Situated on the banks of the Yangtze River is the beautiful city of Jingzhou. Alive with cultural relics, beautiful scenery, ancient architecture and modern buildings, Jingzhou is the perfect place to visit for a taste of Chinese culture.
History abounds in the streets. The city is famous for being Qu Yuan’s post for 20 years during the Warring States Period. It has also been known as a strategic military base, especially during the Three Kingdoms period, when Wei, Shu and Wu all competed for dominance. These time periods have given rise to many mythical stories and sayings, which bring Jingzhou’s sites of cultural significance to life.
One site in particular is the ancient city wall, which has gone through several reconstructions since its foundation in the 900s. This is a popular tourist spot, as it is considered one of the best-preserved walls of ancient China. However, this is just one of many attractions river cruise passengers can enjoy during a stop in the city. Viking Cruises is one of the lines that makes port at Jingzhou.
Cruise ships dock at Jingzhou’s port on the Yangtze River. This port is typically referred to as the Shashi Port – Shashi being the city’s older name.
Facilities nearby include:
Restaurants and cafés
ATMs and banks
How to Get Around
Railways and bus services are some of the most popular modes of transport in Jingzhou. Public buses have fares for around 1 yuan per person. If you want to experience the magic of Jingzhou up close, venture to some of the city’s attractions on foot.
Travel times from port:
It is a 34 minute journey to Jingzhou Ancient City
It is a 23 minute journey to Wanshou Garden.
It is a 22 minute journey to Jingzhou Museum
It is a 12 minute journey to Jingzhou Ancient City
It is a 5 minute journey to Wanshou Garden
It is a 55 minute journey to Baling Mountain.
Currency – Jingzhou’s official currency is the yuan, which can be divided into 10 jiao or 100 fen. Coins come in ¥1, 1 and 5 jiao, and 1, 2 and 5 fen. Banknotes are found in ¥1, ¥2, ¥5, ¥10, ¥20, ¥50 and ¥100, and 1, 2 and 5 jiao.
Time Zone – Jingzhou observes China Standard Time (CST), which is 8 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
Weather – Jingzhou is characterised by a subtropical monsoon climate, with a yearly average temperature of 16 degrees Celsius. Jingzhou receives around 80% of its annual rainfall from April to October, leaving the rest of the year relatively dry.
Jingzhou Ancient City – One of the biggest tourist drawcards in Jingzhou is its Ancient City, including the city wall and gate towers. The most popular of these are the Bingyang Tower on the Eastern Gate, the Qujiang Tower on the Southern Gate and the Chaozong Tower on the Northern Gate. On the Qujiang Tower in particular, visitors can take in spectacular views of the Yangtze River; however, each tower provides fantastic views all around. The wall itself stands 12 metres tall and stretches over 13.7 kilometres around a deep moat. It is well preserved and has been restored three times so far. The south gate, Yongning, is definitely the place to stop along the wall for fantastic photos, as it has been incredibly decorated. Visitors who would like to explore the surrounding region can rent a bike at Yongning as well.
Jingzhou Museum – For a step back into Jingzhou’s past, stop by Jingzhou Museum. Located next to the Kaiyuan Temple, this tourist hotspot gives visitors the chance to see a fantastic collection of cultural treasures and relics that have lasted Jingzhou’s long history. Its exhibits include the tomb and corpse of a man who was buried over 2,000 years ago – a grisly yet fascinating display. Other pieces, like silk and famous relics from the Old Stone Age, the New Stone Age and the Han and Qin Dynasties are displayed as well. This museum is home to more than 130,000 relics, including bronze, lacquer, pottery, jade and bamboo slips to name a few. Take a self-guided audio tour to explore the museum at your own pace.
Baling Mountain – Located 20 kilometres northwest of Jingzhou Ancient City is Baling Mountain. Located within its National Forest Park, Baling Mountain is home to ancient tombs of varying sizes for the Vassal Kings. Visitors often say some tombs look like distant mountains due to their size. The area is very scenic and is the perfect place to come to learn about Jingzhou’s past and culture. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes and bring a camera to take some memorable photos of the area.