'''Shijiazhuang''' (石家庄; Shíjiāzhuāng) is the capital of [[Hebei]] Province.
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.
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.
There are a number of sightseeing places in the area, both natural and historic. Most are not located within the city proper.
* 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>
===Towns and villages===
* <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>
* <see name="Niangzi Guan" alt="娘子关; Niángziguān" address="" directions="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)" 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>
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="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>
mazzo club" alt="" address=" zhongshan lu" directions=" two km east of train station" phone="" url="" hours=" 20:00" price=" 04:00" lat="" long=""> 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.</drink>
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.