Shijiazhuang

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Area: Located in middle and south Hebei, Shijiazhuang is within the Baohai ring. The coordinates of Shijiazhuang is 37°27′N to 38°47′N and 113°30′E to 115°20′E. Neighboring Areas of Shijiazhuang are Beijing and Tianjin Municipalities; Shandong, Henan, Shanxi, and Liaoning provinces; Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

 

Nationalities: Han, Hui, Manchu, Korean and Mongolian

 

Population: 8.60 million   

 

Urban Population: 1.50 million

 

Features of Shijiangzhuang

 

As the capital city of Hebei, north China, Shijiazhuang is the province’s center of politics, economy, technology, finance, culture, and information. Formerly known as Shimen, Shijiazhuang was approved by the State Council to be a coastal open city and a city which opens up its finance.

 

As a young city, Shijiazhuang, impressively, has some historical and cultural places of interest, including Hebei Museum, and Martyrs' Memorial. And it also has some attractions around, such as Xibaipo, Zhaozhou Bridge, Mount Cangyan, Bailin Temple, Longxing Monastery, and so forth.

 

Culture of Shijiangzhuang City

 

Shijiazhuang is often referred to as being lucky in recent Chinese history. Once a small village, it developed under modern railway construction. A century ago, when the Lu-Han Railway stretched to the former Shijiazhuang Village, it brought with it new opportunities, opening an industrial chapter in Shijiazhuang. No one could have predicted that this small, unknown village would have developed rapidly into the modern capital city of Hebei Province.


Though it is a relatively young city, it is located on fertile land that boasts splendid cultural history. As such, Shijiazhuang 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

 

Attractions of Shijiazhuang

 

Although Shijiazhuang is not the most famed tourist city in China, you will be deeply impressed by the tourist resources there, only after you really go there and enjoy them.

 

1. Xibaipo: It is the old headquarters of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, shall be the must-try when you visit Shijiazhuang. Many famous Chinese revolutionaries have lived there, such as Maocedong, Liushaoqi, Zhouenlai, and Zhude.


2. Zhaozhou Bridge: The oldest bridge in China shall be a must to go for those architects. Its scientific structure enables itself to stand there for more than 1,400 years. It has been listed in as a world heritage site by the United Nations.

 

3. Mount Cangyan: It is located in southeast Jingxing District, which is about 70 kilometers away from Shijiazhuang. Known for its natural scenery and religious culture, it forms the eastern tip of the Taihang Mountain Range, and boasts many temples and religious sites.


4. Tuoliang Scenic Area: 138 kilometers away from Shijiazhuang, is named for its hump-shaped peak. The main peak is 2,281 meters high above sea level, and is the highest mountain in Shijiazhuang, as well as one of the five highest peaks in Hebei province.

 

Nightlife in Shijiazhuang

 

Shijiazhuang is quite a young city, when compared with others, and is currently under development. The nightlife in Shijiazhuang is therefore in the process of being developed also. However, more and more leisure facilities such as bars, cafes and teahouses are being opened here one by one.

 

Moreover, after a busy day's trip or business, the tea houses here can offer a welcome relief and a chance to unwind. Most of the tea houses in Shijiazhuang can provide pleasant nightlife if you are looking for peace and simplicity.

 

Shijiazhuang Food

 

Shijiazhuang does not have a wide range of local delicacies; however, those that are found here are very delicious.


1. Ganglu Shaobing (Clay Oven Roll): This crispy roll is made from wheat flour, oil and sesame seeds. The wheat flour dough is rolled into a flat square and then it is lightly brushed with water and sprinkled with sesame seeds.

 

2. Bagao: It is a type of snack made from buckwheat flour. The sliced bagao is usually served with a special sauce made of vinegar and garlic powder. Bagao has a soft but chewy consistency that combines well with the strong, fragrant sauce to leave a refreshing taste in the mouth.


3. Gaocheng Gongmian (Gaocheng Noodles): This is a unique local specialty of Gaocheng County in Shijiazhuang City and was originally made as a tribute to the royal family. The noodles are made from high quality flour, oil and salt. By a special process, each noodle is formed with a hollow heart and is uniformly thin. After cooked, such noodles have a smooth taste.

 

Shopping in Shijiazhuang

 

Although not on a par with the 'shopping paradise' that is Shanghai, Shijiazhuang, as a modern provincial capital city, is at least a pleasant place for shopping due to the department stores and shopping malls it contains.

 

Shijiazhuang has department stores a lot. They are distributed along most of the main streets in urban areas like Zhongshan Road and Zhonghua Avenue. Various goods including international brand clothes, cosmetics and IT products can be found here.

 

Shijiazhuang Travel Guide

 

1. City-bus: Over 90 bus routes in the urban area and 7 in the suburban area form a large network, which make transport in Shijiazhuang very convenient. Among the urban routes, there are four tourism lines: Tour 1, Tour 5, Tour 6 and Tour 7. Except the tourism lines, most buses are self-service with a fixed fare of CNY1 per person. Buses in the suburban area include Bus No.201, No.202, No.203, No.204, No.206, No.209 and No.211. They charge in a range of CNY2~7 per person. Bus No.201 can take you to Zhengding County.

Tour 5 can take you to the Baoduzhai Scenic Area, the Zoo and the Martyr's Cemetery;

 

Tour 1 can take you to the Botanical Garden;

 

Tour 6 can take you to the Zoo, Zhongshan Park, and Zhaotuo Park;

 

Tour 7 can take you to the Longquan Temple.

 

2. Taxi: There are over 6700 taxies running around Shijiazhuang City, making getting around very easy. Minimal fare is CNY5 for the first two kilometers (about 1.2 miles) and CNY1.2, CNY1.4 and CNY1.6 are respectively charged for every additional kilometer for standard, luxury and super luxury cars.


During 23:00~05:00 the next day, additional CNY0.20 is to be charged per kilometer. Additional 50 % of the unit fare is to be charged per kilometer when the single trip is beyond 6 kilometers.

 

China Travel in Shijiazhuang

 

Shijiazhuang has a temperate, monsoon climate with four distinct seasons and an average annual temperature of 14.2°C (57.56°F). The city has hot summers and cold winters; in June the average monthly temperature can reach around 26.5 °C (79.7°F) (so it is recommended that you bring sufficient supplies of sunscreen and water, and also eat plenty of fresh fruits), while in January it can reach a low of around -2.9 °C (26.78°F). It is therefore recommended that tourists planning on visiting Shijiazhuang do so in the autumn, when the temperature lies at a happy medium between the two extremes.

 

Shijiazhuang’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.

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