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Top 10 Attractions in Zhangjiakou

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
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Plan your Hebei Tour? Located in the northwest of Hebei Province, the low profile and often neglected Zhangjiakou (张家口) is now in the limelight, which is mainly caused by two factors 1) Beijing Zhangjiakou Highspeed trains will be put into operation in 2017; 2) Beijing with Zhangjiakou bids for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. It is worth a few day’s visit to the booming city.

220km north of Beijijng, Zhangjiakou was historically a vital north gate of Beijing with strategical importance. Zhangjiakou literally means “Family Zhang’s mouth”which refers to the ancient fortress by the Great Wall built by the commander named Zhangwen. His successor, Zhangzhen, also with the same surname of “Zhang” , opened a small mouth ( door ) in the northern wall of the fortress, hence the name of Zhangjiakou for the fortress.

Developed from a small garrison town, Zhangjiakou is now a booming city which administrates 4 districts and 13 counties. With Yinshan Mountain passing through, Zhangjiakou is geologically divided into two parts – the north high Inner Mongolian Plateau also known as “Bashang” and the south low and medium basin known as Baxia.

The word “Bashang” is often equivalent of grasslands. The north of Zhangjiakou boasts the cool and breezy grassland, which attracts numerous holidaymakers in summer. Baxia, or the basin in the southern area of Zhangjiakou gives birth to some of the China’s best skiing and snowboarding. Each winter skiing lovers flock here to stretch their bodies.

In addition to its natural resources, Zhangjiakou is rife with historical sites with the epitome of the Great Wall of China. Plan your Zhangjiakou tour? Zhangjiakou is easily accessed by plentiful rails and highways linking Beijing, Datong, Hohhot and other major cities in China.

We’ve rounded up the Top 10 Attractions in Zhangjiakou. Hopefully the Top 1o list will be helpful planning your own Zhangjiakou trip.

1. Zhangjiakou Great Wall
Zhangjiakou has a nickname of “Great Wall Museum”. Some experts say The most of the Great Wall we see in Zhangjiakou is the Ming-era Great Wall connecting the Wall on the east with Beijing and Datong on the west with a length of 1023km. Along the Wall there used to be fortresses, passes and horse markets. Dajing Gate is one of the four most important passes along the Great Wall of China, just north of Zhangjkiakou.

Dajing Gate at the Wall

Dajing Gate at the Wall

2. Zhangjiakou Ancient Fortress
Zhangjiakou Ancient Fortress, a former fortress in Ming Dynasty gave birth to Today’ Zhangjiakou. The Fortress was built under the supervision of Commander Zhangwen in 1429. The fort had a perimeter of over 2km, 11 metes high with two gates on the east and west. In 1460 an interior castle was built inside fort. It became a fortified garrison town where a large military forces stationed. Today the fortress is still perched in the city center of Zhangjakou, a showcase of Zhangjakou’s development.

Former Zhangjiakou Fortress

Former Zhangjiakou Fortress

3. Bashang Grassland
North of Zhangbei County in Zhangjiakou, Bashang is the nearest prairie destination to Beijing, located about 240 kilometres from northern Beijing. The special climate and geographical position at the junction of the Inner Mongolia Grasslands and the North China Plain give Bashang its unique natural landscapes and make it a popular destination for tourists visiting Zhangjiakou. Bashang is one of the most ideal sites to escape the hustle and bustle in city life. Visitors can enjoy the beauty of the stretch of grasslands as well as riding horses freely on the grassland. In addition to that, activities like camel riding, shooting, archery and campfire parties are also available here.

Bashang Grassland

Bashang Grassland

4. Zhangjiakou Ski Resorts
The southern Zhangjiakou, or in the Chongli County, there are four famous ski resorts with international standard including Wanlong, Yunding, Duolemei and Changchengling. Another ski resort under construction is known as Taiwu Four Season Ski Resort. Each year skiing lovers flock here from home and abroad. Up to 2020, the whole county plans to build totally 228 skiing trails of about 500 km long and 84 cableways.

