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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way!

After the hike, we all went to lunch at a small place at the bottom of the hill. Located in a house, we ate lunch in the proprietors bedroom! What a hoot! Rogin is the Best of the Best! This tour company delivered for us and we are extremely grateful.

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Shandong Shandong is a coastal province of the eastern China. "Shandong" literally means "mountain's east", which is related to the province's location east of the Taihang Mountains.

Shandong is located in the lower reaches of Yellow River and extends out to sea in the Shandong Peninsula. Shandong borders the Yellow Sea to the southeast, Bohai Bay to the north, Henan Province to the west, Hebei to the northwest, Jiangsu to the south and also have a very short border with Anhui.

Shandong is nicknamed "Qilu"after the two states"Qi" and "Lu" existed here 2000 years ago during the Spring and Autumn Period. Shandong boasts of a great number of historical places and scenic spots, like Mount Tai, Qufu, Jinan, Zibo, Qingdao, Fenglai, Weihai and Yantai.

Qufu and Mt.Taishan are two of the most important places of interest worth visiting. Qufu is a famous historical and cultural city best known as the hometown of Confucius (551-479BC). Confucius was born in 551 B.C and was a great philosopher in the Chinese history and the founder of the Chinese Confucian school. He has had a decisive influence on the moral character and the cultural formation of the Chinese nation for more than 2000 years. The World Heritage Site: Temple and Cemetery of Confucius, and the Kong Family Mansion in Qufu.

Mount Taishan is located in central- western part of Shandong Province. Rising 1545 meters above sea level, it is the most significant of the sacred peaks in China. During the period of Qin Dynasty and Han Dynasties, Taishan Mountain gradually turned into a famous mountain where the emperors granted titles to Buddhists and did their worship until the Ming and Qing Dynasty. In history, 72 Chinese emperors came here for worshiping or holding ceremonies of handing crowns, the World Heritage Site.

Shandong Tourist Map
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Shandong Sketch Map Dongying Ji'nan Zibo Qufu Weifang Yantai Weihai Qingdao Rizhao Jining

Private Tours in Shandong

» Jinan Tour
Jinan Tour As the regional capital city of Shandong Province, Jinan is located about 400 kilometers south of of Beijing. Jinan is definitely your good springboard to start your exploration into the mysterious Mt.Taishan, the ancient city of Qufu, the beautiful coastal city of Qingdao and more places in the province. But Jinan itself is also worth a pop by on your Shandong tour.

Jinan Highlight Day Tour from US$ 95 p/p
Jinan Mt.Taishan Qufu 3 Day Tour from US$ 349 p/p

» Qingdao Tour
Qingdao Tour Qingdao (Tsingtao), a costal city lying across the Shandong Peninsula and looking out to the Yellow Sea, a major city in eastern Shandong Province. Now Qingdao is a large seaport, naval base, and industrial center. It is also the site of the Tsingtao Brewery which German early settlers set up in 1903.

Qingdao Cruise Port Day Tour from US$135 p/p
Qingdao Highlight Day Tour from US$105 p/p
Qingdao 3 Day Tour from US$235 p/p

» Qufu One Day Tour
Qufu One Day Tour Attractions: Confucius Temple, Confucius Family Mansion ,Confucius Family Graveyard
Tour Type: Walking Tour
Service: Lunch + entrance feesbr
Tour Code: ( SDPT-01 )
Price: Starting from US$ 85 per person

» Mt.Taishan One Day Tour
Mt.Taishan One Day Tour Attractions: Mt.Taishan, the Dai Temple
Vehicle: Private Car, Van or coach
Service: lunch + entrance fees + private tour guide & driver + private car / van or coach
Tour Code: ( SDPT-02 )
Price: Starting from US$ 85 per person

Shandong Tour from Beijing

» Beijing Qufu One Day Round Trip
Beijing Qufu One Day Round Trip Attractions: Confucius Temple, Confucius Family Mansion, Confucius Family Graveyard
Vehicle: Private Car, Van or coach
Service: High speed Train + lunch + entrance fees + private tour guide & driver + private car / van
Tour Code: ( SDPT-05 )
Price: Starting from US$ 205  per person

