Handan travel guide
If you find yourself in the north of China then you should make your way to Hebei Province. In the south of this amazing province you will find the city of Handan, easily accessible for a weekend getaway when visiting either Beijing or Tianjin.
Handan is truly a jewel in the crown this beautiful province. It is a place with a long history. Eight thousand years ago the Cishan Culture flourished, and then during the Warring States period Handan was established as the capital of the Zhao kingdom. Then in the Han Dynasty it was proclaimed as one of the five essential cities in the entire country.
You will find this stunning city lying in the base of the Taihang Mountains. The mountains are covered in Euptelea and other wild flowers used in traditional herbal medicine and are the distinctive flowers of the city.
A city guide to Handan is essential for you to discover some of the amazing things to see and do in this lovely city. The first cultural attraction to visit to see is Wahuang Palace. It is also called Nainai Ding, or Grandma Temple in English. It is located around 68 miles west of the city in Tangwangjiao Mountain in Shexian County. It was established during the Northern Qi Dynasty (550 – 577) in honour of the goddess Nuwa.
The temple complex consists of 135 houses, 75 stone tablets inscribed during various successive dynasties, six sutra inscriptions engraved in the cliffs and three grottoes. The main Wahung Palace sits at one of the 18 mountain bends, along with the Chaoyuan Palace, Tingcan Palace and Guangsheng Palace. Inside the main palace you will be amazed by the beautiful halls and pavilions, every one guaranteed to wow you.
The next stop in your city guide to Handan is the stunning Jingniang Lake, located in a stunning region 37 miles away from the city centre. The lake has a beautiful story behind it – Zhao Kuangyin, the first Song emperor (960 – 1279) rescued a young beautiful girl name Jingniang. It is a peaceful and serene place where you can recharge your batteries. There are many places to see in and around the lake, including Jingniang Gorge, Songzu Gorge, Xianling Gorge, and Gaoxia Pinghu, which means Calm Lake Rising from the Steep Gorge.
The Xiangtangshan Grottoes date back to 550 and consist of 16 grottoes dedicated to Buddhist artwork. There are many statues of the Buddha, paintings, calligraphy and stunning architecture which will amaze you upon viewing.
Restaurants in Handan have a variety of dishes but if you want to try local dishes ask for donkey meat sausage and daming apricots along with Congtai wine to help it all go down.
There are a variety of hotels in Handan which will appeal to all tastes and budgets. Those on strict budgets will find several hostels and guesthouses; comfortable rooms for those seeking in the mid-range bracket; as well as luxury hotels for those who want the best.
Handan is a stunning city to spend a weekend or an entire week. You will find this beautiful place interesting and friendly and will create memories to last a lifetime.