Changde is a city in the north of Hunan Province, China, with a population of 5,717,218 inhabitants at the 2010 census whom 1,232,182 in the built up area made of 2 urban districts (Dingcheng and Wuling). Changde is known for its many Old Stone and New Stone Age sites. About 500 of them have been discovered to date. In historical times it was also a centre from which governments controlled the mountain tribes of western Hunan. A county, named Linyuan, was established there in the 2nd century BC. In 589 its name was changed to Wuling, and under the Tang Dynasty (618-907) it became the seat of Lang prefecture. Under the Song Dynasty (960-1279) the name of the prefecture was changed to Tingzhou, and in 116-474 it became a superior prefecture called Changde. This status was retained until 1912, when the superior prefecture was abolished and the city became a county seat.
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