Baoding (保定; Bǎodìng) is a city in Hebei.
There are two train stations, Baoding Station (保定站 Bǎodìng zhàn) and Baoding East Station (保定东站 Bǎodìng dōng zhàn). The East station is the modern high-speed train station, with multiple trains coming from Beijing West Station every hour - the 139km journey now only takes 41 to 48 minutes on a G or D train.
The Baoding bus station (保定客运中心站 Bǎodìng kèyùn zhōngxīn zhàn) has many buses departing and arriving from all of Baoding's counties and cities throughout the day. When buying a ticket, be sure to ask for a bus taking the highway which will decrease travel time significantly. For example, a normal bus going from Baoding to Yi county could take 2.5 to 3 hours, but a highway bus will only take 1.5 hours.
To arrive at the bus station from Baoding East Station or vice versa, take bus K2. The journey takes 20 to 30 minutes depending on traffic.
- Yesanpo (野三坡). Yesanpo is a burgeoning tourist area, located in Hebei province Laishui County, the total area of 600square kilometers, is a national key scenic area, scenic natural landscape, trees flowers and trees mainly springs cave. Here only 100 kilometers away from Beijing, is in recent years capital rural travel outside of the hot. edit
- Western Qing Tombs - (清西陵 Qīngxīlíng) - located in Yi county, this necropolis has four mausoleums of Qing dynasty emperors and more minor mausoleums of consorts, princes and princesses scattered about. The Chongling tomb is the only one where visitors can go into the 'underground palace' and see the coffins of the emperor and his empress. The unique echo wall at Changxiling tomb, the only one of its kind at any imperial mausoleum, is also a must-see. Due to the distance between the tombs, it is highly recommended to hire a driver to visit all the areas.
- Ruins of Xiadu, the lower capital of Yan (燕下都遗址 Yàn xiàdū yízhǐ) - located in Yi county, these are ruins of the lower capital of Yan during the Warring States Period (475-221BC). All that remains today is a portion of the city wall, about 6.8m high.
- Zijingguan Great Wall (紫荆关长城 Zǐjīngguān chángchéng) - located in Yi county (roughly 45km from Yi county's center), this is known as one of the "Three Inner Passes" of the Great Wall, together with Juyongguan Pass and Daomaguan Pass.
- Taoist Stone Column (龙兴观道德经幢 Lóngxìngguān dàodé jīngchuáng) - located in Yi county, this stone column inscripted with Taoist morals was built in 738AD and stands at a height of 4.29 meters.
- Yanzi Pagoda (燕子塔 Yànzi tǎ) - located in Yi county, this 16.5 meter tall pagoda is originally from the Liao dynasty but was renovated into its current form in 1510.
- Liaodi Pagoda (料敌塔 Liàodí tǎ) - located in Dingzhou city, it is the tallest existing pre-modern Chinese pagoda and tallest brick pagoda in the world, built in the 11th century during the Song dynasty. It is 84 meters tall.
- Wulonggou Great Wall (乌龙沟长城 Wūlónggōu chángchéng) - located in Laiyuan county (roughly 37km from Laiyuan county's center), this section of the Great Wall is known for its high density of watchtowers.
- Tomb of Prince Jing in Zhongshan (中山靖王刘胜墓 Zhōngshān jìng wángliúshèng mù) - located in Mancheng county, this is the tomb of a Western Han dynasty prince who was buried with a jade burial suit.
- Zhang Rou Tomb (张柔墓 Zhāngróu mù) - located in Mancheng county, this is the burial mound of a Yuan dynasty general.
- Fangshun Bridge (方顺桥 Fāngshùn qiáo) - located in Mancheng county, this is an old stone bridge. Supposedly, the first bridge built here was in 309AD. The existing stone bridge structure dates to 1556.
- Ranzhuang Warfare Tunnels (冉庄地道战遗址 Rǎnzhuāng dìdàozhàn yízhǐ) - located in Qingyuan county, these tunnels were dug during The Second Sino-Japanese War in the late 1930s and early 1940s by villagers to attack the invading Japanese soldiers. The tunnels have been renovated to allow visitors to walk through and the village itself is now a tourist attraction. There is also a museum with some signs in English.
- Daci Pavilion (大慈阁 Dàcígé) - located in the city center, this temple dates back to 1227 AD during the Jin Dynasty.
- Wuren Bridge (伍仁桥 Wurén qiáo) - located in Anguo city, this arched stone bridge was built in 1598 AD. It is 65 meters long and has little lion statues on top of the railing. Unfortunately, there are walls in place to prohibit walking on the bridge.
- Cangshan Stone Buddha Hall (苍山石佛堂 Cāngshān shífótáng) - located 10km from Fuping county, here are some grottoes of Buddha carved from stone dating from the Sui and Tang dynasties (from 581 to 907 AD). Unfortunately, only a few of the caves have the ancient Buddha carvings with most sculptures now being modern. The temple is still active.
- Shijiazhai Cave Park (史家寨窑洞民俗园 Shǐjiāzhài yáodòng mínsú yuán) - located roughly 20km from Fuping county, these caves were dug during WWII.
- Beiyue Temple (北岳庙 Běiyuè miào) - located in Quyang county, this temple's current structure and frescoes date to the Tang dynasty, although the site's history goes back further than that. The Quyang County Museum is also located inside the temple complex. There are many statues and steles collected here that are over 1,300 years old. The main attraction is two large Tang dynasty frescoes that cover the whole walls of the main temple. A Song dynasty pagoda, Xiude Temple Pagoda (修德寺塔), is 300 meters from the temple opposite the entrance. Admission: 40RMB. Has English text.
- Lingshan Cave (灵山聚龙洞 Língshān jù lóngdòng) - located in Quyang county, this is an underground cave.
- Jianci Village Ding Kiln Site Ruins (涧磁村定窑遗址 Jiàncícūn dìng yáo yízhǐ) - located in Quyang county, this was the site of kilns making ding ware from the 700s to the mid-1300s.
- Bahui Temple (八会寺 Bāhuìsì) - located in Quyang county, this mountain temple has a large block of stone with sutras carved on it from the Northern Qi Dynasty (550-577) to the Sui Dynasty (581-618). Unfortunately, the stone is not in the best of shape and isn't very impressive.
Baoding is famous for its donkey burgers (驴肉火烧 lǘròu huǒshāo). In comparison to donkey burgers in other regions where the huoshao is rectangular and crunchy, Baoding-styled donkey burgers have a soft, round huoshao.