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Suan Cai Jiaozi – New Year’s Soul in Dongbei

Sunday, February 7th, 2016
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Suan Cai, literally “sour vegetable”, is a traditional Chinese pickled Chinese cabbage. Jiaozi are a kind of Chinese dumplings eaten across China, especially popular in Northern China.

Jiaozi with Suan Cai fillings mixed with minced pork are the most festive food during Chinese New Year in Dongbei ( Northeast China ).

China Snow Town

China Snow Town in Dongbei

Dongbei (Northeast China) is historically known as “Manchuria”. It now mainly encompasses China’s three northmost provinces – Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang, economically and politically among the most important regions of China.

China’s Northeast is favored by travelers with the main draws being skiing, sledding and skating all winter.

China Snow Town in Dongbei

China Snow Town in Dongbei

Spring Festival ( Chinese Lunar New Year ) is the time for family reunion. Dongbei people working and living in other provinces are returning home.

Fatherd and mothers in high ages at villages and the end of street alleys are eagerly waiting for their sons and daughters coming home.

China Snow Town in Dongbei

China Snow Town in Dongbei

Beside expecting the bonding time, every Dongbe wanderer would be nostalgic of the fragrant smell of Suan Cai Jiaozi! Jiaozi are one of the major foods eaten during the Chinese New Year.

Jiaozi with Suan Cai and minced port fillings are most favored by Dongbei people,  the common Chinese New Year’s atmopshere in Dongbei.

China Snow Town in Dongbei

China Snow Town in Dongbei

On the New Year’s eve, a host would  take out Suan Cai preserved in a big jar, mincing port and making dough. The family members will get together, and make dumplings, talking and laughing.

Not long, the making of Jiaozi is finished. The host would put Suan Cai Jiaozi into a boiling wok. In a few minites, delicious dumplings will be placed on the table.

Take a pickled Chinese cabbage preserved in a big ceramic vat.

Take pickled Chinese cabbage preserved in a big ceramic vat.

Jiaozi with Suan Cai fillings have a bit taste of sour, a appetizer for drinking Baijiu (Chinese spirit) and favored by Dongbei people who like drinking alcohol due to the cold weather.

Plan your Northeast China Tour (Dongbei tour)? Don’t miss having a bite of Suan Cai Jiaozi!

Pickled Chinese cabbage

Pickled Chinese cabbage

 

Chopped pickled Chinese cabbage

Chopped pickled Chinese cabbage

 

Suan Cai Jiaozi fillings: pickled Chinese cabbage and minced port

Suan Cai Jiaozi fillings: pickled Chinese cabbage and minced port

 

Mixing chopped Suan Cai with minced port

Mixing chopped Suan Cai with minced pork

 

Making Jiaozi

Making Jiaozi

 

Finished Jiaozi

Finished Jiaozi

 

Boiled Suan Cai Jiaozi

Boiled Suan Cai Jiaozi

 

Eating Jiaozi (Dumplings)

Eating Jiaozi (Dumplings)

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Top 10 Places to Visit in Northeast China (Dongbei)

Top 10 Places to Visit in Northeast China

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
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Plan your Northeast China Tour? Northeast China is popularly known as  东北 (Dongbei ) in Chinese and historically as “Manchuria”. It is mainly composed of  China’s northmost  three provinces including  Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang. 

China’s Northeast is famed for skiing, sledding and skating and all winter activities and playing snow at Xuexiang ( Snow Village.  Actually there are more more reasons to visit Northeast China.  It features a terrain of fertile plains, rugged mountains,  dense forests, and azure volcanic lakes.

Northeast China shares a total 4000-km length of the border territory with North Korea and Russia and  has a historical  impact by Japan. Northeast China is bestowed with colorful cultures partially  influenced by Japan, Russia and Korea.

I’ve rounded up the Top 10 Places in Northeast China in terms of their historical, cultural and scenic aspects. Hopefully the Top 10 List will be useful planning your Northeast China tour.