Wanlong Ski Resort

Wanlong Ski Resort

5. Xuanhua Ancient City
Xuanhua is now a district of Zhangjiakou, but in the past Xuanhua was a fortified city defending Beijing to the west, popularly known as “The First City West of Beijing”. Originally built in 888, it was repaired and reconstructed for many times in the successive dynasties. It is now well known for its Qinyuan Mansion, Zhenshuo Mansion and Ancient City Wall. You may have a birds’view of the ancient city while climbing up Zensuo Mansion.

Xuanhua Ancient City

Xuanhua Ancient City

6. Jiminyi Ancient Post Station
Jimingyi is located in Huailai County of Zhangjiakou. Jimingyi ancient post station is the only remaining ancient post station in China which dates back to the Yuan Dynasty (1206-1368). It was a major transit post station on the route from Beijing to Datong, Shanxi Province, until 1913. The ancient post station still retains its original layout. It is a square-shaped town with a 2 km long wall and two gates, one in the east and the other in the west. In recent years, the State has invested tens of thousands of yuan in restoration of the post station. The local government has set up the Jimingyi Relic Site Administration Committee to strengthen its protection of it.

Jimingyi Ancient Post Station

Jimingyi Ancient Post Station

7. Tianmo Desert
Tianmo Desert lies in Huailai County of Zhangjiakou, the nearest desert about 90km to the northwest of Beijing. Tianmo Desert is mainly composed of two magnificent snad hills – East Sand Dragon Hill and West Sand Dragon Hill, both average height of over 30 meters. Hills, gobi, deserrt and lakes constitute a particular landscape. Standing on the desert, you will have a clear picture of the limpid Guanting Reservoir and the green Jundu Mountain. Entrance fee: RMB 30.

8. Chicheng Hot Spring
Located 140km northeast of Zhangjiakou’s city center, Chicheng is historically known as “First Hot Spring Outside the Great Wall”. Chifeng Hot Spring is nestled in the green valleys and hills abut 7.5km west of the county downtown. The average annual temperature here  is between 12.6℃ and 26.1℃. People can enjoy warm spring without burning coal and have the comfort of the cool without fanning themselves. Among the verdant ridges and peaks with luxuriant trees, there are gurgling streams and dimly visible temples. Having a bathing in a warm spring pool is a good way to rewind yourself.

Chicheng Hot Spring

Chicheng Hot Spring

9. Little Wutaishan
Situated on the border between Zhulu County and Huixian County, The East Terrace of Little Wutaishan is 2882 meters high at the sea level, the highest peak in Hebei Province. Little Wutaishan resembles the famous Wutaishan, which is also composed of  five high terraces ( five peaks). To differentiate itself from Wutaishan, it is named “Little Wutaishan”. Little Wutaishan features the landscapes of gullies, streams, verdant forests as well as rich historical sites. Little Wutaishan is a perfect place for fmilu outing and leisure activities.

Little Wutaishan

Little Wutaishan

10. Guanting Reservoir
Guanting Reservoir is located on the border between Huailai County of Zhangjiakou and Yanqing County of Beijing. It is the first large scale reservoir ever built since 1949 in China. Perched between two mountain ranges, Guanting Reservoir is spacious in size with clear water. Its water resources mainly come from Yonging River. The reservoir plays an important role in flood protection, irrigation and electricity production. Now the reservoir has become a hot spot for holidaymakers, a great place for leisure and sightseeing travel.

Guanting Reservoir

Guanting Reservoir

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Wanlong Ski Resort Photos

Thursday, December 12th, 2013
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Plan your Beijing winter tour?  Going to a ski resort is something interesting both to skiers or non-skiers.  Entertain or challenge yourself skiing on a snow trail in defiance of numbling cold or just sit for a cup of coffee in a cozy house in a ski resort.

There are over a dozen of ski resorts in the outskirts of Beijing. Most of them are only 1-2 hours away from your downtown hotel in Beijing,  a delight for  daytripers to visit his or her favoritte ski resort.  For more information on Beijing ski resort, you may check the top 1o Beijing Ski Resorts.

