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Zaozhuang Travel Guide

Zaozhuang Map Population: 3,650,000

Area: 4,550 square kilometers (1,757 square miles)

Administrative Division: 5 districts (Shizhong, Xuecheng, Yicheng, Tai'erzhuang, Shanting); 1 county-level city (Tengzhou)

Useful Telephone Numbers:
Tourist Complaints: 0632-3350123
Taxi Complaints: 0632-3367298
Hospital: 0632-3316571
Railway Station: 0632-4411127
Bus Station: 0632-3396413

Location: Located in the south of Shandong, Zaozhuang is neighbor to Linyi, Jining and Tongshan, Pizhou counties of Jiangsu Province.

History: This area belonged to the Chu State in the Spring and Autumn Period (770BC-476BC). During the following dynasties, it was divided into several parts belonging to different states. In the Three Kingdom Period (220-280), it was combined and controlled by the Wei State. After 550, Zaozhuang was divided into two counties in the north and south which were finally called Tengxian and Yixian after PRC was established. In 1960, Yixian was changed into a county-level city Zaozhuang, which then became a prefecture-level city in 1961. Tengxian was turned over to Zaozhuang in 1978.

Physical Features: The region is mainly covered with low mountains and hills. It is high in the north and east while low in the south and west. Several plains are among the hills. The west part along lakes and the south part along the Grand Canal are low and marshy ground.

Climatic Features: Zaozhuang belongs to the warm temperate monsoon climate zone. It is mild with four distinctive seasons. Winter is dry and cold while summer is rainy and hot. April and May are the rainy season. The annual average temperature is about 15C (59F).

When to Go: Spring and autumn are best time to visit this place, especially when the Pear Flower Festival is held on March 12th in Chinese lunar calendar.

Local Highlights: Zaozhuang is the hometown of a famous Chinese philosopher Mozi of the Warring States Period (476BC-221BC). Mozi's influential work 'Mohist Canon' enlightened the following generations greatly. It is also a revolutionary base of Chinese Anti-Japanese War. It is where the railway guerilla was organized. Tai'erzhuang Battle in 1938 was an important turning point of Chinese Anti-Japanese War. In addition, the place also boasts of its Chinese dates and megranates. It has the largest megranates orchard in the country.

Special Local Products: Chinese dates and megranates

Famous Spots:
Railway Guerilla Red Tourism Sites: Located in Xuecheng District, it is composed of two parts: Railway Guerilla Monument and Railway Guerilla Memorial Garden. It is among the 100 key red tourism sites in China.

Tai'er zhuang Battle Sites: Located in Tai'erzhuang District, it is restored on the site where the famous battle happened. The memorial hall shows films, photos and other battle material which reappear the scene of the battle.

Wanmu Megranates Orchard: Located in the Yicheng District, it is China's largest megranates orchard with 100 thousand mu (about 26 square miles) area. The ancient sites including temples and pavilions add more cultural flavor there.

Other Spots: Xiong'er Mountain National Geologic Park, Baodugu National Forest Park, Red Chinese Dates Orchards in Shanting District, Mozi Memorial Hall

Tips: Zaozhuang has no airport but only 60 kms (37 miles) south to Xuzhou Airport. Jinghu Railway (Beijing to Shanghai) go across west part of the area, providing convenient way to Shanghai, Beijing, Qingdao, Jinan, Nanjing, Hangzhou and other big cities. Highways are well constructed here. It almost covers all the counties and towns. Long distance bus can reach Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai and cities in other provinces such as Hebei, Henan, Jiangsu and Zhejiang. No.2 city bus has stops at the bus station.

Combo Tickets of Zaozhuang: Combo tickets are offered here for visitors' convenience, including One Day Combo, Two Day Combo and Three Day Combo. The attractions may contain Tai'er Zhuang Old City, Tai'er Zhuang Battle Memorial Hall, Li Zongren Historical Data Hall, Qingchan Temple in Pomegranate Garden, Weishan Island, Weshan Lake Wetland Park, Baodugu, Xiong'er Mountain, Railway Guerrilla TV & Film City, Tai'er Zhuang Old Railway Station, Lianqing Mountain Skifield (2010/11-2011/02), Fengming Lake, Donghu Park, Wanfu Garden, Yingtai Hot Spring, Hannuo SPA Club, etc.

Besides, a One Day Combo includes the fee for a standard dinner in the scenic area (CNY15, costs beyond need to be made up additionally). A Two Day Combo includes the fee for one day accommodation in a designated economy or business hotel or partial fee for a designated luxurious hotel in Zaozhuang City. A Three Day Combo includes the fee for two day accommodation in a designated economy or business hotel or partial fee for a designated luxurious hotel.

The One Day Combo ticket is only available for visitors from Xuzhou, Linyi and Jining and the ticket will be valid for 24 hours after it is put into use in the first attraction site. The Two Day Combo ticket will be valid for 48 hours after it is put into use in the first attraction site or hotel. The Three Day Combo ticket will be valid for 72 hours after it is put into use in the first attraction site or hotel. 

Ticket Kinds
Admission Fee
One Day
Combo A
CNY37
Combo B
CNY47
Combo C
CNY52
Two Day
Combo A
CNY131
Combo B
CNY109
Combo C
CNY98
Three Day
Combo A
CNY180
Combo B
CNY159