» Beijing Jinan Qufu Taishan 3 Days Tour
Beijing Jinan Qufu Taishan 3 Days Tour Attractions: Confucius Temple, Confucius Family Mansion Confucius Family Graveyard, Mt.Taishan, the Dai Temple
Vehicle: Private Car, Van or coach
Service: Train + hotel+ lunch + entrance fees + private tour guide & driver + private car / van or coach
Tour Code: ( SDPT-07 )
Price: Starting from US$ 460 per person

» Beijing Qufu Taishan 3 Days Tour
Beijing Qufu Taishan 3 Days Tour Attractions: Confucius Temple, Confucius Family Mansion Confucius Family Graveyard, Mt.Taishan, the Dai Temple
Vehicle: Private Car, Van or coach
Service: Train + hotel+ lunch + entrance fees + private tour guide & driver + private car / van or coach
Tour Code: ( SDPT-08 )
Price: Starting from US$ 455 per person

Shandong Travel Information

Train Travel to Shandong
There are two major arterial railway lines passing through Shandong - The Jingjiu Railway (Beijing-Kowloon) and Jinghu Railway (Beijing-Shanghai). The Jingjiu passes through Liaocheng and Heze.

The Jinghu (Beijing - Shanghai) passes through Dezhou, Jinan, Tai'an, Yanzhou .

The Jinghu Beijing Shanghai high-speed railway passes through Qufu, Jinan and Tengzhou.

The Jiaoji Railway is an important railway of Shandong, conecting its two largest cities of Qingdao and Jinan.

Beijing - Jinan Trains (over 400km):
Approxi 70 daily trains connecting Beijing and Jinan including G trains, D Trains and K trains. For G trains, takes one and half hours; for D trains, take about 2 and half hours and for K or T trains, take about 6 hours.

Taking high speed trains to Qufu:
The tourism of Qufu has been raised to a high level with the opening of Beijing Shanghai High Speed Trains which have terminated the non-train stop history in Qufu. Take Beijing Qufu for example, there are about 10 daily high speed trains running between Beijing and Qufu. The train ride takes about 2 hours. So next time if you are going to visit Qufu , it is very convenient for you to take a high speed trains from Beijing, Shanghai or other cities along the Beijing Shanghai high speed line.

High speed and D trains to Jinan, Taishan and Qingdao:
The high speed trains also give much impetus to the sightseeing in Jinan and Qingdao. Numerous high speed trains stops at Jinnan and bring more tourists and business travelers to Jinnan and Qingdao. Beijing Jinan high speed trains take about 1 and half hours.

Convenient train network within Shandong:
The train network in shandong is much developed with multi railways linking Rizhao, Weihai, Yantai, Weifang, Qingdao, Jinan, Taishan and Qufu.

Flight Travel to Shandong
Shandong is connected to other cities and provinces by flight largely through the airports including Jinan Yaoqiang Airport and Qingdao Liuting International Airport. So Both Jinan and Qingdao are the important cities for in and out flights.

Beside Jinan and Qingdao, Yantai and Weihai also have airports accommodating the flights from Beijing, Shanghai and other big cities.

Ferry or Ship Cruise to Shandong
Shandong is a peninsula, with its many bays and harbours. It has has some important ports, including Qingdao, Yantai, Weihai, Rizhao, and Longkou. Ferries connect the cities on the north coast of the peninsula with the Liaodong Peninsula, further north across the sea.

Some big cruise ships like "Princess Diamond" would dock at the port in Qingdao each year.

When to Visit in Shandong
Shandong has a warm-temperate monsoonal climate, with hot, rainy summers and dry, sunny winters. It has a mean annual temperature of 10.5 to 13.5 degrees Celsius - the hottest month, July, averaging 24 to 27 degrees Celsius and the coldest month, January, -4 to 1 degrees Celsius and a mean annual precipitation of 550-950mm.

