Handan Travel Guide
Chinese Name: 邯郸 (hán dān)
Area: 12,073.8 square kilometers (4,661.72 square miles)
Location: in the south of Hebei Province, north China
Administrative Division: 6 districts (Congtai, Fuxing, Handan, Fengfeng Mining, Feixiang, Yongnian); 1 county-level city (Wu’an); 11 counties (Jize, Qiuxian, Quzhou, Guantao, Shexian, Guangping, Cheng’an, Weixian, Cixian, Linzhang, Daming); 1 new district (Jinan); 1 high and new technology industrial development zone
Area Code: 0310
Zip Code: 056000
GDP (2019): CNY 348.6 billion (USD 50.53 billion)
The Capital of Chinese Idioms and Allusions
Located in the south of Hebei Province, it is in the communication center of Hebei, Henan, Shanxi and Shandong within 200 kilometers (124 miles) away from the capital cities of these four provinces and about 450 kilometers (280 miles) from Beijing and Tianjin. Being an important transportation hub, Handan possesses the integrated transport means of railway, highway and aviation, which can serve 13 cities nearby with a population of 70 million. Handan is also a famous historical and cultural city. Among the idioms and allusions people use in daily life, there are 1,584 of them from Handan or related to Handan. A large amount of historic sites including mausoleums, temples, inscriptions on a tablet and grottoes are now highlights of Handan tourism. The Wahuang Palace, Jingniang Lake and Xiangtangshan Grottoes are the most popular attractions. Travelers can get deep cultured in this ancient city and learn about the interesting idioms.
Handan Attractions - Things to Do
Commonly referred to as "Nainai Ding" (Grandma Temple), Wahuang Palace is located in Fenghuang Mountain in northwestern Shexian County and about 68 miles to the west of Handan City. First built in Northern Qi Dynasty (550 - 577), it was constructed in remembrance of Nuwa, a goddess in Chinese mythology. The whole structure was built along the contour of the mountain. The elegance of the construction demonstrates the ingenuity and high level of Chinese ancient architecture.
Jingniang Lake is an enchanting land with green hills and clear water. It is located in the northwest of Wuan city and about 37 miles away from Handan City. Its name originated from the touching story of Zhao Kuangyin, the first emperor of the Song Dynasty (960 - 1279) who sent off the girl he rescued, Jingniang.
Embraced by verdant mountains, Jingniang Lake is picturesque with a variety of both natural and artificial formations. The latter is ever so vividly created that they blended well into the environment and were created based on historical stories. There are 18 scenic sights in all, including Gaoxia Pinghu (Calm Lake Rising from the Steep Gorge), "Fury Lion Raises Its Head", Jingniang Gorge, Songzu Gorge and Xianling Gorge.
Jingniang Lake was originally known as Koushang Reservoir which is the inverted Chinese character "人" and has eastern and western branches. After years of exploration and development, it has become a tourist resort.
Construction began in the year of 550AD. The sight is comprised of 16 grottoes with thousands of Buddha statues and offers a good opportunity to study Buddhist architecture, caving, painting and Calligraphy.
How to get to Handan
Transport from Handan to Beijing, Tianjin and Shijiazhuang is very convenient. Visitors can depart from there by train or long-distance bus to these big cities. The trips take respectively about 5, 6 and 2 hours.
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When to Go: Summer and autumn are the best seasons to visit that city.
Handan Travel Tips
History: The Cishan Culture made this area a glowing pearl in Central Plain of China about 8,000 years ago. As the most time-honored city in Hebei, Handan was the capital of Zhao Kingdom in Warring States Period (476BC-221BC) as a political, economic and cultural center of northern China. In Han Dynasty (206BC-220AD), it enjoyed a high reputation as one of the five essential cities of China. Then it gained its name for the Hanshan Mountain in the east of the city.
Physical Features: The city lies at the east foot of Taihang Mountains, and borders the North China Plain in the east. Euptelea and Wild Herbal Flowers of Taihang Mountains are the unique plant of Handan City. It also has rich reserves of coal and iron.
Local Specialities: Donkey meat sausage, Congtai wine, Cizhou pottery
Local Highlights: As an old city with thousands of years of history, Handan has inherited a rich cultural heritage, such as Chinese idioms and legends, folk arts, such as Buddhist temple music, Shan Gu Wu (dance with fans and drums), and Yongnian Tai Chi (a style of Tai Chi originating in Yongnian County).
The bus station is south 150m away, very near. And you can find bus 605 easily.
You can take Bus 5 to Tiedaoqiao, which is about 2km west to your destination.So then you can take a taxi or local car there.
Or, you may fly to the city from PVG directly (about 2.5 hours). :)
So to Tianjin, you can take direct bullet train from East Railway Station. The train schedules are 08:15, 10:02, 11:31, 12:45, 15:09, 17:05, 18:42 and 20:23. It takes around 3 hours on the way. The ticket fare of second class seat is CNY203 and first class seat is CNY325.
To Beijing, you can also take high-speed train from East Railway Station. The schedules are from 08:09 to 21:24. The duration is about 2 hours. Second class seat costs CNY209 and first class seat costs CNY335.
From Anping to Tianjin, you need to go back to Hengshui first, and then take a train to Tianjin. The train schedule is very dense. You can search for the details on this website.