1. Harbin  哈尔滨
Harbin is the capital city of Heilongjiang Province.  It is China’s  northmost metropolitan city featuring Russian style buildings and winter’s ice and snow activities.  If you visit Harbin, don’t miss the following attractions:

St.Sophia Church  苏菲亚大教堂
St.Sophia Church is located on the north of Zhaolin Jie. It is a must to see place in Harbin. St. Sophia Church is the largest Orthodox Eastern Churchcin China. It is 53.35 high, first constructed in March, 1907 by Russian Troops. Among the many Orthodox churches and Russian style facades in this region, the St. Sophia Church is the most impressive and imposing structure. In 1903, with the completion of the Sino-Russian railway, the Russian No.4 Army Division invaded in this region. In order to reconsolidate the confidence of the army, the magnificent St. Sophia Church was born, and completed in 1907.

Zhongyang Dajie  中央街
The pedestrian friendly street is a unique Ruusian-style street in the city center of Harbin, long lines of edifices, masses of entertainment areas, and colorful cultural life. All of these buildings are in various styles including renaissance style, baroque style, eclectic style, as well as modern style.  It covers the most charming literature phylogeny of 300 years, and reflects the profound history of architecture, a real “Architecture Art Gallery” in China.

Siberian Tiger Park  东北虎公园
The park is located north of Songhua River, about 37 km from downtown Harbin. It is the largest natural park for wild Siberian Tiger in the world at present. It combine breeding, scientific research, protection, training  as well as sightseeing. There are white tigers, lions, lynx, leopards, and black pumas as weull as Bengali tigers.

4) Ice & Snow World in Harbin  冰雪大世界
Ice and Snow World, situated opposite  the Sun Island Landscape, is the largest and the most brilliant ice and  snow sculpture park in China, also named “the Ice Disneyland”.  Blocks of ice are carved into sculptures and buildings and lit from within to provide glittering lights of ice. This magnificent park only appears in winter from later December to February.

5   Yabuli 亚布力
Yabuli Ski Resort is the official name given to the biggest ski resort in China lying about 230km to the south-east of Harbin city and 130km to the west of Mudanjiang city. Actually Yabuli Ski Resort is composed of three ski resorts with over 10 hotels ranging from basic guesthouse to luxury hotels. The three most well known ski grounds in Yabuli Ski Resort  are Sun Mountain Ski Resort, Yabuli Ski Resort (same name as the official one for the whole area) and Avaunce (Yabuli) Ski Resort. Each ski resort has its own accommodation choices.

2. Changchun 长春
Changchun  is the capital city of Jilin Privince, a heavy industrial base in China,  known as China’s Automobile City. Quite  different from its nickname, in 2001 Changchun was awarded as one of four “National Garden Cities”  by the Ministry of Construction of P.R. China  due to its high urban greening coverage. The major sites in Changchun include:

Puppet Emperors’ Palace  伪皇宫
The former Manchukou’s Imperial Palace covered an area of 12 hectares, and located in Guangfu Road in the northeast road of Changchun. It was the palace of last emperor, Puyi, who had lived as a puppet emperor between 1932 and 1945. The major building of the puppet palace is a two-storey house with yellow tiles covered on the top, which encompasses Qinmin Building, Jixi Building and Tongde Palace. Those 3 buildings were built with a combination of Chinese and Western patterns, which demonstrate distinctive building style.

Eight Ministries of Manchukuo 旧八大部
The Old Eight Departments were established in 1936, located near Xinmin Street in the center of Changchun. They  consist of 8 institutions of Manchukuo, namely, Department of Security, Department of Legislation, Department of Economy, Department of Transportation, Department of Agriculture, Department of Culture and Education, Department of diplomacy and Department of Health.

Changchun Culture Square  长春文化街
Changchun Culture Square is located at the crossroad of Jiefang Dajie and Xinmin Dajie. It was inaugurated in August, 1996, the largest leisure square in Changchun with an area of 20.5 hectares. This marvelous square offers a good opportunity to look into the common and real life of the local people in Changchun.  In summer, thousands of people will be engaged in all kinds of activities. It is a fine representation of community & culture.

