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Yantai Travel Guide

Yantai City is located in the northeast of the Shandong Province. It is bordered by both the Yellow Sea and the Bohai Sea, and lies across from South Korea and Japan.Although Yantai is not a metropolis like Beijing and Shanghai, it has its own unique charm.In 2004, China Central Television (CCTV) recognized Shandong mapYantai as the most "Charming City of China."

Facts of Yantai
Area: 13,746 square kilometers (about 5,307square miles)
Position: in the center of the Shandong Peninsula, the northeast of China
Population: 6,477,800
Nationalities: Han and 47 other ethnic minorities, including Chaoxian, Zhuang, Man, Wa, Miao, Tujia and Mongolian.
Zip Code: 264000
Area Code: 0535

History of Yantai

Evidence suggests Yantai existed as a city as long as 10,000 years ago. It was visited three times by the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty, Qinshihuang (259BC-210BC). During the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) a fire platform, called Langyantai Platform, was constructed on the northernmost city hill, as a means of defense against pirates. General Qi Jiguang of the Ming Dynasty fought against pirates using this platform, and developed Penglai Water City, a navy base which remains well-preserved to this day.


Located on the Jiaodong Peninsula (Shandong Peninsula), Yantai City is bordered by both the Yellow Sea and the Bohai Sea, and lies across from South Korea and Japan. The city includes four districts - Zhifu, Fushan, Mouping and Laishan, and Changdao County, and administers seven county-level cities - Penglai, Laiyang, Haiyang and Longkou, Laizhou, Zhaoyuan and Qixia. Of these, Zhifu is the central district.

Things to do in Yantai

See the beautiful scenery

As the most "Charming City of China.", Yantai is beautiful City. The beautiful islands and seashores of Yantai always make a deep impression on visitors. Especially, when summer comes, the breeze wafts from the sea, and the hills become ornamented with a sea of wildflowers. All these natural things make the city more charming and also create many famous attractions for visitors. Here are some suggestions of things to see.

yantaiChangyu Wine Culture MuseumYangma Island
        Penglai Pavilion         Changyu Wine Museum          Yangma Island

Adding to the draw of local natural resources, the picturesque scenery in and around the city has earned the area acclaim by the United Nations, which lists it as one of the most habitable places in the world. Undulating hills rise above the area's many rivers, and are framed by beaches and neighboring islands.

When to Visit Yantai?

Although located in North China, monsoons regulate the climate, keeping the area warm and humid. The average annual temperature is 11.8C (53.24F). Fruits and vegetables are plentiful, and the long coastline and over 60 islands make the area ideal for any seafood connoisseur - sea-cucumbers, abalones, scallops, crabs and prawns, are all easily available. The earth here is rich with resources as well - its gold reserve, in particular, has the highest output in China.

How to get there?

Today, with the Yantai city's rapid economic development, facilities here are improving, and transportation is becoming more and more convenient. Ships, trains, airplanes, buses and taxis have modernized daily life and attract tourists to Yantai.

As one of the earliest trading ports of China, Yantai has a long history of strong maritime transport. With nine ports, the city handles 41 million tons of cargo and registers a passenger transport volume of 3.79 million people each year. Many people enjoy taking a boat trip starting here to Dalian and other coastal cities. The city has convenient air, sea and overland transportation so you can choose your favorite type of transportation when you visit this city.

By Air : Opened in May 2015, Yantai Airport replaced the former Laishan Airport. It is around 28 miles (45 kilometers) from the city proper. Its domestic and international terminal buildings occupy an area of 22 acres (9 hectares). Now the airport hosts many air routes: the domestic destinations include Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xian, Changsha and Chongqing, and the international destinations are Hong Kong, Taipei, Busan, Seoul, and Osaka.
Airport Transportation: downtown shuttle buses to General Bus Station, West Bus Station, South Railway Station and South Bus Station; intercity express buses to Longkou, Penglai, Rushan and Qixia; MPVs to the airport leaving from some star hotels in the downtown.
Consulting Hotline: +86 0535-6299999

By Train : The local Railway Station is located at No.128 Beima Road. Now there is service to Beijing, Shijiazhuang Shanghai, Xian, Jiamusi, Qingdao, Jinan, Xuzhou, Zibo, and other cities. You can buy tickets at the railway station with a valid ID certificate like a passport.
Railway Station Inquiry: 0535- 2965432

By Bus: The 11 main coach stations are the City Coach Bus Terminal, Qingnian Lu Coach Bus Station, West Coach Bus Station, Beima Lu Coach Bus Station, East Coach Bus Station, Penglai Coach Bus Station, Mouping Coach Bus Station, Laizhou Coach Bus Station, Laiyang Coach Bus Station, Zhaoyuan Coach Bus Station and Qixia Coach Bus Station. At present, these stations have set up the long-distance network of selling tickets, so you can buy the tickets of the starting stations or round-trips from any station. Additionally, many branch post offices sell the tickets. Here gives some addresses of these post offices.

Travel Tips

Yantai Food: Local food here is well-known all around China. Local cooks take advantage of area's abundant sea food, vegetables and fruits, creatively crafting tasty dishes. Yantai is also the cradle of wine production in China, housing the largest wine production base in Asia. With its high quality and more than 100-years of history, Zhangyu Red Wine produced here is a widely known brand in China and abroad. In 1987, the International Grape and Wine Bureau dubbed the city the "International Grape and Wine City." Nowadays, the Changyu Wine Culture Museum in the city records the wine's history and culture.

Yantai Shopping: Travelers should bring home some of Yantai's specialties and there are many to choose from. For example, the Yantai apple, Laiyang pear, wines, Laizhou jade carvings, Laizhou writing brushes, embroideries on linens and the many varieties of sea foods. Laiyang pear is juicy and sweet. One may taste either the fresh pear, preserved pears, pear juice or pear sauce. Finally, the Yantai apples, sorted out into more than 200 varieties, are very popular at home and abroad.

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