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Dongying Trip

Sunday, August 19th, 2012
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Plan your Shandong tour? You are highly recommended to visit Dongying, a coastal city in the northest of Shandong Province, where the Yellow River meets the Bohai Sea.

Dongying (东营) in Chinese literally means “Eastern Camp”. Tang Taizhong (23 January 599 – 10 July 649), the second emperor of the Tang Dynasty of China, made his east expedition and set up two camps – Eastern Camp and Western Camp in the northeast Shandong. Today’s Dongying was where the eastern camp was located.

The city of Dongying developed from a small village named “Dongying Village” which was established in Ming Dynasty (1368 -1644). In 1983, the city of Dongying was founded. Now Dongying has two districts and three counties – Dongying District, Hekou District, Kenli County, Guangrao County and Lijin County.

The Yellow River emptifies itself at the Kenli County of Dongying City in the northest of Shandong Province. Historically the the Yellow River has changed its watercourse for numerous times. The present watercourse of Yellow River was formed in 1885 with its estuary at Kenli County of Dongying City.

As an oil city, Dongying is also home to Shengli Oilfield, the second largest oilfield in China. Shengli Oilfield was discovered 1964, near the village of Dongying which gave its name to the city.

The Yellow River Delta National Natural Reserve was established in 1992 with the approval from the of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China. The reserve is located in the Yellow River Estuary of the Yellow River Delta Wetland formed by the silt brought by the Yellow River within the administrative area of Dongying City in the northeast of Shandong Province.

Dongying is located 403km to the southeast of Beijing and 300km to the northeast of Jinan City. It has a costline of 350km and 138 section of Yellow River. Dongying’ economy revolves around petroleum. It also rich tourism resources including the Yellow River Delta Wetland, Yellow River National Natural Reserve, Swan Lake – the largest artificial lake in Asia.

Dongying has a mild monsoon-influenced continental climate with disdictive four seasons – hot and humind summer, cold and dry winter, rainy and humid in summer and spring. 

The downtown Dongying city

The downtown Dongying city

White and black swans at the Yellow River Wetland Park

White and black swans at the Yellow River Wetland Park

Taking a boat and passing the reed marshes the Yellow River Reserve. 

Taking a boat and passing the reed marshes the Yellow River Reserve.

Cruising on the Yellow River Estuary
 Useful Phone numbers
1.Dongyong Tourism Buareau: 0546 – 83208062
2.Dongying Hotel: 0546 – 68062999

Yellow River Estuary Cruise

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
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The Yellow River is the second longest river in China with an estimated length of 5,464 kilometers, just after Yangtze River. The Yellow River originates from the Qinhai-Tibet Plateau, passing nine provinces and emptying into the Bohai Sea at Dongying in the northeast of Shandong Province. It is one of the important craddles of China’s civilization.

The Yellow River is such named due to the large amount of the silt it carries from the Loess Plateau. The heavy load of silt makes new land a the Yellow River Delta. In 1993,the Yellow River Delta National Natural Reserve was established to protect both the delta wetland and the precious birds at the Yellow River Wetland.

The local Dongying government has invested huge amount of money for developing the Yellow River Delta Tourism. At the time of my writing, two tourist items of the delta tourism are comparatively well organized and have been open to the public – Visiting Yellow River Wetland park and Crusing on the Yellow River Estuary.

After you visit Yellow River Delta Wetland Park, you head to the Yellow River Estuary Harbour and board a small-sized ship cruising at the mouth of the Yellow River, where its emptying into the Bohai Sea.

The 10km boat ride takes 40 minutes from the port to the place where the rivers meets the sea, creating a spectacular view of “Yellow” and “Blue” blending. 

The Yellow River Cruise Boat is waiting for us at the Yellow River Mouth Wharf.

The Yellow River Cruise Boat

We are walking to the cruise boat. The boat has two-connected cabins and an upper sightseeing deck. 

The boat has two-connected cabins and an upper sightseeing open deck

Some of our group members are out on the open deck to have a clear view of the Yellow River.

Some of our group members are out on the open deck to have a clear view of the Yellow River

The fast going boat produces a great amount of yellow waves at its stern.

The fast going boat produces a great amount of yellow waves at its stern.

Some are just sitting in one of the cabins (VIP Cabin), air-conditioned, chatting and laughing.

Some are just sitting in one of the cabins (VIP Cabin),

The place where the Yellow River meets the Bohai Sea. We turn around and on our back to the Yellow River Estuary Wharf, enjoying a setting sun.

We turn around and on our back to the Yellow River Estuary Wharf, enjoying a setting sun.

The the Yellow River Estuary Wharf is about one hour’s drive to the northeast of Dongying City.
Ticket selling time: 09:00 – 17:00
Cruising Time: 40 minutes
Cruising distance: 20km round trip
Ticket Price: CNY100

The Administration of The Yellow River Delta National Natural Reserve
Add: 58 Yihe Road, Dongying City, Shandong Province 257091
Tel: 0546-8381988
Fax: 0546-8305828

Any questions, just drop a line

The Yellow River Delta Wetland

Monday, August 13th, 2012
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As the most important part of the Yellow River Delta National Natural Reserve, the Yellow River Delta Wetland is the youngest, the largest, the most extensive and integrated wetland ecosystem in the warm temperate zone of China. It is the most rapid and expanding wetland in the world.
 
From the Yellow River Delta Wetland , the Yellow River Estuary Wetland Park has been built aimed at developing the Yellow River Estuary Tourism. The park is a combination of sightseeing, experiences, recreation, science and popularization.  
 
The Yellow River Estuary Wetland Park is one hour’s drive from the downtown of Dongying in the northeast of Shandong Province. This wetland park is an intergrated part of the Yellow River Estuary Tourist Zone. The estuary tourism zone is composed of two parts – north part (north of the Yellow River) and south part (south of the Yellow River).
 
On August 10, 2012, we visited the Yellow River Estuary Wetland Park. Below are some of the picctures taken on our short trip.
 
The flying searching pagoda in the park the place where birds like to stay and live. 

The flying searching pagoda in the park the place where birds like to stay and live

 
Natural Willow Forest Scenic Zone

Natural Willow Forest Scenic Zone

 
A black swan is starting to fly

A black swan is starting to fly

 
Take a boat passing through a reed marshes Viewing Zone

Take a boat passing through reed marshes Viewing Zone

 
A great number of ducks are playing on the lake

A great number of ducks are playing on the lake