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[[Image:Niaokan Shi Jiazhuang.jpeg|thumb|300px|Skyline of Shijiazhuang]]
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'''Shijiazhuang''' (石家庄; Shíjiāzhuāng) is the capital of [[Hebei]] Province.  
 
'''Shijiazhuang''' (石家庄; Shíjiāzhuāng) is the capital of [[Hebei]] Province.  
  
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According to the latest census figures, Shijiazhuang has a population of 2.19 million in the city proper, with a further 7.4 million people living in its 20 affiliated counties.
 
According to the latest census figures, Shijiazhuang has a population of 2.19 million in the city proper, with a further 7.4 million people living in its 20 affiliated counties.
  
It's a modern city that's in the process of building many new apartment buildings, shopping malls and just renewing it's image.
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It's a modern city that's in the process of building many new apartment buildings, shopping malls and just renewing it's image.
  
People are very friendly, it's easy to get around and it's a good place to teach English or study Chinese.
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The city has a very serious air pollution problem.
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
 
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[[Image:Shijiazhuang Da Jichang.jpeg|thumb|200px|Shijiazhuang Airport]]
 
===By plane===
 
===By plane===
Flights to different points are available from the Shijiazhuang airport. However, the airport is located far from the city center, which adds a lot of travel time on a plane flight. Most just take the train to Beijing and fly from there, connecting by the express trains (2 hrs to and from Beijing).
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Flights to different destinations have become more convenient since local low-cost airline Spring Airlines [http://www.springairlines.com] established a base at Shijiazhuang airport in early 2011. Daily flights on Spring Airlines depart for [[Xiamen]], [[Chengdu]], [[Dalian]], [[Shanghai]], [[Shenyang]], [[Hohhot]], [[Nanjing]] and [[Guangzhou]], with flights to [[Hong Kong]] three times weekly.  Spring Airlines provides a free airport shuttle bus from Shijiazhuang (as well as the surrounding cities of [[Baoding]], [[Hengshui]], [[Xingtai]], and [[Cangzhou]]) for all Spring passengers as the airport is located about an hour outside of downtown Shijiazhuang. Lots of travellers also elect to take the train to Beijing and fly from there due to extra flight options, connecting by the express trains (2 hrs to and from Beijing). If you don't know how to get here from Beijing capital Airport, you can download the map[http://www.airport-china.com/beijing-capital-airport/map.html] or ask for help to the staffs.
  
 
===By train===  
 
===By train===  
Shijiazhuang is one of the largest railway hubs in China, and so there are many trains to and from Shijiazhuang. The express train to Beijing is two hours.
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Shijiazhuang is one of the largest railway hubs in China, and so there are many trains to and from Shijiazhuang. The high-speed train to Beijing is 80 minutes.
  
Bullet D trains leave regularly from the train station and from the smaller Shijiazhuang North train station. Second Class is 86¥ and First Class is 103¥ to Beijing West Train Station if you purchase at the train station.  If you use one of the many train ticket offices, expect to pay a 5¥ surcharge per ticket, but it is faster and the prices for all cities are posted on the walls (including all style of seat).  The sign is in Chinese though.
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Bullet trains leave regularly from the train station and from the smaller Shijiazhuang and Shijiazhuang North train station. Second Class is ¥129 and First Class is ¥207 to Beijing West Train Station if you purchase at the train station.  If you use one of the many train ticket offices, expect to pay a 5¥ surcharge per ticket, but it is faster and the prices for all cities are posted on the walls (including all style of seat).  The sign is in Chinese though.
  
 
===By bus===
 
===By bus===
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==Get around==
 
==Get around==
Buses in Shijiazhuang, as in any large city in China, are frequent and cheap: just ¥1 for a journey, whatever the distance.
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Buses in Shijiazhuang, as in any large city in China, are frequent and cheap: just ¥1 for a journey, whatever the distance. but during the hot season and cold season some bus with air conditioner will charge 2yuan.
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Taxis are plentiful and, again, will seem to Western travelers almost laughably inexpensive, with the flag-drop often just ¥5 or so and a delay rate of ¥1.60 per five minutes.  Between 1600 and 1900, don't bother looking for a taxi.
 
Taxis are plentiful and, again, will seem to Western travelers almost laughably inexpensive, with the flag-drop often just ¥5 or so and a delay rate of ¥1.60 per five minutes.  Between 1600 and 1900, don't bother looking for a taxi.
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==See==
 
==See==
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[[Image:Cang Yan Shan.jpeg|thumb|200px|Cangyan Mountain]]
 
There are a number of sightseeing places in the area, both natural and historic. Most are not located within the city proper.
 
There are a number of sightseeing places in the area, both natural and historic. Most are not located within the city proper.
  
