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Shandong Dongying

Shandong Dongying, Estuary of the Yellow River

The Chinese words Dongying today would be translated to East Camp, a fitting title as it is located east of the capital, just below the start of the Jiaodong Peninsula. Dongying is a metropolitan area consisting of one city and two counties and, although the actuality of this is unknown, it claims to be one of two possible birthplaces of Sun Tzu, the military strategist and genius author behind the book The Art of War.

Dongying’s Guang Rao County is one of the city’s best hidden gems and an absolute must-visit for travelers to Shandong Province. Well known for its agriculture, the county also produces 90% of the paper used in today’s media industry. It is home to seven internationally-known tire factories, many of which are ranked amongst the top 75 tire manufacturers in the world; Michelin, one of the USA’s most trusted and respected tire companies, produces its tires right out of Guang Rao!

Go green when you go beyond the city’s metropolitan bustle and stop into the area’s 48-acre modern greenhouse farmers market to meet local farmers selling their meticulously grown produce and enjoy events and performances.

Amongst the many remarkable attractions Dongying has, three rise to the top of most visitors’ must-see lists. The Wetlands at the start of the Yellow River are a stunning natural wonder and feature a twenty-square-mile bird sanctuary, home to more than 300 rare bird species. The area is protected from development and a wonder to behold. The Sun Tzu Theme Park is the best educational institution in China on ancient warfare, providing a comprehensive overview of the origin of the war in China and a complete inventory of all China’s military apparatus. And don’t forget a trip to the Dongying Historical Museum, featuring exhibits showcasing artifacts from as far back as 8,500 years ago!

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    Dongying Historical Museum

    Exhibits here showcase discoveries that date back to 8,500 years ago. Be sure to enjoy the painting exhibit which features several collections of calligraphy and painting, or look at the Guangrao custom exhibits which show local pieces such as folk crafts and creations.

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    Sun Tzu Cultural Theme Park

    This 220-acre park was built to commemorate the accomplishments of Sun Tzu. It is the most comprehensive educational institution on ancient warfare in China. It not only provides an overview of war in China but also a complete history of all China’s military apparatus’ in its 3,000-year history. Instead of describing military strategies in an abstract concept, battlefields will showcase all thirteen chapters of Sun Tzu’s book, including 10 bridges.

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    Dongying Lotus Performance Center

    Be sure to catch a local show in this modern 1,300-seat music hall where the Vienna Orchestra and Hamburg Orchestra have performed. There are plenty of locally-themed shows performed by their own musical groups, too. The center of the hall is shaped to resemble a lotus flower in full blossom.

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    Swan Lake

    From late November to early April, head 15 minutes southeast from downtown Dongying and you’ll find yourself in a birding paradise. Thousands of black swans, gray swan, cranes, and other birds hover in the sky or dance passionately on the water.

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    The Estuary of the Yellow River

    At the juncture of the Bohai Sea and Laizhou Bay, the estuary of the Yellow River was formed after the breaching of the Yellow River embankment in 1855. A popular birding destination thanks to the many rare birds under state protection, such as seagulls and wild ducks, there is also a boat tour to take a closer look at the birds. You can also take a drive across the floating bridge that sits on the Yellow River.

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    Qing Feng Lake

    Home of the largest city park in Shandong, this recreation area features a blend of Western and historic Chinese styles. Qing Feng Lake is also home to one of the tallest musical fountains in China. From the middle of the entertainment square, thousands of water rays dance to music while lights join in the background. Other popular activities include sailing, fishing, or sunbathing on an artificial beach.

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    Southern Song Hall and Sun Wu Shrine

    In the northwestern corner of Guangrao County, the Southern Song Hall was constructed in 1128. Originally a Guandi Temple built to worship Guan Yu, one of the most popular commanders in Three Kingdoms, the special architectural style of this hall provides a snapshot China’s wooden architecture in middle ancient times. The Sun Tzu Shrine is a classical memorial garden. In front of the middle hall stands a tall stone statue of Sun Tzu, the author of The Art of War, one of the greatest books in Chinese history which has been studied by many Eastern as well as Western scholars.

