Shandong Guide

Overview of Shandong

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.

Climate: 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.

Transport: 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.

Jinan

Jinan, known as the City of Springs, is a famous city with abundant historical and cultural heritages. At the same time, Jinan has rich tourism resources, combining the unique natural landscapes, long history and culture, and modern urban styles.

Climate: Jinan has 4 distinctive seasons; the average temperature in the autumn ranges between 17 and 26 degrees centigrade.

Best tour season: September to November, during which the spring water is most abundant and you can see the unique scene of plump spring water.

Transport: Jinan International Airport has opened 12 international direct flights reaching South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, and Hong Kong and Taipei of China. In the city, there are 3 passenger railway stations and the railways connect Jinan with major Chinese cities and tourism destinations including Beijing and Shanghai, etc. Besides, Jinan has more than 200 public bus routes as well as the open-roof double-decker tour bus.

Recommended scenic spots: Baotu Spring, Daming Lake and Mount Qianfo

Shopping venues: Plaza66, Wanda Plaza, Daguanyuan Shopping Center and JOIWALK

Local products: Donkey-hide gelatin, Pingyin Rose and Shandong Embroidery etc.

Qingdao

In Qingdao, the mountains, seas and city are integrated. It has the typical European-styled buildings and most fascinating coastlines, which form the wonderful scenes of red tiles, green trees and clear waters and blue sky. It is the most distinctive seaside city.

Climate: Qingdao has the most comforting climate. In spring and autumn, it is warm and humid. The temperature in the summer ranges between 20 and 28 degrees centigrade, which is cool and comforting.

Best tour season: April to October. Qingdao has most comforting climate. In April to October, the plantations and flowers are lush, and the sea water is warm, making the city a perfect tourism destination.

Transport: Qingdao has opened more than 20 international flights that reach Tokyo, Frankfurt, Singapore and Bangkok, etc. It also has well-developed marine transport. 3 regular marine routes have been opened to Incheon and Kunsan of South Korea and Shimonoseki of Japan. The railways start with Qingdao to connect the city with major Chinese cities and tourism cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Jinan and Tai'an. Qingdao Railway Station is only 300 meters away from the coastline. Besides, Qingdao has well-developed public bus routes and 4 public bus routes running through the sub-sea tunnels. At the same time, the special tour buses are also available in Qingdao.

Recommended scenic spots: Trestle Bridge, Badaguan Scenic Area, Mount Lao and Mount Xiaoyu Park.

Shopping venues: Zhongshan Road Composite Shopping Neighborhood, Marina City, Hisense Plaza and Nanshan Sea Food Marketplace, etc.

Local products: Sea food, Qingdao Beer, sorghum candy, Mount Lao green stone and shell carving, etc.

Tai'an

Tai'an, the famous Chinese city with abundant historical and cultural heritages, gained its name because of its location at the foot of Mount Tai. Mount Tai is inscribed in the World Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites List and is a World Geo-park. In the past, it was known as the No. 1 of the Top 5 Chinese Mounts. The Chinese emperors of different dynasties made worships and sacrifices on Mount Tai. At the same time, they also built temples and statues, and made inscriptions on the stones. Ancient literate people climbed Mount Tai while composing poems and essays about the mount. They left behind them a large number of ancient building clusters and inscribed tablets and stones, which are of significant value for studying the traditional Chinese culture.

Climate: Tai'an has typical mountain climate. At the top of the mount, the temperature is often 7-8 degrees centigrade lower than that at the foot. The average temperature in summer ranges between 18 and 29 degrees centigrade and that in the autumn ranges between 15 and 26 degrees.

Best tour season: May-November, during which the climate is cool and comforting, suitable for mountain climbing.

Transport: Tai'an does not have airport. The city has 2 railway stations, reaching major cities and ports in China and in the province. Besides, it has more than 40 public bus routes. Cable-ways and tour bus serviceare available in the Mount Tai Scenic Area.

Recommended scenic spots: The 18 Bends, the Southern Heavenly Gate, the Dai Temple, the Sun Viewing Peak and the Peak of the Heavenly Emperor, etc.

Shopping venues: Silver City Plaza, Hongmen Road Culture Plaza, etc.

Local products: Date wood pen holder, and porcelain Tea-ware, etc.

Qufu

Qufu, known as the hometown to Confucius, is the birthplace of Confucius thoughts. It is also the place where decedents of Confucius live, thus having the dense atmosphere of culture. Teachers and educated people have always been respected in China. In this way, many buildings and cultural heritages have been left over in Qufu. The Confucius Temple, the Confucius Residence and Confucius Cemetery have been listed as the World Cultural Heritages.

Climate: Qufu has four distinctive seasons. It has the highest temperature in July in which the average temperature stands at 27.4 degrees centigrade; the lower temperature happens in January, when the average temperature is 1.4 degrees centigrade.

Best tour season: June to September, during which the temperature is comforting and the sunshine is abundant, which make it proper for tour.

Transport: Qufu has no airport in it. It is 160km away from Jinan International Airport. It has Qufu Railway Station with the high-speed bullet trains leading to Jinan, Tai'an and other tourist cities as well as Beijing and Shanghai. Starting with Jinan, it takes only 30 minutes to reach Qufu on the high-speed bullet train.

Recommended scenic spots: Confucius Temple, the Confucius Residence and Confucius Cemetery.

Shopping venues: Wuma Temple Street, Queli Pedestrian Street, Baiyi Shopping Center and Qufu Antique Store, etc.

Local products: Souvenirs about Confucius, Nishan Ink-stone and Jie wood carvings.