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Shijiazhuang Travel Guide

Hebei MapShijiazhuang City is located in the vicinity of the North China Plain.The city of Shijiazhuan neighbors Beijing and Tianjin in the north, Bohai Sea in the east, and lies against the continuous Taihang Mountain in the west.As the capital city of Hebei Province, Shijiazhuang is the political, economic, cultural and transportation center of the province. It is also an important provincial industrial base and one of the national cotton textile bases.

Facts of Shijiazhuang

Location: in south of Hbei Province,North China Plain
Area: 15,800 square kilometers (6100.4 square miles)
Population: 9,395,000
Area Code: 0311
Zip Code: 050000

History of Shijiazhuang

Shijiazhuang is a city grown out of a village. Shijiazhuang means the village of Shi family in Chinese. One hundred years ago, Shijiazhuang was a village consisting of six streets, six temples, four wells, 150 households, and 600 people. During one hundred years, it has become a regional center of politics, economy, and culture center.  Now it is an important city lying at the southern gateway of Beijing, located in the halfway between Shanxi Province and Shangdong Province.

Almost all of its dramatic development is attributed to the two railways  constructed in the early 20th century, namely the Beijing to Wuhan railway, and the Shijiazhuang to Taiyuan Railway. Shijiazhuang is at the intersection of these two railways. After the completion of the railways, Shijiazhuang developed into a town from a village. Its strategic position was further strengthened by the construction of the Shide Railway in 1940. Ever since, it has accelerated its advances both in economy and urban construction. In 1968, Shijiazhuang was established as the capital city of the province in replacement of Baoding city. Now it is a modern metropolis with a population of nearly 9 million and residents of 40 nationalities.

Geography of Shijiazhuang

Lying against Taihang Mountain in west,Shijiazhuang is located in the North China Plain.Covering an area of 15.8 thousand square kilometers, it has 6 districts, 12 counties, 5 county-level cities and 1 national-level new and high-tech development zone under its prefecture. This city has a population of 9.395 million, 2.313 million of whom live in the urban area.

What to see in Shijiazhuang?

Shijiazhuang city is home to many significant cultural relics, such as the oldest stone-arch bridge in China, Zhaozhou Bridge, and one of China's three hanging temples Qiaoloudian Hall (Bridge-Tower Hall). Moreover, the grand Taihang Mountain, which lies to the west, provide charming natural scenery. Mt. Cangyan Scenic Area and Zhangshiyan Scenic Area also attract visitors from all over China and the world.Here lists top attractions in Shijiazhuang.

Zhaozhou BridgeXibaipo VillageBaiyangdian Lake
       Zhaozhou Bridge       Xibaipo Village        Baiyangdian Lake
Yesanpo Scenic AreaXifengkou Underwater Great Wall Heshan Canyon
    Yesanpo Scenic Area  The Underwater Great Wall
       Mt Canyon
Rong Guo Fu,Dream of the Red MansionLongxing Temple in ZhengdingZhangshiyan
        Rong Mansion       Longxing Temple     Zhangshiyan Scenic Area

As the economic, political, cultural and scientific center of Hebei Province, Shijiazhuang is becoming more and more beautiful with recent urban development. A jade-like moat embraces the city gently, bordered by 20 charming parks. Shijiazhuang city is filled with culture and development, attracting visitors with new features daily.

How to get to Shijiangzhuang?

By Air: Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport (Airport code:SJW) is at Zhengding County, about 34 kilometers northeast to the city center.It was put into service in 1995 as the largest civil airport in Hebei Province. Zhengding International now serves many air routes to more than 70 domestic and international cities. Airport Transportation: downtown shuttle buses, high-speed train, and long-distance buses to nearby cities.

By Train: Shijiazhuang Railway Station is situated in the cross of Zhanqian Street and Zhongshan Road. 29 bus routes such as Bus No.1, 3, 5, 8 and 14, service the railway station. Trains from this station connect the city with more than 50 destinations in China, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Taiyuan, Xian, Guangzhou, Lhasa, Kunming,Zhangjiajie and Guilin.

Zhengding Airport High-speed Railway Station is within 10min driving distance from the airport and offers great convenience for passengers who want to transfer between flight and train.

By Bus: There are over ten long-distance bus stations scattered over this city. Here are the main two and their details information. Shijiazhuang Passenger Transport Station lies in No.81 Zhanqian Street, which stands to the south of the Railway Station. Here, buses connect this city with other cities inside Hebei Province, such as Baoding and Qinhuangdao as well as cities outsides Hebei like Shanghai and Beijing. The station can be reached by city bus No. 3, 16, and 33.

Tips: Tickets here can be purchased 1 day prior to your departure.

North Passenger Transport Station is situated in No.257 Shizhuang Road. It can be reached by City-bus No.40. Coaches heading for Shanxi, Shaanxi, Ningxia and places within this city are available here. Moreover, tourism lines to Mt. Wutai and Xibaipo etc. can be found in this station. There are some tourist lines within the city. Buses to Lingshou, Pingshan counties, Tiangui Mountain, Xipaipom Tuoliang and Juguiyuan are all available there.

When to visit Shijiazhuang?

Shijiazhuang has a temperate, monsoon climate with four distinct seasons and an average annual temperature of 14.2C (57.56F). The city has hot summers and cold winters; in June the average monthly temperature can reach around 26.5C (79.7F) (so it is recommended that you bring sufficient supplies of sunscreen and water, and also eat plenty of fresh fruits), while weather in January can be quite cold of around -2.9C (26.78F). It is therefore recommended that tourists planning on visiting Shijiazhuang do so in the autumn, when the weather is at a happy medium between the two extremes.
The city's nearby mountains, however, remain a rewarding sight for visitors throughout the year: flowers reach full-bloom in spring; the forests are at their most verdant during the summer; the trees' golden leaves cover the mountain side during autumn; while in winter the snow-capped mountains will have many a visitor looking on in awe.Spring and autumn are similar in temperature and lack of rainfall, so it is the best time to visit the city during that time.

Travel Tips

Local Food: Snow Pear of Zhao County, Chinese Date of Xingtang County, Dunkey Sandwich, Li Hongzhang No.1 Stewed Dish, Zongdu Tofu, Guo Bao Zhou Zi.

Banking Services:
A foreign exchange service is available at the Bank of China. Below are listed some of the major branches in this city:
Provincial Branch: No.80, Xinhua Road
Zhongshan Road (West) Branch: No.691, Zhongshan Road (West)
Meiji Street Branch: No.413, Yuhua Road (East)
Tinan Branch: No.265, Tiyu Dajie (South)
Yucai Branch: No.180, Yucai Street

Post Offices:
Fanxi Road Branch: No.3, Fanxi Road
Jiangshenan Branch: No.23, Jianshe Dajie (South)
Yuhua Road (West) Branch: No.243, Yuhua Road (West)

Book Stores:
Book Building
Address: No.166, Zhongshan Road (East)

Peace Hospital (Bethune International Peace Hospital)
Address: No.398, Zhongshan Road (West)
Bus routes: 1, 15, 38

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