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Location: 53,068 Square Kilometers, is a prefecture-level city in northeastern Shandong province, People's Republic of China. Located on the southern coast of the Bohai Sea and the eastern coast of the Laizhou Bay, Yantai borders the cities of Qingdao and Weihai to the southwest and east respectively.


Population: 9,748,400


Features of Yantai City


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Culture of Yantai City


Yantai has a long history and it is called "Zhifu" in the ancient times. In B.C. 200 years, Chinese first emperor drew a bow to shoot the fish here, the left site is called "diao yu tai"(in Chinese, it means the place where you fish). In A.D.1398, in order to defense the enemies from the sea, the government of the Ming Dynasty built the beacon tower here, from which the city derived her name "Yantai" in Chinese which means the place where smoke is produced to give warning). In 1861, Yantai became one of the first opening ports in the modern China.


Attractions of Yantai


1. Penglai Pavilion Scenic Area: it is in Penglai, on the north end of the Jiaodong Peninsula. In the ancient times, this place was called "fairy land" because the mirage (optical illusion caused by hot air conditions, esp. that of a sheet of water seeming to appear in the desert or on a hot road) appears very often there. There the Penglai Pavilion, the Ancient Ship Museum and the Penglai Water City can be seen.

How to get there: Take the bus to Penglai from the Yantai Coach Bus Terminal first. The bus departs from 06:00 to 18:00 at 20 minute intervals. And after arriving at the Penglai Coach Bus Station, it is possible to walk to the scenic area.


2. The Yangma Island: The Yangma Island, which has the name "the Eastern Hawaii", lies in the Muping District, Yantai. There the scenery is very splendid and the island is abundant in varies seafood.

How to get there: Take the bus to Mouping from the Yantai Coach Bus Terminal and then transfer to the bus to the Yangma Island.


3. The Changdao Island: The Changdao Island Scenic Area, situated in the Changdao County, Yantai, includes the Fujiao Park, the Jiuzhangya Scenery Spot, the Crescent Bay Scenic Spot and the Forest Sea Park. Furthermore, some special festivals are held there annually, such as the Fishing Culture Day and the Sun Day.

How to get there: Take the boat to Changdao Island in Penglai. The boat departs from 06:30 to 17:30 at 40 or 50 minute intervals.


4. Kongdong Island: The central district of Yantai City, Zhifu District, was built on Kongdong Island. Facing Yantai, it is 10.08 kilometers (6.26 miles) away from the city and is shaped like the letter "T". It is surrounded by a series of small islands. Among those islands, are the distinctive Turtle and Crane islands.

How to get there: From the port at the north end of the Shengli Road take the boat to Kongdong Island.


5. The Tashan Scenic Area: It was built on the Tashan Mountain. This scenic area is famous for its strong religious atmosphere. Buddhist architecture, like the Taiping Nunnery, Sanhe Tower and the Guanyin Pavilion, were built on this mountain. Nanshan Park, which was built around Nanshan Mountain, is located in the central area of Yantai.


Nightlife in Yantai


The nightlife of Yantai, a beautiful port city, doesn't have the dazzle of a modern metropolis, but has its own unique glamour. The locals prefer strolling along the beach enjoying the caress from the tender sea breeze. In a sense, this kind of simple nightlife conveys feelings of romance and leisure.


In West Avenue, another place worth visiting is the night market, which is full of various small commodities and snacks. The vendors vie for your attention with their shouts while the aromasa of the snack stalls whet your appetite. It is a bustling, busy market but it never loses its laidback atmosphere. However, if you prefer your nightlife modern, there are always bars, cafes, and cinemas.


Yantai Food


Yantai's local food is well-known all around China. Local cooks take advantage of area's abundant sea food, vegetables and fruits, creatively crafting tasty dishes. Yantai is also the cradle of wine production in China, housing the largest wine production base in Asia. With its high quality and more than 100-years of history, Zhangyu Red Wine from Yantai is a widely known brand in China and abroad. In 1987, the International Grape and Wine Bureau dubbed Yantai the "International Grape and Wine City."

