Ji Plateau

(Cont’ from Linyi page)

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 4 km2 plateau. There is a village-turned folk museum is among cannot miss places. 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. 

Located northwest of Yishui Township and between Linyi and Zibo, the most famous place in the Ji Plateau is called Tianshang Wangcheng, which is 4A level national tourist attraction. The entire scenic area was built based on a legend that took place during the Spring and Autumn period when the king at the time called King Ji moved his capital to this area. Now, it has been developed as the largest attraction in Linyi. It has received over thousands of visitors at the same time.

Location: Quanzhuang village, Yishui town, Linyi (临沂市沂水县泉庄镇)

More info:

  • 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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