Jingzhou Travel Guide

Jingzhou Travel Guide

Jingzhou Facts

Jingzhou MapChinese Name: 荆州 (jīng zhōu)
Population: 5,739,400
Area: 5,446 square miles (14,104 square kilometers)
Nationalities: Han, Hui, Manchu, Tujia, Miao and Mongolian
Location: Situated at the Jianghan Plain, Jingzhou is close to the Golden Waterway, with Wuhan to the east, Yichang south, and Jingmen city north, as well as bordering on the Three Gorges
Neighboring Areas: Anhui, Jiangxi, Hunan, Sichuan, Shaanxi, and Henan provinces

Ancient City of Jingzhou

Ancient City of Jingzhou lays in the south of the centre of Hubei Province and the middle reaches of the Yangtze River, and is an ancient cultural city with a long history of more than two thousand years. It was originally one of the birth places of the culture of Chu State in the Spring and Autumn Period (770 BC-476 BC) and Warring State Period (476 BC-220 BC), which left extremely valuable cultural relics from their 400 plus years' reign equally comparable with the ancient Greek and Roman culture. In the Three Kingdom Period (220-589), the city was the focus of many disputes and wars. Since the Eastern Jin Dynasty (317-420), the city had been established as the capital by 11 emperors in all, making it the political centre in China for more than 100 years. As the city represents so much importance in Chinese history the city has been acknowledged by the State Department in China to be one of the best of 24 famous historical and cultural ancient cities. Its cultural relics and advantageous location has drawn the attention of many visitors' from both home and abroad.
Ancient City of Jingzhou
Ancient City of Jingzhou
Earthen Plate, Jingzhou Museum
Earthen Plate, Jingzhou Museum

 Mountains: Mt. Balingshan
 Rivers: Honghu Lake, Juzhanghe River, Changhu Lake, Songzihe River, Jingjiang River, Huduhe River

How to Get to Jingzhou

The transportation of Jingzhou is very convenient. It is 179 km (111 mi) away from Wuhan City and connected to it by the highway. Railways lead across the country. You can also travel by water to Shashi Port or to Shashi Airport by air.



Jingzhou has subtropical humid monsoon climate with four seasons clearly demarcated. Cloudy and sunny days are not certain in spring, it is humid and hot in summer, fine autumns, and dry cold winter. There is plenty of sunshine in Jingzhou and the frost free period is 220-300 days.
Average Temperature: 16 C (61 F) annually
Rainfall: plenty of rain, annual even precipitation 1200 mm; concentrated on June, July and August, as well as spring
When to go: Spring and Autumn are the best period to see Jingzhou.

Jingzhou Travel Tips

 History: a cultural ancient city with 2000 years history with the reputation of "the finest under heaven, being overwhelmed by 9 divisions"; one of the cradles of Chu Culture, and used to be the capital of the Chu State during the Spring and Autumn Period for totally 20 emperors; in Northern and Southern dynasty, the capital of Qihedi, Liangyuandi, the Later Liang; in Five Dynasties, the capital of the Nanping State
 Physical Features: higher west and lower east; densely cover by the network of waterway, as well as lakes; with winding river course
 Local Highlights: the Shashi Jing Satin; the Shashi basin and plate golden painted
 Jingzhou International Dragon Boat Festival: It is held in the first week of May for the memorial of Qu Yuan, a famous patriot of Chu State who jumped into the Miluo River.
 Related Hiking Tour Itinerary: Jingzhou Trip

- Last modified on Oct. 25, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Jingzhou Travel
Asked by Györ Attila from HUNGARY | Oct. 24, 2018 09:22Reply
Jingzhou or Xiangjang (Xiangfan) is better to visit as a cultural target?
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Answered by Sophia from USA | Oct. 24, 2018 23:10

In my opinion, Xiangyang is much better and it is the birthplace of Chu culture and has a history of over 2800 years.
Answered by Attila from HUNGARY | Oct. 25, 2018 03:24

Asked by asare joseph from CHINA | Oct. 21, 2015 09:30Reply
please what is the time travel distance from beijing to jingzhou by bullet train and the fare?
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Answered by Victoria from USA | Oct. 22, 2015 20:59

The distance between these two cities is about 784 miles.
The bullet trains all start from Beijing West Railway Station. The duration is 6 to 7 hours. The train schedules are 08:30, 09:40 and 12:51. The ticket fare of first class seat is CNY900 and second class seat is CNY580.
Asked by joel from ZAMBIA | Sep. 29, 2015 06:13Reply
I want to get to yangtze university in jingzhou from Zambia, what's the way to go?
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Answered by Sandy from CANADA | Sep. 30, 2015 03:03

There is no direct between these two places.
And do you start from Lusaka?
If yes, you can fly to Dubai first and then transfer the flight to Beijing Capital Airport. Then take airport shuttle bus line 7 to get to West Railway Station. After that, take bullet train to get to JZ Railway Station. Then take a taxi to find your campus. The fare is CNY 20 to 30.
Answered by Emma | Sep. 30, 2015 04:25

U can also fly to Dubai and then transfer in Shanghai Pudong Airport. At Shanghai Hongqiao Rail Station, high speed trains are available.
Answered by albert from ZAMBIA | Jan. 09, 2016 22:28

Hi Joel, are you at Yangtze university? If yes am a a Zambian aged 19, am coming to Yangtze this march. Maybe we could get along before I come if you don't mind, my whatsapp contact is 0973947798
Asked by John B Horn from ALBERTA.CANADA | Aug. 24, 2015 19:39Reply
Beijing to Jingzhou Cheapest travel cost ?
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Answered by Cathy from MALAWI | Aug. 24, 2015 22:32

In Beijing West Railway Station, there is a train available at 17:43. The travel time is about 12.5 hours, and the fare is CNY173.5 for the hard seat. This is the cheapest way.

Alternatively, there is a long-distance bus at Liuliqiao Bus Station. It takes around 15 hours and costs CNY260 per person.
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