.[9]

Administrative divisions

Daqing is divided into 9 county-level divisions: 5 districts, 3 counties and 1 autonomous county.

Name Chinese characters (S) Hanyu Pinyin Population
(2010 census)
Sartu District 萨尔图区 Sà'ěrtú Qū 328,808 549 599
Longfeng District 龙凤区 Lóngfèng Qū 352,404 510 691
Ranghulu District 让胡路区 Rànghúlù Qū 564,534 1,394 405
Datong District 大同区 Dàtóng Qū 234,557 2,235 105
Honggang District 红岗区 Hónggǎng Qū 169,522 812 209
Zhaozhou County 肇州县 Zhàozhōu Xiàn 387,463 2,445 158
Zhaoyuan County 肇源县 Zhàoyuán Xiàn 388,828 4,198 93
Lindian County 林甸县 Líndiàn Xiàn 244,578 3,591 68
Dorbod Mongol Autonomous County 杜尔伯特蒙古族自治县 Dù'ěrbótè Měnggǔzú Zìzhìxiàn 233,838 6,427 36


Located in the north temperate zone, Daqing has a humid continental climate (Köppen Dwa) and is affected by the Siberian high and the East Asian monsoon. Generally, winter is bitterly cold with occasional snowfalls, and spring and autumn are prevailed by monsoons. The vast majority of the annual rainfall occurs during summer. The diurnal temperature variation can be up to 14 °C (25 °F) during the growing period. The monthly 24-hour average temperature ranges from −18.5 °C (−1.3 °F) in January to 23.3 °C (73.9 °F) in July, and the annual mean is +4.2 °C (39.6 °F). A majority of the annual precipitation falls in July and August alone. With monthly percent possible sunshine ranging from 53% in July to 70% in February, the city receives 2,726 hours of bright sunshine annually. Extreme temperature ranges from −39.2 °C (−38.6 °F) to 39.8 °C (103.6 °F)

Climate data for Daqing (2005–2020 normals)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Mean daily maximum °C (°F) −11.7
Daily mean °C (°F) −16.5
Mean daily minimum °C (°F) −20.6
Average precipitation mm (inches) 2.4
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 3.6 2.7 4.3 5.7 9.6 13.5 13.1 11.3 7.8 4.8 4.1 5.3 85.8
Average snowy days 5.5 4.9 5.5 2.3 0.1 0 0 0 0 1.1 5.5 8.1 33
Average relative humidity (%) 64 58 51 44 52 64 73 73 65 56 60 66 61
Mean monthly sunshine hours 181.6 194.2 237.5 230.9 235.3 220.9 211.8 211.9 222.6 199.8 158.7 152.4 2,457.6
Percent possible sunshine 65 66 64 56 51 47 45 49 60 60 57 58 57
Source: China Meteorological Administration[10][11]


Daqing has a population of 2.9 million, of them mainly Han Chinese, with a few population of other 31 minority ethnic groups including Manchu, Mongolian, Korean, and Hui nationalities. The population density is 112.69/km², urban population density 205.07/km².[12]


Well Sa-55 first drilled by Wang Jinxi and his colleagues
Wildcat in Daqing

Daqing's economy highly depends on petroleum and related industries. Daqing's oilfield is China's largest and the world's fourth most productive. Petroleum accounts for 60.8% of GDP. In 2011, Daqing's gross domestic product (GDP) was RMB374 billion yuan, representing a rise of 12.1% year on year. Primary industries output (including agriculture, forestry, animal husbandry and the fisheries) increased by 13.5% to RMB13.29 billion. Secondary and value-added industries and construction output experienced an increase of 10.1%, reaching RMB307 billion, while the tertiary industry output increased 22.9% to RMB53.74 billion.[13] In 2015 Daqing had a GDP of RMB 298.35 billion.[14]

Foreign trade

Daqing exports over 10 million tons of crude oil each year. Over 160 varieties of paraffin wax, ethylene, tar oil and benzene are exported to more than 10 nations and regions including the US, the UK, Thailand and Hong Kong.