===Within the city proper===
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===Historical sites===
* <see name="Hebei Provincial Museum" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">This is a must see and contains expositions from two major discoveries of the recent decades: the tomb of King of Zhongshan (中山王) from the late 4th century BCE, and the royal tombs of prince and princess of the Han principality of Zhongshan (Mancheng 满城 Han tombs) from the late 2nd century BCE.</see>
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* <see name="Pilu Monastery" alt="毗庐寺; Pílúsì; also known as Vairocana Monastery" address="" directions="Shanjing Village in the northwestern suburbs of Shijiazhuang, bus 115 or 204 from the Railway Station will take you there" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="&yen;20">Built in the Tang dynasty and underwent major restorations under the Yuan and Ming dynasties. The main hall (Vairocana Hall; 毗庐殿; Pílúdiàn) contains a stone pedestal with excellent Tang carvings as well as murals from the Yuan-Ming period, some of which are truly magnificent (if you have the luck to visit when the sunlight is good enough to observe the details).</see>
 
* <see name="Pilu Monastery" alt="毗庐寺; Pílúsì; also known as Vairocana Monastery" address="" directions="Shanjing Village in the northwestern suburbs of Shijiazhuang, bus 115 or 204 from the Railway Station will take you there" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="&yen;20">Built in the Tang dynasty and underwent major restorations under the Yuan and Ming dynasties. The main hall (Vairocana Hall; 毗庐殿; Pílúdiàn) contains a stone pedestal with excellent Tang carvings as well as murals from the Yuan-Ming period, some of which are truly magnificent (if you have the luck to visit when the sunlight is good enough to observe the details).</see>
  
 
* <see name="Martyrs' Memorial" alt="Lieshi Lingyuan" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax" " url="" hours="" price="">Dedicated to Norman Bethune, Eric Liddell and Dwarkanath Kotnis.</see>
 
* <see name="Martyrs' Memorial" alt="Lieshi Lingyuan" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax" " url="" hours="" price="">Dedicated to Norman Bethune, Eric Liddell and Dwarkanath Kotnis.</see>
  
* A great park to walk around in is the Chang'an Park (长安公园).  It's a great people-watching park.  Chinese men get together and play games, woman dance, and there are lots of babies toddling around.  The park is actually four parks in one with an underground mall near the entrance (where the giant white statue of Mao Zedong is located).
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* <see name="Zhaozhou Bridge" alt="" address="Zhao County (赵县; Zhàoxiàn)" directions="Bus from the southern Nanjiao Station (南焦客运站; Nánjiāo Kèyùnzhàn; which can be riched by bus 35 from the Central Railway Station) to Zhao County or, better, to Ningjin County (宁晋县; Níngjìnxiàn), get off the bus at the junction from which it is 1km walk" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="&yen;30 including the museum"><A great masterpiece of Chinese civil engineering. Created around 600 CE under the Sui dynasty, it survived numerous floods and earthquakes, and is considered nowadays as the oldest stone single arch bridge in the world.  Adjacent small museum with a collection of stone carvings, steles and statues from the vicinity of Zhou County.</see>
  
* There are quite a few parks in the city.  It's nice to walk around different ones in a day or afternoon.  Locals are quite friendly and very interested to know where you're from (if you look approachable).  Chang'an, Century and Zhongshan Parks are the biggest and most widely used.
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* <see name="Bolin Monastery" alt="柏林寺; Bólínsì" address="Zhao County (赵县; Zhàoxiàn)" directions="In Zhao County proper, 3km from Zhaozhou Bridge and can be reached by the same buses" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Large monastery, dating back to the Tang dynasty.</see>
  
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===Museums===
* <see name="Zhaozhou Bridge" alt="" address="Zhao County (赵县; Zhàoxiàn)" directions="Bus from the southern Nanjiao Station (南焦客运站; Nánjiāo Kèyùnzhàn; which can be riched by bus 35 from the Central Railway Station) to Zhao County or, better, to Ningjin County (宁晋县; Níngjìnxiàn), get off the bus at the junction from which it is 1km walk" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="&yen;30 including the museum"><A great masterpiece of Chinese civil engineering. Created around 600 CE under the Sui dynasty, it survived numerous floods and earthquakes, and is considered nowadays as the oldest stone single arch bridge in the world.  Adjacent small museum with a collection of stone carvings, steles and statues from the vicinity of Zhou County.</see>
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* <see name="Hebei Provincial Museum" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">This is a must see and contains expositions from two major discoveries of the recent decades: the tomb of King of Zhongshan (中山王) from the late 4th century BCE, and the royal tombs of prince and princess of the Han principality of Zhongshan (Mancheng 满城 Han tombs) from the late 2nd century BCE.</see>
 
   
 
   
* <see name="Bolin Monastery" alt="柏林寺; Bólínsì" address="Zhao County (赵县; Zhàoxiàn)" directions="In Zhao County proper, 3km from Zhaozhou Bridge and can be reached by the same buses" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Large monastery, dating back to the Tang dynasty.</see>
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===Parks and nature===
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* A great park to walk around in is the Chang'an Park (长安公园).  It's a great people-watching park.  Chinese men get together and play games, woman dance, and there are lots of babies toddling around.  The park is actually four parks in one with an underground mall near the entrance (where the giant white statue of Mao Zedong is located).
  
