Zhaoqing Travel Guide

Zhaoqing Map

Zhaoqing Facts

Chinese Name: 肇庆 (zhào qìng)
Population: 3,930,000
Area: 15,056 square kilometers (5,813 square miles)
Nationalities: Han

Location: Zhaoqing City 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 Province in the northwest and Foshan City in the southeast. It lies about 90 kilometers (56 miles) from Guangzhou.

Administrative Division: 2 districts (Duanzhou, Dinghu); 2 county-level cities (Gaoyao, Sihui); 4 counties (Guangning, Huaiji, Fengkai, Deqing)

Useful Numbers:
Tourist Complaint: 0758-2262296
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiry: 184

Zhaoqing Attractions - Things to Do

 Xinghu Lake (Star Lake) Scenic Area: This scenic area consists of Qixingyan (Seven Star Crags) and Dinghu Mountain scenic spots. It is the most famous tourist zone in Guangdong Province. The Xiannv Lake (Fairy Lake), Butterfly Valley and Qingyun Temple are the highlights of the scenic area. It provides the most beautiful lake, mountain and forest landscape of the city.

 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

Visitors can get to Foshan and Guangzhou within two hours from the Zhaoqing passenger transport terminus. There are also many buses running to Shenzhen and Zhuhai taking about 3.5 and 4.5 hours. In addition, a water route from the port of this city to Guangzhou, Foshan and Hong Kong provides more options for visitors. It will take four hours to reach Hong Kong from there by train or by ship.


Zhaoqing enjoys a subtropical monsoon climate with an annual average temperature of 22.1C (71.8F). The rainfall is concentrated in the period from April to September. In early winter, the weather is sloppy and it may be affected slightly by typhoons in summer and autumn. The northern mountain area experiences frost and snow in winter.

 When to Go: Zhaoqing is an all-year-round tourist destination without summer heat and winter chilliness.

Zhaoqing Travel Tips

The commercial area centered on Tianning Road (North) and 3rd Jianshe Road is the busiest section of the city, with many marketplaces, stores and cinemas. It is an excellent shopping destination.

 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).

 Local Highlights:
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)
- Last modified on Apr. 28, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Zhaoqing Travel
Asked by Jason from INDONESIA | Mar. 18, 2019 03:17Reply
Hi, i would like to go Zhaoqing this june from zhuhai and visit the Qishi Glass Bridge
Can you inform me how to go there? also i plan to see Musical Fountain, how the best way to go there? also the recommend hotel near the Qixingyan Memorial Square, please advise :)
Asked by Birthe Zimmermann from DENMARK | Nov. 16, 2017 08:08Reply
We plan to go from Shenzhen to Zhaoqing in Feb. 2018.

Are there special dragon parades or other activities that celebrate the New Year around 16-19 February?
Answers (1)
Answered by Rachel from GERMANY | Nov. 16, 2017 20:59

Yes, as I know, there are many celebrations during New Year, like parade in the center of Duanzhou District, Lion Dance and circus show in Songlong Town, Jinguang Avenue.
Asked by Ana from SPAIN | Oct. 09, 2017 11:13Reply
I am planning to visit Xinghu Lake.
Is it enough with one day or is the place big enough to devote more than one?

Also, I am checking the trains from Guangzhou to Zhaoqing and it seems that I can only reserve a seat in the bullet trains, not in the normal ones. Is it my mistake? Or do you have to stand in the train?
Answers (1)
Answered by Nicole from USA | Oct. 09, 2017 21:07

I think one day is okay for you to enjoy Xinghu Lake. Actually, there are many other attractions inside the scenic area, such as Seven Star Cave, Paifang Square and Dinghu Mountain.

As for trains, there are normal ones from Guangzhou Station at 5:24, 5:32 and 9:42. By the way, I heard TravelChinaFuide provides booking service, you may connect them by booking travelchinaguide.com
Asked by guest from HONG KONG | Jul. 25, 2017 02:51Reply
Is it possible to go from Shenzhen to Zhaoqing by high speed train?
I guess you need to buy two separate tickets to go first from Shenzhen -> Guangzhou, then from Guangzhou -> ZQ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Kayle from USA | Jul. 25, 2017 19:45

No, you don’t have to buy two tickets; there is an available high speed train from Shenzhen North Station to ZQ East, which leaves at 7:05.
Asked by Larisa from MALAYSIA | Jan. 02, 2017 17:37Reply
Is there any transportation from ZhaoQing to Guangzhou Baiyun Airport ?
If there is how often, where to take, cost and duration of the journey. (Train or long distance bus)
Answers (1)
Answered by Uniya from CANADA | Jan. 02, 2017 20:28

Well, direct coaches to Baiyun Airport are available. You can catch one in the back of Qixingyan Paifang Stage, Duanzhou District of the city. Coaches are scheduled from 05:50 to 19:20 every 50min. It will take around 120min to arrive and the fare is CNY67.
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