Shandong Province is situated in the eastern part of China on the lower reaches of the Yellow River. It borders on the Bohai and Huanghai seas in the east, and overlooks the Korean Peninsula and the Japan Archipelago across a vast stretch of sea. Shandong, as one of the birth places of Chinese civilizations, has a long history, fascinating landscapes and rich tourism resources. Known as the hometown to Confucius and Mencius, Shandong has the attractive and world-famous beaches, Mount Tai as No. 1 of the Top 5 Chinese Mounts, the unique European buildings, Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center and other scenic areas that attract tourists from all over the world. The diverse tourism resources, convenient transport and friendly hospitable service make Shandong a popular destination.
English Name: Shandong
Chinese Name: 山东 (shǎn dōng)
Abbreviation: 鲁 （lu）
Administration Type: Province
Location: East of China
Area: 156,000 km²
Population (2015): 97 million
Tourism Cities in Shandong
What to see in Shandong ?
Shandong is also blessed with beautiful landscapes. The most famous scenic spots are Mount Taishan, Mt. Laoshan and the seaside of the Jiaodong peninsula. In 1987 and 1994, Mount Taishan, the Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Confucius Mansion in Qufu were inscribed on the World Cultural and Natural Heritage List by UNESCO.
Jinan, its capital city, is one of China's most famous historical and cultural cities. It has numerous natural springs, hence its name 'Spring City'.
Shandong Province is also considered the birthplace of China's pottery, porcelain and silk. Throughout the province the tourist can find traditional items like the clocks and watches of Yantai, the porcelain of Zibo, the kites of Weifang, the shell-carving and beer of Qingdao.
The inscriptions on clay pots unearthed at Dawenkou and Dinggongcun are believed to bear the earliest written language of the country.
The ruins of ancient Longshan City which is considered the earliest city in the country.
Portions of the Great Wall built during the Qi State period which is believed to be the most ancient great wall in the country.
The Confucius Temple, Confucius Mansion and Confucius Cemeteryin Qufu.
When to visit Shandong ?
Inland area in Shandong Province has the temperate-zone monsoon climate and its coastal region has the temperate-zone marine climate, which have moderate temperature and humid air.
Best tour seasons: With 4 distinctive seasons, Shandong has various sceneries in all its 4 seasons, all of which are suitable for tour. And the best tour seasons happen in June to August, which have most comforting weather. If you want to tour the Mount Tai, the best season is in May, when you can enjoy the splendid sunrise.
How to get there ?
Shandong has well-developed transport system. In the province, there are 8 domestic and international airports that provide direct flights to Seoul and Incheon of South Korea, Tokyo and Osaka of Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taipei, etc. At the same time, flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco of USA and Frankfurt of Germany have been opened; at the same time, domestic flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and many other Chinese cities have also been opened. The passenger railway transport leads to major cities in the province; the high-speed bullet trains and high-speed trains connect Jinan, Tai'an, Qingdao and Qufu to major Chinese cities such as Beijing and Shanghai.