Handan or Hantan both: hän-dän [key], city (1994 est. pop. 894,000), SW Hebei prov., China. Its position as a communication and transportation center has led to significant industrial growth. Nearby coal mines at Fengfeng provide power for iron, steel, and textile mills, chemical and cement plants, and other heavy industries.

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