Hezhou Travel Guide

Hezhou Travel Guide

Hezhou Facts

Chinese Name: 贺州 (hè zhōu)
Population: 245,900
Area: 11,800 square kilometers (4,556 square miles)
Location: in the northeast of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, southwestern China
Administrative Division: 2 districts (Babu, Pinggui); 2 counties (Zhaoping, Zhongshan); 1 autonomous county (Fuchuan Yao Autonomous County)
Area Code: 0774
Zip Code: 542800
GDP (2019): CNY 70.01 billion (USD 10.15 billion)
Nationalities: Han, Yao, Zhuang

Most Forested City in Guangxi

Hezhou is situated in the northeast of Guangxi, neighboring Guangdong to the east, Hunan to the north, Guilin to the west and Wuzhou to the south. Hezhou is a green city where the forests cover 76% of the land and it has developed the forest resources into 17 tourism destinations. As early as in the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 - 1912), Hezhou was the commodity distribution center of Guangxi, Hunan and Guangdong. Therefore, many cultural landscapes and places of interest had been preserved such as Huangyao Ancient Town, the most complete ancient architectural complex of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Hezhou is also a multi-ethnic settlement, among which Zhuang and Yao people have been living together for a long time. The Yao people hold the great Panwang Festival on the 16th day of the tenth month in the lunar calendar when tens of thousands of people sing and dance to sacrifice to ancestors Pangu, attracting plenty of tourists.

Hezhou Attractions - Things to Do

Guposhan National Forest Park lies 21 kilometers (13 miles) northeast of Babu District (the city proper). There are twenty peaks in the park which are higher than one thousand meters. Around the beautiful landscape of the forest park, there are stockaded villages of the Yao and Hakka locals. Visitors can view folk performances and learn the marriage customs of different minorities. There is a Valentines' Lake in the depth of the Valentines' Forest. It is a wonderful summer resort for swimming. Some times, boys and girls of the Yao minority will sing antiphonally around the lake. Usually, two-day stay is suggested and visitors and lodging in the hotels in the park. 

Huangyao Ancient Town is a historic cultural town of over nine thousand years. Every autumn, flocks of egrets will fly here. This is a town full of cultural relics and stories, so a local guide will help visitors known better about the old town. ( Huangyao Ancient Town Pictures)

Other Scenic Spots: Luhua Hot Spring, Daguishan Forest Park, Zhuangyuan (Number One Scholar) Village of Xiushui Town  

How to get to/around Hezhou

Hezhou is located at the convergent area jointing up Guangxi, Hunan and Guangdong provinces. The road transportation of the city is well developed. With Hezhou as the center, highways can stretch to Guilin, Liuzhou, Nanning and Guangzhou.

The local bus station is sited at 2, Qianjin Xi Lu of Babu District, from which buses go to Yangshuo in three hours and to Guilin in about four hours.

Hezhou Airport is in the plan now and it will be built in Huilong Town, Zhongshan County.


Hezhou enjoys a subtropical monsoon climate, and the weather is characterized by moderate temperature, sufficient sunshine and abundant rainfall. Its annual average temperature falls around 20℃ (68℉). 

 When to Go: all the year round

Hezhou Travel Tips

 History: He Shire as the first administrative organization in this area was set up by the Kingdom of Wu during the Three Kingdom Period (220-280). It was changed to He Zhou (prefecture) later in the Sui Dynasty (581-618).      

 Physical Features: Hezhou is situated in the hilly area in southeastern Guangxi, and its terrain generally slopes downward from the north to the south.                

 Special Local Products: Baimao Tea, silkworm, honey dates, sun-cured tobacco, green plums.

 Local Highlights:
The city proper of this area is not big. The urban area that has been completely constructed is only 15 square kilometers (6 square miles). The most stunning natural scenery is in the suburbs and countryside.

In addition, colorful traditional festivals of ethnic minorities are most attractive, including Panwang Festival and Qingren (Valentines') Festival the Yao ethnic minority, Temple Fair and the song festival in the third day of the third lunar month.

- Last modified on Apr. 01, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Hezhou Travel
Asked by Alson from SINGAPORE | Aug. 20, 2017 07:13Reply
Travelling to Hezhou from Singapore
Hello ,

May i check how do i get to the below address?

Zhong Yang Lu Zhongshan

By the way, I am travelling from Singapore. Let me know which is the best .

