On October 23, 2019 Eastern Time, a promotional film for Qinhuangdao tourism suddenly appeared on the NASDAQ screen of Times Square in New York. In the one-minute video, Qinhuangdao, with its rich Chinese culture and colorful city scenery, appeared on the world stage.
Located in the Northeast of Hebei Province, Qinhuangdao is close to Beijing and Tianjin in the west, borders on Liaoning Province in the east, faces Bohai Sea in the south and leans against Mt. Yanshan in the north. It is 280 km from Beijing and 220 km from Tianjin. The city spans over a land area of 7,802 km2 with a permanent population of 3.11 million.
Qinhuangdao is a city with abundant historical and cultural heritage. More than 2,200 years ago, the first emperor in Chinese history, Emperor Qin Shihuang, visited along the east of China and sent Xu Fu and others to the sea here to seek immortality, and then Qinhuangdao got its name. More than 600 years ago, Xu Da, the general of the Ming Dynasty, set up a guard here and built the first gate of the Great Wall — Shanhaiguan. 120 years ago, Emperor Guangxu of the Qing Dynasty approved the opening of the port, and Beidaihe was turned into a mixed habitat for Chinese and foreign people, opening the first of modern tourism in China. More than 60 years ago, it became the summer vacation office of Chinese national leaders, and was praised as China’s “summer capital.” The millennial culture, the precious heritage of the singularity and the profound historical memory has given Qinhuangdao a unique cultural charm.
Qinhuangdao is an urban tourism city with unique talents. There is no freezing winter days or broiling days in summer. The 162.7-kilometer coastline is smooth, the blue sky and green land are competing with each other. The mountains of Qinhuangdao are magnificent and lush, with lush forests, steep peaks and green valleys, waterfalls and springs. The forest coverage rate is over 54% with more than 500 species of birds live and multiply here. The city is known as the Great Wall Waterfront Park, the Backyard Garden of Beijing-Tianjin, and the “China Bird Watching Capital”. Beidaihe Life and Health Industry Innovation Demonstration Zone absorbs international advanced medical and health resources and builds a five-in-one health industry pattern of “medical, medicine, recuperation, health and tourism”, making Qinhuangdao a blessed place of “healthy, longevity, beautiful and livable”.
Qinhuangdao is a vibrant city of Openness. As the first coastal open city in China, it has complete urban supporting facilities. The three expressways of Beijing-Haibin, Coastal and Chengde-Qinhuangdao meet here, high-speed rails connected more than 10 cities including Beijing, Tianjin and Shanghai. Beidaihe Airport can directly fly to more than 20 cities at home and abroad. We has the world’s largest energy export port — Qinhuangdao Port. The city is the global automobile wheel manufacturing base, China’s largest aluminum product production and processing base, China’s high-quality dry red wine production base, China’s heavy equipment export base, and a million-ton shipbuilding base.
Qinhuangdao is an urban tourism city with unique talents. Here gathers thousands of miles of Yanshan, the Great Wall and the vast seas and rivers. The city has a rich collection of tourism resources such as mountains, seas, forts, towns, hot springs, wetlands and old villas. It has cultivated six major tourism products, such as “seaside resort, maritime entertainment, recreation and health, mountain ecology, cultural experience, and wine leisure”. Tourism, such as experience, wine and leisure, attracts more than 60 million visitors every year. It has formed many classic tourist routes such as the Great Wall Cultural Experience Tour, the Coastal Leisure Holiday Tour, and the Wine Romantic Travel Tour. Qinhuangdao has won the honorary titles of “China’s Excellent Tourism City”, “China’s Best Leisure City” and “China’s Top Ten Marine Tourism Destinations”. At present, there are 41 scenic spots in Grade A and above, 208 travel agencies, 45 tourist star-rated hotels, and more than 2,000 hotel houses (farmhouses). The total number of beds in the city is nearly 240,000.
As China’s first coastal open city and an important node city along the Beijing-Tianjin and the Bohai Sea, the development of Qinhuangdao has entered a new era and ushered in new opportunities. Qinhuangdao is guided by the development concept of innovation, coordination, green, openness and sharing, vigorously promote tourism industrialization, industrial tourism, product internationalization, promote the integration of port city, city integration, cultural and travel integration, and build a world-class tourism city.
Qin Huang Mountain & Sea, Promised Land of Health Care, Charming Qinhuangdao welcomes tourists from all over the world.