Top things to do

Mountain in Shíjiāzhuāng

Cāngyán Shān

This is the site of the transcendent, cliff-spanning Hanging Palace, a Sui-dynasty construction perched halfway up a precipitous gorge. If you think you’ve seen it before, you probably have – this was one of the loc…
Bridge in Shíjiāzhuāng

Zhàozhōu Bridge

China’s oldest bridge still standing, the Zhàozhōu Bridge has spanned the Jiǎo River (Jiǎo Hé) for 1400 years. As the world’s first segmental arch bridge (ie its arch is a segment of a circle, as opposed to a comple…
Museum in Shíjiāzhuāng

Héběi Provincial Museum

Wandering the cavernous halls of the provincial museum will take you deep into the multilayered realms of Chinese history, with most exhibits focusing on archaeological excavations that date as far back as the Shang…
Food Hall in Shíjiāzhuāng

Lerthai Center

You can't miss at this slick new mall, with dozens of restaurants ranging from Shanghainese and hotpot to pizza and Korean BBQ. Freshly made juice will keep you hydrated, while the exterior patios are an inviting pl…
Hunan in Shíjiāzhuāng

57°C湘

Get your chilli duck or cumin-rubbed lamb fried up in front of you at this entertaining Húnán-meets-teppanyaki crossover. Be forewarned that it's a very energetic place – every so often the music gets cranked up a n…
Hebei in Shíjiāzhuāng

Chéngdé Huìguǎn

Specialising in northern Héběi cuisine, this fine place is actually two restaurants in one. The right side has more atmosphere, with faux courtyard decor, while a more proletarian canteen-like restaurant is on the l…
Memorial in Shíjiāzhuāng

Revolutionary Martyrs’ Mausoleum

With its emphasis on patriotic education, this mausoleum is located in a pleasant, tree-shaded park and contains the tomb of Canadian doctor Norman Bethune (1890–1939), a surgeon with the Eighth Route Army in the wa…
Peking Duck in Shíjiāzhuāng

Quánjùdé

If you didn’t manage your full fix of Peking duck in the capital, this big, swish branch of the Běijīng chain fires up its duck traditional-style over fruit wood. A quarter-duck with all the trimmings is ¥58. Pictur…
Park in Shíjiāzhuāng

People's Square

People's Square comes alive in the early morning with legions of taichi practioners, and in the early evening, when group dancers descend en masse.