Destination China

Hebei

This is one of the country’s northernmost provinces. Hebei means “north of the river.” Coincidentally, this province is north of the Yellow River. Surprisingly, this province is only eighty-eight years old! The central government founded it in 1928.

hebei-chinaHebei borders on a number of cities, countries, and geographical terrains (seas, rivers, plains, grasslands).Its cli­mate is typical of a monsoon: Winters are cold and dry, while summers are hot and humid. For example, temperatures soar between -16°C and -3°C in January. In July, temperatures range from 20°C to 27°C. Given the high heat and humidity, it comes as no surprise that most rain falls during the summer months.

Attractions

Ming Great Wall: The site runs from Jiayu Pass in the west to the Shanhai Pass in the east (the walls measure 8,850 kilometres in length), and through to Manchuria, located in northeastern China. The walls consist of trenches and natural barriers such as hills and rivers.

Bedaihe Beach Resort: A ten-kilometre attraction from the Yinjiao Pavilion to the start of the Daihe River. Let yellow sand glide over your feet and step into shallow waters. While you’re having fun on the beach, let yourself be dazzled by caves, secluded paths, and winding bridges.

Chengde Mountain Resort (above): A complex made of imperial palaces and gardens. Seventy-two scenic wonders await, including the “Tower of Mist and Rain.” Be prepared to see many grasslands, forested mountains, and valleys among the many buildings. This resort is on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.

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