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Zaozhuang Travel Guide, China

Zaozhuang, Travel Guide – Location

Zaozhuang is a city located in eastern China, part of Shandong Province. Zaozhuang travel guide will make a short description presenting the city’s main features like topography, flora, population and more.

Zaozhuang, Travel Guide – Topography and Climate

Zaozhuang is set in a plain area at an average elevation of 73m, thus having a quite monotone topography. An important element in the local picture is the Grand Canal which sustains several marshy areas on its banks in this way breaking some of the regularity of the land forms.

The climate within Zaozhuang is temperate monsoon but with higher average temperatures. This climate is characterized by four seasons with smaller differences between them in temperatures and precipitations. With an average temperature of 15ºC and a rainy period in spring, Zaozhuang is a great holiday destination for anyone.

The Grand Canal crossing the city is one of the main tourist attractions in the city due to its 2000 years old history. In ancient times it had a crucial economic and social role but nowadays a boat trip on the canal is the best way to observe the real life Chinese landscape and people.

Zaozhuang, Travel Guide – Flora and Fauna

Original Zaozhuang flora is well adapted to the flat topography and mild weather like the cattail; still the cultivated species are more often observed here especially rice, corn, potatoes, soybeans and fruits like the white pear, walnuts etc. Along the main roads and in all parks and other green areas we can meet numerous poplars and the famous arborvitae along with other decorative plants.

Wild animals are few, still one can find here mice, hares, mandarin ducks, wild owls and countless insect species.

Zaozhuang, Travel Guide – Population

Zaozhuang is the home of about 3,5 million Chinese people most of them being Han Chinese. Buddhism and Taoism are very popular here and the official language is Chinese spoken along with numerous Mandarin dialects.

Zaozhuang is also a city with a flourishing economy having as main elements the mining industry, textile industry and the medicine one. This area also produces and exports, tobacco, paper, different construction materials and food.

Zaozhuang, Travel Guide – Culture and Arts

Zaozhuang is a city with an old and famous culture, archeologists considering that everything started to evolve about seven millenniums ago. With such a heritage, Zaozhuang is considered nowadays as the cradle of Chinese culture, an important stop for any tourist. Art is also very present and can be admired at your first step in the city through the architecture. Some of the most famous buildings here are the Yiwang Pavilion, Qingtan Temple and Ganguan Temple. The latter two temples are also religious edifices dedicated to Buddha, very relevant for the architecture during Ming Dynasty.

Zaozhuang, Travel Guide – Transport

Zaozhuang has very good connections with the rest of the province through several modern highways, railroads and about four airports, all located within an hour away from the city. Two major highways and also an express railroad connect the city with Beijing and not only. Water transportation is another option in Zaozhuang due to the presence of the Grand Canal passing through, being used in freight but also passenger transportation.

Zaozhuang, Travel Guide – Festivals

Festivals are being organized in Zaozhuang all year round, beginning with spring when the Pear Flower Festival is held and continuing with the Dragon Boat Festival, China National day and so on. A much appreciated event in the city is also the Confucius Cultural Festival which takes place every September praising the Chinese philosopher who was born in Zaozhuang. During this festival numerous scientific sessions take place gathering important Chinese and foreign personalities and awards are being offered to the most appreciated ones.

If time permits you can also read other travel guides like Zhengzhou Travel Guide or Taiyuan Travel Guide.

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