Qinhuangdao is situated near a section of the Beijing-Shenyang
Railway Line in the northeastern part of Hebei Province. It borders
the Yanshan Mountains in the north and Bohai Bay in the south. One
of north China's ice-free natural harbors, it abounds in fish,
prawns, and other aquatic products. The famous health resort,
Beidaihe Beach, lies southwest of the city.
First Pass Under Heaven"
This pass, also called Shanhai pass, is located fifteen kilometers
northeast of Qinhuangdao at the eastern terminus of the Great Wall.
The "pass city" was built during the Ming Dynasty in the fourteenth
year of Emperor Hong Wu's rule (A.D. 1381). It controlled
communications between north and northeast China, a strategic
location for which wars were often fought.
At the entrance to the pass is a twelve-meter-high rectangular city
gate, which connects the Great Wall to the south and north. On top
of the gate is a two-storied tower, which is 13 meters high, 20
meters wide, and 11 meters tick and decorated with painted eaves.
The tower commands a spectacular view of distant Bohai Bay to the
south and the tortuous path of the Great Wall to the north.
This temple is located in the Shanhai Pass District of Qinhuangdao.
Legend says that in the time of Qin Shi Huang, the First Emperor of
the Qin Dynasty, Meng Jaingn|'s husband was conscripted to help
build the Great Wall. Missing her husband very much, Meng jiangnu
set out on the long journey to see him. When she arrived at eh foot
of the wall, she learned that her husband had been worked to death
and buried beneath it, and she wept so many tears that a huge
section of the Great Wall crumbled away. The sorrowful woman then
drowned herself in the sea, and a temple was erected to commemorate
her. A clay sculpture of Meng Jaingnnu stands in front of the temple
hall. Dressed in a black gown, she gazes out at the sea, her
expression revealing her grief and indignation.
This resort is located fifteen kilometers southwest of Qinhuangdao.
It faces Bohai to the south and has the Lianfeng Hills, with their
forests of pine and cypress, as a back drop. The beach is two
kilometers wide and extends for ten kilometers from Daihekou in the
west to Eagle Rock in the east. With its beautiful winding coastline
and its pleasant, moderate climate, Beidaihe Beach is a popular spot
for summer vacations.
area is dotted with buildings and villas, some along the beach and
others hidden in groves. The main attractions are South Heavenly
Gate (Nantianmen), Cave Leading to the Sky (Tongtiandong), Camel
Rock (Luotuosi), Tiger Rock (Laohusi), Guanyin Monastery, and Lotus
Since national liberation of 1949, roads in downtown districts and a
beachside highway have been built or repaired. Sanatoriums embracing
an area of 3,160,000 square meters have been built and five
beachside parks restored.
(source: China Internet