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* There are quite a few parks in the city.  It's nice to walk around different ones in a day or afternoon. Locals are quite friendly and very interested to know where you're from (if you look approachable).  Chang'an, Century and Zhongshan Parks are the biggest and most widely used.
* <see name="Cangyan Mountain" alt="苍岩山; Cāngyánshān" address="" directions="90 minutes drive from Shijiazhuang, bus from the western Xiwang Station (西王客运站; Xīwáng Kèyùnzhàn; reached by bus 9 from the Central Bus Station)" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Really beautiful, picture postcard temples built on the steep hillsides. There is a pavilion built on a bridge over a gorge that was filed in the final scenes of the Oscar winning film ''Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon''. Looking down at the Cangyan Mountains, two mountains stand facing each other from east to west, and one chain of mountains lie across their back from north to south, with the Fuqing temple built in the valley formed by the precipices and cliffs. The mountains are more than one thousand steep high, so that it is cold in the valley with the wind blowing; There are jagged rocks of grotesque shape at the bottom of ravines and the stream is gurgling; In the valley the trees are verdant and the green grass is luxuriant; The old sandalwoods depend on the cliff, twisting and curling like dragons; The plank road is winding, and the temple is hung up in the air; The cloud and mist are surging under the bridge hall, and the red wall shines through the green clumps.</see>
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* <see name="Shitou Village" alt="石头村; Shítoucūn; lit. Stone Village; also known as Yujia Village (于家村; Yújiācūn)" address="" directions="20km from Jingxing County and can be visited en route to the Cangyan Mountain" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">A perfect example of Chinese stone architecture, with an excellent local temple (Qingliang pavillion; 清凉阁; Qīngliánggé) built in the late Ming-Early Qing period (16th-18th centuries). It may serve as an introduction to popular beliefs of the Chinese peasants.</see>
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* <see name="Cangyan Mountain" alt="苍岩山; Cāngyánshān" address="" directions="90 minutes drive from Shijiazhuang, one daily direct bus (8.40am) from the western Xiwang Station (西王客运站; Xīwáng Kèyùnzhàn; reached by bus 9 from the Central Bus Station) otherwise, take a frequent bus to Jingxing (1 hour) and change to Cangyanshan (another 1 hour), roughly hourly in the morning, last return bus 4.30pm" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="30Y">Really beautiful, picture postcard temples built on the steep hillsides. The centrepiece is the 'Bridge Tower Hall' ( 桥楼殿), built on a bridge 50+ metres over the gorge. The site was used to film the final scenes of the Oscar winning film ''Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon''. From there a loop takes you around the cliff face through several temple complexes in the hills above and back to the bridge. Allow rougly 1.5 hours walking plus plenty of time to stop and enjoy the views. </see>
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===Towns and villages===
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* <see name="Shitou Village" alt="石头村; Shítoucūn; lit. Stone Village; also known as Yujia Village (于家村; Yújiācūn)" address="" directions="20km from Jingxing. From Shijiazhuang there are regular busses to Jingxing, where you can change to a bus to the village, though times are irregular. Busses to Cangyanshan can drop you at the turn off to the village, roughly 4km away (20Y taxi or wait for another bus)" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">A perfect example of Chinese stone architecture, with an excellent local temple (Qingliang pavillion; 清凉阁; Qīngliánggé) built in the late Ming-Early Qing period (16th-18th centuries). Village ticket (30Y) include a number of interesting homes, temples etc, though those who arrive early or late might explore the village without the ticket. Rooms are available for 10-15Y pp. It may serve as an introduction to popular beliefs of the Chinese peasants.</see>
  
 
* <see name="Niangzi Guan" alt="娘子关; Niángziguān" address="" directions="20km east of Shitou Village, a taxi will be &yen;80-100 from Shitou Village or Jingxing County (井陉县; Jǐngxíngxiàn), or you can take the train from Shijiazhuang (6414, leaves at 6:38AM, back at 5:59PM)" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">For those who really love old towns.  The dusty coalminers' town has two major attractions: a small but impressive section of the internal Great Wall, separating Shanxi from Hebei, a site of major battles from the sixth century on; and a beautiful village built on a stream, with private watermills run by many villagers (ask for Shuishangrenjia; 水上人家; Shuǐshàngrénjiā).</see>
 
* <see name="Niangzi Guan" alt="娘子关; Niángziguān" address="" directions="20km east of Shitou Village, a taxi will be &yen;80-100 from Shitou Village or Jingxing County (井陉县; Jǐngxíngxiàn), or you can take the train from Shijiazhuang (6414, leaves at 6:38AM, back at 5:59PM)" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">For those who really love old towns.  The dusty coalminers' town has two major attractions: a small but impressive section of the internal Great Wall, separating Shanxi from Hebei, a site of major battles from the sixth century on; and a beautiful village built on a stream, with private watermills run by many villagers (ask for Shuishangrenjia; 水上人家; Shuǐshàngrénjiā).</see>
  
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* <see name="Ancient town of Zhengding" alt="正定; Zhèngdìng" address="" directions="15km north of Shijiazhuang, bus 201 or 31 from the Railway Station" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Features numerous beautiful sites, most specifically the Longxing Temple (隆兴寺), built in the Tang dynasty, which features a huge 22m high bronze Buddha statue donated by the Song emperor in the 11th century. It is also home to four unique ancient pagodas.  </see>
 
* <see name="Ancient town of Zhengding" alt="正定; Zhèngdìng" address="" directions="15km north of Shijiazhuang, bus 201 or 31 from the Railway Station" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Features numerous beautiful sites, most specifically the Longxing Temple (隆兴寺), built in the Tang dynasty, which features a huge 22m high bronze Buddha statue donated by the Song emperor in the 11th century. It is also home to four unique ancient pagodas.  </see>
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*'''China and Tajikistan'''  Kwong temple tower, also known as tower. In 1961by the State Council as a national key cultural relics protection units.Tower is composed of a main tower and subsidiary turrets, all brick. The main tower bottom four corners of the building a fan hexagonal pavilion shaped turret, turret around the main tower, scattered high and low, primary and secondary dependencies, exquisite gorgeous elegant, spectacular.
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
 
There are some well-equipped leisure centers, especially the luxury bathing centers.
 
