Horse Raising Island
Penglai's Dan Cliffs
Penglai Ocean Aquarium World
Yantai West Seaport
Long Island (Chang Dao)
Yantai Yuhuangding Park
Yunding Natural Landscape Tourist Area
Huanghai Recreation Center
Nanshan Scenic Spot Zone
Dings' Former Domicile
Located in the north part of the city, Yantai Hill, with its "Yantai Stone" Lighthouse has become the symbol of Yantai. From its 53 meters summit, there is an impressive view of the sea, mountains, city sky-line and large ships cruising in and out out of Yantai Port. Yantai Hill is unique in China as a site of natural beauty, architectural and historical significance. It's first mention in history was during the Ming Dynasty when a smoke beacon was built here in order to warn pirates and foreign forces. The name "Yantai" (烟台) in Chinese literally means "Smoke(烟) Platform (台)". The main attractions at Yantai Hill Park include the Lighthouse, Revolutionary Martyrs' Cenopath, Stone Boat, Relang Pavilion, Guanhai Pavilion, Smoke Platform, Water King Temple and the former foreign embassies. In 1862, Yantai opened to the outside world and 16 countries built embassies, churches and post offices on the hill before the 1940s. Since 1979, the local government has invested much to rebuild the hill and Yantai Hill Park was founded in 1988 and is about 11.6 hectares in area. The park is unusually peaceful, clean and quiet, and on the north-west side of the hill, kids and adults alike can go rock-pooling and fishing.
There are at least four beautiful sandy beaches for sun-bathing and swimming in Yantai City. These are located beside Yantai Hill, Yantai Oriental Hotel, Yantai University and Yantai Development Zone. The nicest of these is the "Golden Beach" in the north of the Yantai Development Zone, with 40 hectares of white sand and 60 hectares of forest and clear blue waters. Some of the cleanest and clearest seas in China are located here. Every April, thousands of Sakoya Cherry trees in the parks and along the foot-paths and open to full blossom filling the air with the scent of the spring.
Just 10 minutes taxi ride from Yantai Hill to the south of Yantai, is the towering Ta Mountain, whose steep slopes up to the peak can be reached on foot or by cable-car. The views from the peak-top "Sanhe Pagoda" are breathtaking. The Taiping Temple, the Sanhe Pagoda, the Longwang Palace, the Belfry, the Guanyin Pavilion, and the Guanyin Apex are all worth the visit. The pagoda itself is an ancient and well-preserved monument with wall-paintings and fortune-telling monks for those who are so inclined. And near the base of Ta Mountain is an amusement park with metal toboggan-run and fun-rides for all the family. Tashan Amusement Park is situated in Southern Yantai. At the top of the park is a pagoda from which Mountain Ta got its name. Its natural beauty, abundant religious and folk cultures, and convenient transportation have attracted lots of visitors. It has now become a comprehensive scenic spot incorporating sightseeing, amusement, and religious activities. The amusement area includes European-style gates, a defence education building, a children's amusement park, a tropical rain forest building, a crocodile building, and little animal village.
Walking north along the No.1 bathing beach, the Changyu Wine Culture Museum is a must see. It rivals the wine museums of Napa, California. The century-old cellar is a highlight with gigantic oak barrels (15,000 litres) standing in the tunnel, still used by the Changyu Winery, the largest in China. Yantai Changyu Winery was established in 1892. The Winery mainly produces brandy, red wine and Vermouth including more than 60 varieties, 4 series of wines. Day trips to the Changyu vineyard, about 1 hour to the west of Yantai are well worth the while, especially during the grape harvest which happens between September and October.
Between Yantai Hill and Number 1 Beach is the Binhai Boulevard, which is a pedestrian walkway beside the sea. This is a great place to stretch your legs and fill your lungs with the fresh sea air. The Boulevard revelers include roller-bladers, joggers, street-vendors, and fishermen. You can even get a an accu-pressure massage on the sidewalk from Traditional Chinese Masseurs! The sea in Yantai is usually calm, but when the north winds blow the crashing waves splash sea-spray over unsuspecting romantic couples. Alongside the boulevard there is a special area with dozens of restored old houses. In many ways this area is more impressive than Xintiandi, Shanghai's posh bar area with restored stone-framed buildings, not only because there are more old houses of varied styles, but also some narrow alleys that offer an ocean view. It is quiet now, with few visitors, but In one or two years, it is likely to become one of the most trendy places for locals and tourists.
