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Top 10 Attractions in Shijiazhuang, Things to do in Shijiazhuang

Friday, May 23rd, 2014
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Plan your Hebei Tour? Hebei is a unique province that almost circles Beijing. Its capital city of Shijiazhuang is the political, economic and cultural center of Hebei Province. Its name of Shijiazhuang literally means “Villige of Shi Family”, an indication of the present prosperous city of Shijiazhuang that developed from a small hamlet.

Now Shijiazhuang is only approx. one hour and twenty minutes’ highspeed train ride from Beijing, making it convenient to travel between the two cities. But one thing to keep in mind is that almost all the major attractions in Shijiazhuang are located on the outskirts of Shijiazhuang. So when you arrive at Shijiazhuang, basically you need to find the local buses going to the highlights in Shijiazhuang. I’ve selected the top 10 attractions to visit in and around Shijiazhuang.

1. Hebei Provincial Museum  河北省博物馆
The present Hebei Provincial Museum comprises two sub-museums – The old North Museum (built in 1968) and the new South Museum (built in 2001). The North Museum has 16 exhibition halls with a total area of 20,028 square meters;the South Museum has 11 exhibition halls housed in the three floors above and one basement floor with a total area of 33,100 square meters.

About 150,000 pieces of artifacts are on display with 5 National level treasures and 334 first class exhibits.  The most interesting artifacts are the finds from Mancheng, Western Han tombs, including two jade Han burial suits, one of which is the suit sewn with 1.1kg of gold thread.

Entrance Fee:  Free ( Bring your passport for entry)
Opening  Hour : 9:00 – 17:00 (closed in Monday)
Add: No.4, Dongdajie, Shijiazhuang, Hebei 河北省石家庄市东大街4号
How to get there
Buses 1,5,10,12,28,30,36,41,42,45,60,68,116,130,518,519,Tourism Bus 11
Tel: 0311 –  86049534, 86045642

Hebei Provincial Museum

Hebei Provincial Museum

2. Zhaozhou Bridge 赵州桥
The well-known Zhaozhou Bridge, also known as Anji Bridge,  was constructed in Sui Dynasty (604 AD – 618AD).  It is regarded as the  oldest stone-arched bridge in the world at present. It is in Zhaoxian County,  45 km to the southeast of Shijiazhuang.

The Zhaozhou Bridge was designed and built by the famous Li Chun.  The bridge is about 50 meters long, 7.3 meters  tall with a width of 9 meters. The span of its large stone arch in the middle measures 37.37 meters – the world’s largest arch at that time. The bridge spans over the Xiaohe River.

The bridge remains in good shape, with carefully supported stone structures beneath, and elegantly carved balusters, crowned with stone guardians,  making this a highly valued piece for modern architects.

Entrance fee: RMB40
Opening Time: 08:00-17:00
Location:  in Zhaoxian County, 45km to the southeast of Shijiazhuang
How to get there:
First take the long-distance bus from Nanjiao Passenger Bus Station of Shijiazhuang (石家庄南焦客运站) to Zhaoxian County (赵县). You get off at Zhaoxian County (  one hour bus ride ). Then take the local  taxi to Zhaozhou Bridge ( RMB 5-10, over 10 minutes ).

Zhaozhou Bridge

Zhaozhou Bridge

3. Longxing Temple 隆兴寺
Longxing Temple is located in Zhengding County, about 18km north of Shijiazhuang. It is one of the most earliest and largest buddhist monasteries in China. Now it is the national level Relics Protection Unit.

Originally built in 586 AD, the Longxing Temple occupies an area of around 50,000 square meters.  Longxing Tenple’s  structures and the buildings still keep the Song architectural style. The main buildings comprise Hall of Deva Kings, Hall of Mahamuni, Altar of Vinaya,  Pavilion of the Great Mercy and Temple of Amitabha.

The biggest draw in the temple is  Monastery’s most impressive statue, a 21 meter high bronze statue of Guanyin, Goddess of Mercy. She has a thousand hands and a thousand eyes,  one of the four largest Buddha statues in the north China.

Entrance fee: RMB40
Opening Time: 08:00-16:00
Location:  in Zhengding County, 18km north of Shijiazhuang
How to get there:
1)Taxi from Shijiazhuang: RMB30
2)  Take the public buses No.201 or 131 from Shijiazhuang to Zhengding County

Longxing Temple

Longxing Temple

4. Yujia Village (Stone Village) 于家村(石头村)
Yujia Village literally means “Yu Family Village”, named after the fact that 95% of the inhabitants in the village share the same surname of Yu.  Yujia Village is located about 60km to the west of Shijiazhuang.