There are some well-equipped leisure centers, especially the luxury bathing centers.
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* <do name="Tianshan Sea World" alt="天山海世界" address="116 Tianshan Ave (桥东区高新技术产业天山大街116号)" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></do>
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
Shijiazhuang is home to three of China's top 10 wholesale markets, which makes it is a good place great bargains. Be prepared to haggle, either yourself or with a friend!
 
 
There are also a number of very large modern western-style department stores.
 
* <buy name="Bei Guo Centre" alt="" address="" directions="In the middle of the city, just down the road from Chang'An Park" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">The biggest western-style department store.</buy>
 
 
The "You Mall" at Bei Guo Centre is very nice. Lots of little shops with clothing, accessories and various trinkets. Mostly for women. Nice food court on top floor (see "food card" system below).
 
  
The new "Wonder Mall" opened in summer 2010 and has a nice food court as well as a theater, large department store and a really nice, clean food court, although the food was mediocre.
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Shijiazhuang is home to three of China's top 10 wholesale markets, which makes it is a good place to find great bargains. Be prepared to haggle, either yourself or with a friend!
  
Xin Bai Centre offers more shopping, as does Dong Fang Commercial Center.
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There are also a number of very large modern department stores. Prices can be a bit steep, but you can usually find reasonably priced, good quality goods.
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*Bei Guo. In the middle of the city, at the corner of Zhong Shan Lu and Jian She Da Jie. Bei Guo has many locations around the city, but this is the largest.
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* There is a new mall located on the east side of the city called the Wan Da Mall. It is on Huai An Lu, one block east of Century Park, on the north side of the street. It has a Starbucks, Pizza Hut, McDonald's, and KFC. It also has a movie theatre with an IMAX screen, as well as many clothing stores which are reasonably priced. Easily the nicest mall in the city, its an "American-style" mall, very nice to go just to walk around and window shop.
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* The "You Mall" at Bei Guo Centre is very nice. Lots of little shops with clothing, accessories and various trinkets. Mostly for women. Nice food court on top floor (see "food card" system below).
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* The Wonder Mall opened in Spring 2010 and has a theater, large department store and a really nice, clean food court, although the food was mediocre. It also has a Starbucks (opened December 2011)
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* Xin Bai Centre offers more shopping, as does Dong Fang Commercial Center.
  
Behind and near Dong Fang are EGO, Tai He and Nan San Tiao, for wholesale shopping.  Beware: Most merchandise is pirated or rip-offs so make certain they work first and prepare to haggle, though most won't wish to haggle with foreigners.  Those that don't, move on because another vendor will be happy to sell to you.
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Behind and near Dong Fang are EGO, Tai He and Nan San Tiao, for wholesale shopping.  Beware: Many items are pirated or ripped-off so make certain they work first.
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
* <eat name="Hebei House" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">For a fantastic authentic Chinese feast you cannot go past this restaurant.</eat>
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* <eat name="Hebei House" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Chinese cuisine </eat>
  
 
* <eat name="Rehehuiguan Restaurant" alt="热河会馆; Rèhéhuìguǎn" address="" directions="Just opposite the railway station (slightly to the south)" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Features excellent Hebei and Manchu cuisine.</eat>
 
* <eat name="Rehehuiguan Restaurant" alt="热河会馆; Rèhéhuìguǎn" address="" directions="Just opposite the railway station (slightly to the south)" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Features excellent Hebei and Manchu cuisine.</eat>
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* There are few foreign restaurants and the ones that exist don't seem very Western. But it's still fun to go to them and try what they think is foreign food.
 
* There are few foreign restaurants and the ones that exist don't seem very Western. But it's still fun to go to them and try what they think is foreign food.
  
* Pizza Hut is in SJZ, although the food is different than PH in the States or other places. However, is you want something like pepperoni, they can usually make it, sometimes with a little polite insistence. Just tell them you want a pizza with ''LaRouChang''. They also have decent onion rings.
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* Pizza Hut is in SJZ, although the food is different than PH in the States or other places. However, if you want something like pepperoni, they can usually make it, sometimes with a little polite insistence. Just tell them you want a pizza with ''LaRouChang''. They also have decent onion rings.
  
* If you like ice-cream, there are 2 Dairy Queens in SJZ, about 1 block apart. One is in Dong Fang Shopping Center, on the ground floor. The other is in the EGO building beside Tai He, directly underneath McDonald's.  Both of them also have a Yoshinoya (Japanese fast food) sharing the store space with them. Look for the orange Yoshinoya sign.  
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* If you like ice-cream, there are 3 Dairy Queens in SJZ, within a few blocks of each other. One is in the EGO building beside Tai He, directly underneath McDonald's.  The second is in the Wonder Mall, at the corner of ''ZhongHua DaJie'' and ''YuHua Lu''. The third on is right across the street from the train station. All three of them also have a Yoshinoya (Japanese fast food) sharing the store space with them. Look for the orange Yoshinoya sign.  
  
 
* KFC is everywhere.  
 
* KFC is everywhere.  
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* Coffee shops in the western style are emerging.  There's a new Costa Coffee that just opened in one of the malls, there are some cute coffee cafes, a SPR (starbucks look-alike) and others.  You can goto one of the chain restaurants (McDonalds and KFC) and get a "Navy" coffee, and chill out there.  One of the best coffee shops / bakeries is across from Beiguo "Tasty Bread."  There is, however, a bakery on the bottom of "You Mall" in BeiGuo Shancheng that looks like a real bakery/coffee shop where one might sit down and have a coffee.
 
