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Tangshan Travel Guide, China

Tangshan is the industrial city of the province of Hebei of China. This is a city that became famous only after the Tangshan earthquake which had struck the city with a magnitude of 8.2 on the Richter scale, in 1976. With this earthquake, the city the city experienced massive deaths and casualties and was reconstructed into the tourist attraction it is today.

The Yanshan Mountain lies to the north of Tangshan. The second longest river of North China, the Luanhe also passes through Tangshan. The history of Tangshan spans over a century while its name stems from the Tangshan Mountain. The opening of a coal mine way back in 1877 by a Cantonese merchant formed the base for the blooming coal mining center Tangshan is today.

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Today Tangshan is a heavy trade city which manufactures products like motor vehicles, cement, petroleum products, machinery and glass. The many steel and iron factories, electricity plants and chemical programs that exist in Tangshan today is all possible because of the city’s Caifeidian Project.

With the climate here being a warm and temperate, the best time to visit Tangshan is in summer and autumn. The sea is calm in summer while the climate is chilling and delightful in autumn. The standard temperature of Tangshan is 11 degrees centigrade while its standard annual rainfall reaches 765 millimeters. It is easy to reach Tanshan as there are numerous buses and trains plying from Beijing to Tianjing.

Places to visit

The Eastern Qing Mausoleum is a great, and well kept complex of the 15 majestic tombs of Ming and Qing Emperor. The religious mountain, Jingzhong Mountain is famous for its mix of Taoist, Buddhist and Confucian constructions that have existed here since the Qing Dynasty of 1644 - 1911.

Parts of the magnificent Great Wall of China was built under the waters of the Xifeng Lake, which passes through northern Tangshan city. This was built during the Ming Dynasty between 1368 to 1644. The other places worth visiting while in Tangshan are the Puti, Yuetuo and Jinsha islets and the Lingshan and Jiufeng Mountains.


The cuisine in Tangshan is typically salty as the flavor of North China. The specialties of the city include thin pieces of fish with sauce, pork joints and braised turtle rim. The favorite snacks of the locals are honey sesame sweets and pancakes in the shape of Chinese chessmen.

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