华北平原 The North China Plain
The North China Plain
The North China Plain, flat and vast, is the second largest one in China. It has an area of about 310,000 km2.
In the past, many places in the North China Plain suffered from floods and drought. There was a saying that a "big disaster is when it is raining hard, a small disaster is when it is drizzling, and drought comes when there is no rain".
In recent decades, the Chinese government has been developing water conservancy projects and has built up a comprehensive system of drainage for dealing with floods and averting droughts. Now, the area has become a famous grain and cotton producing area.
The North China Plain has a large area and population, rich resources and fairly well developed economy. Some important cities like Beijing, Tianjin, Jinan and Xuzhou are all located here.