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Shandong Dongying Attractions

  • Xinma Wines
    Xinma Wines

    Shandong Xinma Distillery Co., Ltd is the largest wine-making enterprise in Dongying City in the terms of the pure-wine output. Its series of wines with Xinma trademark are made from fine grains such as corn, sorghum, rice, millet, and wheat. The recipes are made with the Chinese traditional pure grain fermentation and modern wine-making techniques. All the products have the characteristics of purity, blend, long-lasting fragrance and mellow taste, e.g the King Xinma Liquor. As one of the best wines in Shandong, Xinma wines have always been a fan favorite!

  • Dongying Shengli Oilfield Technology Exhibition Center
    Dongying Shengli Oilfield Technology Exhibition Center

    Upon entering the center, visitors will have a vivid history of oil extraction process and the development of the Shengli Oilfield.

  • Yellow River Bridge
    Yellow River Bridge

    Besides taking a cruise to the mouth of the Yellow River, tourist can also take a walk on the bridge, breathe in the fresh air, and look at the magnificent view of the Yellow River.

  • Dongying History Museum
    Dongying History Museum

    When entering the museum, the display will lead visitors through a tour of the culture and history of Dongying. Each exhibit contains a piece of history, carrying a memory of the ancient times. You’ll be able to see painting collection exhibitions which feature several collections of calligraphy and paintings. Or look at the Guangrao custom exhibitions which show local pieces such as folk crafts and creations.

  • Sun Tzu Cultural Theme Park
    Sun Tzu Cultural Theme Park

    Built to commemorate the accomplishments of Sun Tzu, the park consisting of 220 acres will officially open in 2017. It will be the most comprehensive educational institution on ancient warfare in China, not only providing an overview of war in China but a complete inventory of all of China’s military apparatus in its 3,000-year history. Instead of describing military strategies in an abstract concept, battlefields will showcase all thirteen chapters of Sun Tzu’s book, including 10 bridges.

  • Dong Ying Lotus Performance Center
    Dong Ying Lotus Performance Center

    Be sure to catch a local show in this modern 1,300-seat music hall where the Vienna Orchestra and Hamburg Orchestra have performed. There are plenty of locally-themed shows performed by their own musical ensembles, too.

  • Swan Lake
    Swan Lake

    From late November to early April, head 15 minutes southeast from downtown Dongying and you’ll find yourself in a birding paradise. Thousands of black swans, grey swan, cranes, and other birds hover in the sky or dance passionately on the water.

  • The Estuary of the Yellow River
    The Estuary of the Yellow River

    At the juncture of the Bohai Sea and Laizhou Bay, the estuary of the Yellow River was formed after the breaching of the Yellow River embankment in 1855. A popular birding destination thanks to the many rare birds under state protection, such as seagulls and wild ducks, there is also a boat tour to take a closer look at the birds. You can also take a drive across the floating bridge that sits on the Yellow River.

Shandong Dongying Activities

  • Day 1:
    Day 1:
    • Take a bus from Dongying Car East Station at 8am or Shengli Bus Station at 8:20am to Swan Lake. Be sure your camera’s battery is full –  you won’t be able to resist taking pictures of the many rare birds which can only be found in Dongying.
    • Take a taxi to Yellow River Wharf (be sure to call 86-400-166-2158 to make prior arrangements) to enjoy the cruise to the Yellow River and witness the most spectacular view of the “Yellow” and “Blue” blending.
    • Go to 237 Zhongxing Rd, Kenli to shop for Apocynum tea, a product which represents the Yellow River characteristics.
    • In the evening, take a taxi to TangGuo or Royal Qiangui to sing karaoke and show off your voice.
  • Day 2:
    Day 2:
    • Visit Dongying History Museum to learn more about painting collections, folk heritages and other historic items about Dongying.
    • Take a bus to Southern Song Hall and Sun Tzu Shrine to visit the temple of the greatest military strategists in China.
    • Go to Kenli town to pick your own grapes and taste wine with other visitors and local residents.
  • Karaoke
    Karaoke

    Karaoke in Dongying is inexpensive and loads of fun. Visitors can go to many Karaoke such as TangGuo, Royal Qiangui, or Party World.

