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Shijiazhuang

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[[Image:Niaokan Shi Jiazhuang.jpeg|thumb|300px|Skyline of Shijiazhuang]]
 
'''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 is renewing it's its image.
The city has a very serious air pollution problem.
==Get in==
[[Image:Shijiazhuang Da Jichang.jpeg|thumb|200px|Shijiazhuang Airport]]
===By plane===
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.
==See==
[[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 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, 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. There The centrepiece is a pavilion the 'Bridge Tower Hall' ( 桥楼殿), built on a bridge 50+ metres over a the gorge that . The site was filed in used to film 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 From there a loop takes you around the cliff, twisting and curling like dragons; The plank road is winding, and the face through several temple is hung up complexes in the air; The cloud hills above and mist are surging under back to the bridge hall, . Allow rougly 1.5 hours walking plus plenty of time to stop and enjoy the red wall shines through the green clumpsviews.</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 . From Shijiazhuang there are regular busses to Jingxing, where you can be visited en route change to a bus to the Cangyan Mountainvillage, 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>
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>
*<drink name="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.
* <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 There are two internet bars and foreign teachers go to. The beer is not great but it has the best atmosphere compared to any other cluba movie theater within a five minute walk, along with three more KTVs and western and Chinese restaurants, as well as a sushi restaurant.</drink>
*<drink name="mazzo clubChokolate Bar" alt="Shijiazhuang Chokolate BAR/ 夜殿酒吧" address="zhongshan luFOREIGN BAR 休门街民生路交口西行20米路北.Xiū mén jiē mínshēng lù jiāokǒu xīxíng 20 mǐ lù běi 050000 Shijiazhuang Shi, Hebei, China" directions="two km east of train stationNear Lerthai" phone="+86 150 3268 6029" url="https://www.facebook.com/chokolatebarshjz/info" hours="20:00" price="04:0015-50/drink" lat="" long="">newest club/KTV in ShijiazhuangForeigners, some locals, pool table, table football, european football on tv, nightly specials, decent drinks and friendly people. Located between the train station and Bei Guo Shopping Center Parties on Zhongshan Lu. Sister club is Rolling Stones (滚石酒吧: pinyin: gun shi jiu ba) holidays and its adjoining club Club No.88 (八八酒吧: pinyun - ba ba jiu ba), just down a regular hang out for many of the street toward the train stationforeign teachers and others.</drink>
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>
==Sleep==
==Stay Safe==
Despite it's sizesits size, Shijiazhuang is a safe city, even though crime rates are rate is reported to be higher in these recent years.
Pickpocket Pickpockets may be a problem in railway station's square. Some theft groups are active in that placearea. If you're there, even in the surrounding areas, don't forget to keep an eye on your bags in the view.
Some viaducts in Shijiazhuang have traffic lights. Be very careful when you drive on any viaducts in the city.

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