Just like the Canton Cuisine of Gunagdong, the Chuan dishes of Sichuan and the Xiang dishes of Hunan, Shandong is well-known for its Lu dishes (Lu is short for Shandong).Specifically, the Fushan District of Yantai is called "hometown of Lu dishes". In addition to the Lu dishes of Fushan, the wheat based food is also quite popular. For instance, Fushan Noodles, Chazi-Huoshi (a kind of pancake with sesame) and Tiemian-Guobing (a kind of baked cake) are regarded as the three most famous foods there.


Yantai is bordered by sea and sea food is naturally in abundance. Therefore, the ingredients of many dishes are of sea food based, consisting of sea-cucumbers, abalones, scallops, crabs and prawns. For example, the Stir-fried Sea-cucumber with Scallions and Fried Razor Clam (stir-fried razor clams with eggs, agarics and cucumbers) are two of the most famous seafood dishes.

Furthermore, there are a variety of local snacks, such as the Fish Dumplings, Penglai Noodles, Pansi cake and Yantai Menzi (bean jelly fried with shrimp paste and seasonings). In short, tasting is believing. Many delicacies are waiting for you. If sea food is to your liking, then Yantai is not a place to be missed.


Shopping in Yantai


Yantai has a colorful folk culture and traditional handicrafts making were handed down generations to generations. One can find stores selling antique handicrafts. However, with the fast development of the economy, many modern shopping malls have emerged in Yantai.


Travelers should bring home some of Yantai's specialties and there are many to choose from. For example, the Yantai apple, Laiyang pear, wines, Laizhou jade carvings, Laizhou writing brushes, embroideries on linens and the many varieties of sea foods. Laiyang pear is juicy and sweet. One may taste either the fresh pear, preserved pears, pear juice or pear sauce. Finally, the Yantai apples, sorted out into more than 200 varieties, are very popular at home and abroad.

The most prosperous shopping malls are grouped in the South Avenue, Zhifu District. There you can buy fashionable clothes, varied handicrafts, cosmetics and many other daily articles. Of course, one can find stores offering many local specialties without problem. Below is a list to guide your shopping:


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Yantai Travel Tips: Transportation in Yantai


By City-bus: At present, there are over 50 bus routes in Yantai. It's very convenient for you to get around the city. Try the No. 17 Sightseeing Bus that goes along the Binhai Road for a full view of the beautiful seaside scenery.


By Taxi: In Yantai, most of the taxis are Santanas, Charades, or Citroen AZs. And there are three fee structures of taxis in terms of cars' brands. One is CNY7 for the first three kilometers (1.86 miles) and then CNY1.3 for each additional kilometer (0.62 mile); another is CNY7 for the first three kilometers and then CNY1.5 for each additional kilometer; the third is CNY8 is for the first three kilometers and then CNY1.8 for each additional kilometer.

3. By Chartered Vehicle: You can rent a car in Yantai to get around the city. But according to the law, a person with an International Driver's License or a foreign Driver's License is not allowed to drive a car in China. Thus, if foreign tourists want to rent a car, they must hire a Chinese driver. There are several big car rental companies in Yantai.


China Travel in Yantai: Best Time to Visit Yantai


Although Yantai is located in North China, monsoons regulate the climate, keeping it warm and humid. Yantai belongs to the typical maritime climate with long and cool summer.


Spring is windy and temperature differs greatly between day and night. Summer in Yantai begins in later June and ends in early September with over 80 days. The average temperature of the hottest month is around 25 °C (77 °F).

The average temperature in winter is above 0 °C (32 °F). Rainy season comes in July and August, during which time typhoon occasionally hit the city. Therefore, the best time to visit Yantai is from April to October when the weather is most suitable for traveling.

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