Chaoyang Travel Guide

Chaoyang Facts

Chinese Name: 朝阳市 (cháo yáng shì)
Location: Situated in western Liaoning Province, Chaoyang City is bordered by Hebei Province in the south and neighbors Inner Mongolia in the north. It is a coastal city in western Liaoning, adjacent to Shenyang and Anshan in Central Liaoning.

Population: 3, 400,000  
Area: 19,730 square kilometers (7,618 square miles) 
Nationalities: Han
Administrative Division: 2 districts (Shuangta, Longcheng); 2 counties (Chaoyang, Jianping); 1 autonomous county (Harqin Zuoyi Mongol Autonomous County); 1 county-level city (Chaoyang)

Bank of China: 45, The second section of Xinhua Lu, Shuangta District
China Post: 72, the third section of Chaoyang Jie, Shuangta District
Seat of the City Government: 7, the third section of Chaoyang Jie, Shuangta District
Useful Telephone Numbers:
Tourist Complaints: 0421-2922376
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiry: 184

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.

Weather

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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

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