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Qinhuangdao Travel Guide

ShanhaiguanShanhaiguan: the Great Wall on the coast

Situated in the northeast of Hebei Province on the Bohai Sea, Qinhaundao is a popular seaside resort city. It is 270 kilometers (170 miles) from Beijing to the west and is 220 kilometers from Tianjin.  The city is quite small for China.

It has abundant tourist resources including a section of the Great Wall and beaches. The most important coastal attractions are distributed along the sea. Among them, there are the ideal summer resort: Beidaihe and Shanhaiguan Pass which was regarded as the "first Great Wall fort in the world" for its strategic position.


Qinhuangdao is an aged city with a long and rich history. It was an important port for foreign trade in north China.

It has a story to its name... In 215 BC, the first emperor of China, Emperor Qin went eastward. When he got to this area, he sent someone to go to the sea and search for immortals. Then the city got its name "Qinhuangdao", in which Qin refers to the first emperor of Qin, huang means 'emperor' and dao means 'island', of which there are several on its coast. And thus it became the only city in China named after the title of an emperor.

Qinghuangdao Weather

Qinhuangdao is an ideal summer resort. It is situated in the temperate monsoon zone with mild/cool climate and moderate humidity. In summer, it is mild and fine on most days. The average summer high temperature is 25°C (39°F)

It does not rain a lot in spring or summer, unlike further south. The annual average rainfall is a moderate 740 mm. Winters are long with freezing periods and an average low of 4°C (39°F). The attractions are still visitable if you don't mind the chill and bracing breezes.

Qinhuangdao Food &Dining

Qinhuangdao, on the coast about 270 km (170 miles) east of Beijing, is known for numerous seafood restaurants. Seafood is the area's specialty.

Sweet and sour fish Delicious Sweet and Sour Fish is a common fish dish.

Qinhuangdao is known for its many seafood restaurants. The variety of edible sea things the Chinese serve in the restaurants is much greater than in most countries.

Qinhuangdao Shopping

Qinhuangdao is a coastal city, hence the major local specialties in the city are marine products, and almost all the art wares are made of shell-fish. Visitors who want to buy the local specialties can go to Shitang Road Market in Beidaihe (北戴河石塘路市场). The market is the largest shopping place in Qinhuangdao City, offering pearl, agates, emeralds, jades, necklaces, art wares, tourist souvenirs, marine products and clothing and so on. In addition, the market is also the largest terminal market for oearl in North China.

There is a commercial district (Taiyang Cheng Commercial District) in Jiangdong Road, Qinhuangdao. Most of the large or middle shopping malls are there, including Qinhuangdao Shopping Mall, Jinyuan Marketplace, Liangma Shopping Plaza, Hualian Marketplace, Jindu Shopping Plaza, Taiyang Cheng Pedestrian Street, etc. Visitors can buy various products there, including things for daily uses, clothing, shoes, bags, cosmetics and home appliances and so on. In addition, there are some shops selling some unique commodities and art wares.

Leduhui 乐都汇 Shopping Mall

In the shopping mall, Floor 2 and 3 is a large supper market, recreational center and catering center is located in Floor 4, and the rest parts are room for some shops selling clothing, shoes, accessories and bags and so on.

  • Address: Wenhua Crossing, Haigang District (海港区文化路口)

Modern Shopping Plaza 现代购物广场

It is a shopping mall mainly offering middle-grade products, including clothing, shoes, bags, etc. In addition, entertainment facilities such as KTV and cinemas are also available there.

  • Address: 42 Minzu Road (民族路42号)

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