Huludao Travel Guide
Chinese Name: 葫芦岛 (hú lú dǎo)
Area: 10,400 square kilometers (4,015 square miles)
Location: in the west of Liaoning Province, northeast China
Administrative Division: 3 districts (Longgang, Lianshan, Nanpiao); 2 counties (Suizhong, Jianchang); 1 county-level city (Xingcheng)
Area Code: 0429
Zip Code: 125000
GDP (2019): CNY 80.7 billion (USD 11.70 billion)
Coastal Ancient City with Jiumenkou Great Wall over Water
Located in the southwest coastal area of Liaoning Province, Huludao neighbors the Bohai Bay to the south, and is bounded on the west by Shanhaiguan Pass. It is 240 kilometers (149 miles) southwest of Shenyang and 420 kilometers (261 miles) east of Beijing. Huludao is near the mountain and by the sea. The continuous coastline not only provides rich seafood but also many sun-kissed beaches, which are ideal venues for summer tourism.
There are many cultural landscapes as well. Xingcheng Ancient City and Jiumenkou Great Wall are the two biggest highlights. Xingcheng Ancient City is one of the four most complete ancient cities from the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) with many ancient buildings such as the Confucious Temple, stone memorial archways, City God Temple and former residences. Jiangmenkou Great Wall connects to a part of the Shanhaiguan Great Wall, with a total length of 1,704 meters (5,591 feet). What makes it special is that it was built over the Jiujiang River and then continues to stretch northward to the mountains.
Huludao Attractions - Things to Do
Xingcheng Haibin National Park(Haibin: Seaside)
This is the most celebrated tourist location incorporating mountain, sea, hot spring, island and old town. Among the attractions, the Juhua Island is the largest island in Bohai Bay boasting many historical sites and an enthralling seascape. Visitors can take a boat to the island from the dock in northern Xinghai Park. Visitors can also mount the city wall of the Xingcheng Ancient City, which is the most well preserved town of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).
How to Get to Huludao
Huludao is about 4.5 hours ride from Dalian. Visitors can arrive in Shenyang and Beijing in 3 and 5 hours respectively. In addition, Jingzhou Airport is 50 kilometers (31 miles) east of the city and the Qinhuangdao Airport is only 20 kilometers (12 miles) west of it. This makes for convenient communications with Huludao.
The area enjoys a temperate continental monsoon climate although it is situated in the coastal area of the Bohai Bay, being that the Bohai Sea is an enclosed sea. Huludao weather is chilly in winter and torrid in autumn. The annual rainfall is concentrated around the months of July and August. It is no doubt a good idea to have a holiday at the seaside in summer.
Huludao Travel Tips
History: Huludao City, former Jinxi City, belonged to the Yan Kingdom in the Warring States Period (476BC-221BC). It was not until the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) that the government set up the Jinxian County in this region. It was promoted to city status in 1989, and in 1994, Jinxi changed its name to Huludao - the youngest city of Liaoning.
Local Products: Chinese gooseberry, white pear, straw knitting of Suizhong County; jellyfish
Any ferry service between Dalian & Qinhuangdao?