Puppet Emperor's Palace

Puppet Emperor’s Palace

3. Shengyang  沈阳
Shenyang is the capital city of Liaoning Province.  Shenyang is also an important industrial center in China. It is the transportation and commercial hub of China’s northeast. Shenyang shortly served as the capital of Qing Dynasty before it moved to Beijing.  The highlights in Shenyang include:

Manchu Imperial Palace   沈阳故宫
The palace complex represents the highest level art of early Manchu palace architectures and Manchu’s unique history and culture in the early stage. It is  a magnificent palace that resembles a smaller Forbidden City in Beijing.

North Tomb (Zhaoling Tomb) 北陵
Zhao Ling ( Luminous Tomb )  is the burial site of the founder of Qing Dynasty – Huang Taiji (1592 – 1643).  The tomb’s animal statues lead up to a mound where the emperor and his empress were buried. The traditional architectures and ornamentation around tomb  site are magnificent.

Former Residence of Zhang Zuolin and Zhang Xueliang  张作霖故居
Zhang Zuolin (1875–1928) was the warlord of Manchuria from 1916 to 1928. He was killed by a bomb planted by a Japanese Kwantung Army officer on 4 June 1928. Zhang Xueliang  ( 1901 –  2001 ) was the actual ruler of Manchuria and much of northern China after the assassination of his father.

Zhongjie Pedestrian Street in Shenyang 沈阳中街步行街
It is a vehicle-free commercial street, 1500 meters long, the earliest shopping street in Shenyang  and the first walking street in China. Now Zhongjie Pedestrian Street is packed with shopping malls, department stores, restaurants. Scattered in the alleys along the street  you can find numerous  free markets offering a great variety of goods.

Manchu Imperial Palace

Manchu Imperial Palace

4.  Panjin 盘锦
Dubbed as Capital of  Wetland, Panjin is situated on the northern coast of Liaodong Bay of the Bohai Gulf in, about 155 km southwest of Shenyang, the capital city of Liaoning Province. The Liao River (Liaohe River, one of China’s seven longest rivers empties itself at Panjin. Panjin is a booming city developed from oil industry.

Red Sea Beaches 红海滩
The world famous Red Sea Beaches Scenic Area is located at the estuary of Liaohe River (Liao River) within the Liaohe River delta, about 40 km southwest of Panjin’s city center. This red sea beaches scenic area is a well developed sight crowned as AAAA National Level scenic spot.  Here you will see the world famous red sea beaches and the largest reed marsh in the world. It is a perfect green eco-tourism area comprising sightseeing, leisure and resort. The scenic core includes Red Sea Beach Wharf, Watching Cranes on Reed Marsh, Wetland Park and Red Sea Beach Resort.

Red Sea Beaches

Red Sea Beaches

5.  Dandong  丹东
If you are not willing to venture taking Beijing North Korea tour, but still want to have a glimpse of the hermit state of North Korea, a short trip to Dandong is a good alternative. Separated by Yalu River, Dandong is a border city opposite to Sinuiju, North Korea.

Yalu River Broken Bridge  鸭绿江断桥
The “Broken Birdge” is the first bridge ever built over Yalu River.  It was constructed between August 1909 and October 1911, an iron bridge, 944.2 meters long, 11 meters wide with 12 arches.

In December,  1950, the bridge was bombed by US Air Force during the Korean War. The bridge has been left less than halfway cross the river from Chinese riverside, hence the name of Duanqiao ( Broken Bridge).

North Korean Border at Dandong  朝鲜边境
So Dandong is within a toss of a baseball to the North Korean shoreline.  A glimpse of the stark shoreline is one of the purposes of many tourists who make trips to Dandong.  The stark and sharp difference between the two shorelines of China and North Korea is quite interesting.

There are two ways for having a glimpse of the North Korean Border.  One is standing on the Hushan Mountain (Tiger GreatWall ) where you can have an-eye bird view of the river the shoreline. The other is to take the speed boat from the pier at the foot of Hushan Mountain.  The 30-minute boat ride allows you to come very closer to the North Korea’s Border.

Tiger Mountain Great Wall 虎山长城
Tiger Great Wall is named after the same name Tiger Mountain ( Hushan Mountain ).  It is located by the Yalu River, opposite to the North Kore’s Yuce Island and the old Shinuiju, about 15km  to the east of Dandong’s city center.

