There are two train stations, Baoding Station (保定站 Bǎodìng zhàn) and Baoding East Station (保定东站 Bǎodìng dōng zhàn). The East station is the modern high-speed train station, with multiple trains coming from Beijing West Station every hour - the 139km journey now only takes 41 to 48 minutes on a G or D train.
Baoding is among 13 Chinese cities with a population of over 10 million, ranking seventh. Baoding is a city with a history dating back to the Western Han Dynasty. It was destroyed by the Mongols in the 13th century, but after the Mongols established the Yuan Dynasty, it was rebuilt. It acquired the name "Baoding" during the Yuan dynasty — the name is roughly interpreted as "protecting the capital", referring to the city's proximity to Beijing. Baoding served for many years as the capital of Zhili, and was a significant centre of culture in the Ming Dynasty and early Qing Dynasty. During the Boxer rebellion, Boxer rebels killed a Turk, two Swiss, and an Italian in Baoding. In August 1, 1949, the people's Government of Hebei province was established, Baoding was the capital of the province, and the city of Baoding was a provincial municipality. In August 9, the administrative inspector's office of the Baoding district was established, and it was established as the administrative inspector's office of the county district.