* Coffee shops in the western style are emerging.  There's a new Costa Coffee that just opened in one of the malls, there are some cute coffee cafes, a SPR (starbucks look-alike) and others.  You can goto one of the chain restaurants (McDonalds and KFC) and get a "Navy" coffee, and chill out there.  One of the best coffee shops / bakeries is across from Beiguo "Tasty Bread."  There is, however, a bakery on the bottom of "You Mall" in BeiGuo Shancheng that looks like a real bakery/coffee shop where one might sit down and have a coffee.
  
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* A Starbucks recently opened (September 2011) in the Wan Da Mall on Huai An Lu in the east side of the city. Another Starbucks is opening soon in the Wonder Mall on Yu Hua Lu.
  
 
*<eat name="Xiang Jun Fu" alt="" address="Ti Yu Nan Da Jie/ Dong Gang Lu" directions="SW of the Train Station" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Excellent Hunan food.  To get there, take the 32 bus from the train station and transfer to the #6 bus at Hebei Normal University (师大).</eat>
 
*<eat name="Xiang Jun Fu" alt="" address="Ti Yu Nan Da Jie/ Dong Gang Lu" directions="SW of the Train Station" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Excellent Hunan food.  To get there, take the 32 bus from the train station and transfer to the #6 bus at Hebei Normal University (师大).</eat>
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The good citizens of Shijiazhuang enjoy the Chinese alcohol made from rice ''baijiu'', or white spirit. It is a strong drink and you need to develop an acquired taste. You will surely get to try some whenever you eat out with Chinese friends.
 
The good citizens of Shijiazhuang enjoy the Chinese alcohol made from rice ''baijiu'', or white spirit. It is a strong drink and you need to develop an acquired taste. You will surely get to try some whenever you eat out with Chinese friends.
  
* <drink name="Youth Year Beer Bar" alt="also known as McDonald's Bar" address="Zhongshan Road" directions="Next to McDonald's (just tell the taxi driver ''Maidanglau Zhongshanlu'' and you should get there), it is in the far right hand corner of the bottom floor of Changan Guangchang" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">The main bar for expats and foreign teachers.</drink>
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* <drink name="Seven Club" alt="Qi Jiuba" address="" directions="West of the train station" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">The main night club that all the expats and foreign teachers go to. The beer is not great but it has the best atmosphere compared to any other club.</drink>
 
* <drink name="Seven Club" alt="Qi Jiuba" address="" directions="West of the train station" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">The main night club that all the expats and foreign teachers go to. The beer is not great but it has the best atmosphere compared to any other club.</drink>
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==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
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In the Cangyan Shan region, there are no places to stay for foreigners - in fact this is the issue in much of Hebei province.  If a proprietor can be bothered and the police feel inclined, the police can allow you to stay in accommodation not approved for foreigners provided you register with them.
  
For some odd reason, all the hotels that are located near the train station do not allow foreigners to stay (probably a bureaucratic reason). Ask the taxi driver to take you to the Home Inn that is not near the train station. Also it might be worth checking out one of the Universities and seeing if they have any accommodation.
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The Shijiazhuang administration does not allow foreigners to stay at budget hotels under about &yen;200. This includes any hostels that might appear in booking sites, they are for Chinese only, including the hostel across the street from the train station.  
  
There's a Home Inn about 3 blocks from the train station that allows foreignersIt's pretty clean.
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Other options include checking with the Foreign Affairs Departments of universities who sometimes have budget accommodation.  There are private accommodation options around, varying from rough to excellentNear universities is a good place to look for a room.  There are also what are often translated as ''private hotels'', which might be an apartment where the rooms are rented out by the day.  They can be found advertising on the Net but are all in Chinese.  The law says that you must register with the police within 24 hours of arriving when you stay in any private accommodation (as it states on the back of the immigration card when entering the country). Most residents are unaware of this and probably will not ask you to, but you and the resident can get into mild trouble with the authorities if found out.
  
In the Cangyan Shan region, there is no places to stay for foreigners.  One may be able to register with the police ahead of time but it is a chancy business.  This may be in effect for all of Hebei province.
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* <sleep name="Home Inn" alt="" address="" directions="about three blocks from the train station" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Allowed to accept foreigners.  It is pretty clean and moderately priced.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Hoton Hotel" alt="" address="Zhongshan Dong Lu/ Jianshe Da Jie" directions="two KM east of train station" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">five star hotel that rents to foreigners and is located on at least ten major bus linesMajor shopping centers and a China Post are within falling distance of the hotel.  Major park (Chang'an Park) across the street.</sleep>
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Across the street from the train station is a hostel for those backpackers looking for a very cheap place to stayHuo Che Zhan is the middle of the city and most buses pass the train station, or end at the train station.
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* <sleep name="Huiwen Hotel" alt="汇文大酒店; Huìwén Dàjiǔdiàn)" address="6 Zhanqian St (站前街; Zhànqiánjiē)" directions="opposite the railway station" phone="+86 311 87865818" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Discounted rates for doubles from around &yen;250">Four star hotel with rooms with desk and kettleKaraoke, pool and fitness available.  Also has a restaurant serving Honk Kong cuisine.</sleep>
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Skyline of Shijiazhuang

Shijiazhuang (石家庄; Shíjiāzhuāng) is the capital of Hebei Province.

