We approach the county city of Xingcheng with considerable reservations. Xingcheng contains an ancient town, allegedly one of the best preserved Ming towns in China. Merely 6 km away from the ancient quarters is one of the finest beaches in Liaoning. As if these were not enough, Xingcheng is also blessed with hot springs that have given rise to a number of spa resorts and sanatoriums. And all this is less than 3 hours by express train away from Beijing! Shortly, Xingcheng has it all! All prerequisites to become a Mecca for Chinese tourists.
By now we have had our share of ancient towns that have been „developed“ by the modern tourist industry.