The Hanhou (Beijing - Wuhan) railway reached Shijiazhuang in 1905, which created new trade opportunities and stimulated growth in the region. The Shitai railway running from Shijiazhuang to Taiyuan connected the city to central Shanxi province. With all these railways intersecting Shijiazhuang, the city quickly became a large railway town and economic center.
Shijiazhuang has average temperature of 14°C with lows of -7 °C and highs of 32 °C. The winters are typically dry and somewhat cold, while summers can get quite hot. The best times to visit are probably during the spring and fall months.
Because Shijiazhuang is a relatively "young" city compared to other places of China, there are few sites of historical and cultural importance. However, there are several tourist attractions such as the Hebei provincial museum, Pilu Monastery, Martyr's Memorial, Longxing Monastery, Mount Cangyan, and Zhaozhou Bridge.
The Zhaozhou Bridge is located 40 km southeast of Shijiazhuang. It is the world's oldest single arch stone segmental arch bridge that was built by the design of a craftsman named Li Chun. There are some minor discrepancies on the reported build dates for the bridge. Some sources report that the bridge was built between 595-605, and others say between 605 - 616. Over the centuries, this bridge has withstood the test of earthquakes, and floods. It is still in use this day. The Zhaozhou bridge spans 37 meters, and has a total length of 50.84 meters.