Shandong, a province full of history, beautiful landscapes and myths. Here is where Confucius grew up and three centuries later in 219 BC China’s first emperor Qin Shi Huang climbed Shandong’s highest peak to proclaim a unified empire. There is much for you to see here while you travel in China. Come climb the mountains, visit the beaches and explore the legacies of kingdoms of old and experience the Chinese culture!

Shandong Province has a long and tumultuous history. In 1898 the Yellow River flooded the entire Shandong plain, capping a decade of floods and droughts. After that a long period of economic depression followed.  Also the Europeans left an impact. Especially the German impact still can be seen today in Qingdao.

After decades of war, the province managed to recover. Today the provincial capital Jinan, the prospering coastal cities of Yantai and Weihai, all play a supporting role to Qingdao, the province’s headliner.

There a lot places worth to visit in this province. Let’s have a closer look to some of them.

Jinan

Jinan is the capital of Shandong Province and acts as a traffic hub to many attractions in the province. It is known as the “City of Springs” and therefore is popular among tourists for its many springs and unique manly Lu Culture.

The city has a history of more than 2000 years and is famous for its numerous relics. You can find here the ancient Great Wall of the Qi State, the colored sculptures of the Song Dynasty in the Lingyan Temple, the Thousand Buddha Mountain and many more.

The city is especially worth visiting during some typical festivals including The Lantern Festival, The Lotus Festival and the Double-Nine Festival. The Double-Nine Festival is celebrated on the Thousand-Buddha Mountain.

Qufu

Qufu is one of the first of 24 famous historical and cultural cities announced by the State Council. Between 770 BC-476 BC it was the capital f the kingdom Lu and also the hometown of the great Chinese philosopher and educator Confucius. Most visitors come to this city to see the places where Confucius lived, studied and was buried.

Confucius still is present in this city. One fifth of Qufu’s residents have the surname Kong and they are all descendants of Confucius. There aren’t any buildings in the city that exceed the Dacheng Hall in order to show respect to Confucius as the Hall is the main hall of the Temple of Confucius

China is a country influenced by Confucianism. If you want to have a deep understanding of China, you should pay the city a visit.

Qingdao

Qingdao which means “Green Island” in Chinese lies at the sea  which makes the city an import port for international trade. Moreover the city has the largest bathing beach in Asia and it attracts many visitors from all over the world. The city has a great deal of European architecture and there are also other sights worth to see like the Old Town (former concession area) with the train and bus station, parks, museums and of course the beaches.

The city is especially famous for its Tsingtao beer which is produced here. And every year there it the International Beer Festival held which attracts people from all over the world.

Taishan

Mount Tai is the leader of the “Five Sacred Mountains”. In ancient times the emperors climbed the mountain to pray to heaven and earth or their ancestors in order to ascend the throne. It was said that 72 emperors of different dynasties made pilgrimages here. Mt. Tai also played an important role in the development of Buddhism and Taoism. Taishan is a natural museum abounding with cultural relics and artworks.

Besides historic relics, this mountain boasts unique natural scenery too. In 1987 it was listed in the World Natural and Cultural Heritage List of UNESCO.

These are just a few places worth to see in this beautiful Province. There are many more to see so take your time to visit Shandong Province during your travel in China.

Jack Li
 

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