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Shandong Dezhou

Dezhou, Beautiful Countryside in Northwest Shandong

The city of Dezhou is located in the northwest corner of Shandong Province, about an hour and 15-minute bullet train ride from Beijing. This northern city obtained its name from the region’s water because from 2,000 BC to 221 BC, China’s Yellow River ran directly through the area. In order to tame the river back and prevent it from overflowing, a county was set up in the Han Dynasty, around the year 202 BC.

Dezhou is also known as the home of Dong Zhong Shu, born in 179 BC and considered the best interpreter of Confucius Doctrine in Chinese history. His major contributions include the argument that people communicate with heaven, and it is heaven’s will that legitimizes an emperor’s rule; it is a social hierarchy that stabilizes society; it is only the Confucian doctrine that embodies social and political justice. The impact of these interpretations of Confucius teachings still affect the daily lives of Chinese people today.

Today, Dezhou’s most popular attractions include Yellow River Forest Park, home to beautiful, towering trees – some of which are more than two thousand years old – and the largest Buddhist temple in all of northern China – the Haodao Jinshan Temple – which houses about 1,000 practicing monks!

Aiming for an eco-friendly vacation? Although the city is steeped in Chinese history, it also offers visitors a modern vibe and leads China in renewed energy innovation. Nicknamed the “Solar City of China,” Dezhou aims to run on 90% renewable energy each year. Visitors can see this in action thanks to Huang Ming, Chairman of Himin Solar Company. He has built an enterprise of 6,000 employees and a travel agency that specializes in renewed energy tours. Be sure to tour his Solar Valley Industrial Park with hotels, museums, test labs, and a solar village, and taste his solar chicken, baked by sun.

Dezhou is also a popular destination for foodies far and wide, home to the internationally recognized brand, De Zhou Braided Chicken. During a trip, visitors can learn more about the local favorite dish and try it at the Dezhou Braided Chicken Museum. Yum!

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Shandong Dezhou: Can't Miss

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    Yellow River Forest Park

    This stunning hikers paradise is home to acres of trees over two thousand years in age.

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    Haidao Jinshan Temple

    Tour the largest Buddhist Temple in all of northern China, home to 1,000 monks.

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    De Zhou Braided Chicken Museum

    De Zhou is also a popular culinary destination and is nationally renowned for its DZ Braided Chicken. So much so, that there is a museum dedicated to the delicacy.

Shandong Dezhou Attractions

  • The Tomb of Sultan Paduka of Sulu
    The Tomb of Sultan Paduka of Sulu

    The main tourist attraction in the city is the tomb of Sultan Paduka of Sulu. He had sailed from his home in the Philippines, along with his enormous entourage to come visit the Emperor Zhu Di. Unfortunately, the Sultan passed away in the town after he had a meeting with the Emperor in 1417. Immediately following his death, Zhu Di commissioned the building of the temple. This site still stands today. The well preserved national site represents the Sultan and his followers in the Muslim faith; some of the descendants who stayed in China still live in Dezhou and follow his faith. It is the only foreign king’s tomb in China; it also represents the long standing relationship between the Philippines and China.

  • The Island Golden Mountain Temple
    The Island Golden Mountain Temple

    The Island Golden Mountain Temple is another great attraction for those interested in Buddhism. It is considered to be one of the biggest locations for Buddhism in the northern part of China. If trying to find “the awakened one,” look no further than the temple of Qingyun section of Dezhou. Buddhism is a long standing faith in China and is a nontheistic religion opposed to the monotheistic religions that dominate the faiths of many Americans. The ultimate goal of Buddhism is to reach the state of Nirvana. The Buddha is not a prophet but rather an enlightened teacher who helps by sharing his knowledge of how to end suffering and attain Nirvana.

  • Sea World
    Sea World

    Sea World is the perfect place for family travel. Visit the largest indoor aquarium in the world and be sure to stick around for the under the sea performance!

  • The Village of Dong Garden
    The Village of Dong Garden

    Zong Shu Dong, the well-known Thinker, Statesman, Educators from West Han Dynasty (202 BC-9 AD), studied 13 years in Dezhou. It is said that he was concentrating so intensely that he did not peek into his rear garden. Thus the Chinese slang goes, “focus as if no garden exists.” Locals rebuilt his garden and the whole neighborhood in the fashion damaged by war in the early 20th century. Walk into the life of this respectful Chinese philosopher and see his study.

  • The Sun Valley Eco Zone
    The Sun Valley Eco Zone

    It is like the EPCOT Center of Disneyland. This is China’s first and the largest solar city built on a wetland. Please watch the video on our website to get a glimpse of what it looks like. There are nine complexes including Science Education, Resort, Training Center, Clusters of townhomes, commercial centers, etc. The 11 types of tours of this Eco Zone showcase De Zhou’s exhaustive usage of solar energy, to cook, to move around, to live, and to watch sports events in the zero emission stadium. Check out solar souvenirs to charge your cell phone.

