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Jinzhou Travel Guide

Jinzhou MapChinese Name: 锦州市 (jǐn zhōu shì)

Population: 3,071,000
 
Area: 10,300 square kilometers (3,977square miles) 

Nationalities: Han   

Administrative Division: 3 districts (Taihe, Guta, Linghe); 2 counties (Heishan, Yixian); 2 county-level cities (Linghai, Beizhen) 

Seat of the City Government: 68, Shifu Lu, Taihe District 
 
Useful Telephone Numbers: Tourist Complaints: 0416-3872060
                                          Weather Forecast: 121
                                          Zip Code Inquiry: 184

Bank of China Jinzhou Branch: 25, fifth section of Jiefang Lu, Linghe District

China Post Jinzhou Branch: 4, fourth section of Yan'an Lu, Linghe District

Location: Located in the southwest of Liaoning Province, Jinzhou City neighbors Shenyang in the east and Huludao in the west. It reclines along the Songling Mountains in the north and is facing the Liaodong Bay of the Bohai Sea in the south.       

History: During the Spring and Autumn Period (770BC-476BC) and Warring Stated Period (476BC-221BC), this area belonged to the Yan Kingdom. In the Qin (221BC-206BC) and Han (206BC-220AD) dynasties, it was included in the shires, or tributaries, in present Liaoning. The name of Jinzhou was initiated in the Liao Dynasty (916-1125).   
 
Physical Features: The terrain here is inclined from the northwest to the southeast. In the northwest and northeast of the city stand the Songling Mountains and Yiwulu Mountains. Southward to the coastal plain area, the average altitude drops to 20 meters (66 feet) or, even lower.                        

Climate: The area enjoys a temperate, monsoon climate at middle latitudes. Differences in temperature vary greatly during the whole year. It has distinct four seasons with an average temperature of around 8-9 degrees centigrade (46.4-48.2 degrees Fahrenheit)

When to Go: Considering the weather, April to October is the golden season for a visit, while to see the fascinating snowscape and folk festivals, January to February is the best period for traveling.    

Special Local Products: dried bean curd, smoked chicken, Lingchuan White Wine, sea food of Bohai Bay

Local Highlights: Every year, many Buddhist along with unique folk activities will be held in the North Putuo Mountain (a sacred Buddhist mountain connected with the South Putuo Mountain  in Zhejiang), attracting numerous travelers and pilgrims from near and far. 

  Attractions:
Bijia Mountain is situated on the coast of the Bohai Sea adjacent to Jinzhou Port. Bijiashan Island and Sky Bridge are the key scenic spots in the mountain resort. The Sky Bridge is exactly a 1,620-meter-long (1772-yard-long) sand and pebble road between the island and the seashore, which dodges in and out of the water as the tide changes. The Sanqing Pavilion is a 'must go' spot in the scenic area. It is a stone, wooden-like building without a single nail standing at the top of the mountain, from which visitors can have a bird's-eye view of the beautiful, vast sea. In addition, there are forty-eight Buddhas sacrificed in the pavilion. 

Admission Fee: CNY 70
Transportation: take bus from the western square of the Jinzhou Railway Station to Bijiashan directly.

Other Scenic Spot: Qingyan Temple, North Putuo Mountain 

Travel Tips:
1. Jinzhou Airport is about 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) from downtown. At present, it operates four flights a week to Shanghai Pudong International Airport. Flights to Guangzhou and Yantai have been opened with respectively, two flights a week; on Mondays and Fridays. Furthermore, it also has connecting flights transferring through Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport to many other big cities, including Xian, Chongqing, Huangshan, Guilin, Urumqi and Kunming. 

2. Jinzhou has two railway stations. The north station, the older of the two, is located in the Yan'an Lu; in the city proper. Light buses and minibuses to the Bijia Mountain can be easily found in the special bus line station 100 meters (109 yards) west of the railway station. The whole trip will take forty minutes- or a bit longer. The south railway station is in the suburban area, but it is nearer to the Bijia Mountain. Since there is greater access to the main road, taking a taxi is a better choice to get to the scenic area. It is important that visitors visiting the coast in Bijia Mountain should inquire about the times of tidal variations, in order to prevent accidents happening in a dangerous tidal situation. 

3. Jinzhou central long-distance bus station: 1, fourth section of Yan'an Lu, Linghe District, on the opposite of the north railway station.