  • Picking grapes
    Picking grapes

    Walking in the path of the garden, you will smell the aroma of unique Dongying grapes and feel the delight of a country area.

Shandong Dongying Shopping

  • Apocynum Tea
    Apocynum Tea

    A native of the Yellow River mouth area, this tea is slightly cold, bitter sweet and has a high medicinal value. Apocynum medicine has more than a thousand years of history and has proven to strengthen health. It’s definitely a perfect gift for family and friends!

  • China Qi Pen
    China Qi Pen

    All the writing brushes produced in Guangrao County are called Qi brushes. Qi pen has a long history of more than 2,000 years.  Meng Tian, a famous general of Qi State during the Warring States period, made significant contributions to transforming the writing brush and is regarded as the ancestor of writing brushes. The people of Guangrao have handed down the techniques for making writing brushes from generation to generation. Qi brushes generally fall into four kinds: brushes made of goat’s hair, rabbit’s hair, wolf’s hair, or mixed hair. The handles of writing brushes are made of bamboo, ivory, ox horn, glass, plastic, purple sandlewood, padauk, or Chinese littleleaf box.

Local Delicacies

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    Lijing Fried Stuffed Bun

    Created in the Qing Dynasty, Lijing fried stuffed buns are prepared by boiling, steaming, and frying. With either meat or vegetable filling, they take on a deep, golden yellow in color. Lijing fried stuffed buns, which are crisp but not hard, and aromatic but not greasy, are favored by both young and old.

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    Guangrao Yao Donkey Meat

    Legend has it that as far back as the Southern Song Dynasty, Yao donkey meat was a popular local delicacy. The meat, which is soft, delicious, and mellow, is said to refresh the mind, improve the stomach, and strengthen muscles and bones.

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    Yellow River Estuary Fish Soup

    The fish soup served by Dingluo Town in Lijin County is the best in the area. Prepared with live fish from the ancient courses of the Yellow River and many special seasonings, the fish soup is milky in color, with tender meat and no bones.

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    Crab

    The local crabs are also referred to as patterned crabs because of the distinct red, brown, and black patterns on their two hard shells. The crab meat is white, and tastes refreshing and delicious. You will often find them stir-fried, steamed, or boiled.

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    Long-tailed Anchovy from the Yellow River

    The Yellow River teems with long-tailed anchovies in March every year. The fish have golden yellow backs, silver-white bellies, tender meat, and soft bones. Locally they are known as the “knife fish”, due to their appearance.

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Shandong Dongying Planning

Dongying City has convenient transportation facilities, including a convenient network of airlines, railways, highways, and waterways.

Multiple airlines go from Dongying to Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Harbin, and Korla in Xinjiang. Trains travel regularly from Dongying to Nanjing, Zibo, Jinan, Tai’an, Qufu, and Xuzhou. Travelers can also go to Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Taiyuan, Zhengzhou and other cities in Shandong Province by long-distance bus.

All the tourist attractions in the city can be reached by bus. Dongying has 36 bus lines, tourist buses and over 2,000 taxis that go directly from the city proper to all places of scenic and historic interest with the starting price of five yuan.


Airline information: 0546-7665015

  • Dongying-Beijing: 1 hour by air, 4 hours drive expressway, 5.5 hours drive highway.
  • Dongying-Jinan airport: 1.5 hr drive
  • Dongying-Qingdao: 2.5 hrs drive

Dongying Railway Station: 0546-2964712
Eastern Long-distance Bus Terminal: 0546-8327403
Western Long-distance Bus Terminal: 0546-8210315