  • Yellow River Forest Park
    Yellow River Forest Park

    This stunning hikers paradise is home to acres of trees over two thousand years in age.

  • Haidao Jinshan Temple
    Haidao Jinshan Temple

    Tour the largest Buddhist Temple in all of northern China, home to 1000 monks.

  • De Zhou Braided Chicken Museum
    De Zhou Braided Chicken Museum

    De Zhou is also a popular culinary destination and is nationally renowned for its DZ Braided Chicken. So much so, that there is a museum dedicated to the delicacy.

Shandong Dezhou Activities

  • Xia Jing Yellow River Forestry Park Tour
    Xia Jing Yellow River Forestry Park Tour

    1st Day:

    Morning: Visit Dongzi Park

    Afternoon: Visit Sultan Sulu Tomb

    Evening: Enjoy Dezhou Roasted Chicken

    2nd Day:

    Morning: Solar City

    Afternoon: Old Railroad Orchard on Yellow River, sunset at Grand Canal in Dezhou

  • Xia Jing Yellow River Forestry Park Tour
    Xia Jing Yellow River Forestry Park Tour

    7:00am. Leave Hotel. Travel via Route 15 for about 20 miles, you will see the Yellow River Bank Forest Park sign. Drive through the park.

    12:00pm. Check in Bed and Breakfast or local farmers. Taste organic local vegetables.

    2:00pm. Continue to explore the 10 gardens. Apricots, Grapes, Hunting Range, Forest walking trails, Resort complex, Children’s theme park, etc… We also call them the Museum of Fruits, being the largest produce base in China.

    5:00pm. Back to hotel.

Shandong Dezhou Shopping

  • Laoling Small Jinsi
    Laoling Small Jinsi "Golden Thread" Jujube

    Laoling small Jinsi jujubes are known for 3 things:
    1) Very sweet, slightly sour, and refreshing.
    2) Thick pulp and small pits.
    3) Red and hard skinned, easy to store and transport.

    In the winter, Jinsi E’jiao and Crystal jujubes are produced in Dezhou, and are fruit lovers’ favorites. Laoling small Jinsi jujubes can be bought in Zhuji Town.

  • Ningjin Pearl Dumpling
    Ningjin Pearl Dumpling

    Ningjin Pearl Dumpling is a traditional snack. Emperor Qianlong liked the dumpling so much that he granted it the name. Prepared with special techniques and high-quality flour, the cake is as thin as paper and as small as a pearl, with a jade-like color. Served with soup, the dumplings are tender, smooth, and refreshing, and good for stomach and spleen.

  • Black Pottery
    Black Pottery

    Made with red clay from the banks of the Grand Canal, black pottery wares are solid, refined and durable. When a pottery ware is beaten, it will produce a clear and melodious sound. Under the sunshine, black pottery looks bluish black. Dezhou produces several dozen varieties of black pottery wares, such as flowerpots, vases, pen containers, and hanging pots.

    Jinsi colorful patches and Xiajin straw woven products make excellent souvenirs.

Local Delicacies

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    Dezhou Braised Chicken

    Also known as five-spice braised chicken, this soft, tender, and aromatic braised chicken has a 300-year history. Periodically, Shandong Dezhou hosts a braised chicken festival where gourmands are invited to come and watch the whole process of chicken braising along with a sampling of the specialty.

    Tourists can buy Shandong Dezhou braised chicken at the Dezhou Braised Chicken Delicacy City and small braised chicken stores located throughout the city.

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    Le Ling Jujubes

    Le Ling Jujube has a history over 3,000 years old and has since gained much popularity in China. There are different types of jujubes such as the Jinsi (golden thread), seedless, bell shaped, dragon’s feet jujubes and winter jujubes. Jinsi jujubes are a kind of jujube that are sweet and juicy. If you open it up, you can pull out a thread 1-2 inch long and that looks like a golden thread, which is how its name came about. Jinsi jujubes are also rich in nutritional values.

Shandong Dezhou Planning

Dezhou is an important communications hub in north Shandong with advanced railways and highways. The Beijing-Shanghai Railway runs through the city from south to north; and the Dezhou-Shijiazhuang Railway, runs from east to west. Every day, 97 trains pass through the city. Dezhou is also on the Beijing-Fuzhou, Jinan-Dezhou and Jinan-Liaocheng expressways.


Urban Transport

Dezhou City has over 30 public lines going to all tourist attractions, as well as scheduled passenger buses going to Yucheng, Leling, Linyi and Lingxian counties.

Dezhou Railway Station: 0534-2616544
Dezhou Bus Terminal: 0534-2616616