In 2011, total import and export volume in Daqing reached US$2.16 billion, up by 40.1%.[13] Export volume was US$550 million and import volume was US$1.61 billion. Daqing's main exports include six categories of petrochemical products, construction materials, processed foodstuffs, office furniture and mechanical and electronic equipment.[15]

Banking and insurance

There were 32 banking institutions in Daqing by the end of 2006; none were foreign-invested banks.[15] In 2011, savings deposits in Renminbi and foreign exchange totaled 170.5 billion RMB.[13] The local finance sector plays an important role in building up Daqing's Century Oilfield and in developing new industries.

The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, China Agricultural Bank, China Construction Bank, Bank of China, China Communications Bank, the Everbright Bank, Guangdong Development Bank, the Daqing Urban Commercial Bank, Daqing Rural Credit Cooperative Union and the County Urban Credit Cooperative are the major banks serving Daqing.


Daqing Passenger Hub


Daqing is a major railway hub in western Heilongjiang province and is located on the junction of Harbin-Manzhouli Railway and Tongliao-Ranghulu Railway. Daqing has three major railway stations: Daqing station, Daqing West station (formerly Ranghulu railway station) and Daqing East station. Trains from Daqing connect the city with Beijing, Harbin, Dalian and several other cities in China. The newly built Harbin–Qiqihar Intercity Railway has stops at both Daqing West station and Daqing East station.


Main article: Daqing Sartu Airport

Daqing Sartu Airport was opened on 1 September 2009.[16] There are flights to several large cities including Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Qingdao and Shanghai.


Daqing is linked to the national highway network through the G45 Daqing–Guangzhou Expressway and G10 Suifenhe-Manzhouli Expressway.


Daqing Museum
The Iron Man Wang Jinxi Memorial Hall

Daqing spirit

Generated by the history of the city, Daqing has a culture centering around the "Daqing Spirit, the Daqing People," which is said to represent deep personal commitment in pursuing national goals, self-sufficient and frugal living, and urban-rural integrated land use.[2]: 3  Daqing's urban-rural landscape was said to embody the ideal communist society described by Karl Marx because it eliminated (1) the gap between town and country, (2) the gap between workers and peasants, and (3) the gap between manual and mental labor.[2]: 3 

"Daqing Spirit, Daqing People" was the title of an April 20, 1964 article in People's Daily which extolled the success of Daqing oil field workers.[2]: 148  The most influential of many articles praising Daqing that appeared in state media around that time, "Daqing Spirit, Daqing People" was the first text to compare Daqing to Yan'an, the revolutionary base area where the Communist Party re-grouped following the Long March before going on to win the Chinese Civil War.[2]: 148 

Wang Jinxi (Chinese: 王进喜; pinyin: Wáng Jìnxǐ, known as "Iron Man" Wang), a petroleum worker on the Daqing Oilfield who led No. 1205 drilling team, was honored as a national hero due to his contributions to the petroleum industry of China. Daqing was established by the central government as a model for the secondary industry during the 1960s. In order to illuminate the entrepreneurial history of Daqing and its people, several films were made by companies in China.[17]

In 1964, chief director of the Central Experimental Theater Sun Weishi and her husband, the actor Jin Shan, traveled to Daqing to live and work with the oil workers and their families.[2]: 141  The next year, the Communist Party journal Red Flag published an article by Sun which praised the Daqing people.[2]: 141–142  After living in Daqing for two years, Sun Weishi returned to Beijing to produce the play The Rising Sun, which was based on the experiences of people in Daqing, particularly Daqing women.[2]: 142 


Daqing Olympic Park Stadium

The most popular sport in Daqing is association football. The largest sports venue by capacity is the 32,000-capacity Daqing Olympic Park Stadium.

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