Hebei Province, which surrounds China’s capital Beijing and Municipality Tianjin and boarders Bohai Sea to the east, Central Plain to the south, Taihang Mountain to the west and Yanshan Mountain to the north, is a major part of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei or Jingjinji Metropolitan Region. The name Hebei literally means "north of the river", referring to its location entirely to the north of the Yellow River. It covers an area of 188,000 square kilometerswith a total population of 75 million.
Hebei boasts profound history, with 6 World Cultural Heritages, 6 National Famous Historical and Cultural Cities, 278 National Cultural Heritage sites. Two million years ago, there was already the trace of human activities in Nihewan Basin in Yangyuan County. According to theRecords of the Grand Historian,5000 years ago,the ancestor to all Chinese-the Yellow Emperor had a fight with Yan Emperor and Chiyou in the current Zhuolu County and merged into a new tribe. 2000 years ago, the state of Yan and state of Zhao had existed here, that’s why it’s also called Yanzhao Land. Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties had chosen Beijing as their capital, so Hebei became an important environs that protects Beijing. Hebei Museum showcases nearly 240,000 cultural relics among which there are 340 first-class relics. The exquisite and impressive crafts are the essence of the profound history and culture of Yanzhao Land.
Here you can see well-developed transportation. The mountains and rivers in Hebei are closely connected to those in Beijing and Tianjin. Within the area, there are high-speed trains that expands in all directions,expressways and roads that lead to every county and village. The Jingjinji one-hour traffic circle and half-an-hour commuting circle have been built. There are six airports including Shijiangzhuang, Chengde, Zhangjiakou, Qinhuangdao, Tangshan, and Handan airports and 131 international and domestic airlines in operation and the new Beijing Airport is accelerating its building. The three major ports in Northern China, Tangshan, Qinhuangdao and Huanghua provide accesses to more than 400 ports in the world.
Hebei boasts rich tourism resources including two of the Top Ten national Tourist Attractions in China, two of the World Geoparks and 60 National Forest Parks and Natural Reserves. It is the only province that owns coasts, plains, lakes, hills, mountains and plateaus and it can be called the miniature of China’s landform.
The splendid history, culture and natural scenes enhance each other’s beauty and make Hebei a colorful and pleasant tourist attraction.
Now Hebei is standing on a new point and faced with important strategic opportunities like the integrated development of Jingjinji Area, establishing the Xiong’an New Area, and Zhangjiakou co-hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics with Beijing. Hebei is taking the opportunities to involve beauty in every aspect of our nature and human activities, in every corner of our rural and urban areas, in every inch of our land and endeavor to build a more beautiful, splendid, open, inclusive and pleasant Hebei.