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Understand

Shijiazhuang is a young city. It was an unimportant town until the building of the Zhengtai and Jinghan railways saw it become an important regional transport hub. Captured by the PLA under the leadership of the CPC in 1947, it was the cradle of the new China, and for three years housed the headquarters of the CPC.

Nowadays it is the capital and main economic center of Hebei and a relatively important city in China. Shijiazhuang is the largest pharmarceutical base in China and is as well an important center in the textile, IT, manufacturing and chemical industries. In 2007, it was listed as one of the top 15 economic powers in China.

According to the latest census figures, Shijiazhuang has a population of 2.19 million in the city proper, with a further 7.4 million people living in its 20 affiliated counties.

It's a modern city that's in the process of building many new apartment buildings, shopping malls and just renewing it's image.

The city has a very serious air pollution problem.

Get in

Shijiazhuang Airport

By plane

Flights to different destinations have become more convenient since local low-cost airline Spring Airlines [1] established a base at Shijiazhuang airport in early 2011. Daily flights on Spring Airlines depart for Xiamen, Chengdu, Dalian, Shanghai, Shenyang, Hohhot, Nanjing and Guangzhou, with flights to Hong Kong three times weekly. Spring Airlines provides a free airport shuttle bus from Shijiazhuang (as well as the surrounding cities of Baoding, Hengshui, Xingtai, and Cangzhou) for all Spring passengers as the airport is located about an hour outside of downtown Shijiazhuang. Lots of travellers also elect to take the train to Beijing and fly from there due to extra flight options, connecting by the express trains (2 hrs to and from Beijing). If you don't know how to get here from Beijing capital Airport, you can download the map[2] or ask for help to the staffs.

By train

Shijiazhuang is one of the largest railway hubs in China, and so there are many trains to and from Shijiazhuang. The high-speed train to Beijing is 80 minutes.

Bullet trains leave regularly from the train station and from the smaller Shijiazhuang and Shijiazhuang North train station. Second Class is ¥129 and First Class is ¥207 to Beijing West Train Station if you purchase at the train station. If you use one of the many train ticket offices, expect to pay a 5¥ surcharge per ticket, but it is faster and the prices for all cities are posted on the walls (including all style of seat). The sign is in Chinese though.

By bus

Notice that buses to neighboring cities and towns depart from different bus stations, but each of these stations (and many close destinations) can be conveniently reached by buses and minibuses from the Central Railway Station. Long-distance buses (e.g. to Beijing) depart/arrive to the main bus station, just a few minutes walk to the south of the Railway Station.

By car

The road network is as well quite good and Shijiazhuang can be reached from Beijing by car in about 3 hours.

Get around

Buses in Shijiazhuang, as in any large city in China, are frequent and cheap: just ¥1 for a journey, whatever the distance. but during the hot season and cold season some bus with air conditioner will charge 2yuan.


Taxis are plentiful and, again, will seem to Western travelers almost laughably inexpensive, with the flag-drop often just ¥5 or so and a delay rate of ¥1.60 per five minutes. Between 1600 and 1900, don't bother looking for a taxi.

Most tourist attractions are located outside the city proper.

Traffic is marginal, except at high peak hours (American rush hour), at which point it could take as much as 20 minutes to get through certain lights on many of the major roads (especially Ping'An Da Jie, Zhongshan Lu, Yuhua Lu, Jianshe Da Jie and Zhonghua Lu).

See

Cangyan Mountain

There are a number of sightseeing places in the area, both natural and historic. Most are not located within the city proper.

Historical sites

  • Pilu Monastery (毗庐寺; Pílúsì; also known as Vairocana Monastery), (Shanjing Village in the northwestern suburbs of Shijiazhuang, bus 115 or 204 from the Railway Station will take you there). Built in the Tang dynasty and underwent major restorations under the Yuan and Ming dynasties. The main hall (Vairocana Hall; 毗庐殿; Pílúdiàn) contains a stone pedestal with excellent Tang carvings as well as murals from the Yuan-Ming period, some of which are truly magnificent (if you have the luck to visit when the sunlight is good enough to observe the details). ¥20.
  • Martyrs' Memorial (Lieshi Lingyuan). Dedicated to Norman Bethune, Eric Liddell and Dwarkanath Kotnis.
  • Zhaozhou Bridge, Zhao County (赵县; Zhàoxiàn) (Bus from the southern Nanjiao Station (南焦客运站; Nánjiāo Kèyùnzhàn; which can be riched by bus 35 from the Central Railway Station) to Zhao County or, better, to Ningjin County (宁晋县; Níngjìnxiàn), get off the bus at the junction from which it is 1km walk). <A great masterpiece of Chinese civil engineering. Created around 600 CE under the Sui dynasty, it survived numerous floods and earthquakes, and is considered nowadays as the oldest stone single arch bridge in the world. Adjacent small museum with a collection of stone carvings, steles and statues from the vicinity of Zhou County. ¥30 including the museum.
  • Bolin Monastery (柏林寺; Bólínsì), Zhao County (赵县; Zhàoxiàn) (In Zhao County proper, 3km from Zhaozhou Bridge and can be reached by the same buses). Large monastery, dating back to the Tang dynasty.

Museums

  • Hebei Provincial Museum. This is a must see and contains expositions from two major discoveries of the recent decades: the tomb of King of Zhongshan (中山王) from the late 4th century BCE, and the royal tombs of prince and princess of the Han principality of Zhongshan (Mancheng 满城 Han tombs) from the late 2nd century BCE.

