Hengshui Travel Guide
Chinese Name: 衡水 (héng shuǐ)
Area: 8,815 square kilometers (3,403 square miles)
Location: Situated in the southeast of Hebei Province, Hengshui City neighbors Xingtai, Handan, Cangzhou and Baoding within the province and is bordered by Shandong Province in the southeast. The capital city of Hebei, Shijiazhuang is about 119 kilometers (74 miles) west of the downtown Hengshui, and Beijing is about 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of the city.
Administrative Division: 1 district (Taocheng); 8 counties (Zaoqiang, Wuyi, Wuqiang, Raoyang, Anping, Gucheng, Jingxian, Fucheng); 2 county-level cities (Jizhou, Shenzhou)
Seat of the city government: No.486, Renmin Road (East), Taocheng District
Useful Telephone Numbers:
Tourist Complaints: 0318-2025041
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiry: 184
Bank of China Branch: No3, Zhongxin Street, Taocheng District
China Post Branch: No.169, Shengli Road (East), Taocheng District
Hengshui Attractions - Things to Do
Hengshui Lake, the second largest freshwater lake in North China Plain, covers a total area of 75 square kilometers (29 square miles) in the outskirt 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) south of city downtown area. In the vast reed marsh inhabit many birds, including red-crowned cranes, swans, pelicans, wild gooses and gulls. Nowadays, wetland nature reserve for birds has been set up. In the rear of the reserve is the far-reaching blue lake and azure sky.
Zhulin Temple is a noted temple in the ancient city of Jizhou. It is surrounded by water in three sides, and there is the Zhenhai Tower built in the northeast of the temple. Its tower foundation is ingeniously contrived to be a labyrinth.
Other Scenic Spots: Baoyun Temple, Museum of Wuqiang New Year Pictures
How to get to/around Hengshui
When to Go: in autumn
Hengshui Travel Tips
History: In remote ages, there were several principalities in present Hengshui. During the Spring and Autumn Period (770BC-476BC), it mostly belonged to the Jin Kingdom, while in the Warring States Period (476BC-221BC), it was a part of the territory of Yan and Zhao kingdoms. It was put into the Julu Shire after the First Emperor of Qin unified China in 221BC. Most domain of present Hengshui took shape in the Han Dynasty (206BC-220AD).
Physical Features: The city is located in alluvial plain area in North China, with its terrain gently sloping downward from southwest to northeast. Gentle slopes and depressions constitute the main types of the city's landform. It is crisscrossed by a net work of rivers. The Hengshui Lake is the big waterfilled depressions in North China Plain (Huabei Plain) only second to the Baiyangdian Lake in Baoding City.
Special Local Products: New Year's Painting of Wuqiang County, ornamental goldfish, inside painting snuff bottle, Houdian writing brush, Lao Nai Gan Liquor
For accommodation, you can consider Hanting Hotel at No. 255, Central Street. It costs CNY 150-200 per night. Have a try! From the hotel, walk east along East Xinhua Road for about 200 yards, and turn right. Walk south along Baoshe Street for about 200 yards, and you can see Whole Lamb Restaurant.
Good luck with you.