Zhaoqing (肇庆; Zhàoqìng) is a city near Guangzhou in Guangdong Province in China. It is famous for its fresh air and its beautiful mountainous surroundings. With an urban population of 1.2 million, it is much smaller than neighboring cities like Guangzhou and Shenzhen.
By planeThere is long-distance intercity bus service from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport to Zhaoqing. It is convenient and safe.
Zhaoqing rail station
By busBuses from Guangzhou leave frequently. You can catch them from Yuexuenan (越秀南) or from the bus terminal near the train station.
Buses to Kaiping leave from the downtown bus terminal. Buses from Hong Kong and Macau arrive nearby on Duanzhou 4th Rd.
Long distance bus terminalNext to the rail station
Downtown bus station
- Bus 12 links city train station and main bus station
- Bus 21 goes to the Dinghu Shan reserve from the main bus station
In the city
Seven Star Crags ParkSeven rocky peaks (crags) sit here in the middle of a beautiful lake. The arrangement of the peaks resembles the Big Dipper constellation, so the crags are known as the Seven Star Crags, and the lake as Star Lake. The site is sometimes known as "little Guilin" due to its resemblance to the spectacular Guilin scenery. There are also some temples and pagodas in the park. Located just north of downtown Zhaoqing.
Water and Light displayA big fountain with songs playing. The show takes place every day at 8PM, in Star Lake, opposite to the big plaza at the end of Tianning Rd (天宁路）.
Piyun HouseA fancy looking three-storey building, built as a lookout in the year 1118 AD (Song Dynasty). Located on the north side of the ancient city wall, west of People's Road.
YuejianglouA Ming Dynasty-period mansion that served as the headquarters of the Fourth Revolutionary Army, commanded by Ye Ting, in the early 20th century. Now, the Zhaoqing city museum is located in this building (or possibly a building very close by - unsure). Judging by pictures online, it seems that this museum has some interesting exhibits, but they are only described in Chinese.
The leaning pagodaNot as steep as Pisa but not straight either.
Sharon White Mother TempleWhite Dragon Temple in Duanzhou District in the western suburbs of turtle mountain east, South West, Jianyu Ming Wanli fifteen years (1587). The temple is the only church, Dragon Pavilion and the part, the" eight Zhaoqing roof turtle song Yin" and" white moon" not far from the temple. Dragon Pavilion building area of 28 square meters, blue glazed tile Xieshan Ding, column inscribed " book gives Long Zhangen the country; inscriptions parent Deze Pei Chinese" poetic couplet; the only remaining Dongxiang, an area of 56 square meters. The temple of Zhaoqing city in 1984 was classified as heritage conservation units.
Ling Hill FortLocated on the east city outskirts, Xijiang Antelope Canyon entrance north of antelope hills. One of seven forts built in Zhaoqing in 1920 by Luo Yang to defend against Lin Hu.
Baogong templeZhaoqing Bao temple is located west of Zhaoqing, is an imitation of buildings, except the church, mountain door, and hall, East, West Peidian, bell tower, Drum Tower, pavilion, corridor, such as well, covers an area of 11500 square meters, and other Baogong compared, its size at the forefront, but also reflects the ridge South ancient architectural features and style.
Dinghu MountainA nature reserve about 20 kilometers northeast of the city. Has nice walking paths through temples, trees, waterfalls and pools. Beware, it can be packed on holidays. To get there you can take the local bus no. 15 from Tianning rd. (天宁路) - the bus heading south.
Xiaozhou VillageThe village is a short taxi ride from University City. Some travelers describe this district as full of historical buildings, fruit orchards and canals and relate that, in recent years, this has become artists' haven. Others report that recent development has obliterated all traces of the village and that the district is a typical industrial suburb adjoining a huge field used as an outdoor latrine.
Street Marketaddress: Wenming rd, (文明路）a street market, mostly clothing and footwear.
OYCClassified as 5-, 6-, or 7-star depending on what brochure you read, this luxury resort, next to "Seven Star Crags" lake, has a large series of artificial hot springs in the basement. Mostly frequented by rich Chinese.
Zhang Shan Hoteladdress: 40 Jianshe Road (建设路40号; Jiànshèlù)Doubles for ¥90 and tripples for ¥120