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Hebei Province Travel Guide

Provincial capital: Shijiazhuang

Population: 68 millions

Geological location: The province is located in the northern part of the North China Plain extending into the Inner Mongolian Plateau. Beijing, the capital of China, and Tianjin, the important trading port in north China, are situated at the center of the province, although are not part of it. It adjoins Liaoning and Inner Mongolia in the north, Shanxi in the west and Henan and Shandong in the south. The Bohai Sea lies to the east of Hebei. Its coastline extends 487 km, and the total area of the province is 190,000 sq km.

Map of Hebei Province

Climate: The province lies in the temperate zone, with a continental monsoon climate. In most areas, the change of season is distinct, with yearly sunshine averaging 2,500–3,100 hours. The annual frost-free period lasts about 120 to 200 days; annual rainfall averages 300 to 800 mm. The monthly mean temperatures is 3℃ or below. The mean temperatures in July are 18 to 27℃, with a clear-cut change of seasons.

Tourism resources: There are a number of sights in the rugged north. One is a beautiful stretch of China's most famous sight, the Great Wall, whose western end runs in to the sea near the city of Shanhaiguan. The beaches around the Qinhuangdao area are the summer retreat of the highest echelons of the Communist Party. The Qing Dynasty imperial summer retreat of Chengde, despite a long period of neglect, still contains some fantastic temples, the biggest imperial gardens in China and some good food!

Transportation
Being the transfer hinge of Eastern, Northern and mid-lands parts of China, Hebei has already set up a complex transportation network, either by air, by land and on rail.

By air: The two major cities, Shijiazhuang and Qinhuangdao are accessible via air. The Shijiazhuang airport has grown into an international one where flights from a dozen major cities like Shanghai, Beijing, Dalian, Guangzhou and even Hong Kong take off weekly or some daily. There are also seasonal flights from Beijing to Chengde and Beijing to Qinhuangdao.

By Train: 15 railway lines meets in Hebei, with some local railways and subs. Among them, the backbones are Beijing-Guangzhou, Beijing-Taiyuan, and Shijiazhuang-Taiyuan. There are also tourist lines connecting Beijing-Qinhuangdao, Beijing-Chengde.

By Bus: The land transportation system is fairly complex in Hebei. It has a total length of 607 kilometres superhighway, which stands for the third among the 25 provinces in China. Buses connect almost every corner in this province.

By Boat: Qinhuangdao is the second largest sea ports of the coastal area. Boats to other major seaports, including Shanghai, Dalian, are available weekly. Freshwater transportation is also convenient in Hebei province for it has a complex network of freshwater ways at a total length of 300 kilometres.