Tiger Great Wall is a restored stretch of the Wall with a length of 1250 meters with a sea level of 146.3 meters.  Tiger Great Wall was built in 1469, often regarded as the eastern tip  the Great Wall built in Ming Dynasty. In the scenic area, there is a Great Wall Museum – Tiger Great Wall Museum,  one of the four Great Wall Museums in China.

6. Ji’an 集安
Here  Ji’an (集安) refers to the city in the southern tip of Jilin Province, China. It is a small border city, just across Yalu River from North Korea. Don’t be confused with the same English name Ji’an ( 吉安) in the middle of Jiangxi Province in China.

Ji’an has been on the limelight since 2004 when Ji’an’s extensive Koguryo ancient cities, pyramids, ruins and tombs were listed as UNESCO Cultural Heritage ( officially known as Capital Cities and Tombs of the Ancient Koguryo Kingdom).

Guonei City 国内城
The Koguryo Kingdom was founded in the present-day Huanren County of Liaoning Province. It moved its capital to Guonei City (国内城 ) in the current city of Ji’an in Jilin Province in 3 A.D. At the same time another military defense city of Weinayan City outside Guonei City was built to enhance the defense of Guonei City. Later Wenayan City was expanded and renamed Wandu City.

Wandu Mountain City 丸都山城
Wandu City is located on the top of the jagged Wandu Peak, about 2.5km from Ji’an’s city center with the highest elevation  of 676 meters. It is a typical mountain city in the early and middle period of Koguryo Kingdom. It served both as a defense city and also an imperial city for a period of time.

Also not much left of the original buildings of Wandu City.  Its original city’ circumference is 6395 meters with 6 gates. The double cities of Wandu City and Guonei City is a new model in the history of the world imperial palaces’ construction, a beautiful chapter of the history of the world’ ancient city construction.

Jiangjunfen ( General’s Tomb ) 将军坟
The so-called General Tomb is located at the foot of Longshan Mountain 4km northeast of Jian’ city center. The tomb resembles the pyramids in Egypt, hence the name of “Oriental Pyramid”.  It is estimated it is the tomb of  the 2oth ruler of Koguryo Kingdom.

General Tomb is one of the pyramid structures in the region.  The tomb is composed of seven layers of marble stones.  On the 5th layer there is a passage to the tomb. There are two or four smaller accompanying tombs behind the General Tomb.

Jiangjunfen ( General’s Tomb )

Jiangjunfen ( General’s Tomb )

7. Xuexiang (Snow Village) 雪乡
Xuexiang ( Snow Village) is located 197km east of Mudanjang City.  Actually Xuexiang ( Snow Village ) is not an official name and its formal name is Shuangfeng Forest Farm (双峰林场) in Changting Township (长汀镇) at Hailin City (海林市), Heilongjian Province. The forest farm is  under the administration of Dahailin Forestry Bureau (大海林林业局).

Xuexiang ( Snow Village ) boasts the longest 7-month period of snowing in China. The snow in Xuexiang is very sticky, one of the best snows in China, nicknamed “China Snow Village”.  Xuexiang ( Snow Village ) is the training base for the National Skiing Team and August First Army Team as well. Many excellent skiers of national and world level come from this train base.

Beside skiing at Xuexiang Ski Resort,  Xuexiang Village also offers a wide range of snow activities such as alpine sleigh rides, horse driven sledges,  snow carved city, snow maize, snow bar, snow photography and so on. If you are lucky,  you can happen to watch the skiing performances by the August First Army Skiing Team.

Xuexiang (Snow Village)

Xuexiang (Snow Village)

8.  Changbaishan 长白山
The Changbai Mountain Range is a mountain range on the border between China and North Korea. The rugged terrain of the Changbai Mountains provides refuge for many rare animals, including Amur leopards, bears, and Siberian tigers.

A large portion of the Jilin Province side has been under protection of Changbai Nature Reserve, under the program of UNESCO’s “Man and Biosphere”, which covers more than 2,100 square kilometers. Changbaishan boasts the azure Tianchi Lake ( Heaven Lake ) and Changbai Waterfall.