Yujia Village is also known as Stone Village simply because the village is built with various kinds of stones. There are over 40,000 stone houses, stone pathways  of over 3,700 meters, more than 1,000 stone wells and kiln pools and  over 200 stone tablets. You also can find everything is made of stone  – stone buildings, stone courtyards, stone stools, stone desks, stone mills, stone balusters and more. The most impressive is the stone multi-storey courtyard built in Ming Dynasty.  The courtyard compound occupies an area of 650 meters with a hundred of rooms.

Entrance fee: RMB20
Opening Time: all day
Location:  In Jingxing Conuty, 60km west of Shijiazhuang
How to get there:|
First take the long-distance bus from Shijiazhuang’s Xiwang Bus Station (西王客运站) to Jingxing County (井陉县),  then connect the local bus for Yujia Village

Yujia Village (Stone Village)

Yujia Village (Stone Village)

5.Cangyanshan (Green Crag Mountain) 苍岩山
Canyanshan Mountain is located 30km to the south of Jingxing County and 70km to the west of Shijiazhuang.  The mountain is reputed as a combination of the Five Sacred Mountains and the most beautiful peak of all the peaks in Taihang Mountains in China.

The main draw is a Sui-dynasty palace spanning a precipitous gorge in the mountain.  If you feel that you’ve seen it before, it is because the site was one of the locations for the hit film called “Crouching Tigers and Hidden Dragons”.

Entrance fee: RMB50
Opening Time: 9:00 – 16:00
Location:  30km south of Jingxing Conuty, 70km west of Shijiazhuang
How to get there:|
First take the long-distance bus from Shijiazhuang’s Xiwang Bus Station (西王客运站) to directly to Cangyan Shan. Starting at 7:00am and taking 2 hours.

Cangyanshan (Green Crag Mountain)

Cangyanshan (Green Crag Mountain)

6. Baodu Zhai  抱犊寨
Baodu Zhai refers to Baodu Zhai Mountain as well as the ancient village with the same name that used to be on the mountain. Baodu Zhai  is located 16km to the west of Shijiazhuang.

Baoduzhai Mountain abuts Huabei Plain on the east, Taihang Peaks on the west, Jingxing ancient passage on the south of Jingxing.   It looks high with stunning views though it only has a sea level of 580 meters.

It s beauty lies in the natural beauty of queer springs, flying waterfalls, ancient  caves, mountain lights, mists, sunrise and sunset.  It is also rife with ancient relics  and historical artifacts scattered in the mountains – temples, tablets, carvings on the caves and more.

Entrance fee: RMB50 (high season); RMB30 (low season)
Opening Time: 9:00 – 17:00
Location:  16 km west of  Shijiazhuang

Baodu Zhai

Baodu Zhai

 

7. Rongguo Mansion  荣国府
If you are interested in one of the Four Chinese Classical Novels known as  Dream of the Red Chamber, the reproduction of Rong Mansion or  (Rong Guo Fu)  is a good place to feel and touch the scenes related to the classical novel.

The architectural complex comprises two parts: the mansion and the street with  an area of 37,000 square meters. The mansion has  212 chambers and 102 verandas.

Three roads divides the mansion: the east road, the middle road, and the west road. The middle road is the official yard of Jia Zheng, one of the novel’s characters, while the other two adopt Suzhou-style architecture.  Now Rongguo Mansion has become a base for film and TV  shooting.

Cao Xueqin memorial, the author of Dream of the Red Chamber  is in the southeast part of the residence. The memorial’s pictures and objects vividly represent the notable events in Mr. Cao’s life.

Entrance Fee: RMB30
Add.: No.51, Xingrong Road, Zhengding County, Shijiazhuang
Opening Time: 08:00-17:00
Take the public buses No.201 or 131 from Shijiazhuang to Zhengding County

Rongguo Mansion

Rongguo Mansion

8.  Xibaipo Memorial  西柏坡纪念馆
Xibaipo is one of the most famous revolutionary places in China, Xibaipo Memorial Hall is located in Pingshan County, Shijazhuang City, Hebei Province. From May 1948 to March 1949, the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army set up their headquarters in this village. It represents a transitional period of historical significance for the Chinese revolution — the latter part of the Liberation War (Chinese Civil War).

In  Xibaipo, the Party’s Central Committee commanded the Three Major Campaigns in t he Liberation War (Chinese Civil War).  This village was also the site of the Second Plenary Session of the Seventh Central Committee of the Chinese Committee Party. In addition, many famous Chinese revolutionaries lived here, such as Mao Tse-tung, Liu Shao-Chi., Chou En-Lai, and Zhude.
With an area of 13,400 square meters, the Xibaipo Memorial is constructed on a mountain side with two-storey courtyard. The  advanced audio and video technologies are  used to demonstrate the historical events and far-reaching repercussions of Xibaipo.

