Chaoyang Travel Guide

Chaoyang Facts

Chinese Name: 朝阳 (cháo yáng)
Population: 3,044,600
Area: 19,736 square kilometers (7,620 square miles)
Location: in the west of Liaoning Province, northeast China
Administrative Division: 2 districts (Shuangta, Longcheng); 5 counties (Chaoyang, Jianping, Beipiao, Kazuo, Lingyuan)
Area Code: 0421
Zip Code: 122000
GDP (2018): CNY 83.14 billion (USD 12.56 billion)

Buddhist Cultural Communication Center in Northeast China

Situated in western Liaoning Province, Chaoyang City is bordered by Hebei Province to the south and neighbors Inner Mongolia to the north. It is a coastal city in western Liaoning, adjacent to Shenyang and Anshan in Central Liaoning. Chaoyang has always been the Buddhist cultural communication center in northeast China. Longxiang Temple, the first temple in northeast China, is located in Fenghuang Mountain. There are other Buddhist buildings in Fenghuang Mountain, such as cliff Buddhist niches, pagodas and temples built in different periods. Also, many precious Buddhist relics unearthed from the Northern Chaoyang Pagoda are on display in the Northern Chaoyang Pagoda Museum. In addition to having the long history of Buddhist culture, Chaoyang also preserved many fossils of paleontology. Nearly one thousand fossil specimens of paleontology are collected in Chaoyang Paleontological Stone Museum from invertebrates to insects, spiders, fish, amphibians and reptiles.

Chaoyang Attractions - Things to Do

Fenghuang (Phoenix) Mountain

It is a famous historic mountain in western Liaoning, well known in ancient times as a Buddhist shrine. About 1660 years ago, historically the earliest temple of Northeast China, Longxiang Buddhist Temple, was established in the mountain, and is today regarded as the ancestral temple of Buddhism in Northeast China. Through a thousand years of ups and downs, three pagodas and several other relics are still extant. Apart from grand mountain scenery, the mountain is the important habitat of a rare bird, the black stork.

Admission Fee: CNY 40 (April 1 to October 31)
CNY 20 (November 1 to March 31)
Transportation: Take no. 10 bus to the scenic area directly.

Northern Chaoyang Pagoda

Located in the north end of the Shuangta Jie of Shuangta District, it is a brick Buddhist pagoda first established in 485 in the former palace site of the three Yan states (Qian Yan, Hou Yan and Bei Yan). The 1500-year-old pagoda is the oldest Buddhist Pagoda in Northeast China.   

 Other Scenic Spots: Dahei Mountain, Youshun Temple, Hongshan Culture Site at Niuheliang

How to Get to Chaoyang

This city is about 300 kilometers (186 miles) from Shenyang. After completion of the Siping-Chengde highway project in the near future, the time between the two cities will be shortened from three to two hours.

Chaoyang Railway Station is in the Shuangta District, facing Youyi Dadao and Xinhua Lu. The long-distance bus station is near the railway station, in 19, the third section of Xinhua Lu.



Enjoying a temperate continental monsoon climate, the city features great temperature differences during a day, long sunlight hours, light rainfall and four distinct seasons. The annual temperature of Chaoyang weather averages around 10C (50F). Spring and autumn are best time for tourists to tour around. 

Chaoyang Travel Tips

 History: For a long time, the area was governed or partly administered by regimes of ethnic minorities. It was successively the capital of Qian Yan, Hou Yan and Bei Yan States of the Sixteen States in northern China. The name Chaoyang first appeared during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) named after Chaoyang Cave in Fenghuang (Phoenix) Mountain.

 Physical Features: It is situated in the intermediate area between the loess plateau of Inner Mongolia and Songliao Plain, and its terrain generally declines from the northwest to the southeast. Low mountains and hills make up the main framework of the city. Among the mountain ranges are dotted fluvial plains and basins.        

 Local Highlights: Every year on the thirtieth day of the seventh lunar month, the seven-day-long culture and art festival (temple fair) is held in Fenghuang Mountain.

 Special Local Products: Sea buckthorn, almonds, Chinese dates
- Last updated on Jun. 30, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Chaoyang Travel
Asked by Mfai from GREECE | Feb. 12, 2018 21:18Reply
Bird Fossil Park in Chaoyang. Is there public transportation to the park?
How to go there from railway station? Thanks.
Answers (1)
Answered by Unita from CANADA | Feb. 13, 2018 00:43

City bus no. 15 leads to the park directly. To go there from the South Railway Station (the former Chaoyang Railway Station), you can walk for about 10min to Commercial City and take bus no. 15. Or directly take a taxi to arrive there with a fare of CNY20 or so, and the duration is 15min.
Asked by maria from GERMANY | May. 02, 2015 20:51Reply
Local food in Chaoyang
Hi everyone, I would like to ask which restaurants/cafes can you recommend to try some local food (if possible also with addresses). Thanks in advance!
Answers (1)
Answered by Jeremy from URUGUAY | May. 02, 2015 21:39

There are a lot of food quarters in the city, such as Guixing Food Square, Huiyun Food Square, Dasha Food Square, Zhujiang Food Square. They are all in Shuangta District. You can find many local snacks there. BY the way, the dumplings and cake with bacon are the famous snacks.
Asked by Maria | Apr. 09, 2015 08:57Reply
Hi, I plan to go to Chaoyang on a weekend in May.
But I couldn't find any hotels/hotels. Are there any? If yes, could you please recommend one for budget traveller? Thanks in advance, Maria
Answers (1)
Answered by Susu from ITALY | Apr. 10, 2015 02:19

There are a lot of Chain hotels around the railway Station.
Hanting hotel, located at Youyi Street, Shuangta Disrict.
Home Inn, located at No. 22 of Xinhua Road, Shuangta District.
Jinjiang Inn, located at No. 19 of Jianshe Road.
Asked by Ms.Gail from TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO | Dec. 01, 2010 09:24Reply
I am going to Shenyang on Dec 20 then onto Beijing by train. Are there any interesing cities on the way that I can visit?
Answers (1)
Answered by Mr.David | Dec. 02, 2010 00:03

The train pass through Jinzhou , Huludao , Qinhuangdao( and Tangshan . However,if you hold a through ticket from Shenyang to Beijing, you are not allowed to get off the train, otherwise, the ticket is invalidated.
Asked by Mr.Dadgar from IRAN | Nov. 09, 2009 13:05Reply
Chaoyang city has an airport or not?
Answers (1)
Answered by Mr.Clark | Nov. 09, 2009 19:55

Yes, it have an airport but only have flights to Shenyang and Beijing.
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