Weihai

Weihai, dubbed as China’s “Garden City”, rests along the shorelines of the northeastern end of Shandong. Weihai is the closest city in China facing Korea. The region also boasts of its lush forests, picturesque islands, and almost 600 miles coastal line. Without much of the cultural heritage such as hometown of Confucius at Qufu and hometown of Sun Tzu at Binzhou, Weihai is a leisurely-paced, seaport city. Because the city is flanked by sea in three different directions, Weihai’s yearly average temperature is 12.7°C, and an average rainfall of up to 900 mm. There are four seasons in Weihai, making Weihai a prime travel destination. It is also worth noting Weihai’s clear water, clean air, and low noise level all making Weihai the most livable city in China.

As well as a city, it is also a metropolitan region that consists of Rongcheng City, Wendeng City and Rushan City. The total area is 5,436 sq km with a population at 2.47 million.

Weihai’s history can be traced back to about 7,000 years. In 1398, the Imperial Ming Dynasty set up its first camp, called Weihai Guard. And later in 1898, the land was leased to Britain. It was returned to China in 1930. The City of Weihai was established in 1945.

Strolling down the streets of Weihai City, you will not be able to help but notice the shop signs are listed in bilingual: Korean and Chinese. Since Weihai is so close to Korea by sea, there are over 5,000 Korean families who have taken residence in Weihai. The cost of Korean goods are cheaper than that in Korea.  And the Korean food in Weihai is very much so authentic.

In addition to sand beaches and coastal cliffs, Weihai’s city architecture blends a modern Chinese-style with Western touches. You can find buildings are in sharp white color reminding people of Greek Isles. Liugong Island is the birth place of Chinese navy. Here you will see the first naval academy of China and former headquarter of China’s northern fleet. Time is traced back to the late 1800s. Weihai is also host to Asia’s largest swan population. Weihai’s seafood, fisherman’s wharf visits, and hot springs will relax your brain as well as your muscles.

Currently, the City of Weihai has over 100 hotels with an airport that connects to all major cities in China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Harbin, Guangzhou, etc. Weihai’s international ferry line connects to Korea and Dalian City in Liaoning Province across the Bohai Strait. 

The City of Rongcheng is actually one-third of Weihai’s region. This city is one of the most affluent regions in Shandong. Rongcheng started out as a fishing village on the east end of China. With 6.7 million people and an incredible GDP, Rongcheng now ranks 14th Forbes’ top 100 city list in China. Blessed with coastal line cliffs, sea breeze and close proximity to Qingdao airport, which connects many international destinations, Rongcheng has led Shandong’s eco-tourism. Its fishing folklore exploration is second to none.

The Swan Lake covers an approximate area of 4.8 km2. It is where hundreds of swans make their way down from Russia to camp in Weihai’s lovely climate for the season. Locals welcome swans and admire their presence. Few years ago, local residents had unanimously voted to give up the tradition of Chinese New Year crackers to keep the swans at peace. Rongcheng has China’s best swan photographer, Mr. Ma Shi Min. He is a legend for swan photography. He will share with you many stories on the city’s effort to protect swans – very touching. There was also an issue which faced the city’s tourism prosperity. As more tourists feed swans to take photos, more swans are naturally forced to live a domesticated life and they gradually lose their ability to fly far and high. To prevent this, travelers are advised not to feed the swans just to take a photo.

The Chengshantou Cliff (“Cape of Chengshantou”) at Rongcheng is located at the tip of the northeast end of Weihai of Shandong as well as China. Here you will find the first glimpse of sunrise in all of China. The view of deep cliffs, a light house and the seaward baseline marker of China are breath taking. Upon China’s unification for the first time in 220 BC, the first Emperor, Qin Shi Huang visited here twice (219 BC and 210 BC), for the sole purpose of seeking medicine of eternal living. He was stopped by the sea. To his dismay, he burned a bridge built to extend to his journey.  We still can see four bridge pillars left. Come and gaze off those cliffs at Chengshantou. Enjoy the opportunity to capture the photos of strong waves clashing against the cliff side.

Weihai Folklores: Seaweed roofing in Weihai (Rongcheng to be exact) has a large fishing village called Yan Dun Jiao Village. What is unique about this village is locals use seaweed to build their roofs. Rongcheng has 1,300 registered houses and some are more than 300 years old. The rooftops are caved in and insulation is amazing. Stroll through the historical streets and explore the typical local lifestyle.

Weihai is more than just one of the busiest ports in China. On top of the numerous top-quality resorts open for travelers, Weihai offers enough beach room for everyone to enjoy. Catch a cup of fresh coffee while getting your glimpse of the breath-taking sunrise and/or sunsets. Take your time to explore through the historical city of mixed cultures. And finish the day off with Weihai’s stewed globefish or a shellfish feast. Not to forget about the pan-fried buns stuffed with mackerel.

ACCOMODATION 

Yujiale

Chinese style bed and breakfast (lunch and dinner are available). Home cooked seafood. It is very inviting and is available everywhere.

Hotel Nishi at Rongcheng

A newly opened 5-star hotel with a view of the sea from any room. Offers the best seafood at very reasonable price. Check out the lobby and enjoy the best massage and hotel service in Shandong.

Tel: (0631) 757 7777

Planning/Transportation

*minimum two night stay at Weihai

1-day Trip:

Morning: Liugong Island (刘公岛)

Night: The Chengshantou Cliff at Rongcheng (成山头)

Or

Morning: Liugong Island (刘公岛)

Weihai historic Downtown

  Night: Tanpo Hot Spring

2-day Trip:

Day 1:

Liugong Island (刘公岛)

The Chengshantou Cliff at Rongcheng(成山头)

Day 2:

Morning Chinshan (赤山)

Afternoon: Swan Lake (天鹅湖)

Or

Day 1: Chengshantou, Swan Lake(成山头)

Day 2:

Morning: Seaweed village

Afternoon: Tianmu Spring

3-day Trip:

Day 1:

Liugong Island (刘公岛)

Day 2:

Morning: The Chengshantou Cliff at Rongcheng (成山头)

Afternoon: Swan Lake (天鹅湖)

Day 3:

Morning: Seaweed village

Afternoon: Tianmu Spring

 

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