Culture

Learn about the Culture of Shandong. Visit the attractions listed below.
Haichang Fisherman’s Wharf

Haichang Fisherman’s Wharf

A one-stop-shop resort for sightseeing, dining, recreations and shopping. Yantai Haichang Whale Shark Aquarium and Haichang Yudaishan Hot Spring are two main attractions on site. The aquarium has sea animal shows, and the hot spring facility offers deep-sea springs in the Japanese-style.

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China Gold Mine Museum

China Gold Mine Museum

Located in Zhaoyuan 90 kilometers to the west of downtown Yantai, the museum shows you the old gold mining equipment used in a real gold mine. Procedures of a gold mining operation is also shown here. Visitors can also go through a simulation of underground mining experience. It’s a rare place where you get to see how the world’s most wanted precious metal is mined, selected, smelt and processed to various commercial products.

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Changdao Island

Changdao Island

Acclaimed to be the most beautiful island in China, Changdao (or ‘Long Island’) has multiple small reefs and mini islets. Seabirds nest on steep cliffs or between jagged reefs carved by nature to thousands of shapes and forms. Major attractions include the Jiuzhang Cliff, Yueya Bay and Wanniao Island. It’s a pure world of nature, paradise for birds.

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The Mou Family Mansion

The Mou Family Mansion

The largest family estate in northern China, this residential compound built in 1735 covers 20,000 square meters over three clusters of courtyards. Each cluster has two tightly connected family units. Pay attention to the mansion’s functional designs, symbols, and craftsmanship. The Mou family saga has been featured in many documentaries and a movie. The last family member, Mou Qihong, made his name nationally known for trading a train load of textile & local produce in 4 passenger planes back from Russia.

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Nanshan (Southern Mountain) Buddha

Nanshan (Southern Mountain) Buddha

At 38.66 meters high and 660 tons in weight, this is the largest Buddha statue in northern China. You need to climb 400 steps uphill to see the Buddha, as well 9,999 small Buddhas statues in the worship hall. Ten thousand is a figure to suggest immortality in the Chinese culture.

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Sanxianshan Scenic Area

Sanxianshan Scenic Area

Sanxianshan stands for ‘Three Fairies’. A re-creation of 8 immortals crossing the sea. This will be a total shock to you. You will see how Chinese define their image of a “fairyland.”

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Kunyu National Forest and Taixu Temple

Kunyu National Forest and Taixu Temple

Located in Muping District of Yantai with soaring ridges and peaks, and aged trees shooting in the sky. Home to a variety of trees including cherry, apple and apricot, as well as streams and waterfalls, it is a regional tourist destination complete with hiking trails, picnic areas, and souvenir shops. The highest peak, Taibo, stands at 923 m high; and the biggest waterfall, Nine Dragons Pond Waterfall, looks silky from a distance. One cave in the forest is said to be where the Quanzhen School of Taoism was born. Taixu Palace, the home temple of…

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Zhifu Island

Zhifu Island

Located in northern Zhifu (Chefoo) District, the island is a typical land-tied island. It features unique abrasion cliffs and reefs. Yangzhu (the master sun) Temple, the landmark building on the island, was originally constructed as early as 7th Century BCE. The first emperor, Emperor Qin, visited here three times during his reign some 2,300 years ago to worship heaven and the sun. The prime minister, Li Si wrote two inscriptions eulogizing the Emperor.

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