Baoding or Paoting both: bou-dĭng [key], city (1994 est. pop. 519,200), central Hebei prov., China. It is a port on the Fu River and an agricultural distribution center, with food-processing and variety of other light industries. Baoding was the capital of Zhili prov. and then Hebei prov. until 1958 and from 1966 to 1968. A medical college and an agricultural institute are in the city. Baoding was formerly called Qingyuan.
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