Come Visit the Origins of Chinese Civilization
The Shandong Province is full of history, adventure and modern-day excitement. Located in the eastern part of China, this province extends south to the Yellow River. It also overlooks the Korean Peninsula and the vast Japan Archipelago across the sea. This area is home to more than 90 million people within 60,235 square miles.
Shandong has a history that dates back more than 5,000 years. It has a unique historical significance to China because it is considered one of the birthplaces of their civilization.
Here are some fantastic sites you need see when visiting this region.
- The clay pots discovered in Dawenkou contain inscriptions that are believed to be the earliest written language in China.
- The ruins of Longshan City are considered the earliest markers for what is the oldest city in the country.
- The portions of the Great Wall of China built during the Qi State period are believed to be among the oldest portions of the Great Wall in the country.
- This area is the hometown of Confucius, thus three sites not to miss include the Confucius Temple, Confucius Mansion and the Confucius Cemetery located in Qufu. In 2005, Confucius’s hometown of Qufu finished an important renovation. This ancient philosopher was born here more than 2,500 years ago.
- Some of the most scenic areas in this providence are Mount Taishan and Mt. Laoshan. The former, and the Temple of the Cemetery of Confucius and the Confucius Mansion, are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites.
- Jinan is home to many natural hot springs, which has lent it the name “Spring City.”
- This province is the birthplace of China’s silk, pottery and porcelain industries. Tourists can find traditional items and high-end souvenirs throughout the region.
- Local Jinan and Jiaodong dishes are one of the four major schools of famous food dishes in China. Jinan dishes offer a delicate fragrance and freshness, while Jiaodong dishes include fresh seafood.
- Tsingtao Beer is from Qingdao City. The brewery is China’s second largest and was founded in 1903 by German settlers.
“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” ~ Confucius