15 minutes walk to the south of Yantai Hill, set in the foothills of Ta-Shan (Ta Mountain), is charming Nanshan Park, complete with a boating lake, amusement park, zoo, lion and tiger patting for adventurous kids, and a sealion acrobatic display show. On weekends and holidays the pathways are sometimes filled with thousands of potted flowers such as dahlias, and Chinese snacks can be chomped along the way. A pleasant day-out in this city of surprises.
The Yantai museum building was originally a guild hall. It was built in the Qing Dynasty by foreign merchants and ship-owners of Fujian Province . In 1858, it became the Yantai Museum. It houses exquisite carvings. The beams of the entrance hall are in the shape of a woman lying on her side nursing a baby and the eaves feature Arab figures playing musical instruments. There are also lively drawings of scenes of old Chinese stories, such as the Eight Immortals Crossing the Sea (Baxian guohai ), the defeated but faithful Han General Suwu who was punished had to live as a shepherd for nineteen years (Suwu muyang ) and some scenes taken from the Three Kingdoms (Sanguo yanyi ). The museum houses rich collection of articles and documents recording every aspect of the history of Yantai.
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The East Battery (Dong Paotai), is about 1 mile north along the coast from Number 1 bathing beach. Three formidable Krupp cannons, built in 1893, tower over the bastion. The fortification was designed by a German invited by the Qing Imperial Court. The East Battery Hill is surrounded by ocean on three sides. The coastline turns serpentine, cliff precipitous and the water is so clear that half-submerged rocks and pebbles in the shallow seabed can be seen clearly. The rooms in the battery contain a wonderful collection of artifacts that take you back to the old days and teach you a bitter lesson from the Sino-Japanese War in the mid-1890s.
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|Kong Tong Dao ("Empty Island")|
The name of the island sounds similar to "Dinosaur Island" so some visitors go searching for fossils. However, the correct translation is "Empty Island", which is close to the truth. The 20-minute boat-trip is fun, navigating through fishing nets at high-speed and costs a few hundred RMB to commandeer the boat which seats 8 to 10 people. Upon arrival on the island the "Park Warden" will show up to sell you a ticket. The ticket control is bizarre but very cheap and worth the few RMB to go to the entertainment park on the adjoining island that must be reached via another boat-ride. The island has nice empty beaches, with abundant sea-life, rock-pools, crabs, fish and seashells galore on the seashore. The fishing village can smell a bit "ripe" in the summer heat when the temperatures get up in the low 30's. Take sun-screen and a clothes-peg for your nose if you are there on a sunny day!
