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Jinzhou (锦州; Jǐnzhōu) is a city in Liaoning Province.
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.