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Baoding Travel Guide

Baoding is a famous historical and cultural city, 140 kilometers to Beijing in he south and 160 kilometers Tianjin in the west.Baoding is located in the central part of Hebei Province, located in the hinterland of Beijing, Tianjin and stone. Jurisdiction over 25 counties (cities, districts), with a total area of about 12 million square kilometers, a population of about, is China's historical and cultural city, China's outstanding tourist city.

Hebei MapBaoding Facts:

Chinese Name: 保定 (bǎo dìng)
Population: 10,890,000 (Urban Population: 1,006,000)
Area: 22,113 square kilometers (8,538 square miles)
Nationalities: Han, Hui, Man

Administrative Division: 3 districts; 18 counties; 4 county-level cities

Useful Numbers:
Tourist Complaint: 0312-5081610, 5081914
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiry: 184
Bank of China: 0312-3066666

History of Baoding

The city area originally came into being during the Warring States Period (476BC-221BC).Name of Baoding, began in the Yuan Dynasty, combine "to defend the most, the stability of the world", since ancient times for the "Beikong San Guan, south of nine provinces, even four parts, male crown Zhongzhou" and thoroughfare, known as Gyeonggi "," Nanping John, "said. Baoding is the history of Emperor Yao's hometown, Zhongshan, China Yan, Yan Li, after all. 

In the Song Dynasty (960-1279), it was ascended to be Baozhou, becoming a big city in North China. The city was destroyed by the southward invasion of Genghis Khan and rebuilt in 1227. In the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the central government set up Baoding Shire here. During the early ages of the establishment of PRC in 1949, Baoding acted as the capital city of Hebei Province.

Physical Features

Located in central Hebei Province, Baoding is bounded on the north by Beijing and Zhangjiakou, on the east by Langfang and Cangzhou and on the south by Shijiazhuang and Hengshui, as well as on the west by Shanxi Province. Seated in the center of Beijing, Tianjin and Shijiazhuang, this city is 140 kilometers (87 miles) south of Beijing, 145 kilometers (90 miles) west of Tianjin and 125 northeast of Shijiazhuang considered as the south gate of the Capital Beijing.

Lying along the east foot of the northern part of Taihang Mountains, the terrain of Baoding inclines from the northwest to southeast and is mainly comprised of the western mountain area and eastern plain. In the east of the plain, there are many waterfilled depressions and shallow lakes.

Climatic & Weather

The city belongs to the warm temperate zone semi-humid monsoon climate with most rainfall concentrated in summer. It has clear seasons with relatively great temperature difference. For the sand-dust weather, the spring is dry.

When to Go: Most visitors choose to visit there in autumn for the cool weather. In addition, many tourist festivals and ceremonies are held in summer and autumn, so, they are the best season for visiting.

Baoding Transportation

There are several trains daily from Beijing and Shijazhuang for about two hours. Visitors can also choose buses to Baoding. Generally, buses to Beijing and Shijiazhuang will depart every 20 minutes. The Tianjin-Baoding Expressway shortens the distance between these two cities into three hours' ride.

Top Attractions in Baoding

Along with the thorough implementation of the development strategy of joint of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei, Baoding is included in the "in Beijing, Tianjin, Paul, Gallery" central core functional areas, "Beijing, security, stone" development axis bridgehead, main fulcrum of urban and regional center city. 2016, Baoding City, the first successful bid to host the Hebei provincial tourism development conference. 

Baoding profound culture, rich in tourism resources, the city has 5A class tourist scenic spots 2 and create 5A level scenic spots, 69, 3 national patriotism education base, the national classic red tourism scenic 7 5, 13 4A level scenic spots, create 4A level scenic spots, 21, 3 for the world cultural heritage, the World Geological Park 2, 3 National Geological Park, National Forest Park 5, national key scenic spots, national key cultural relics protection unit. Its purist attractions include the ancient Lotus Pond, one of the 10 famous ancient gardens in China, the well-reserved Governor's Residence of the Qing dynasty, the Western Tombs of the Qing Dynasty. nasty. the jade clothes sewn w with gold thread excavated from the Han tombs in Mancheng which arose the world-wide attention. and Jisiding-the Baiyangdian Hot Spring City where tourists may have a good rest, spend a holiday, hold meetings, build up their health, and do sightseeing.

Langya Mountain2.jpgYesanpo Scenic AreaBaiyangdian Lake
                Langya Mountain             Yesanpo Scenic Area

                 Baiyangdian Lake

The Mansion of the Governor of Zhili

The Mansion of the Governor of Zhili (直隶总督署) is the government office of stratocracy of Qing Dynasty, stationed from 1730 to 1911. It is the most complete provincial-lever government office at present.
Western Royal Tombs of the Qing Dynasty

Western Royal Tombs of the Qing Dynasty (清西陵), listed as the World Heritage in 2000, is situated in Yi County, Baoding City, about 140 km southwest of Beijing. Occupying as large as 50 thousand square meters, it consists of 14 tombs including Tailing for Emperor Yongzheng, Changling for Emperor Jiaqing, Muling for Emperor Daoguang, Chongling for Emperor Guangxu as well as 9 empresses, 56 concubines. 

Travel Tips

Local traditional operas: Haha-qiang of Qingyuan County, Baoding Laodiao (old tunes).

In addition, the Lantern Festival of Zhuozhou City held in the 15th day of the first lunar month, the Peach Blossom Festival of Shunping County in April and the Lotus Festival of Baiyangdian Lake from July 23rd to September 23rd can provide something more perfect to your journey to that city.

Local Folk Customs: Lion Dance of Xushui County, Shadoe Play of Zhuozhou City
Folk Music: Luogao Ancient Music of Laishui County
Handicrafts: Quyang Stone Carvings, Baigou Clay Figures, Yishui Inkstone, Twisted-Placenta Artistic Pottery, Reed Knitting
Special Local Products: Baiyangdian Preserved Egg, Kuihuai Pickles

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