|Horse Raising Island|
Horse Raising Island is a provincial level, holiday resort, approved by the government of Shandong Province. It is situated in Ninghai, Muping District. The holiday resort occupies an area of 1000 hectares including a villa area, a central pleasure area, an international exposition and commercial area. The island has beautiful scenic spots and pleasant climate. It is sometimes called the " Hawaii in the east ". It is said that first Chinese emperor once raised horses there. This is where the island got its name from. The island has set up more than 20 scenic spots and nearly 30 service facilities; such as the "Caves at the Bottom of the Sea", "Paradise on the Sea", the "Splendid Walled Town", the "Palace of the Tour to the West", a horse racecourse, convalescent centers, and hotels and holiday inns which attract a large number of tourists from inland and abroad. There is a good website about the future plans for this island at the following link: http://www.yangmadao.com/en/index.asp
Penglai Pavilion is known by the Chinese as 'the Fairyland on the Land" (Changdao Island being 'the Fairyland on the Sea". It is one of the "four famous towers" of ancient China. The legend of the Eight Immortals (Fairies) Crossing the Sea is known worldwide. Penglai Water Fortress, the most completely preserved ancient naval base in China, is, together with Penglai Pavilion, the national key-protected historical relic. Tianheng Mountain, division of the two seas (the Yellow Sea and the Bohai Sea), is known as the Garden on the sea, which is the world of singing birds and fragrant flowers. Since its opening up to the public in 1980, the area has been expanding to a famous tourist destination, covering an area of 10.5 km2. Penglai Pavilion Ancient Building Complex is located on the axis with the Penglai Water Fortress and Tianheng Mountain on both sides. The Penglai Pavilion covers an area of 32,800 square meters with the construction area reaching 18,960 square meters. Penglai Water Fortress is the place where General Qi Jiguang trained the navy to fight the Japanese bandits, and earned worldwide fame at that time. Qi Jiguang Hometown, where the famous anti-Japanese hero in the Ming dynasty lived, is still filled with his unyielding integrity. If you are lucky, and the weather conditions are just right, visitors may also be treated by the sight of a natural phenomenon, the mirage over the sea. Visitors can vividly experience four different style of cultures here including the fairy culture, the patriotism culture, the port culture and the maritime folk culture. The whole area is composed of with rich tourist elements, which are hills (Red Cliff and Tianheng), seas ( the Yellow Sea and the Bohai Sea), city, (Penglai Water Fortress) and pavilion (the Penglai Pavilion) and is a harmonious integration of breathtaking scenery and historical interest of places. There are over 20 scenic spots: Qi Jiguang Hometown, Dengzhou Museum, the Museum of Ancient Ships, Tianheng Viaduct, the Seat of Navy Department, Coastal Peace Square, and the Division Landmark for the Two Seas.
| ||Penglai's Dan Cliffs|
Penglai City's Dan Cliffs (丹崖) are said to be the departure point of the Eight Immortals on their trip to the Conference of the Magical Peach.
|Penglai Ocean Aquarium World|
Financed with more than 460 million yuan (US$55.6 million), it is one of the largest of its kind in China. it covers an area of 51,800 square metres and includes a total of 14 exhibition halls, including a tropical rain forests zone, a polar world, a sea lion performing ground, a underwater playground and a four-dimension innervations theatre. The Aquarium World has nearly a thousand animal species such as polar bear, beluga, walrus, sea lio
These are among some of the steepest cliffs we have ever seen. Vertical to be more accurate. Beautiful coast-line, with little industry or building development, although the Longkou Seaport will be established in the near future so you had better come to see them before the inevitable take place.
OK, so we admit, Weihai is another city, but it is only 1.5 hours drive from downtown Yantai, so within easy striking distance by taxi for about 200 RMB. And it is definitely worth the effort. Spectacular coast-line with little to no traffic even on public holidays!
|Yantai West Seaport|
The site for the future Yantai West Seaport is a stretch of beautiful coast-line with sweeping hills and cliffs that give way to a beach which is currently a fishing village. In the near future this site will be developed as the Yantai's West Seaport and there are ambitious plans for this to be a hub to compete with Qingdao Seaport over the next decade. Hopefully some of this coastline's natural beauty and environment will be preserved during the economic development for this community.
|Long Island (Chang Dao)|
Changdao Island is known by the Chinese as 'the fairyland on the sea" (Penglai Pavilion being 'the fairyland on the land". Changdao Island is not yet open to non-Chinese visitors, a former military base, Long Island is one of, if not the most unspoilt and environmentally preserved areas in China. Located between Jiaodong Peninsula and Liaodong Peninsula, Changdao County is the only island country in Shandong Province and is the meeting point of the Yellow Sea and Bohai Sea. It is like a serial pearls sprinkled on the green wave of Bohai Sea. The island consists of 32 isles, covering an area of 56 square kilometers, and the water area of 8700 square kilometers, with 146-kilometer coastal line. With wide marine area, surrounded by great waves, Changdao County has fantastic rocks, elegant scenery, warm climate and rich tour resources such as Half Moon Bay, Jiuzhang Cliff, Wangfu Rock, Forest Park, Changshan End, Pagoda Rock, Dragon-claw Hill, Mituo Rock, Gaoshan Island, Daheishan Island, Birds? Island, Miao Island, the Birds Exhibition Center and the Boundary Memorial of the Yellow Sea and Bohai Sea. Since 1998, it has been listed as an important national scenic and historic resort and national natural protection area by the State Council.