If you have more leisure time for Beijing winter tour,  you may consider going to Wanlong Ski Resort, especially you are a skiing lover.  Wanlong Ski Resort is located 260km northwest of Beijing. It is within Chongli County in Zhangjiakou City.  To get to Wanlong Ski Resort, you may take the train from Beijing West Railway Station to Zhangjiakou South Railway Station, where you hire a local van or car for your final destination. Or you may hire a varn or car going directly to a ski resort from your hotel downtown Beijing.  For private transfer, please check Wanlong Ski Resort Transfer.

For your glimps of Wanlong Ski Resort, we offer some of the photos taken on the Wanlong Ski Resort.

Service Building

Service Building Photo

The service hall seen from the high cableway

The service hall seen from the high cableway

Enjoy leisure time at the service building

Enjoy leisure time at the service building Photo

 

Salomon ski shoes

Salomon ski shoes

Going up

Going up

Mor chairlifts

Mor chairlifts

 

Iron poles for the cable car

Iron poles for the cable car

back from skiing

back from skiing

a brave young skier

a brave young skier

Fall down and stand up

Fall down and stand up

Going down the snow trail

Going down the snow trail

Wanlong Ski Resort is now equipped with 5 chairlifts

Wanlong Ski Resort is now equipped with 5 chairlifts

Two iron poles supporting the cable car service

Two iron poles supporting the cable car service

Is the dog going to ski

Is the dog going to ski Photo

 

the wooden house on the top of the mountain

the wooden house on the top of the mountain  Photo

 

a cone-shaped solid tower of stons atop the hill

a cone-shaped solid tower of stons atop the hill Photo

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Zhangjiakou Taxi: Zhangjiakou Taxi Fares, Tips and Phones

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011
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Plan your Zhangjiakou tour? Using the local taxi service is a good way of traveling around the booming city of Zhangjiakou. Beijing with Zhangjiakou will hold the 2022 Olmpic Winter Games, making Zhangjiajie a hot destination.

If you want to rent a car with driver to travel transfer from Beijing to Wanlong Ski Resort  in Zhangjiakou, you may check out the link:  Beijing to Wanlong Ski Resort Transfer.

Taxi Models in Zhangjiakou
The main models of taxi in Zhangjiakou are Xiali, Jetta, and Weizhi.

Zhangjiakou Taxi Fares:
• RMB5 for the first 3km
• RMB1.2 per km for each additional kilometer
• add RMB 0.2 per km from 23:30-05:00

Taxi Call in Zhangjiakou
If you need to book a taxi in Zhangjiakou, please make the call as following:
Hailing a Zhangjiakou City Taxi
•The best places to hail a taxi is near the Station, Bus stop, Scenic Spots, and Hotel

Zhangjiakou 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 Zhangjiakou
Your car driver knows the streets in Zhangjiakou and the way to major destinations in Zhangjiakou;
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

Zhangjiakou Taxi Stands
Zhangjiakou has no taxi stand. People just hail a taxi along the street anywhere it is safe and convenient.

Zhangjiakou Taxi Complaints
If you have any problem with a taxi in Zhangjiakou, please contact the following:
• Zhangjiakou Taxi Complain. Tel: 0313-8011110

Zhangjiakou Taxi Useful Information
•Using a meter instead of bargaining with the cab driver
•Refusing a forced pooling taxi
•Zhangjiakou – Beijing : RMB600
•Zhangjiakou Railway Station – Bashang Grassland: RMB40

Tip:  Hassle-free Zhangjiakou Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Zhangjiakou guided tours:

Beijing Zhangjiakou Day Tour   from US$ 130 p/p
Beijing Zhangjiakou Grassland 2 Day Tour  from US$ 290 p/p
Beijing Jimingyi Xuanhua Cultural Day Tour  from US$ 60 p/p
Beijing Wanlong Ski Resort 2 Day Package   from US$ 350 p/p
Beijing Wanlong Ski Resort 3 Day Package  from US$ 490 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Zhangjiakou
Wanlong Ski Resort

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