Tangshan Travel Guide
Chinese Name: 唐山 (táng shān)
Population: 7,190,000 (Urban Population: 3,010,000)
Area: 13,472 square kilometers (5205 square miles
Nationalities: Han, Man, Hui, Mongol
Location: Seated in eastern part of Hebei Province, the city is 180 kilometers (112 miles) east of Beijing, 120 kilometers (75 miles) northeast of Tianjin and 125 kilometers (78 miles) west of Qinhuangdao with the Bohai Sea 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of the Tangshan downtown. The city neighbors Beijing, Tianjin, Liaoning, Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, Henan, Shandong provinces
Administrative Division: 6 districts (Lubei, Lunan, Guye, Kaiping, Fengrun, Fengnan); 6 counties (Luan, Luannan, Leting. Qianxi, Yutian, Tanghai); 2 county-level cities (Zunhua, Qian'an); 4 development zones; 1 precinct; I industrial area
Useful Telephone Numbers:
Tourist Complaints: 0315-2802893
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiry: 184
Bank of China: 0315-2219198, 2217768
Tangshan Attractions - Things to Do
Eastern Qing Mausoleum: the most magnificent and well preserved architectural complex of Imperial Tombs of Ming and Qing Emperor with 15 catacombs
Jingzhong Mountain: a religious mountain well-known for its combination of Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian buildings since Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
The Great Wall under Water (Xifengkou and Panjiakou Great Wall): a part of the Great Wall constructed in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) in northern Tangshan City with several passes submerged under the water of Xifeng Lake
Other tourist attractions:
Islets: Puti, Jinsha, Yuetuo
Mountains: Lingshan Mountain, Jiufeng Mountain
How to get to Tangshan from Beijing/Tianjin
The transport from Tangshan to Beijing and Tianjin is convenient. There are many buses and trains a day to Beijing and Tianjing from the local West Bus Station taking about 2 to 3 hours.
When to Go: Summer and autumn are the beat seasons to visit - with the calm sea in summer, cool and pleasant weather in autumn.
Tangshan Travel Tips
Dining: The local dishes have typical salty flavor of North China. Sea cucumber with pork joint, sliced fish with sauce and braised turtle rim are the specialties while the local honey sesame candy and Chinese chessman shaped pancake are the favorite snacks of locals.
Physical Features: Situated at the bottom of Yanshan Mountain's southern slope, the north of the city occupies mountainous areas, the central plain and the coastline of 199.3 kilometers (124 miles) to the south. Coal, iron, petroleum, natural gas, and salt make up the main natural resources.
History: According to archaeological discoveries, it was validated that this area was inhabited as far back as 45,000 years ago. It became a shire in Han dynasties (206BC-220AD) and obtained its name 'Tangshan' by the Dachengshan Mountain which was vouchsafed by the emperor in Tang Dynasty (618-907). Since Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), it has been an industrial center and was officially founded as a city in 1938.
Local Highlights: Ping Opera and Leting Drums Song (the most characteristic local operas); Tangshan Shadow Puppetry Play.
Special Local Products:
Handicrafts: shadow puppetry, willow knitting crafts
Foods: Jingdong chestnuts, Gushu golden thread small Jujube
For a D train, it costs CNY 44.5 or 52 for a second-class seat, and CNY 52.5 or 62 for a first-class seat. For a G train, you need to pay CNY 110.5 for a second-class seat, CNY 184 for a firs-class seat, and CNY 349.5 for a business class.