A Tour in Dongying

Dongying, Shandong – where pictures could not fully convey the beauty of this scenery!

Did you know that the Yellow River is the second-longest river in China?

The Yellow River estuary is located in Dongying, Shandong Province. The scenery is at its most beautiful here with the autumn colours. The sky is full of deep yellow, warm red and dazzling white.

On the Lubei Plain, as soon as autumn comes, the brilliant colours appear, enough to fill thousands of painted scrolls! Read on to step into this colourful world.

A “red carpet welcome”…

September is a perfect time for your trip to Dongying. From mid-September each year, large areas of Suaeda salsa plants begin to turn from light pink to deep red. Hongguang Fishing Port, in Kenli District, is covered by this romantic and welcoming “red carpet”.

The red carpet has existed throughout history, as though burning clouds in the sky are reflecting down, spreading to this point where the sea meets the sky. Come to Dongying and see this spectacle for yourself!

Address: Hongguang Fishing Port, Kenli District, Dongying City, south of Bihai Road, Shandong Province

Best time to visit: September to October

The Yellow River transitions into the sea

Dongying is the place where the Yellow River enters the Bohai Sea, after travelling through more than 5,000 kilometres of China’s earth.

Along the Yellow River, during autumn, the water flow speeds up even more rapidly. At the entrance to the sea, the thick yellow river water meets the blue sea, and there is a yellow-blue junction, dramatically splitting the river water and the sea water in half.

Address: Yellow River Estuary Ecotourism Area (to the northeast of Huanghekou Town, Kenli District, Dongying City, Shandong Province)

Best time to visit: September to October

Reed flowers “flying like snow”

When the autumn breeze is returning, this is the time when reed flowers are in full bloom. In the Yellow River Estuary Ecotourism Area in Kenli District, Dongying, these flowers stand lightly, resembling snow or a cluster of fog.

Seen from a distance, it will seem like a sea of soft white cotton, swaying with the wind.

Address: Yellow River Estuary Ecotourism Area (to the northeast of Huanghekou Town, Kenli District, Dongying City, Shandong Province)

Best time to visit: September to October

“Birds international airport”

Walking through the wetland of the Yellow River estuary, you will see black and white birds from time to time, soaring in the sky. Whooper swans, red-crowned cranes, Oriental white stork… – many rare birds choose to live here, giving the area a reputation of “birds international airport”.

Walking through the wetland of the Yellow River estuary, you will see black and white birds from time to time, soaring in the sky. Whooper swans, red-crowned cranes, Oriental white stork… – many rare birds choose to live here, giving the area a reputation of “birds international airport”.

Address: Yellow River Delta Bird Museum, Yellow River Estuary Ecotourism Area

Best time to visit: All year round

Colourful Yellow River cuisine

The food is flavoursome where the Yellow River meets the sea! You can try Yellow River estuary hairy crabs or Dongying Jiwei shrimp. The autumn table is assorted and colourful in Dongying, from clams to chickens and from prawns to pancakes and green onions. Get ready to drool!

Lovers of pasta should not miss the Lijin Shuijianbao. It is part of the intangible cultural heritage and a must-have for breakfast on the streets of Dongying. It is a freshly made water-fried bun, crispy on the outside and soft in the centre, with fillings. Take a bite!

Food tasting recommendation: Dongying Kenli Xinhui East Coast Hot Spring Hotel

Price: 50 yuan per person

Paddy field paintings

“Take the field as the drawing paper and the rice as the paintbrush” – in Kenli District in Dongying, you will discover 3D paddy field paintings!

By autumn, the paddy field has a different look, with shining patches of golden yellow. Dongying is more than the place where “the water of the Yellow River comes from the sky, rushes to the sea and never returns” – this paddy field is a special place that we all should visit once in our life!

Address: Yongan Town, Kenli District, Dongying City, Shandong Province

Best time to visit: July to October

Time will pass but memories will last. Take a trip to Dongying to start a beautiful autumn journey!

Make it happen

Accommodation options:

  1. Huanghekou RV holiday park  is located within the Yellow River Estuary Ecotourism Area. The RVs are fully equipped, including with a kitchen and living room. This is an excellent choice for self-driving and RV enthusiasts. The large bedroom can accommodate 4 people.
  2. Alternatively, you can choose one of the economical and comfortable business hotels that are close to the scenic area.

Self-driving routes:

Dongying is a city that is very well suited for self-driving travel. The roads are wide, the scenic area is outside of the busy downtown and there are not too many people. Foreign tourists can choose to rent a car after arriving in Dongying.

  1. Suggested route with children: Dongying—Dongying Electricitydian Culture Experience Hall—Yellow River Cultural Centre—Guangrao Sun Tzu Cultural Park—Yellow River Estuary Ecotourism Area
  2. Conventional route: Dongying—Yellow River Cultural Centre—Kenli 3D paddy field paintings—Yellow River Estuary Ecotourism Area—Guangrao Sun Tzu Cultural Park
  3. Tour route in Dongying Yellow River Estuary Ecotourism Area: Yellow River Delta Bird Museum—”Flying snow” reed flowers—Bird Island—Yellow River Old Course Natural Willow Forest—Yanhu Wharf Wetland Cruise—Bird Flying Area—Mud beach crab catching—Yuanwanglou—Yellow River Cruise

Tickets:

Yellow River Estuary Ecotourism Area tickets

  • Peak season: 1 April to 30 November – ticket price = 60 yuan per person
  • Low season: 1 December to 31 March – ticket price = 30 yuan per person
  • Student tickets are available for ages 6 to 18 years old and for full-time undergraduate students with a valid student ID card
  • Free admission: retired cadres with a retirement certificate; senior citizens over (and including) 60 years old with a  senior citizen preferential treatment card; active servicemen and women with a military or soldier card; disabled soldiers with a military disability certificate; reporters with a national press card issued by the China General Administration of Press and Publication; children under (and including) 6 years old or up to 1.4 metres in height; disabled persons with a disability certificate; high-level talents with the Shandong Huicai Card.
Buns (Dough Modeling) – being big and round; representing a happy family reunion.
Laba Congee – a tradition to be eaten 8 days before the New Year (Jan 20); a symbol to celebrate the harvest throughout the year.
Guandong Sugar – a childhood candy of Shandong locals. Crowds will gather at street vendors to get their hands on it. Especially with the many varieties available.

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