Hebei or “Ji” has Shijiazhuang as its provincial capital. Located in China’s Central Plains, Hebei possesses an extensive and profound culture heritage and it’s a region that has birthed a multitude of heroes in Chinese history. In addition to being a major producer of grain and cotton in China, Hebei is a major Chinese province in terms of cultural relics. In fact, there are currently 168 key national cultural sites across the province, earning it a third place in this category among all Chinese provinces. Specifically, Baoding, the most cultural relic-rich city in Hebei, has 47 such sites. Handan, Baoding, Chengde, Shanhai Pass, and Zhengding are the five historical and cultural cities of Hebei.
Among Hebei’s famous cultural relics are Baoding Daci Pavilion, Zhili Provincial Governor Office, Qingxi Mausoleum, Mancheng Han-Dynasty Mausoleum, Dingzhou Pagoda, the archaeological site of the city of the king of the State of Zhao, Handan Congtai, Nüwa Temple in She County, the Former Site of the 129th Division in She County, Jingzhou Pagoda (Stupa in Jing County), Northern Qi Dynasty Gao Graves, Qingdong Mausoleum in Tangshan City, Iron Lions in Cangzhou City, Zhaozhou Bridge, Longxing Temple in Zhengding County, Kaiyuan Temple in Xingtai City, Mausoleums of Tang Dynasty in Longyao County, the Ruins of Xing from the Shang Dynasty, and Bian Que Temple in Neiqiu County.
Hebei is the only province that possesses all the major types of terrain, i.e. plateaus, mountains, hills, plains, lakes, and coasts. At present there are five national scenic spots in Hebei, namely Xibaipo, Baiyangdian Lake in Anxin County, Yesanpo in Laishui County, and Mountain Resort in Chengde City.
Other famous scenic spots include the Hengshui Lake National Natural Reserve and Xingtai Grand Canyon.
Featured city/destination: Chengde