Baoding, formerly known as Baozhou and Qingyuan, is a prefecture-level city in central Hebei province, approximately 150 kilometres (93 mi) southwest of Beijing. As of the 2010 census, Baoding City had 11,194,382 inhabitants out of which 2,176,857 lived in the built-up (or metro) area made of 4 out of 5 urban districts: Lianchi, Jingxiu, Qingyuan and Mancheng largely being conurbated, on 1,840 km2 (710 sq mi). Baoding is among 13 Chinese cities with a population of over 10 million, ranking seventh.One can also note that Zhuozhou City in the northern part has now grown into part of the Beijing built-up (or metro) area.
The greater Baoding administrative area has 16 designated state-level cultural relics:
Yan State Capital Relics (475BC-221BC, Yixian County)
Great Wall at Zijinguan Pass (1368–1644, Yixian County and Laiyuan County)
Stele of Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching (618-907, Yixian County)