To visit the world heritage site - Qufu, the timing of the travel makes no big difference since the site is focused on histoy and culture. For climbing Mount Tai, spring and Autumn are highly recommended. As for the costal cities like Qingdao, Yantai, Weihai and Rizhao, they are ideal summer resorts if you want to eascape the scorching summer.

Shandong Layout
Shandong Province is located in the lower reaches of the Yellow River and fans out to the sea on the Shandong Peninsula. Shandong is adjacent to the Bohai Sea to the north, Hebei to the northwest, Henan to the west, Jiangsu to the south, and the Yellow Sea to the southeast; it also has a very short frontier with Anhui, between Henan and Jiangsu.

Shandong has a peninsula with a long cost line dotted the cities like Dongying, Yantai, Weihai, Qingdao and Rizhao. The capital city of Jinan, Taishan and Qufu are in the west of Shandong. The Jinnan Qingdao railway and highway lines divide the province into north and south parts. Zibo and Weifang are located on the Jinan Qingdao line.

Major hotels in Jinnan
Shandong Hotel Add: No. 2-1 Ma An Shan Road, Jinan. Shandong Tel: 0531-82958888
Tianfa Csohoh Business Hotel Add: 11 Dikou Road, Tianqiao District, Ji'nan Tel: 0531-68800000
Sheraton Jinan Hotel Add: No. 8 Long Ao North Road, Jinan Tel: 0531 - 81629999
C. Sohoh Business Add: 133 Jingshiweiwu Road, Jinan Tel: 0531-87068888
Crowne Plaza Hotel Add: 3 Tianditan Street, Lixia, Jinan Tel: 0531-86029999
Sofitel Silver Plaza Jinan Add: Luoyuan Street, Jinan Tel: 0531-86068888
Grand Metropark Qihui Hotel Add: 10 Xianxi Lane, Jinan, Shandong Tel: 0531-66669666

Major hotels in Qingdao
Seaview Garden Hotel Add: 2 Zhanghua Road, Shinan, Qingdao Tel: 0532-85875777
Shangri-La Hotel Add: 9 Hong Kong Middle Road, Shinan, Qingdao Tel: 0532-83883838
InterContinental Hotel Qingdao Add: 98 Aomen Road, Shinan, Qingdao Tel: 0532-66566666
Le Meridien Qingdao Add: 112 Yanji Road Qingdao Tel: 0532-55563788
The Castle Hotel Add: A No. 23, Changzhou Road, Southern District, Qingdao Tel: 0532-82893666
Qingdao Haiqing Hotel Add: No.11 Donghai Middle Road, Shinan District, Qingdao Tel: 0532-85969888
Doubletree by Hilton Qingdao Chenyang Add: No220, 308 National Road, Chengyang, Qingdao Tel: 0532-8098-8888
Holiday Inn Qingdao Parkview Add: Xingyang Road, Chengyang District, Qingdao Tel: 0532-8096 6888
Crowne Plaza Hotel Add: Hong Kong Middle Road, Qingdao Tel: 0532-85718888

Major Hotels in Taishan
Ramada Plaza Taian Add; No.16 Ying Sheng East Road, Taian City Tel: 0538-8368888
Lijing Plaza Hotel Add; East of Taishan Square, Tai'an Tel: 0538-6986666
Reader Hotel Add: 30 Hongmen Road, Taian Tel: 0538-6622999
Four Points by Sheraton Add: 888 Huanshan Dong Lu, Tai'an Tel: 0538 8879999
Taishan Hotel Add: No.26 Hongmen Road, Taian City Tel: 0538-8224678

Major Hotels in Qufu
Jining Inn (Qufu Government) Add: No.7 Chunqiu Road, Qufu
Queli Hotel Add: No.1 Queli Road, Qufu Tel: 0537-486681
Chunqiu Hotel Add: Chunqiu Road 13, Qufu Tel: 0537-5051888
Qufu Grand Hotel Add: Dacheng Road 1, Qufu Tel: 0537-4869018

With a long history and prosperous culture, it is one of the cradles of ancient Chinese civilization. Its long process of civilization development has witnessed countless celebrities including the great thinkers Confucius and Mencius as well as the strategist Sun Wu. Mt. Tai and Cemetery of Confucius, Kong Family Mansion, as well as Temple of Confucius are the must. More attractions in Shandong:

The capital city of Shandong since Ming dynasty, renowned for its 72 Famous Springs. Baotu Spring, Daming Lake, Thousand Buddha Mountain

Beach resort, Tsingtao beer, Ba Da Guan, Zhan Qiao, Laoshan.

