Zhangjiakou Travel Guide
Chinese Name: 张家口 (zhāng jiā kǒu)
Area: 36,800 square kilometers (14,208 square miles)
Location: in the northwest of Hebei Province, north China
Administrative Division: 6 districts (Qiaodongm, Qiaoxi, Xuanhua, Xiahuayuan, Chongli, Wanquan); 10 counties (Zhangbeim, Kangbao, Guyuan, Shangyi, Weixian, Yangyuan, Huailai, Huai’an, Zhulu, Chicheng)
Area Code: 0313
Zip Code: 075000
GDP (2019): CNY 155.11 billion (USD 22.48 billion)
A Co-Host City of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games with Beijing
Zhangjiakou is honored to co-host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games with Beijing due to high-quality ski resorts. By now, many ski resorts have been opened in Chongli County, Zhangjiakou and all skiing facilities are well improved. Located in the northwest of Hebei Province, the city is adjacent to Beijing, Shanxi and Inner Mongolia with a distance of 118 kilometers (73 miles) and 180 kilometers (112 miles) from Beijing and Datong in Shanxi Province. With the completion of Beijing-Zhangjiakou High Speed Railway, it only takes one hour from Zhangjiakou to Beijing. Zhangjiakou also preserves the largest number of Great Wall sections with the largest time span. Dajingmen Great Wall, a north gate of Beijing, has become the landmark of Zhangjiakou. Besides, visitors are able to enjoy the beautiful prairie and springs here.
They are mainly scattered in Chongli County. Therefore, speaking of Chongli, ski resort comes first. At present, six popular ones are in service, including Wanlong Ski Resort, Genting Resort Secret Garden, Dolomiti Mountain Resort, Changchengling Skiing Field, Fulong Snow Park and Thaiwoo Ski Resort.
It is regarded as the No. 1 Gate of the Great Wall. Located in north of the city, it has been a must-go spot. It actually is one of the four important passes of China Great Wall.
Zhangbei Grassland in Zhangbei County was a hunting ground of the emperors in Qing Dynasty, which is a well preserved resort for appreciating the beautiful prairie landscape. It is a part of the vast Bashang Prairie.
It is a comprehensive tourist destination boasting forest parks, gorges, crags, peaks, caves, and strange stones that worth of exploring.
Other scenic spots: Tianmo Desert, Jimingyi Post House, Nuanquan Ancient Town, Qingyuan Tower, Yunquan Temple, Woniu Mountain Scenic Area, Water Villa
This city has a developed transport system consisting of flights, trains, long-distance buses, city buses and taxis. Visitors can fly to Zhangjiakou Ningyuan Airport directly. Trains shuttle between Zhangjiakou South Railway Station and Beijing, Datong within about four and five hours. Also, there are many buses dispatched every 30 minutes from Zhangjiakou to other cities in Hebei or around.
Zhangjiakou has a continental monsoon climate with the heat and rain arriving in the same season. The weather is cool in summer and cold in winter. Boasting enough sunshine it is also endowed with abundant wind energy resources.
When to Go: Zhangjiakou has several summer resorts for visitors, and the blue high sky and the light clouds in the prairies make the autumn a perfect tourist destination, either.
Tips: Due to the great daily temperature differences in spring and autumn, visitors should wrap up warm at night.
|Gate Tower of Xuanhua Old Town|
Chaigoubu Bacon, Youmian Noodles and Huai’an Bean Curd Sheets are fantastic snacks. Besides, you can also taste the Eight Big Bowls of Yuxian County (Ba Da Wan) and Roasted Whole Lamb.
Local products of Milk Grapes, Great Wall Wine, and Yuxian Paper-cuts are recommended. For comprehensive shopping, large shopping centers like Dida and Parkson, and supermarkets like Yonghui and Tesco will meet your demand.
The city's nightlife is not very bustling, but you still have some good places to go, such as the night markets, bars, and cinemas.
Other Travel Tips: Area code, zip code, useful numbers, banks, post offices, hospitals and universities.
Upon arrival, you can take bus no.10 to ZJK Long-Distance Bus Stop. Then you can catch a shuttle bus to Chongli County. The ticket fare is CNY15/person. Afterwards, you can take a taxi to the destination directly. This trip will take 2-3 hours.