|Yantai Yuhuangding Park|
Yantai Yuhuangding Park, also called Small Penglai, is one of the buildings that have been preserved comparatively intact. Located in the center of the city proper, it occupies a total area of 8.9 hectares, among which the construction area numbers 0.5 hectare and the rest are covered by grass and trees.
The Park gained its name from the Yuhuang Temple whose history dates back more than 600 years. In some 1368, the people in Yantai built this temple to worship the Emperor of Yuhuang.
The Park looks more like a painting with trees towering and palaces and pavilions standing. The main construction contains three parts--the Small Penglai Pavilion, Yuhang Temple and Yuhuang Pavilion. It affords a panoramic view of the whole city. The legend says that January,1, according to Chinese lunar calendar, is Yuhuang Emperor's birthday and all the temples for worshipping Yuhuan Emperor should organize temple fairs. Yuhuangding Temple Fair with a history of over 100 years, is experiencing an evolvement from a single fair to a cultural fair with the development of religious culture and folk art. From 1997 to 1999, three cultural fairs were held with great success.
Situated in the southeast of Laizhou, Mountain Yunfeng is 305 meters above the sea level. Mountain Yunfeng boasts elegant rocks and trees, with 37 precious stone inscriptions distributed from its foot to top, which attracts a number of visitors from home and abroad. In 1998, it was listed as a state-grade protective unit of culture relics by the State Council.
Zhifu Island, located in the north tip of Zhifu District, is a bright pearl of Shandong Peninsula and the center of "Yantai Golden Seacoast Tourism and Vacation Area". Zhifu Island has convenient traffic and it is 4 kilometers from the island to downtown, 6 kilometers to the railway station and the port, 15 kilometers to the airport. The whole island occupies an area of 11.5 square kilometers and the length is 9 kilometers and the width is 0.5-1.8 kilometers. The climate here is pleasant and the yearly average temperature is 11.5-13.50 degrees. The island integrates historic relics with mountain and sea scenery. Zhifu Island was called "Zhifu Hill" in the ancient and the first Chinese emperor once visited it three times. The island overlooks Liaodong Peninsula, North Korea, South Korea and Japan across the sea. Now Zhifu Island is developing into a provincial tourist area and it has opened 5 key scenic spots and 3 traveling routes.
|Yunding Natural Landscape Tourist Area|
Yunding Natural Landscape Tourist Area is located in the northeast of Haiyang, surrounded by rocks and hills of various shapes and embraced by deep valleys, winding streams and overhanging waterfalls, which has earned it the name of " the South in the North".
|Huanghai Recreation Center|
Huanghai Recreation Center, situated in the east of Yantaim bordering the gloden beach, covers an area of 24 hectares, among which water area occupies 1000 mu, greenbelt 20 mu, lawn 30 mu and construction area 45,500 square meters. Huanghai Recreation Center was brouhgt in the list of key projects for city construction of the eighth five-year plan in 1992. The construction began on April 20, 1993 and finished on August 8, 1993. With the constant perfection of the auxiliary facilities and the service functioning soundly, Huanghai Recreation Center has become one of the most important scenic spots of Yantai.
|Nanshan Scenic Spot Zone|
Nanshan Scenic Spot Zone is situated in Longkou City which is on the coastal line of the Bohai Sea. The zone highlights hotels, recreation palaces and the international golf course and it can meet the need of consumers at all levels. The Nanshan Hotel is the three-star international hotel which has relaxation, meeting and amusenent facilities. Occupying an area of 36,000 square meters, the Nanshan Recreation Palace is the largest recreation center in Asia, which is the ideal place for relaxation. The biggest figure of Buddha in the world also stands in the Nanshan Scenic Spot Zone, whose height is 28.66 meters and weight is 380 tons. The main scenic spots include Jimu Island, the General Stone, Hu Dahai Square, Sang Island, Yi Island, the Home Village of XuFu, the Former Residence of the Ding Family, Karts Cave of Small Laishan Hill and Nanshan Scenic Area. Nanshan Scenic Spot Zone is a perfect tourist and summer resort.
