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Qinghuangdao Travel Guide

Hebei MapQinghuangdao City,an important port for foreign trade in north Chinas,is situated in the northeast of Hebei Province and bordered by Bohai Sea to the south. As the wonderful summer resort,the city of Qinghuangdao is laurelled as the back garden of Beijing and Tianjin.With a beautiful coastline and perfect ecological environment,It is 483 kilometers from Shijiazhuang in the Southeast, 280 kilometers from Beijing in the west and is 220 kilometers from Tianjin.

Qinhuangdao Facts
Chinese Name: 秦皇岛市 (qín huáng dǎo shì)
Area: 7,812 Square Kilometers (3,016 Square Miles)
Population: 2,270,000
Area Code: 0335
Zip Code: 066000

History of Qinghuangdao

Qinhuangdao is an aged city with a long and rich history. It has a story in its name. In 215 BC, the first emperor of China, Emperor Qin went eastward. When he got here, he sent someone to go to the sea and search for immortals. Then the city got its name "Qinhuangdao", in which "huang" means emperor and "dao" refers to island. And thus it became the only city named after the title of an emperor.


Qinhuangdao is situated in the hilly eastern end of Yanshan Mountains and plains that lie before the mountain range. From the north to south, the city covers an array of terrain, with mountainous areas, hilly areas, valleys, plains and a coastal region. Three city districts join with Funing and Changli counties to comprise the main tourist zones in coastal area of Qinhuangdao. The area's unique natural landscape boasts a blue sea, golden beach, and thickly forested areas, which create a splendid backdrop for the grand Great Wall and the many beautiful villas on the coast.

Administrative Divisions: 3 Districts (Haigang, Shanhaiguan, Beidaihe); 3 Counties (Changli, Funing, Lulong); 1 Autonomous County (Qinglong Manchu Autonomous County)
City Government: No.95, Wenhua Lu, Haigang District 

Top things to do in Qinghuangdao

Qinhuangdao, a beautiful coastal resort in North China, has a great reputation for the perfect, natural, all-weather Port of Qinhuangdao, distinguished and historical Shanhaiguan Pass and the ever stunning summer holiday resort, Beidaihe. It has abundant tourist resources, including forests, rivers, lakes, springs, beaches, harbors, temples,gardens, villas, and ancient passes through its mountains. However, the Great Wall and the seashore must be the first temptations for most visitors to that city.

Spend summer holiday in Qinghuangdao

Beidaihe Scenic AreaDove Nest ParkTiger Stone Park
      Beidaihe Scenic Area        Dove Nest Park       Tiger Stone Park
Xin'ao Ocean ParkQinghuangdao Wildlife ParkLianfeng Mountain,Beidaihe
      Xin'ao Marine World  Qinghuangdao Wildlife Park       Lianfeng Mountai

Explore Shanhaiguan and Laolongtou Great Wall

Laolongtou Great Wall,about 5km away from Shanhaiguai Great Wall, was built as the starting in the east to meet the sea.

Laolongtou Great WallShanhaiguan Great Wall
Longevity Mountain
      Laolongtou Great Wall
      Shanhaiguan Great Wall     Longevity Mountain

How to get to Qinghuangdao?

By Air : Beidaihe International Airport (Code: BPE) was  put into service on Mar. 31, 2016, the airport replaced Shanhaiguan Airport, which served well the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and now is only for military use. Beidaihe Airport offers efficient conditions to receive different sizes’ airplanes and hosts considerate domestic and international serving channels. It is expected to transport 500,000 passengers annually.

Location: Situated at Longjiadian Town, Changling County, the airport is around 47km from downtown Qinhuangdao, and 32km from Beidaihe.
Currently, navigable air routes from/to Shanghai, Dalian, Shijiazhuang, Qingdao, Harbin, Chengdu, Guangzhou and Xian have been opened. Lanzhou, Yanji, Hangzhou, Manzhouli, Hulun Buir, Wuxi, Changsha, and Zhengzhou will be among the domestic destinations soon. Within several months, international air routes from/to South Korea, Japan, and Russia will serve the public.
Airport Enquiry Hotline: 0335-7520000

By Train: There are four railway stations in this city: Qinhuangdao Railway Station, Beidaihe Railway Station, Shanhaiguan Railway Station and Changli Railway Station. The last three railway stations are inclined to be built for tourist purposes.

Qinhuangdao Railway Station is situated in the Beihuan Lu, Haigang District. Buses Nos.2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 18, 19 and 34 run directly to the station. Trains to North China all depart from this station, and all these trains pass through the Beidaihe Railway Station in Daihe Town of Beidaihe District. To get to Beidaihe Railway Station, one can take buses Nos.5, 6, 15 and 22.

Near the Lianhuahu Park and the south gate of Shanhaiguan, Shanhaiguan Railway Station is only 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) from Shanhaiguan Airport. Every day there are ten or so more trains passing through and it is an inevitable stop for trains from Beijing to Shenyang. Special tourist lines from Beijing and Tianjin to Beidaihe and Shanhaiguan will be open during the summer vacation (July and August). Use city-buses Nos. 13, 23, 24, 25 and 34.
Changli Railway Station is located in the downtown area of Changli County, from which buses to the Golden Coast scenic area can be easily found.

By Bus: In the central urban area (Haigang District), there are two major bus stations. In addition, there are important tourist bus stations in the Shanhaiguan and Beidaihe Districts which greatly facilitate visitors getting to and around the main scenic areas of the city.

The Long-distance Bus Station (principal station) is 200 meters southwest of the local railway station, No.405, Beihuan Lu of Haigang District. Haiyanglu Station is in the middle of Haiyang Lu in the same district, and mainly operates buses to some small places in and around this city. Express buses are available in the principal station.

When to visit Qinghuangdao?

Qinhuangdao has a warm, temperate, semi-humid monsoon climate. Strongly affected by the sea, the weather of Qinhuangdao is moderate throughout the year. Spring is a dry season that seldom sees rain. Summer weather is usually warm but not sweltering. Autumns bring clear skies and cool, refreshing days. Winter days are long, but the proximity to the sea removes much of the harsh chill felt in other areas of the country. The annual average temperature is above 10C (50F).
Summer climate in Qingdao is much cooler than most other cities in China, making it a first class summer resort. May to October is the golden season to visit Beidaihe. Other scenic areas are best visited from June to August, when the natural scenery is at its best.

Most visitors come to this city during the summer months, and the city holds festivals and celebrations primarily geared towards the tourist industry. Celebrations are held at many of the popular scenic spots, and include the Great Wall Festival in Shanhaiguan, the Temple Fair in the Temple of Mengjiangnu, and the Red Wine Festival in Changli County. Qinhuangdao does hold additional events for tourists throughout the year, and it held many activities in 2008 in preparation for the Beijing Olympics.

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