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Introduction

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Shandong (山东) is a province of China located to the east.

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Geography

Shandong is located by the sea. It's northen coast borders the Bohai Sea, and its southern coast borders the Yellow sea. It is mainly flat but mountainous in the centre. It also shares borders with Hebei, Henan, Jiangsu and Anhui province.

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Cities

  • The capital of this province is Jinan (济南).
  • Qingdao (青岛) is the largest city and financial capital of Shandong province.

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Sights and Activities

Mount Tai

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Located in Eastern China, Mount Tai (泰山, Tàishān), is one of the most famous mountains in China. It is considered the most famous of the 5 Sacred Chinese Mountains. The mountain has had human settlement around it since the Neolithic period and has been the sight of several warring periods. About 3,000 years ago active religious worship began at the mountain and continues to this day, with several active temples still located precariously on the slops. As a legacy there are 22 temples, 97 ruins, 819 stone tablets and 1,018 clidd-side and stone inscriptions scattered across the mountain.

Mount Tai is a tilted fault-block mountain, which means it is a series of high peaks, that increase in elevation from north to south. The highest peaks are Jade Emperor Peak, Heaven Candle Peak, Fan Cliff and the Rear Rock Basin. 80% of the area is covered in vegetation an many of the trees were planted by the Emperor Wu Di about 1,300 years ago. In 1987 the mountain was designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today the Mount Tai has over 6 million visitors a year.

Official Website: http://www.mount-tai.com.cn/english/index.asp

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Weather

Being nearer to the coast, summers are more temperate than inland China. Being relatively north, winters are colder than southern China and can reach sub-zero temperatures in some regions.

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Getting There

By Plane

Flights from Liuting International Airport go frequently to many Chinese cities, including Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai. There are also international services to Seoul, Osaka, Nagoya, Taipei, Tokyo and Fukuoka. It takes 30 minutes by taxi to reach the airport from downtown Qingado. Cheaper but longer bus rides are available as well.

By Boat

Ferries can be caught from this province to South Korea and Japan due to its relative proximity. There tend to be sizable Korean communities around the ports which sail to South Korea as well.

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