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Baoding (保定; Bǎodìng) is a city in Hebei in north China.


Location in China

Administratively, Baoding is vast with the prefecture's land area encompassing 11 million inhabitants. The metro area has a population of 2 million. There are several outerlying counties far from the center. In the north is Yi County with a multi-site tourist complex centered on the Western Qing Tombs that includes a Yishui Lake and a historic town. In the northwest of Baoding Prefecture is Laiyuan County which includes Baishi Mountain, one of north China's most picturesque mountains.

The city was destroyed by the Mongols in the 13th century, but then rebuilt under the Yuan dynasty soon after when it acquired its modern name. Later it became a significant cultural centre through the Ming and Qing Dynasties.

Get in[edit]

Backstreet in Baoding

By plane[edit]

Beijing Capital Airport is a good option, from where you can take an Inter-Provincial Bus [dead link] that will take about 3 hours.

By train[edit]

New Railway Station

1 Baoding Station

Get around[edit]

Baoding doesn't have a metro system.


Imperial tombs
  • 1 Western Qing tombs (清西陵 (qīng xī líng)). A UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition to the tombs in Baoding, there are more of them in the surrounding Yi county. Four Qing Dynasty emperors are buried here, including the Yongzheng Emperor, the third emperor after the Qing conquered China who reigned over an era of prosperity, and the Guangxu Emperor, the penultimate emperor in Chinese history. The tomb of the Guangxu Emperor, the last imperial tomb to have been built in Chinese history, was the only one of the four to have been looted, and hence is the only one whose burial chamber is open to the public. The grave of Puyi, China's last emperor, is located in a nearby commercial cemetery, though it differs little from other modern-day graves. Western Qing Tombs (Q1683260) on Wikidata Western_Qing_tombs on Wikipedia
  • Yishui Lake. A man-made lake not far from the Western Qing Tombs. There is a walking path to the area's mountain top with views of the steep rock cliff.
  • Taihang Water Town. A big reconstructed historic town near the Western Qing Tombs. It resembles Gubei Water Town in the Miyun District of Beijing. Activities include drinking a shot and smashing the bowl (from Shanxi) and buying local specialties like cigars (the tobacco leaves are grown locally). Stroll around at leisure and have a cup of coffee by the canal.
Tangut dharani pillars
  • 2 Tangut dharani pillars (西夏文石幢 (xī xià wén shí zhuàng)). The Western Xia empire was destroyed by the Mongols in the 14th century, however a community of Tangut people from the Western Xia erected these pillars far away in Baoding in the 16th century. It is one of the few examples of the complex Tangut script found outside of Western China. Tangut dharani pillars (Q15526757) on Wikidata Tangut_dharani_pillars on Wikipedia
  • 3 Baiyang Lake (白洋淀 (bái yáng diàn)). China's largest natural lake offers peaceful water scenes and expansive lotus gardens. Boats are available for small groups, and some islands on the lake have restaurants that cook with local ingredients and hotels for overnight stays. Baiyang Lake (Q2665615) on Wikidata Baiyang_Lake on Wikipedia
  • 4 Yesanpo National Park (野三坡 (yě sān pō)). Yesanpo is a burgeoning tourist area in Hebei province Laishui County, with an area of 600 km². It is a national key scenic area, scenic natural landscape, trees flowers and trees mainly springs cave. It is 100 km away from Beijing. Yesanpo National Park (Q3572213) on Wikidata Yesanpo_National_Park on Wikipedia



Baoding Balls

Baoding Balls are famous for helping people to relax their hands.


Donkey burgers

Baoding is famous for Donkey Burgers (驴肉火烧), which are made with donkey meat.




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