Parks and nature

  • A great park to walk around in is the Chang'an Park (长安公园). It's a great people-watching park. Chinese men get together and play games, woman dance, and there are lots of babies toddling around. The park is actually four parks in one with an underground mall near the entrance (where the giant white statue of Mao Zedong is located).
  • There are quite a few parks in the city. It's nice to walk around different ones in a day or afternoon. Locals are quite friendly and very interested to know where you're from (if you look approachable). Chang'an, Century and Zhongshan Parks are the biggest and most widely used.
  • Cangyan Mountain (苍岩山; Cāngyánshān), (90 minutes drive from Shijiazhuang, one daily direct bus (8.40am) from the western Xiwang Station (西王客运站; Xīwáng Kèyùnzhàn; reached by bus 9 from the Central Bus Station) otherwise, take a frequent bus to Jingxing (1 hour) and change to Cangyanshan (another 1 hour), roughly hourly in the morning, last return bus 4.30pm). Really beautiful, picture postcard temples built on the steep hillsides. The centrepiece is the 'Bridge Tower Hall' ( 桥楼殿), built on a bridge 50+ metres over the gorge. The site was used to film the final scenes of the Oscar winning film Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. From there a loop takes you around the cliff face through several temple complexes in the hills above and back to the bridge. Allow rougly 1.5 hours walking plus plenty of time to stop and enjoy the views. 30Y.

Towns and villages

  • Shitou Village (石头村; Shítoucūn; lit. Stone Village; also known as Yujia Village (于家村; Yújiācūn)), (20km from Jingxing. From Shijiazhuang there are regular busses to Jingxing, where you can change to a bus to the village, though times are irregular. Busses to Cangyanshan can drop you at the turn off to the village, roughly 4km away (20Y taxi or wait for another bus)). A perfect example of Chinese stone architecture, with an excellent local temple (Qingliang pavillion; 清凉阁; Qīngliánggé) built in the late Ming-Early Qing period (16th-18th centuries). Village ticket (30Y) include a number of interesting homes, temples etc, though those who arrive early or late might explore the village without the ticket. Rooms are available for 10-15Y pp. It may serve as an introduction to popular beliefs of the Chinese peasants.
  • Niangzi Guan (娘子关; Niángziguān), (20km east of Shitou Village, a taxi will be ¥80-100 from Shitou Village or Jingxing County (井陉县; Jǐngxíngxiàn), or you can take the train from Shijiazhuang (6414, leaves at 6:38AM, back at 5:59PM)). For those who really love old towns. The dusty coalminers' town has two major attractions: a small but impressive section of the internal Great Wall, separating Shanxi from Hebei, a site of major battles from the sixth century on; and a beautiful village built on a stream, with private watermills run by many villagers (ask for Shuishangrenjia; 水上人家; Shuǐshàngrénjiā).
  • Ancient town of Zhengding (正定; Zhèngdìng), (15km north of Shijiazhuang, bus 201 or 31 from the Railway Station). Features numerous beautiful sites, most specifically the Longxing Temple (隆兴寺), built in the Tang dynasty, which features a huge 22m high bronze Buddha statue donated by the Song emperor in the 11th century. It is also home to four unique ancient pagodas.

Other attractions

  • China and Tajikistan Kwong temple tower, also known as tower. In 1961by the State Council as a national key cultural relics protection units.Tower is composed of a main tower and subsidiary turrets, all brick. The main tower bottom four corners of the building a fan hexagonal pavilion shaped turret, turret around the main tower, scattered high and low, primary and secondary dependencies, exquisite gorgeous elegant, spectacular.

Do

There are some well-equipped leisure centers, especially the luxury bathing centers.

  • Tianshan Sea World (天山海世界), 116 Tianshan Ave (桥东区高新技术产业天山大街116号).

Buy

Shijiazhuang is home to three of China's top 10 wholesale markets, which makes it is a good place to find great bargains. Be prepared to haggle, either yourself or with a friend!

There are also a number of very large modern department stores. Prices can be a bit steep, but you can usually find reasonably priced, good quality goods.

  • Bei Guo. In the middle of the city, at the corner of Zhong Shan Lu and Jian She Da Jie. Bei Guo has many locations around the city, but this is the largest.
  • There is a new mall located on the east side of the city called the Wan Da Mall. It is on Huai An Lu, one block east of Century Park, on the north side of the street. It has a Starbucks, Pizza Hut, McDonald's, and KFC. It also has a movie theatre with an IMAX screen, as well as many clothing stores which are reasonably priced. Easily the nicest mall in the city, its an "American-style" mall, very nice to go just to walk around and window shop.
  • The "You Mall" at Bei Guo Centre is very nice. Lots of little shops with clothing, accessories and various trinkets. Mostly for women. Nice food court on top floor (see "food card" system below).
  • The Wonder Mall opened in Spring 2010 and has a theater, large department store and a really nice, clean food court, although the food was mediocre. It also has a Starbucks (opened December 2011)
  • Xin Bai Centre offers more shopping, as does Dong Fang Commercial Center.

Behind and near Dong Fang are EGO, Tai He and Nan San Tiao, for wholesale shopping. Beware: Many items are pirated or ripped-off so make certain they work first.