Add.:  In the middle of  Pingshan County, 80km northwest of Shijiazhuang
Entrance: Free
Opening Time: 08:30-17:30 (winter); 08:30-18:00 (summer); close on Monday and Sunday  afternoon
How to get there:
Take the buses from Shijiazhuang North Station directly to Xibaipo.

Xibaipo Memorial

Xibaipo Memorial

9. Xishan Forest Park 西山森林公园
Xishan Forest Park is located on the foot of Fenglong Mountain, about 20km to the southwest of  Shijiazhuang. The park occupies a total area of 25 million square meters with a 75.6% forest coverage.  It has 32 scenic spots in the park, a combination of elegance, queerness and grandeur.  It is reputed as “Botanical Kingdom” and “Landscape Kingdom”.

The park is divided into two parts – The East Section and West Section. The East Section had several remaining sites related to the Boxing Uprising while the West Section is a summer resort with good natural environment.

Entrance Fee: Free
Add:  on the foot of Fenglong Mountain, about 20km to the southwest of  Shijiazhuang
Opening Time: 08:00-17:00
How to get there:
Take bus 360 and 318

Xishan Forest Park

Xishan Forest Park

10. Tianguishan Mountain  天桂山
Tianguishan Mountain is situated 95km to the northwest of Shijiazhuang.  It is a famous Taoist mountain teemed with queer caves. Its natural beauty is likened to the charming landscape of Guilin.

Tianguishan is famous for its historical buildings and natural landscape. Tianguishan is divided into two peaks – East Peak and West Peak.  Most of the scenic spots are perched on the cliffs – Qinglong  Taoist Temple, Wanfo Rock, Xuanwu Peak and more.

Entrance Fee: RMB65
Add: 95km to the northwest of Shijiazhuang.
Opening Time: 08:00-18:00
How to get there:
Take the buses from Shijiazhuang North Station directly to the Tianguishan Mountain.

Tianguishan Mountain

Tianguishan Mountain

More Travel Information on Shijiahuang
Shijiazhuang Travel Guide
Zhangjiakou Travel Guide
Tangshan Travel Guide
Langfang Travel Guide
Baoding Travel Guide
Cangzhou Travel Guide
Hengshui Travel Guide
Xingtai Travel Guide
Handan Travel Guide

Any questions, just drop a line.

 

Shijiazhuang Taxi: Shijiazhuang Taxi Fares, Tips and Phones

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011
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Shijiazhuang Taxi Quantity
At the time of my writing, Shijiazhuang is more that 7,800, which are paint in blue, red, or green.  All legal cabs display their permits and paperwork on the dash and windshield.
 
Taxi Models in Shijiazhuang
Generally speaking, the taxis running in the street of Shijiazhuang consists of Jetta, Fukang, Santana2000/3000, Elantra, Haima etc.
 
Shijiangzhuang Taxi Fares:
• RMB5 for the flag-down rate
• RMB1.6 per km for each additional kilometer
• Iding time is also factored into the total fare
 
Shijiazhuang Taxi Company Bookings
If you need to book a taxi, please make the call as following:
• Shijiazhuang Taxi Booking                        Tel: 0311-87027458
•Shijiazhuang Hongyuan Taxi Company               Tel:0311-6101312
•Shijiazhuang Hongmao Taxi Company                Tel:0311-85800468
 
Hailing a Shijiazhuang City Taxi
•The best places to hail a taxi is near the Station, the Airport, Bus stop, Scenic Spots, and Hotel
 
Shijiazhuang Taxi rider’s rights
As a taxi rider, you have the rights below:
Direct drive to your destination and no compulsory car pooling
Go to any destination in and beyond Shijiazhuang
Your car driver knows the streets in Shijiazhuang and the way to major destinations in Shijiazhuang;
Your driver should know and abide by all traffic laws;
Air-conditioning on demand;
A radio-free trip;
No Smoking
A clean passenger seat area;
A clean trunk
A driver uses the horn only when necessary to warn of danger;
No Tip
 
Shijiangzhuang Taxi Stands
Shijiazhuang has no taxi stand. People just hail a taxi along the street anywhere it is safe and convenient.
 
Shijiazhuang Taxi Complaints
If you have any problem with a taxi in Shijianzhuang, please contact the following:
• Shijiazhuang Taxi Complain.         Tel: 0311-83622882
 
Shijiazhuang Taxi Useful Information
•Using a meter instead of bargaining with the cab driver
•Refusing a forced pooling taxi
•Shijiazhuang -Beijing : RMB800
•Shijiazhuang Airport – Shijiazhuang Railway Station: RMB100
•Shijiazhuang Airport – Shijiazhuang Downtown: RMB100
 
 
Shijiazhuang Travel Service
Beijing Baoding Shijiazhuang 2 day Tour
Beijing Shijiazhuang Train