PhilosophyLearn about the philosophy of Shandong. Visit the attractions listed below.
The “sage of calligraphy”, Wang XiZhi was known to many that his works were even fished out from his residential pond. Find out how he did that here.
Walk through the narrow streets alongside residential courtyards. Many of the rooms here were destroyed due to historical reasons. But, you will still see people living here if you go through the yield. Even a few art masters still remain in this building like masters in stone carving, wooden carving, brick carving etc. When you have walked through the building, your walk might make you think you have travelled back in time to the Qing dynasty. Be careful!
Just 2.5 km (1.55 miles) southeast of downtown Jinan, Qianfoshan, or Thousand Buddha Mountain, is the city’s largest downtown park. The mountain boasts of the 130 Buddha statues carved during the Sui Dynasty (581-618 AD), a Ten Thousand Buddha Cave the foot of the northern slope, and other historical collectibles dated back as early as 2,000 years ago. The mountain is also a great place to take panoramic views of Jinan, especially at sunset.
The Tianning Temple is the largest Grand Hall in Dongying. Locals love to brag about how Emperors who visited the temple were summoning ranking local officials. The grand celebration will be held every Buddhist festival. It is open all-year round, with street food, lion dance, and stilt performances.
From late November to early April, you will find yourself in a bird’s paradise just 15 minutes southeast from downtown Dongying. Thousands of black and grey swans, cranes and other types of birds can be found either in the sky or dancing passionately on the water. Nowhere else in the world will you find such a sight!
The Grand Lotus Theater name comes from its lotus-shaped roof nicely anchored at the river bank. There are 3 performance halls in total where plenty of world class music groups performed here, and among them is the Vienna Orchestra and the Hamburg Orchestra. Culture and arts are deeply rooted with the people. Highest per capita income certainly helps to bring world renowned artists into Dongying. Not only adults, but many children plays are performed here as well.
All exhibits are English bilingual. It is best to read the book Art of War first, or you can catch up by watching Youtube videos on any of Sun Tzu’s topics. There is also a 3-D movie theater for children to enjoy and yet interact with some of the military games offered.
Walnut shell carving is a collectable item that is often in high demand for noble men, and even Emperors. You can certainly see them at Beijing’s Forbidden City; but to see the carvings in action, Wu Village Walnut festival is a stop that you cannot miss.