Shijiazhuang is the capital and largest city of North China’s Hebei province. Situated just south of Beijing, Shijiazhuang is quickly becoming a hub for Beijing and is changing and growing rapidly.
Although it is modernizing it still holds its old fashioned values and if you are looking for a place to learn Mandarin, the city is perfect for you. Most people in city will speak to you in Mandarin and very few will communicate in English.
The city has recently built a high speed rail network through the center so if you wish to travel around the country you have the facilities to travel in luxury. The new subway line will be built within the next year.
As a city, Shijiazhuang has mountain ranges to the west, ancient villages to the north and south and a whole range of bars, shopping malls, restaurants, clubs for you in your free time.
- Population: 12.76 million
- Public Transportation: 2 major train stations, 1 international airport, hundreds of bus routes & taxis
- Language: Mandarin, local dialects
- Climate: Temperate
- The first EF Shijiazhuang opened in 2003
What Makes Shijiazhuang Unique?
- The city is known for its live music venues, earning the nickname “China’s Rock City.” In recent years, several music festivals have been held here and is a favourite for those teaching English in China
- Shijiazhuang is home to three of China’s top 10 wholesale markets, which makes it is a good place to find great bargains. Be prepared to haggle, either by yourself or with a friend.
- Shijiazhuang is one of the largest railway hubs in China, and so there are many trains to and from Shijiazhuang. The high-speed train to Beijing is 80 minutes
- Shijiazhuang has a mountain range to the west, so if you like cycling or hiking, the city is perfect for teachers who enjoy the outdoors.
- Zhaozhou Bridge, Created around 600 CE under the Sui dynasty, is a great masterpiece of Chinese civil engineering. It survived numerous floods and earthquakes and is considered nowadays as the oldest stone single arch bridge in the world.