Zhaoqing Travel Guide
Chinese Name: 肇庆 (zhào qìng)
Area: 15,000 square kilometers (5,791 square miles)
Location: in the west-central region of Guangdong Province, southern China
Administrative Division: 2 districts (Duanzhou, Dinghu, Gaoyao); 4 counties (Guangning, Huaiji, Fengkai, Deqing); 1 county-level city (Sihui)
Area Code: 0758
Zip Code: 526000
GDP (2018): CNY 220.18 billion (USD 33.27 billion)
Famous for Producing Top Inkstone – Duan Inkstone
Zhaoqing is located in the west-central region of Guangdong Province, at the middle and lower reaches of Xijiang River. Adjacent to the Pearl River Delta, the city borders Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region to the northwest, Foshan to the southeast and Yunfu to the southwest. It lies about 90 kilometers (56 miles) from Guangzhou. Known as the capital of inkstone in China, Zhangqing produces first-rate Duan Inkstand, one of China’s Four Famous Inkstones, which boasts for its solid, smooth and delicate quality. The speed of producing ink by using Duan Inkstone is fast and the ink is fine and smooth. And the color of the handwriting is constant for a long time. Zhaoqing also features breathtaking natural scenery and city walls built in the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127).
Zhaoqing Attractions - Things to Do
Ancient City Wall: This is a part of the city wall from the Song Dynasty and is well preserved. Today, it is the symbol of Zhaoping City as a famous historical and cultural city.
Other Scenic Spots: Panlong Gorge Touring Region in Deqing County, Longshan in Fengkai County, Yanyan Crag (Swallow Crag) in Huaiji County, Bamboo Forest in Guangning County
How to get to/around Zhaoqing
When to Go: Zhaoqing is an all-year-round tourist destination without summer heat and winter chilliness.
Zhaoqing Travel Tips
Physical Features: The terrain of the city is higher in the northwest and lower in the southeast. Mountains and hills occupy about eighty percent of the city area, mainly in the north, northeast and central part of the city. A valley plain comprises most of the southeast portion of the city. A karst landscape in this area is also outstanding.
History: In the Qin Dynasty (221BC-206BC), this area belonged partly to the Nanhai Shire. In the Sui Dynasty (581-618), it was called Duanzhou and changed into its present name, Zhaoqing, in the Song Dynasty (960-1279).
Folk custom: The local lion dance and the dragon dance are the most popular performances in various ceremonies and festivals.
Festivals: Dragon Boat Race (the fifth day of the fifth lunar month)
Special Local Products: Handicrafts: Duanxi Inkstone, Nine Dragons Treasure Tripod, jade articles
Foods: Zhaoqing Gorgon Fruit, oranges, Ba Ji (Morinda Root)
2. Take bus from Zhaoqing East Bus Station to Sihui Yueyun Bus Station and then take Bus Line Sihui - Weizheng. After that, take taxi to there.
3. The scenery is good.
The bus schedules are 07:15, 08:30, 13:00, 13:20 and 15:00. After arriving, take a taxi or hire a private car to the destination directly.
About the accommodation, Huade Yuanlin Hotel is recommended. The price is around CNY200 per night. The surrounding transportation is convenient. Hope helpful!
Are there special dragon parades or other activities that celebrate the New Year around 16-19 February?