 Changbaishan

Changbaishan

9. Wudalianchi 五大连池
Wudalianchi Natural Reserve is about 380km northeast of Harbin and 230 south of Heihe,  Heilongjiang Province. Wudalian Chi is one of the most beautiful landscapes in China, which is formed by the volcanic explosions. It is a wonderland of hardened lava, volcanic peaks,  reed-lined ponds and azure lakes.

The Wudalianchi Natural Reserve encompasses 1060 sq km including forest, arable land, pasture,  and wetland. Wudalainchi literally means “five connected lakes” formed by the volcanic eruptions. The reserve boasts one of the best three cold springs in the  world, attracting busloads of Chinese and Russian who come here to slurp the so-called curative water.  Wudalianchi possesses the rich variety of  creatures and a complete volcanic natural eco-system.

Wudalianchi

Wudalianchi

10.Qiqihar (Zhalong Nature Reserve) 齐齐哈尔
Take a four-hour bus ride from Harbin brings you to Qiqihar, one of the Northeast China’s oldest cities. It is now famed for Zhalong Nature Reserve, 30km southeast from town. Zhalong Nature Reserve is a a wetland reserve that encompasses the 2,100 km2 marshland,  a major migratory route for birds from the Arctic migrating to South East Asia.

It boasts the endangered red-crown crane. Actually the reserve has nine of the world’s fifteen species of crane. The best viewing time is from April to June with the viewing time extended to September. Bring your binoculars, strolling along the reedy lakes for a leisure day.

 

Tip:  Hassle-free Northeast China Escorted Tours
Don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route? No worries, We at Tour Beijing have some options for Northeast China guided tours with English-speaking tour guides:

Northeast China 7 Day Winter Tour
Northeast China Snow Experience 7 Day Tour
Harbin Qiqihar Wudalianchi Winter Exploration 7 Day Tour

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Top 10 Attractions in Panjin

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
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Plan your Northeast China tour?  Panjin (盘锦) in Liaoning Province is a big draw featuring its magnificent red sea beaches. Panjin is relatively a new city inaugurated on on June 5, 1984. Panjin comprises 2 districts – Xinglongtai District and Shuangtaizi District ; 2 counties – Dawa County and Panshan County.

Dubbed as Capital of  Wetland, Panjin is situated on the northern coast of Liaodong Bay of the Bohai Gulf in, about 155 km southwest of Shenyang, the capital city of Liaoning Province. The Liao River (Liaohe River, one of China’s seven longest rivers empties itself at Panjin. Panjin is a booming city developed from oil industry.

Panjin is famed for its harmonious combination of sea and river,  birds  and pumpjacks, red beaches and red crowned cranes, and modern and primitive civilization coexistence.  Check out the top 10 attractions in Panjin and plan your own trip to this amazing place – the biggest wetland and reed marsh in the world.

1. Red Sea Beaches 红海滩
The world famous Red Sea Beaches Scenic Area is located at the estuary of Liaohe River (Liao River) within the Liaohe River delta, about 40 km southwest of Panjin’s city center. This red sea beaches scenic area is a well developed sight crowned as AAAA National Level scenic spot.  Here you will see the world famous red sea beaches and the largest reed marsh in the world. It is a perfect green eco-tourism area comprising sightseeing, leisure and resort.

The scenic core includes Red Sea Beach Wharf, Watching Cranes on Reed Marsh, Wetland Park and Red Sea Beach Resort.

1) The Red Sea Beach Wharf  is a 1000 meters long boardwalk protruding to the sea. Strolling along the boardwalk and immersing yourself into the red sea beaches.

2) Watching Cranes on Marsh is a good place to experience  and touch the nature. You have the chance to go closely to see the rare red crowned cranes and more rare birds. The wetland park is nicknamed “Crescent Park” because in the park there is an ancient water course resembling a crescent.  You will boat around the maize of the reed marsh and experience the tranquility of the primeval nature.

3) Red Sea Beach Resort  is a group of traditional style buildings with one main building and 7 single villas.  The resort is a cluster of catering, accommodation, meeting and more.

