With an elaborate history of sixteen thousand years, China has intrigued the rest of the world for centuries with its oriental charm. Located in the eastern part of China, Shandong Province is the birthplace of numerous historical figures whose influences are pivotal to the Chinese culture and are still evident around the world. Among them are Confucius, founder of the Confucian school of thought, Sun Tzu who wrote The Art of War, the world famous book on military strategy, and strategist Zhuge Liang, whose wisdom is immortalised in the historical novel, Romance of the Three
Northeastern Coastal Treasure
Famous for its historical relics, seafood and wine, Yantai is one of the most charming coastal cities in the Shandong Province. It is a popular tourist attraction, particularly between the months of July and August where the weather is at its best.
Known by the Yantai locals as the Fairyland on the Land, Penglai City is a harmonious integration of breathtaking scenery and historical interest of places, composed of rich tourist elements such as the Red Cliff, Yellow Sea and Bohai Sea. The Dan Cliff is said to be the departure point of the legendary Eight Immortals on their trip to the Conference of the Magical Peach. If the weather conditions are just right, you may be treated by the enthralling sight of a natural phenomenon of mirage over the sea.
Another major attraction in Yantai is Changdao, a must-visit for the inquisitive traveller. Nestled in the north of Penglai, Changdao consists of a chain of 32 islands with uniquely different features. Known as the kingdom of birds, tens of thousands of birds of various species can be sighted on Cheyou Island, including endangered species such as the red-crested crane and golden eagle. In spring and autumn, the island provides an excellent stopover for migratory birds. Other famous islands include Heishan Island, the paradise of snakes; Tuoji Island, the world of rocks; and Zushan Island, the forests of bamboo.
Changyu Wine Museum
Reputed to be the best place in China to grow vines due to its moderate summer and winter weather conditions, Yantai is the cradle of wine production in China, housing the largest wine production base in Asia. Be sure to visit the Changyu Wine Museum, which consists of the largest underground cellar in Asia and have a taste of Zhangyu Red Wine, the most famous wine in China.
The abundance of marine life in Yantai makes it a heaven on earth for seafood connoisseurs with its fresh supply of abalones, oysters, scallops, mussels and crabs. Local cooks take full advantage of the area's rich seafood, vegetables and fruits to create tantalizing dishes. The two most famous seafood dishes in Yantai, Stir-fried Sea-cucumber with Scallions and Fried Razor Clams, are definite must-tries!
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