Eat

  • Hebei House. Chinese cuisine
  • Rehehuiguan Restaurant (热河会馆; Rèhéhuìguǎn), (Just opposite the railway station (slightly to the south)). Features excellent Hebei and Manchu cuisine.
  • Tu Da Ri, Zhongshanxi Road (中山西路; Zhōngshānxīlù) (a few minutes walk from the railway station, near Tai He, north side of the road). Small but lovely, and relatively cheap restaurant.
  • There are few foreign restaurants and the ones that exist don't seem very Western. But it's still fun to go to them and try what they think is foreign food.
  • Pizza Hut is in SJZ, although the food is different than PH in the States or other places. However, if you want something like pepperoni, they can usually make it, sometimes with a little polite insistence. Just tell them you want a pizza with LaRouChang. They also have decent onion rings.
  • If you like ice-cream, there are 3 Dairy Queens in SJZ, within a few blocks of each other. One is in the EGO building beside Tai He, directly underneath McDonald's. The second is in the Wonder Mall, at the corner of ZhongHua DaJie and YuHua Lu. The third on is right across the street from the train station. All three of them also have a Yoshinoya (Japanese fast food) sharing the store space with them. Look for the orange Yoshinoya sign.
  • KFC is everywhere.
  • Coffee shops in the western style are emerging. There's a new Costa Coffee that just opened in one of the malls, there are some cute coffee cafes, a SPR (starbucks look-alike) and others. You can goto one of the chain restaurants (McDonalds and KFC) and get a "Navy" coffee, and chill out there. One of the best coffee shops / bakeries is across from Beiguo "Tasty Bread." There is, however, a bakery on the bottom of "You Mall" in BeiGuo Shancheng that looks like a real bakery/coffee shop where one might sit down and have a coffee.
  • A Starbucks recently opened (September 2011) in the Wan Da Mall on Huai An Lu in the east side of the city. Another Starbucks is opening soon in the Wonder Mall on Yu Hua Lu.
  • Xiang Jun Fu, Ti Yu Nan Da Jie/ Dong Gang Lu (SW of the Train Station). Excellent Hunan food. To get there, take the 32 bus from the train station and transfer to the #6 bus at Hebei Normal University (师大).

Food card system

Most food courts in Shijiazhuang have a "food card" system whereby one pays for a "food card" first. You then take the food card to the food court restaurant to order and they then deduct points or "cash" directly from the card only. Each individual restaurant does not take cash.

Drink

The good citizens of Shijiazhuang enjoy the Chinese alcohol made from rice baijiu, or white spirit. It is a strong drink and you need to develop an acquired taste. You will surely get to try some whenever you eat out with Chinese friends.


  • Seven Club (Qi Jiuba), (West of the train station). The main night club that all the expats and foreign teachers go to. The beer is not great but it has the best atmosphere compared to any other club.
  • mazzo club, zhongshan lu (two km east of train station). 20:00. newest club/KTV in Shijiazhuang. Located between the train station and Bei Guo Shopping Center on Zhongshan Lu. Sister club is Rolling Stones (滚石酒吧: pinyin: gun shi jiu ba) and its adjoining club Club No.88 (八八酒吧: pinyun - ba ba jiu ba), just down the street toward the train station. There are two internet bars and a movie theater within a five minute walk, along with three more KTVs and western and Chinese restaurants, as well as a sushi restaurant. 04:00.

Sleep

In the Cangyan Shan region, there are no places to stay for foreigners - in fact this is the issue in much of Hebei province. If a proprietor can be bothered and the police feel inclined, the police can allow you to stay in accommodation not approved for foreigners provided you register with them.

Budget

The Shijiazhuang administration does not allow foreigners to stay at budget hotels under about ¥200. This includes any hostels that might appear in booking sites, they are for Chinese only, including the hostel across the street from the train station.

Other options include checking with the Foreign Affairs Departments of universities who sometimes have budget accommodation. There are private accommodation options around, varying from rough to excellent. Near universities is a good place to look for a room. There are also what are often translated as private hotels, which might be an apartment where the rooms are rented out by the day. They can be found advertising on the Net but are all in Chinese. The law says that you must register with the police within 24 hours of arriving when you stay in any private accommodation (as it states on the back of the immigration card when entering the country). Most residents are unaware of this and probably will not ask you to, but you and the resident can get into mild trouble with the authorities if found out.

  • Home Inn, (about three blocks from the train station). Allowed to accept foreigners. It is pretty clean and moderately priced.
  • Huiwen Hotel (汇文大酒店; Huìwén Dàjiǔdiàn)), 6 Zhanqian St (站前街; Zhànqiánjiē) (opposite the railway station), +86 311 87865818. Four star hotel with rooms with desk and kettle. Karaoke, pool and fitness available. Also has a restaurant serving Honk Kong cuisine. Discounted rates for doubles from around ¥250.

Mid-range

There is no problem finding higher priced accommodation and there is plenty of it.

Splurge

Stay Safe

Despite it's sizes, Shijiazhuang is a safe city, even though crime rates are reported to be higher in these years.

Pickpocket may be a problem in railway station's square. Some theft groups are active in that place. If you're there, even in surrounding areas, don't forget to keep your bags in the view.

Some viaducts in Shijiazhuang have traffic lights. Be very careful when you drive on any viaducts in the city.

Get out

If you want to go to some hot-springs, check out the White Deer Hotel in Pingshan County. Ask your Chinese friends. You need to take a bus from the North Station. It's around 200RMB for the day, but beautiful and huge. They have indoor and outdoor pools. Bring your sunscreen.


Routes through Shijiazhuang
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