Qinhuangdao is a beautiful coastal city known for its freezing-free nice port, historical town of Shanhaiguan and summer resort Beidaihe. Located in the northeast of Hebei Province with Bohai Sea on the south, Mt. Yanshan on the north, Liaoning Province on the east and Beijing and Tianjin to the west, Qinhuangdao joins Northeast China and North China as a transportation connection in the middle of Round Bohai Sea Economic Rim. Qinhuangdao covers a total area of 7812.4 square kilometers and has a population of 2.73 million.
In 215 BC, China芒鈧劉s first emperor Qinshihuang arrived in Jieshi (ancient name of Qinhuangdao) on his fourth eastern inspection and sent Lusheng and Han Zhong out to the sea to look for the immortal for him. Qinhuangdao thus got its name. Qinhuangdao is the only city in China that was named after an emperor.
Qinhuangdao has a long history of tourism. In 1898, the Qing Dynasty government opened Qinhuangdao as a commercial port and made Beidaihe a summer resort for foreigners. Well-known people came to Qinhuangdao from home and abroad in large numbers. In 1954, a great man Mao Zedong stood here watching the sea and wrote the immortal poem entitled 芒鈧揕angtousha Beidaihe芒鈧? which made Qinhuangdao known more widely. In 1979, the State Council confirmed Qinhuangdao a class A open up tourist city. In 1984, the State Council approved Qinhuangdao one of the first cities opened to the outside world. In 1998, Qinhuangdao was honorably entitled one of China芒鈧劉s first excellent tourist cities.