Handan Travel Guide

Handan is a medium-sized city located in the southern part of Hebei Province in China. It is 163 kilometers away from Shijiazhuang, the provincial capital of Hebei province. The city administration governs four districts, the city itself and 14 counties. The entire administered area is 12,000 square kilometers, and the main urban area is 457 square kilometers. The city has a total population of 8.9 million. In the past, it was the capital of the Zhou Kingdom. The city has a history of more than 2,500 years, and is considered one of China's historical and cultural cities. There are many archaeological sites and ancient places of interest.


Handan has had civilization for at least 7,000 years. The Cishan culture was a Neolithic culture centered primarily around southern Hebei. Common artifacts from the culture include stone grinders, stone sickles and tripod pottery.

5,000 years later, Handan was an important commercial and industrial city and the capital of the Zhao Kingdom during the Warring States Period.There were eight monarchs and 158 years of confrontation with other kingdoms. During the reign of Emperor Wuling of the Zhao Kingdom, Handan became one of the most prosperous cities in China.
Handan became one of the thirty six counties of the Qin Dynasty. During the Western Han Dynasty period, it was as famous as the cities of Luoyang, Linzi, Wan, and Chengdu, and it became one of the five biggest cities. At the end of the Eastern Han Dynasty, Handan began to degenerate because of wars. Yecheng City became the new capital in the area instead of Handan.

Yecheng City then was the capital of six successive dynasties in the area: the Cao Wei, the Later Zhao, the Ran Wei, the Former Yan, the Eastern Wei and the Northern Qi. This era of the six dynasties lasted for 126 years. This transference of the capital to Yecheng started when Cao Cao, a military leader, tried to reunite the area of the Han dynasty. He established a capital for the king of Wei, and named it Yecheng. Based in Yecheng, Cao Cao established an empire; one of the three empires of the Three Kingoms period. Then his son rebelled and took over the empire, and his capital was Yecheng.

After the fall of the West Jin Dynasty, the northern part of China became a battlefield for tribes. Handan diminished. After the Sui and Tang dynasties, Yecheng City was burned to ruins. Daming City became a big and important city to the east of Handan and became the provisional capital of the Song Dynaasty. In recent times, the city has become an industrial city. Nearby coal fields power the city’s industry.

Handan Day Tours

Handan was the capital city of the Zhao Kingdom that was one of the strongest states during the Warring States Period. Many renowned historical figures were born and brought up here such as the First Emperor of China, Qinshihuang ; Emperor Wuling of the Zhao Dynasty about who it was said "He Practices Horse Riding and Arrow Shooting in Hu's Garbs," and Lian Po and Lin Xiangru who figure in the story "The General and the Premier Make Up".

Handan has many places for you to tour and enjoy, including as many as 400 cultural heritage sites and 100 important attractions. You can visit Wuling Cong Tai Terrace, the Golden Millet Dream, Lu Xian Ancestral Hall, Toddler Bridge,Xiangtangshan Grottoes,Zhao Wang City,and Huche Lane.

The city is called an "Excellent Tourism City," a "National Garden City," "National Double-supported Model City," the "City of Idiom," the "City of Prose" and the "City of Tai Chi." The city is approved by the State Council with local legislative power.

  • Telephone area code: 0310
  • Postal zip code: 056002
  • City flower: China rose


The Beijing-Shenzhen expressway runs through the city, and it only takes 5 hours to go by vehicle from Handan to Beijing. You can go to Shijiazhuang and Anyang on this highway. Highways 107 and 309 intersect at the city.


Handan Railway Station is located in the city center and the west end of Heping Road.
Travelers can take No.11, 13, 14, 15, 26 and 31 buses to get there. Beijing-Guangzhou railway runs through the north and south. There are also several trains to Beijing West Railway Station every day.


Handan is located at the eastern foot of Taihang Mountain. The city has modest rainfall and four distinct seasons. It is very hot and rainy in the summer, and it has a wet and windy spring. The yearly temperature is around 13.5 °C. The average temperature is -2.3 °C in the coldest month that is January and 26.9 °C in the hottest month in the summer. The extreme temperatures on record are -19 °C for the coldest and 42.5 °C for the hottest. The region enjoys 200 frost-free days and 2557 hours of sunlight a year.

Questions and Answers About Handan Travel Guide

Fran 2012-08-06
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I am thinking of taking a job in your beautiful city. Is it a safe place to live, by that I mean is there much air polution? I have a breathing disease. Are there many westerners who live there? I am very excited about seeing the beauty and meeting the people. Is it possible to take classes in Mandrin for those who speak English?

hi, This is sammi from China highlights. I was wondering which city you are going to stay? In the big cities, there are lots of westerners living in the city, however for city like Handan, not as much. Here in Guilin we have many school teaching chinese to westerners, you can choose to learn chinese here as well as there are many westerners learning chinese here.

Sammi Dai replied on 2012-08-07
PUANG KWONG ANN 2012-07-12
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My name is Puang Kwong Ann from Singapore.I am planning a business trip to Shahe city from Guangzhou by air to Handan airport.[Our supplier has arrangedl pick-up from the airport to hotel]But on going back,I am planning to take train from Shahe city to Handan by train.What is the distance?Is is better to take taxi to Handan train station?From HANDAN Train station,I will take Handan to Shijiazhuang train station then to Shijizhang airport to Qingdao.How far is Shijiazhuang train station to Shijiazhang airport Departure terminal?Thank youBrgds

Dear Puang Kwong Ann,

Thank you for your inquiry. My name is Doris Huang and I am a travel advisor. It is my pleasure to assist you

The distance from Shahe to Handan Train Station is 28km, it takes about 20 minutes and CNY12 by train, and 50 minutes by taxi.

And the distance from Shijiazhuang Train Station to Shijiazhuang Airport is about 40km, it takes about CNY95 and 40 minutes by taxi.

Hope this would help you!

Doris Huang replied on 2012-07-13
Mark McDermott 2011-02-04
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Greetings! Just got my new U.S. passport and I can't wait to visit Handan! Can I fly there, or do I have to go to Beijing, or some other airport close to Handan? Also, is there a mount Hanshan! I love the mountains, and it is said there is a temple there, and the city is named after this mountain made famous by a poet, is this true? Is it a world class climb, or something I can take a girl to for a great vacation? Thanks for your time!
Dear Mr. Mark McDermott, Thank you for visiting our web site and your interest in our services. My name is Nora Ou. I am a travel advisor at China Highlights. It is my pleasure to assist you. There is no International flight to arrive in Handan directly. It’ suggested you fly to Beijing and then take a flight or train to Handan. Hanshan (Cold Mountains) is famous for a poet in China. Please visit http://www.gardendigest.com/zen/hsind.htm#Biography here for detailed information of the poet. Hanshan is a very nice place to visit, located in Suzhou. It won’t be very tiring to visit. If you would like us customize a China tour for you, please feel free to contact me at nora@chinahighlights.com. Nora Ou replied on 2011-02-05
cliff craswell 2010-08-26
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Hi,i have 3 questions, 1- Can anyone recomend a good but not to expensive hotel near to the beijing airport for 1 night? 2- Also a decent hotel in handan,probably with aircon in rooms ? 3- What will the weather be like in Handan at that time of year please
Hello Cliff, Please see my answers to your questions below. 1. I recommend Sino Swiss Hotel Airport to you, which near the Beijing Capital Airport. 2. I recommend Century Crown Hotel in Handan to you. 3. Could you please let me konw your travel date regards to your Handan tour? Michael Hu replied on 2010-08-27
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