A former British port city important in the second Sino-Japanese War

World Heritage Sites:
Temple and Cemetery of Confucius, and the Kong Family Mansion in Qufu
Tai Shan, sacred mountain, in Tai'an

Shandong is the coexistence of romantic Qi Country and traditional Lu Country. After mutual infiltration of two different cultures for thousands of years, the custom and culture become more and more abundant. Lu Cuisine is one of the Four Cuisines in China, noted for its unique flavor. Whenever you go in Shandong province, you will enjoy their own cooking. Mt.Tai and Qufu are the most representative.

Local Cuisines:

Banquet of Kong Family Mansion
Banquet of Kong Family Mansion was used to receive VIP, comte, and prepared for festa, birthday, wedding and funeral. The banquet is divided into several grades and egregious for its variety and lush. As the most important element of Shandong Cuisine, the banquet has developed into an unique family banquet with the development of one hundred years. Features: Shen Xian Ya Zi (Supernatural Duck), Yi Pin Hai Shen, Kong Family Biltong, Yi Pin Bean Curd, Xiuqiu Shark Fin, etc.

Braised Pork Balls in Gravy Sauce
Braised pork balls in gravy sauce are consisted of four big pork balls added gravy sauce. It is said that the dish original from Tang Dynasty. One poor scholar got number one in the imperial examination, admired by emperor and regarded as emperor's son in law. In order to celebrate his achievement, the chef cooked the favonian dish. Four balls express different meanings: Succeed in the imperial examination; getting married; as the emperor's son; reunion with the family.

Peach-shaped birthday cakes
It is made of flour in the shape of peach for celebrating the birthday. Its vivid visualize, tasty and refreshing flavor indicate that the felicity like the torrential east sea, the life is longer then the South Mountain.
Mt.Tai and Qufu are the major two attractions not only for the sights but also the attractive specialties. Mt. Tai grows up in the east of North China Plain, outmatches Qilu Plain, faces the vast ocean in the east and lean against the Yellow River of long standing. The supernatural glebe gestates various special local products. Chenxiang Lion, Wenliang Jade, as well as Yellow Vitreous Enamel Calabash are named "Three Treasures on Mt. Tai".

Qufu has smaller acreage but unique tour souvenirs such as Kai Carve, Beitie (a rubbing from a stone inscription), together with Nishan Inkslab, which the three treasures of Qufu. Furthermore, carpet and Bibcock Crabstick are also specialties incarnating the characteristic of Qufu.

Qingdao produces the best beer in China - Tsingtao Beer. Yantai produces the best wine in China - Changyu.

Taishan (taian City):
Nightlife is the unique scenery in the city. The nightlife in Taian, Mt. Tai is in a jumbly situation, some people are eating, and some people are playing. After 18:00am, snack stalls start to enter on the stage. You can do the shopping here, such as clothes, books, etc At present, the largest night markets in the city are Bridge of Mt.Tai Night Market.

Nigh Snack Street in Qufu
The local famous night snack street is located near Queli Hotel

Shandong was first used as a geographical name during the Warring States period (475 B.C.-221B.C.). It is generally referred to the area east of the Taihang Mountain. The name Shandong was used to describe an administrative area in the Jin Dynasty (1115-1234). During the Yuan Dynasty (1206-1368), the government established Shandong "dao" (an administrative division at that time).

In the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the government established Shandong "buzhengsi" (an administrative division), forming a territory similar to today's Shandong Province; most of the names of the counties were used up until recently. Shandong Province was formally established in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), with its capital at Jinan. After the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, the province assumed its present administrative division after several adjustments.

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