Entrance fee: RMB 80 ( including  Red Sea Beach Wharf, Watching Cranes on Marsh  and Crescent Wetland Park
Excluding transport and boating
Add: Zhaoquanhe Township, Dawa County, Panjin 大洼县赵圈河乡
Enquiry: 0427 – 6881651
Transport: 0427 – 6920789
How to get there
Take the bus from Panjin and get off at Red Sea Beach Tourist Reception Center and change for a golf car going to the scenic area.

2. Dingxiang Eco-Tourism Resort 鼎翔生态旅游度假区
Dingxiang Eco-Tourism Resort is located Xinshengjie, Xinglongtai District, about 25 km to the west of Panjin city center. It is a AAAA National Scenic Spot. Its core scenic area is 4.8 square km, a comprehensive eco-tourist resort featuring sightseeing, leisure, meeting and resort. The resort is mainly composed of the following three zones:

1) Taiping River Landscape:
Taiping River passes through the scenic area for over 5 km and Taiping River area is dense with trees, old trees, reputed as the Tree Museum.  You may stroll around the forested area or boat  on the river.

2) Crab Beach at Reed Marsh
The Crab beach is located  at the delta of Liaphe River and Raoyanghe River.  A 2000-meter long boardwalk path protruding into the sea of reed. Walking the wooden path,  listening to the tidal waves and singing birds make you feel relaxed with a a sense of exhilaration. The reed waves go with the wind and the tidal waves. Catching crabs, fishing crabs and eating crabs are the highlight on your trip to the crab beach.

3) Bird Paradise
The Bird Paradise is a fertile and forested land circled by water on its three sides. Over 200 species of birds live here. Many rare birds also live in the bird enclave.

Entrance Fee: RMB 180 ( a all-in-one ticket ).
Add: Xinsheng Jie, Xinglong District, Panjin兴隆台新生街
How to get there
Take Bus 6  from Panjin Railway Station and get off at Dingxing Group
Tel: 0427 – 5630055

Dingxiang Eco-Tourism Resort

Dingxiang Eco-Tourism Resort

3.  Shuangtaizi Estuary Waterfowl Nature Reserve 双台子河口水禽自然保护区
Shuangtaizi Nature Reserve is located at the estuary of  Shuangtaizi and other several rivers, about 38km southwest of Panjin ‘s city center. Shuangtaizi Nature Reserve is aimed at protecting the rare and extinct waterflows living at the marsh area off the coast.

The reserve has an area of 0.12 million hectares with 118km coastline.  It is mainly composed of the fertile wetland suitable for numerous creatures.  Over 191 species of birds migrant here, including red crowned cranes, white crowned cranes,  white and black storks.

Shuangtaizi Estuary Waterfowl Nature Reserve

Shuangtaizi Estuary Waterfowl Nature Reserve

4. Liaohe River Estuary Reed Sea Wetland Landscape 辽河口苇海湿地景区
The reed sea wetland is located at the estuary of Liaohe River within Dongguo Township of Panshan County, Panjin. The wetland scenic area is being built into an international wetland resort.

This massive reed sea marsh scenic area is mainly divided into two zones – Reed Sea Zone and Red Sea Beach. There are now wooden paths, parking lots, wharfs, fishing platforms built to entertain people.

Entrance Fee: RMB 30
Add: at the estuary of Liaohe River within Dongguo Township of Panshan County, Panjin
How to get there
Take bus from Oild Field General Station and get off at Xihualin (欢喜岭).
Tel: 0427 –  8290800

5.  Geligang Tourist Zone 蛤蜊岗旅游区
“Geligang” in Chinese literally means ” clam tidal flats” which produce  a large quantity of clams,  bullacta exarata, conch and other seashell creatures,hence the name of Geligang.

Geligang Tourist Zone is located on the Bohai Gulf southwest of Erjiegou Township, Dawa County,45km south of Panjin’s city center. The tourist zone is composed of over 20 mud flats naturally connected.

Come to experience the amazing scene of tidal flats – Waves rising, the sea and wave ebbing, the flats; playing with the clams.

Add: Bohai Gulf southwest of Erjiegou Township, Dawa County,45km south of Panjin’s city center.
How to get there
Take Bus 30 from Panjin city center and get off at the final stop.
Tel: 18942772177,  18942772178

6. Yuanyangou Tourism Resort 鸳鸯沟旅游度假区
Yuanyangou Tourism Resort  is a AAA National Tourist Attraction and located at the estuary of Shuangtaizi River of Sandaogou, Dongguo Township, Panshan County, Panjin.  The scenic area has an area of over 50 square km.

