Located north of the Yellow River, Hebei province is 190,000 square kilometers in size, and pursues a population of 65 million. Reputable for its productions of wheat, cotton, peanuts, pears, peaches, corns and grapes in agriculture, it is also well known for its manufactures of papers and porcelains.
The Hebei cuisine features the imperial palace cuisine (similar to the one in Beijing) and fresh seafood. Famous dishes include prawns and sea crabs, braised chicken, chicken wrapped in Lotus Leaves and buckwheat noodles.
Attractions to visit
Shijiazhuang became the provincial capital and the center of politics, economy, civilization and technology of Hebei province in 1968.
- Cangyan Mountain Scenic Zone
Cangyan Mountain is famous for its uniquely built pavilions and bridges, besides the wonderful sceneries that surrounded the area.
- Longxing Temple
One of the largest Buddhist temples in China, the Longxing Temple possesses a 21-meter tall copper Buddha statue. The depicted Buddha has 42 arms, and is regarded as the finest religious statue so far.
- Xibaipo Venue
The headquarters of the Communist Revolutionary forces and the People's Liberation Army between May 1948 and March 1949 before the establishment of the People's Republic of China.
As the second most important political center during the Qing Dynasty, Chengde has remarkable historical sites and marvelous sceneries to offer its visitors.
- The Qing Emperor's Summer Resort
Listed as an UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 1994, the resort is the largest imperial garden in China, covering an area of 5.64 million square meters. This summer resort is consisted of two sections: inner palace and garden sections. The former served as the main office for the emperors, whereas the latter was utilized for leisure activities. Visitors can find fantastic pavilions, lakes and plants in the garden section.
- Eight Outer Temples
Surrounding the imperial summer resort are the Eight Outer Temples built during the early Qing Dynasty, in which one of them was said to look similar to the Potala Palace in Tibet and known as the "Mini Potala Palace". These temples are regarded as the leading imperial religious establishments in China.
Reputable for health maintenance and its health care programs, the life expectancy of the residents in Baoding is 6.4 years higher than their counterparts in the rest of China. Tourists may learn qigong and martial arts, and at the same time enjoy the traditional massage therapy while in town.
- Baiyang Lake
As one of the largest fresh water lakes in China, visitors are able to spot different sceneries of the surrounding areas in different seasons: clear lake water in spring, lotus flowers spreading all over the lake in summer, leaves and flowers flying above the lake in autumn and snow flakes dropping on the lake surface in winter.
- West Qing Mausoleum
Located in Yixian County (approximately 100 kilometers southwest of Baoding), the remains of Emperor Yongzheng were buried in this mausoleum.