Zhanjiang Travel Information
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Introduction
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Zhanjiang lies in the southwest of Guangdong Province. It is situated in Leizhou Peninsular, neighboring the South Sea in the east and Beibu Gulf in the west. The city is separated from Hainan Province by Qiongzhou Strait.

A port city located in Guangdong Province, Zhanjiang was once leased to the Frencha and serves as a base for oil exploration projects in the South China Sea.

Over 1 million people live in Zhanjiang, making it one of China's smaller cities, and almost all speak Cantonese. Cantonese is the primary language of all of Guangdong Province, although most younger people speak Mandarin and a growing number speak English. Zhanjiang is pronounced jän-jyäng in Mandarin and called Tsamkong in Cantonese. Zhanjiang translates roughly into pure or deep (zhan) and river (jiang). The region, originally settled by Miao, Li, and Yao tribes, continually attracted migrating groups from the north; some (notably the Hakka) retain their own languages.

It is a seaport and trade center having many varied industries, including shipyards, textile plants, sugar refining, chemical, and electric power industries.

Seaside tourism with unique characteristics. With lovely scenes, Zhanjiang has great potential to develop the tourism industry, which is particularly characterized by seawater, islands, beaches, sunshine and forest belts. Zhanjiang has developed two tourist and holiday resorts on provincial level, namely, Donghai Island and Jizhao Bay, and a number of tourist and holiday resorts on municipal level such as Nansan Island, Wuyang Golden Seashore and Xuwen Baisha Bay.

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History

During the Qin Dynasty (221BC-206BC), the area of today's Zhanjiang belonged to Xiang Shire and the central government of the Han Dynasty (206BC-220AD) set Xuwen County administering the whole Leizhou Peninsular. It was one of the earliest departure points on the Marine Silk Road. After the Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) dynasties, this area began moving forward with big strides.

Zhanjiang was a small fishing port when it was occupied by the French in 1898. The next year, the French forced the Chinese to lease Zhanjiang to them for 99 years. The French wanted to develop the port, which they called Fort Bayard, to serve southern China, in parts of which France had exclusive rights to railway and mineral development. Their efforts, however, were hindered by the poverty of the surrounding land. The French retained control of the region until 1943, when the Japanese occupied the area during World War II. The Japanese relinquished control to the Chinese in 1945.

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Climate

 

The city enjoys a tropical and subtropical monsoon climate with low altitudes, north of the tropic of cancer. Influenced by the ocean climate, Zhanjiang escapes the heat of the summer and chilliness of the winter.
When to Go: Zhanjiang is favorable for visiting at any season because of its comfortable weather.

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Attractions
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Zhanjiang Museum

The Zhanjiang museum has been completed in 1960 year, where was situated in the Cunjin bridge park.That is the big Soviet-type three floor buildings. The total area of museum is 8,000 square meters, the construction of building total area is 4,100 square meters. It’s the biggest museum in Guangdong provinces and cities level. Here collects cultural relic up to ten thousand. For instance : the stone implement, pottery, the bronze drum, the Eastern Han Dynasty canoe, the statue of Kunlun woman’s head inTang Dynasty, the cultural relic of agaist French army and so on, where has been expected to find everything and having national level of cultural relics.

Zhanjiang Hu Guang Yan

Located southeast of Zhanjiang City, 18 km from Xiashan Mountain, Huguang Yan is an oval lake along the cliffs. The scenic spot is 3.6 sq. km wide with a lake area of 2.6 sq. km and the lake is 20 meters deep.It is a well-preserved crater lake rarely seen in China. And it is of high value in the field of science, tourism and medical care.

Nanqiao park (South bridge park)

There is ancient name ‘Nanxi river’ by South the bridge river, which crosses the Chekan area, It’s the biggest nature river in the urban district. And same time it’s the biggest flood discharge river course. The South bridge river, north the bridge river started from 1997 to renovate. South the bridge park completes, while the pollution discharge of project about the south bridege river divide into three preriod, the two parts have combined scenic spot near river from north bridge park and renovating the coverging north bridge river and south bridge river. The South bridge park also is one of the good leisure and entertainment place for location people.

Donghai Island

The Donghai Island in Zhanjiang City is the fifth largest island in China. Longhaitian, north of the island, is a province-level international tourism and holiday resort. It faces the South Pacific Ocean, which enables tourist to enjoy the sunrise. A 28-mile long sea beach, the longest beach in China, is a fantastic as the Gold Coast in Australia.

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Transportation

Zhanjiang is at the base of a peninsula that points toward the island province Hainan. Travellers often pass through Zhanjiang en route to Hainan. There are trains and buses to/from nearby mainland cities and boats to Haikou, capital of Hainan. The boat is an hour bus ride away from Zhan Jiang.
There are three train stations and a small airport that service Zhanjiang. Buses also run daily to most nearby cities.

A bus runs daily from Zhanjiang to Hong Kong (8 hours) and tickets are ¥280 at the travel agency's office in the ChiKan district.

Get around

Zhanjiang is almost like two cities combined. The northern half (Chikan and Mazhan districts) and the southern (Xiashan district) are separated by a less developed corridor.

The main bus routes (2,11,12,22) travel from the northern districts to Xiashan and back. Smaller buses and other routes can allow you to explore more areas of the individual districts.

Taxis in Zhanjiang are fairly cheap, starting at ¥5. Afterwards the fare increases by ¥2 per kilometer. Please note that there is an additional ¥1 fuel surcharge that will be added onto your final fare.

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