The scenic area is scattered with boundless reed beaches, marshes,  lakes and red sea beaches, a mecca for red crowned cranes, black mouth gullies,  harbor seals and other rare  protested animals.

The scenic area is mainly composed of two attractions – Red Sea Coastline  and Hongjindu Red Sea Beach. You can see the red sea beaches along the 1000 meters boardwalk path at Red Sea Coastline. At Hongjindu,you have the opportunity to see the best preserved natural sea beaches in the world.

Add: Sandaogou Fisher Harbor, Panshan County, Panjin.
Entrance fees: RMB 20 ( Red Sea Coastline) and RMB 20 ( Hongjindu)
Enquiry:0427-2877712

7.  Lakeside Park in Panjin City盘锦湖滨公园
Panjin Lakeside Park is located on the west of Shuangtaizi District, Panjin. The park occupies an area of 167 hectares with its construction 1.69 hectares and water surface 67 hectares.

The park makes use of the traditional gardening – rockeries, pavilions, lawns, trees, and streams. It is a good place to relax and enjoy the scenic view. The park features 4 functional areas – Entertainment, Senior Activity, Zoo and Management.

Entrance Fee: Free
Add: Shengli Street, Shuangtaizi District, Panjin 双台子区胜利街
Best Time to visit: May – October
Opening Hour: 8:00 – 18:00
Tel: 0427 – 2828410
How to get there
Take bus 6,11 and 12

8.  Dongsheng Gardening Base东晟园艺基地
The gardening base is located in Desheng Village of Dahuangxiang, Panshan District, Panjin. The base features the two words – Green and Leisure.

“Green” here means the green vegetation and the fresh vegetables.  “Leisure” means that you can come here to relax yourself by fruit or vegetable picking and angling in the base.

Entrance fee: RMB 10
Best Time to visit: June – October
Opening Hours: 07:00 – 18:00
Tel: 0427-2810077
How to get there
Take the special shuttle bus fromPanjin Passenger Bus Station and get off at Dahuang ( 大荒).

9. Xinanyuan Holiday Resort 鑫安源度假村
Xinanyuan Resort is located at Houyao Village, Shuangtaizi District, only 6 km north of Panjin’s city center. The resort boasts the largest man made lotus flower lake. In addition, you can do various activities like fishing, boating, eating in a tranquil area.

Every year Xinayuan Holiday Resort will hold the Lotus Flower Festival, a unique lotus flower festival in the northern China.

Entrance Fees: RMB 20
Add:  Houyao Village, Shuangtaizi District, only 6 km north of Panjin’s city center
Tel: 0427-3589808   15842798080
How to get there
Take the bus going Gaosheng (高升) from Panjin Railway Station and get off Chenjiaxiang (陈家乡)@

10. Liaohe Stele Forest  辽河碑林
Liaohe Stele Forest is located on the west end of Lakeside Park in Shuangtaizi District, Panjin. The stele forest park takes an area of 50,000 square meters, the largest stele forest of this kind in China. It collects over 2000 steles ranging from porcelain signs in Mesolithic period to modern era.

Liaohe Stele Forest is the only successive stele forest in China. It is reputed as “China’s First Stele Forest”. The stele forest is composed of three zones – Stele Exhibition, Sightseeing and Service.

Entrance Fee: RMB 40
Open Hours: 8:00- 17:30 ( summer); 8:00-16:30 (winter)
AddL 283 Shenglijie, Shuangtaizi District, Panjin
Tel: 0427 – 3870560
How to get there
Take bus 1, 2 and 7 and get off at Experimental Primary School 实验小学下车

Panjin Travel Tips
1. Best Travel Time: May- October
2. How to get to Panjin from Beijing
1) Self-drive:
560 km, 7 hours, drive along Jingha Expressway and Danxi Expressway
2) By High Speed Trains
Daily 4-5 highspeed trains from Beijing to Panjin ( 4 and half hours )

Any questions, just drop a line.