Answers (3)
Answered by Winster from DENMARK | Aug. 21, 2017 01:27

It is suggested to fly from Singapore to Guangzhou first. Then use local subway system to Guangzhou South Railway Station (line 3 to Jiahewanggang, and change to line 2 to reach). Take a high speed train to HZ within 1.5h. Upon getting there, you can take a taxi to Zhongyang Road in Zhongshan County within 20-25min.
Answered by Alson from SINGAPORE | Aug. 21, 2017 08:58

Dear ,

Thank you for your reply.

I actually want to travel to Ancestral Temple of Li Family in Zhongshan County which is located at zhong lu road but i do not seem to be able to find any contact details to check on their operating hours.

Do you have this information ?
Answered by Winster from DENMARK | Oct. 25, 2017 21:08

Sorry, but I didn’t find the Ancestral Temple you mentioned, can you give more information?
Asked by Lili from POLAND/CHINA | May. 24, 2017 07:59Reply
Hi, I am going to visit Hezhou this weekend (but before dragon Boat Festival...)
but I can't find any hostel... any advice or recomendation ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Aroura from FRANCE | May. 26, 2017 03:58

I have no idea what is the standard of the hotel you prefer.
As I know, Mingdu Jingpin Hotel is on the opposite of the Chengxi Bus Station, which is at the quite convenient location. It is situated at no.473, West Bada Road. It charges CNY130-200 for a double room.
Asked by Deborah from CHINA | Mar. 31, 2017 08:01Reply
Is there a bus from Hezhou to Huangyao? How far from HZ is the high speed train station?
Thank you
Answers (6)
Answered by Perry from CANADA | Apr. 05, 2017 03:16

1. Yes, there is a direct bus to Huangyao. You can take a shuttle bus at West Passenger Terminal in HZ. The operating time is 06:30 to 17:55 and the duration is around 1 hour.
2. Do you want to ask the distance between the High Speed Train Station and the Bus Terminal in the second question? If I get it right, the distance is only 3 miles (5 kilometers).
Answered by Deborah from CHINA | Apr. 05, 2017 05:15

Thanks Perry
Next question, how often does the bus go to Huangyao? Do you have a link to a website? Thank you!
Answered by Perry | Apr. 05, 2017 19:54

The bus runs around every 1 hour. I found the timetable on the official website of Huangyao Ancient Town. However, they don’t provide the booking service. You can buy the tickets when you arrive at the Passenger Terminal.
Answered by Deborah from CHINA | Apr. 05, 2017 20:00

Thank you for answering my questions! I appreciate it!
Answered by Stephen from HONG KONG | Oct. 25, 2017 05:15

Hi when you said West Passenger Terminal, do you mean the high speed rail station? i.e. is there a bus from the high speed rail station to Huangyao?


Answered by Brace from USA | Oct. 25, 2017 20:49

As I know, there is no West Bus Station but a Central Bus Station and an East Station. If you want to take a bus to Huangyao, you can go to the Central station to take it, and it leaves at 12:40, costing CNY30.
Asked by Chatryn from GERMANY | Oct. 05, 2014 11:58Reply
Hezhou Express Bus to GuangZhou
Hi Everyone..

I need some information. Is there any express bus for this route?

If yes where we can take the bus and is there anyone know the time table? We play for 30 Dec 2014 from HZ to Guangzhou.

Thanks a lot
Answers (1)
Answered by Nelson from USA | Oct. 06, 2014 00:50

Yes, I just know the direct long-distance buses to Guangzhuo can be taken at local General Bus Terminal, but not sure about the schedule. The bus service is available throughout the year, so go to check the timetable on your own.
Asked by Ms.EMILYLSK | Oct. 13, 2013 07:29Reply
Any bus that goes to Hezhou from Yangshuo?
I plan to go to HZ and Huangyao from Yangshuo in November. Should I go to Huangyao first then to HZ?
How regular is the bus from Yangshuo to HZ, how much is the fare and how long is the journey?
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Answered by Mindy from CANADA | Oct. 14, 2013 01:33

From Yangshuo, there is no direct bus to reach HZ and you need to take bus from Guilin.
It is suggested to go to Huangyao first, because there are direct buses to reach Huangyao from Yangshuo.
From Huangyao, I heard the direct bus exists.
The buses from Yangshuo to Huangyao can be taken from YS Bus Station and it takes about an hour to reach Huangyao. The bus from Huangyao to HZ, I am not very clear about the exact information.
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