Qinghe County, under the jurisdiction of Xingtai City, Hebei Province, formerly known as Qingyang, is located in the southeast of Hebei Province and the east of Xingtai City, bordering the Gucheng County of Hengshui City in the northeast, facing Xiajin County of Shandong Province across the Wei Canal in the east, bordering Linxi County and Weixian County from the south to the west, and bordering Nangong City on the Qingliang River in the north. Qinghe County has a warm temperate semi-humid continental monsoon climate. The seasons are distinct throughout the year. The total area is 502 square kilometers. According to the data of the seventh population census, as of 0:00 on November 1, 2020, there are 421582 permanent residents in Qinghe County.
In the early years of Daye in the Sui Dynasty (605), Qinghe County was set up. In the first year of the Republic of China (1912), Qinghe County belonged to Hebei Province. In 1952, Qinghe County belonged to Xingtai District. In November 1958, Qinghe County was merged into Nangong County. In May 1961, Xingtai special area was restored. In July of the same year, Qinghe County was separated from Nangong County and restored to Xingtai District, Hebei Province. In 1993, Xingtai was withdrawn from the region and established as a city, and Qinghe County was under the jurisdiction of Xingtai City. As of October 2021, Qinghe County has jurisdiction over 6 towns, and the county people's government is located in Gexianzhuang Town.
The characteristic economy of Qinghe County is cashmere products, which is known as the "capital of cashmere in China". It is the world's largest distribution center of cashmere and cashmere products. Its annual sales volume accounts for 40% of the world and 60% of the country, with a total output value of more than 20 billion yuan. Qinghe is also a sub-central city in the eastern part of Xingtai City, and is listed as one of the first batch of counties to expand power and priority cultivation of medium-sized cities in Hebei Province. Hebei Provincial Economic and Technological Development Zone was awarded the honorary title of "National Civilized County" by the Central Commission of Civilization in 2011. In Qinghe County, the Beijing-Kowloon Railway has a secondary station in Qinghe; Qingdao-Yinchuan Expressway, National Highway 308, Sulin Line and Xingqing Line cross the border. Qinghe County is the birthplace of the surname Zhang and the hometown of Wu Song, the hero of fighting tigers in the Water Margin. It has been awarded the title of "hometown of Chinese Wu Song culture" by the state. The story origin and shooting place of the TV play "fertile soil", and the story origin of the book "Plum in the Golden Vase".
In 2020, Qinghe County's GDP will reach 14.77 billion yuan, with an average annual growth of 6.7%.
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