An industrial city on the western shores of Liaoning Gulf, Jinzhou is visited mainly for its storehouse of Jurassic period fossils.
Take the three-hour express train from Beijing rather than the six-hour regular train. A car drive is also six hours from Beijing. From Shengyang, the bus ride takes three hours.
Wenya Museum (文雅博物馆; Wényǎbówùguǎn). Set up by the amateur collector Du Wenya, this museum houses an impressive collection of fossils found in the local region, some fossils having been found nowhere else.
Bijia Mountain (笔架山; Bǐjiàshān; lit. Pen-holder Mountain), (30 minutes south of Jinzhou). Connects to the mainland via an isthmus at low tide and is more of a big hill than a mountain. There are numerous small Buddha temples on the hill and vendors selling various souvenirs and snacks. Is well worth the trip. If you have the time, take a boat out to the hill, walk around for several hours visiting the temples, and then walk on the land bridge back to shore when low tide comes.
Guta Park (古塔公园; Gǔtǎgōngyuán). A quiet park in the south eastern part of the city featuring the Guangji Pagoda. The 72 metre tower is a beautiful Liao style pagoda, with thirteen levels in an octagonal shape.