Fujian Guildhall, also known as the Palace of the Queen of the Heaven, is located in the connection of Nandajie Road and Shenglilu Road . It is an enclosed temple-like construction, built by the merchants from Fujian to worship Mazu (the Queen of the Sea).It features characteristics reflected in the constructions in the south of Fujian Province.
Fujian Guildhall, comprising 5 parts, measures 92 meters from the south to north, and 39 meters from east to west. It occupies an area of 3500 square meters with a construction area of 1459 square meters. All the bricks, tiles, wood and stones were selected in the Fujian and Quanzhou and chiselled and carved by the local skillfull craftsmen. Then they were transported to Yantai and put together according to the drawings.
Fujian Guildhall is characterized by elegant carvings which can make it stand as an exhibition center of carving works. In terms of varieties, they include wooden carvings, stone carvings and carvings of colored glaze. In terms of forms, they can be seperated into round carvings, carvings in relief and carvings in deep relief.
In 1958, Fujian Guildhall was opened as Yantai Museum with a rich storage of cultural relics and historical materials. In 1996, it was announced as a national historical and cultural site under state protection by the State Council.
|Dings' Former Domicile|
Dings' Former Domicile, located in Longkou City, is the luxurious house of Baiwan Ding, a millionaire of Qing Dynasty. The building consists of several large yards and each yard has several ccompound yards. Till now, it is the biggest and best protected "Compound Yard" in China.
Moushi Demesne was firstly built during the Yongzheng Period of Qing Dynasty. After one hundred-year?s expansion, now it covers an area of 20,000 square meters with over 480 rooms. It reflects historic culture, architectural culture and social culture of ancient China. It is the largest yard buildings with residence feature of the north China which is protected well currently. It is also the key culture relic institute protected by the state, and reputed as the history memory of 600-year social cultures and the " civil imperial palace ". The annual culture festival is the most attractive civil activity. The specialist of the international organization spoke highly of it and proposed to apply for the title of international culture relics. In 2000, this project was defined as the preferential development project of Shandong Province.
Kunyu Mountain is located in the eastern end of Jiaodong Peninsular. It lies on the crossing of Yantai and Weihai. It has good communication facilities and is 50 kilometers away from the railway station, the port and teh airport respectively. As a national forest park and the birthplace of Quan Zhen Tao (Taoism), it is rich in tourist resources. Mountain Kunyu ranges rise and fall, with high and precipitous terrain. With its peaks rising one higher than another, its scenery gets more magnificent. It has 72 distinguished peaks of various shapes. The main mountain is called the" ancestor of wonder mountains " of the East Sea. The forest coverage of Mountain Kunyu is up to 80%. There are 60 families and 340 species of wood plants, over 600 species of herbaceous plants, and 348 species of ornament flowers. Among them, 14 species are listed as the key plants specially protected by the state. With the beautiful scenery of hills and waters, Mountain Kunyu is the best tourist attraction and summer resort. The development of Mountain Kunyu has been listed in the general planning of Yantai Urban Tourist Development. At present, there are already 5 large scenic spots, such as Taibo Summit, Yanxia Cave, Nine--dragon Pond, Yuegu Hall, Wuran Temple, which attract a large number of tourists each year.
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Yantai was the home to Asia's first bowling alley, although it is no longer in operation but remains as a historic point of interest.
| ||Parkson's Haunted House|
The haunted house on the fourth floor of Parkson's provides exhilerating fun for kids and grown-ups alike.
| ||Hot-Springs |
| ||Four province-level holiday resorts. |
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