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Dingzhou

China
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About Dingzhou

Dingzhou City is located between Baoding and Shijiazhuang in Hebei Province and is a famous city in the history and culture of Hebei. Dingzhou's Kaiyuan Temple Pagoda is one of its Eight Great Sights. Yangge drama is an artistic form unique to Dingzhou, that is highly praised by those who see it performed. Dingzhou is known throughout the world for its long history and brilliant, rich culture. Since the days of the Zhou and Shang dynasties (c. 1600-256 BCE), Dingzhou has always been a political, economic, military, and cultural center in northern China and has left behind a rich cultural heritage.

Popular Attractions in Dingzhou

The Kaiyuan Temple Pagoda
4.4/5
155 Reviews
Ancient Pagoda
Historical Architecture
The Kaiyuan Temple Pagoda is an octagonal pavilion building. The higher the pagoda ascends, the smaller its footprint, and the height of the layers shortens. Within the outer wall of the pagoda, there is a circular inner corridor at each floor, and it is as if the entire pagoda is one larger pagoda encircling a smaller one. Song Dynasty frescos, engravings, traditional wooden brackets, and painted ceilings are preserved within the pagoda. The two walls of the inner corridors have niches for statues, as well as more than 30 instances of poetry carved by noted figures from successive dynasties. There are multicolored clouds carved on the doors and windows on each floor, symbolizing the light shone by the Buddha's halo. Stood within, it is as if one has entered in amongst the sticks of incense encircling a Buddhist shrine. The exterior appearance of the Kaiyuan Temple Pagoda is magnificent. During the Song Dynasty Dingzhou was a strategic military town on the border with the Liao Dynasty, and one could climb the pagoda in order to observe the enemy's situation, therefore the pagoda is also called the "Anticipating the Enemy Pagoda".
Dingzhou Test Hall
4.5/5
89 Reviews
Historical Architecture
Dingzhou Test Hall is located in Caochang Alley, Dongda Street, Dingzhou City, Hebei Province. It is a well-preserved Chinese science test site in China and in 2001, it was listed as a national key cultural relics protected site. The plaza of the test hall is square, and the main structure is composed of two buildings, namely, Haoshe and Kuige. Its large-scale construction not only reflects the characteristics of the Qing Dynasty architecture, but also embodies flexibility of local architecture. It is a real-life subject for studying of the local architectural art of the Qing Dynasty and the exam system of the Imperial Examination in the Qing Dynasty.
Longxing Temple
4.7/5
1,429 Reviews
Temple
Longxing Temple is also known as Big Buddha Temple. It is located in Zhengding Town in Shijiazhuang's Zhengding County. Construction on Longxing Temple began in the Sui Dynasty. It was highly valued by many emperors. Inside Longxing Temple sit a number of gilded Bodhisattvas, built per the orders of Song Emperor Taizu (Zhao Kuangyin), as well as all sorts of handwritten inscriptions and plaques by Qing-era emperors. The architectural style inside the temple is primarily from the Song and Jin Dynasties. A trip to this ancient Buddhist monastery is sure to be memorable.
Beiyue Temple
4.6/5
110 Reviews
Taoist Temple

Dingzhou Weather

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8 Aug 2020
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9 Aug 2020
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10 Aug 2020
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11 Aug 2020
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