One century older than the Roman road Via Aurelia, the Jingxing Ancient Road remained as the national road connecting Hebei and Shanxi provinces until the 1940s. Though bleak and desolate now, this cultural relic holds a lot of stories still relevant to the current generation.
Built in 969 during the Northern Song Dynasty, the Longxing Temple in Dingxian County of north China's Hebei province preserves the tallest bronze Buddha figure; an extremely valuable tablet from the Sui Dynasty; as well as other treasured relics.
CRI Reporters Tour Hebei

The Industry of Gaocheng Palace Lantern
Lanterns in Gaocheng became known as palace lanterns due to a story about the emperor Qianlong in the Qing dynasty.

Zhaozhou Bridge: Largest and Oldest Stone-arched Bridge in the World
The Zhaozhou Bridge is 64.4 meters long and 9 meters wide, with the large stone arch in the middle spanning 37.02 meters. It was built in 605 AD.

Reel China's Rob Explores Historical Chinese Drama

Reel China co-host Rob Hemsley visited the set of producer Zhang Jizhong's latest historical epic TV series, "Age of Heroes", in Zhuolu County in north China's Hebei Province.

"Age of Heroes" is based on legendary figures from ancient China, including the Yan and the Yellow Emperors who drove the development of Chinese civilization.

History of Shijiazhuang

In pre-Han times (i.e., before 206 BC) it was the site of the city of Shiyi in the state of Zhao.

With the reorganization of local government in the early period of the Tang dynasty (618¨C907), the county was abolished. Shijiazhuang then became little more than a local market town, subordinated to the flourishing city of Zhengding (modern Zhengding) a few miles to the north.

The growth of Shijiazhuang into one of China's major cities began in 1905, when the Beijing¨CWuhan (Hankou) railway reached the area, stimulating much new trade and encouraging local farmers to grow cash crops.

Pre-World War II Shijiazhuang was a large railway town as well as a commercial and collecting centre for Shanxi and regions farther west and for agricultural produce of the North China Plain, particularly grain, tobacco, and cotton.

Xibaipo, a village about 90 km (56 mi) from downtown Shijiazhuang, in Pingshan County was the location of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the headquarters of the People's Liberation Army during the decisive stages of the Chinese Civil War between May 26, 1948 and March 23, 1949, at which point they were moved to Beijing. Today, the area is a memorial site.

After 1949 the planned industrialisation of the city gathered momentum. Its population more than tripled in the decade 1948¨C58.

In 1967, Tianjin was again carved out of Hebei, remaining a separate entity today, and thus the provincial capital was moved to Baoding. In 1968, Shijiazhuang became the provincial capital.