Linyi has various geomorphic types. Shandong’s Tianyu Museum of Natural History houses 390,000 specimens and is the largest natural geological museum in the world. Linyi also has 72 plateaus.
The Ji Plateau is said to be the last stronghold of the Ji Kingdom before they were annexed by the Qi Kingdom. The Ji Kingdom started during the Shang Dynasty (1600-1046 BC). The year of 691 BC marks the day of the Ji Kingdom. The history book, Chunqiu Zuo Zhuan, documents in detail the rise and fall of Ji Kingdom during 682 BC. It was in 2012 a huge tomb was discovered and excavated on plateau top. Based on its size and shape, archeologists were able to differentiate the person’s social class. The identity is yet to be confirmed.
Plan to spend at least a full day on top of this 4sq km plateau. There is a village-turned folk museum among this cannot-miss place. The last inhabitant moved down the plateau in the 1980’s. You will also see the tomb with detailed photos and notes in English. Live re-creation of historical battles and rituals are performed daily all year long.
Ji Plateau is located at northwestern of Yishui Township, intersection of Linyi and Zibo. The most famous place is called Tianshang Wangcheng which is 4A level national tourist attraction. The entire scenic area was build up based on legend taking place in spring and Autumn period when the then king named Ji moved his capital to this site. Now, it even have developed to the largest attraction on Linyi which can receive over thousands visitors at same time.
Location: Quanzhuang village, Yishui town, Linyi (临沂市沂水县泉庄镇)
- Tickets: 80 RMB
- Hours: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
- Average time spent: 6 hours
- Transportation: Didi (equiv. Uber), Bus from downtown
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