Weifang is in the center of Shandong and sits on the shore of the Bo Hai Sea and is about halfway between Qingdao City and Jinan, the capital of Shandong. While Weifang ranks fourth in city size in Shandong with 9 million people, the vast population here is still largely rural. A strong farming community thrives here — you’ll even see highway lanes just for trucks delivering vegetables grown here to Beijing and Tianjin City.
Weifang historically is best known for craftsmanship. In the Ming and Qing era (1368-1902), Weifang was a crafting powerhouse and home to 200 furnaces, 3000 blacksmiths, 9000 sewing machines, and 100,000 looms.
Weifang is also known for its folk arts and folklores. Yangjiabu is a village-turned-folk art fair at the northeast end of the city. Visitors will find paper cutting, kite making, wood block paintings, shoemaking, and more at 38 folk art sites.
If you happen to be visiting China during the Chinese New Year celebrations, consider experiencing them authentically in Weifang. Weifang farmers carry out their rituals by the clock, including the traditional food, clothing, gift exchanges, words of good wishes by ranks of families and co-workers, tips to the elder and the young, festivity tables, bowing to parents, drinking protocols, time to visit in laws, and more. These are all performed each year exactly as they have been for thousands of years, thanks to the guidance of Confucius’ five “relationships.”
Weifang residents are proud of how they maintain their cultural authenticity while many other regions seem to be losing their cultural heritage.
Weifang is best known as the “Kite Capital of China.” Not only does Weifang produce kites, it also holds an annual international kite festival, where people from 30 countries compete for honor and prizes. The museum celebrates this tradition with 12 galleries featuring more than 2,000 kites from around the globe.
The garden is not only one of the most beautiful in Weifang, but also is rich in historical context. The site was a home in the Ming dynasty and it houses a compact but well-preserved garden and many small building complexes.
Weifang shares the beauty of this mountain view with the neighboring city of Linyi.
Yangjiabu is a village-turned folk art depot or fair at the northeast end of Weifang City. Setting your foot onto this village, immediately you will be greeted by locals’ inviting smiles and eagerness to share their stories with you. You will find paper cutting, kite making, wood block paintings, and shoemaking at this village’s 38 rooms. We were told that Yangjibu Village produces 200 varieties of kites in 6 categories including the 350-meter long dragon-centipede kit, the world’s longest. You will see how kites are made to fly.
It is in Zhucheng that more than 30 dinosaur fossils have been found, thus the name City of Dinosaurs. The Museum was constructed in 1997.
It is a national research center for organic vegetable productions.
Historical liquor museum with documentation for over 5,000 years of liquor production in China.
Built in 1456, the entire village has withstood 500 years of wear and tear and maintains it original Ming Style (1368-1644).
Find the gigantic inscription of the word, Longevity, in a 7.5×2.3 meter stone. You will find temples built on the steep cliffs.
3rd Sunday of April to May 7th
April to May at Weifang’s Shouguang International Conference Center
Weifang is one of the largest kite production places. Kites that are made in Weifang fly steady and have all different shapes. Tourists can buy kites of different colors and shapes from Weifang Kite Museum and Jai Bu Yang traditional factory.
Yangjiabu Woodcut already has hundreds of years of history and is the most representative and famous folk art in Weifang city. Colorful paintings, vivid characters, and exquisite craftsmanship are features of Yangjiabu’s woodcut.
In the period Qianlong reign of the Qing Dynasty, this dish was conceived when the pot did not have a lid (hence the name). The dish is prepared with pig chitterlings, meatballs, dried bean curd, plus some coriander and soy sauce. The meat and vegetables from the Pot are especially delicious when eaten with thin cakes.
In history, Hele was a type of noodle made from buckwheat or sorghum flour. Later, the people of Weifang used wheat rather than buckwheat to make noodles, added chicken, duck and various kinds of seasonings and named it Hele (meaning harmony and happiness). Chicken and Duck Hele is thin, smooth, refreshing, tasty, and nutritious, and features noodles of beautiful color.
Round and large, one Ganzitou baked cake is thin on the edges and thick in the middle. Every cake is well baked, crisp, and aromatic.
As traditional food of Jingzhi Town, Anqiu City, the golden thin noodles are prepared with high-quality flour, eggs, and salt, resulting in a light yellow color and a refreshing and delicious taste.
Prepared with all parts of the sheep, the Whole Sheep Soup is a traditional dish of Qingzhou and features a sour, spicy, aromatic, and delicious taste.
Qingzhou and Linqu are famous for pheasants. Pheasant soup is not only delicious, but also nutritious.
Large passenger planes, such as A300 and B767 can park at the Weifang Airport. Scheduled flights go from Weifang to Beijing, Shanghai, and other cities.
As a transportation hub in the Shandong Peninsula, Weifang has advanced land transport facilities. The Jiaozhou-Jinan Railway, the Jinan-Qingdao, and Weifang-Laiyang expressways, and the Weifang-Xuzhou and Yantai-Weifang highways run through the city. The public transport in the city proper is fairly developed. The bus lines to tourist attractions in Weifang include:
Airline information: 0536-8291067
Train information: 0536-8564073
Bus information: 0536-8233345
Traffic police: 0536-8288062