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About Dezhou
Dezhou (Chinese: 德州; Pinyin: Dézhōu) is a prefecture-level city in northwestern Shandong province, People's Republic of China. It borders the provincial capital of Jinan to the southeast, Liaocheng to the southwest, Binzhou to the northeast, and the province of Hebei to the north.

The prefecture-level city of Dezhou administers 11 county-level divisions, including 1 district, 2 county-level cities and 8 counties.


Dezhou lies on the main rail route from Beijing to Shanghai.


Dezhou's biggest historical attraction is the tomb of Sultan Paduka Batara of Sulu, who died in Dezhou on his return journey from a visit to the Yongle Emperor in 1417. The tomb is well preserved and has been declared a national heritage site. Descendants of the sultan's Muslim followers still live in Dezhou today, and are classfied as the Hui minority.

  • Dezhou is well-known for its braised chicken and watermelon.
  • The name of Dezhou is the same as the abbreviation of the Chinese name for the state of Texas, USA.


External links

Government website of Dezhou (in Simplified Chinese)

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Dézhōu Shì
Dezhou is highlighted on this map
Administration Type Prefecture-level city
City Seat Decheng District
(37°26′N, 116°16′E)
Area 10,356 km²
Population Dezhou city: 397,036 (2006)
- Total
- Per Capita
¥68.69 billion (2004)
¥12,542 (2004)
Major Nationalities Han - 98.62%
Hui - 1.26%
County-level divisions 11
Township-level divisions
CPC Committee Secretary Huang Sheng (黄胜)
Mayor Wu Cuiyun (吴翠云)
Area code 534
Postal Code 253000
(Decheng District)
(Other areas)
License Plate Prefix 鲁N
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