Updated: 2004-07-16 13:43
Located in the south of Hebei Province, Xingtai is
close to the Taihang Mountains in the west. It is bordered on the north by
Shijiazhuang, on the south by Handan and on the east by Shandong Province.
It has traffic and transport advantages, for two
railways-Beijing-Guangzhou and Beijing-Jiulong and two national highways G308
and G108 crossing it and the Xingtai Airpot-the only one in the southern part of
Hebei Province. Under its jurisdiction, there are 20 counties, cities and
districts with a total area of 12,500 square kilometers and a population of 6.6
Xingtai has a
3,500-year-old history. It has been widely known because "it was an ancient
capital being fertile and close to rivers and mountains."In ancient times, it
was the origin place of the Shang clan, the Capital of Zuyi, and the territory
of Xing Marquis. There had been several capitals set up here in history. Xingtai
is the oldest city in Hebei Province.
There had been many outstandingly distinguished people and cardinal events in
Xingtai. Hence there are many spots concerned with them, for instance, the
former residence of Monk Yi Xing-a famous astronomer in the Tang Dynasty, the
Museum Guo Shoujing-an outstanding scientist in the Yuan Dynasty. Also the
Zijinshan Academy where the "Five Xingzhou Talents"had studied in the Yuan
Dynasty, the stone tablet written by Song Jing-a prime minister in the Tang
The calligraphy "Ode to Wintersweets"written by Emperor Qianlong in the Qing
Dynasty, the Xing Marquis Tombs, the Guangyang Mountain where Lao-tze once
cultivated his moral character.
Also the Queshan Temple in memory of
Bian Que-ancestor of the traditional Chinese medicine is in Xingtai. The site
where the Zhao State's Prince Wuling was killed in the Warring States is located
nearby. The camps of the outlaw Yellow Turbans Army in the end of the Eastern
Han Dynasty, the Museum of the Yihetuan Movement at Weixian County, the
beautiful Han Dynasty peony at Baixiang County, the Wusong Park at Qinghe
County, the Exhibition Hall of Chinese People's Anti-Japanese Military and
Political College in the Qiannan Valley. Visiting such places, you may be deeply
impressed with the cultural diversity of Xingtai.
Xingtai is also
remarkable for its landscapes. These include the Xingtai Gorges, the Kongshan
Baiyun Cave, the Qiannan Valley, Xiaotianchi and more.
There are many
delicious foods and peculiar products in Xingtai as well such as the Heis"boiled
dumpling, Xingtai's pot sticker, Taihang's Chinese chestnut, Longyao's green
Chinese onion, Weixian's watermel-on, Xingtai's date and apricot, Shahe's
machang pear, Longyao's zepan lotus root, the Fugang apple and so on, among
which the Fugang apple is most famous.
Moreover, Qinghe County is a base in manufacturing sheep fine hair products
famous both at home and abroad. Hualong Group is well-known for its food
products. Xingtai's Lanniao furniture is also very popular in China.
colorful culture, there are many folk performances in the traditional festivals
like the Spring Festival and the Mid-autumn Festival. For instance, one can
enjoy the performances of the taipingdao music, Weixian's luantan opera, and
Longyao's yangko dance. It was said that the taipingdao music was used to
celebrate victories by the outlaw Yellow Turbans Army in the Eastern Han
Dynasty. You can feel its ancient beauty when listening to it.
top twelve hotels with over 6,500 beds and nineteen travel agencies will provide
you with great service. It is also very convenient for you to go shopping at the
Xinya Shop, the Huatian Supermarket and some other shops. Besides, you can enjoy
yourself at many public recreational places such as the Chen-guang bowling Hall,
the Xuyang Bowling Hall, the Sanjian Tea House and so on. It is also very
pleasant to see the exhibition center of Lanniao furniture. Taste some of the
local Xing white spirite at the Zaohuajia White Spirit Company and you will not
The Guo Shoujing Museum The Guo Shoujing Museum
built in 1986 is located at the Dahuo-quan Park in the Qiao-xi District of
Xingtai City. It is a Guo Shouji-ng research center in China, and a base bo-th
for national science popularization education and patriotism education.
Shoujing (1231-1316), also named Guo Ruosi, born in Xingtai, was an outstanding
astronomer, mathematician, and expert of both water conservancy and apparatus
making in the Yuan Dynasty. He had contributed a lot to the world scientific
development with his over ten world-class scientific and technological
Hence, there had been two comm-emorative stamps of Guo
Shoujing published by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications in the 1960s.
A crater on the moon and the No. 2012 asteroid in the outer space were named
after him by the International Astronomy Association in the 1970s in honor of
his contributions to science.
With an area of 5,000 square meters, the museum shows the Ming and Qing
dynasties"construction styles. It consists of four exhibition areas. In the
first exhibition area, there are exhibits like the copper statue of Guo
Shoujing, the star observation platform, the celestial observation platform.
In the second exhibition area, there are exhibits like the abridged
armilla, the armillary sphere, and the scaphe made or used by Guo Shoujing. In
the third exhibition area, his achievements in carrying the water conservancy
projects are exhibited, and his water control method in Xingzhou, Xixia and
Dadu. In the fourth exhibition area, there is a medium-sized film projection
Drive along the Beijing-Shenzhen Express-way, turn to the Yingbin Avenue at
the Xingtai North Exit, go west to the Yejin North Road, head south up it until
you come to the Dahuoquan Road. Go east on it to the Dahuoquan Park, you will
arrive at the Guo Shoujing Museum.
Or take bus No. 14 or 18 at the
Xingtai Railway Station, get off at the Dahuoquan Stop.
Telephone: Office of the Guo Shoujing Museum:
Kaiyuan Temple The Kaiyuan Temple is
located near the middle section of the Xingzhou NorthRoad, Xingtai City. Built
during the Kaiyuan period in the Tang Dynasty with a long history of over 1,200
years, it was one of the origins of the Caodong sect of Buddhism. In the Five
Dynasties, Kong Ben, a monk from India, translated Buddhist sutras into Chinese
here in the Later Liang Dynasty. Being a temple of the imperial family in the
Yuan Dynasty, it had been visited by Kublai himself twice.
south, this 300-are temple looks very magnificent. According to the historical
record, in its height, there were thousands of monks and pilgrims attending the
lectures held by the abbot.
Most parts of the temple have been well
preserved such as the Maitreya Hall, the Pilu Hall, the Guanyin Hall and the
Great Buddha's Hall, which are of high historic and academic value.
To be specific, the four dragon and phoenix stone pillars in the Guanyin Hall
are 4.5 meters in height and 2.5 meters in girth. Coiling around them, the
dragons and phoenixes look very lively. The patterns and characters inscribed on
the over-eight-hundred-year-old Jinding Bell are still legible showing how
well-developed the metallurgical and casting techniques were at that time.
According to a legend, before it was tolled the first time, an old monk
said to the others, You can not toll the bell until I am 5 kilometers away"and
then left. However, being overwhelmingly eager to toll it, the other monks began
tolling it when he was only 1.5 kilometers away.So, as the legend goes the sound
of the bell can not be able to be heard any farther away.
Drive along the Beijing-Shenzhen Expressway, turn to the Yingbing Avenue at
the Xingtai North Exit, go west to the Xingzhou North Road, head south down it
until you come to the Guangming Street, then go west, you will arrive at the
By bus, take bus No. 1 or 20 at the Xingtai Railway
Station and get off at the Shoe Plant Stop.
Telephone: Administrative Office of the Kaiyuan Temple: