Just to the southeast of the capitol of Shandong lies Laiwu. This famous city is blessed with great mountains like Mount Tai in the north, and soft and fertile lands in the south. With a wealth of greenery and pure-watered Xueye Lake, Laiwu has long been an area of peace and prosperity. While the political landscape of China, especially in Shandong, has morphed numerous times over the centuries, Laiwu is still deeply connected to the Qi State. When the Qi state was founded roughly 3000 years ago, the area was rife with warfare. In response, the great wall of Qi was erected to defend the people. Much of that wall and the towers used to fortify it still remain, with the best-preserved sections standing in Laiwu.
In line with Laiwu’s historic nature, the city is well known for its supply of sallow stone from the nearby mountains. These stones, which are rarity in themselves, often have fossilized remains of ancient creatures and insects. Children and adults alike flock to see these souvenirs of the past! And with a steady supply of tin in the area, a certain art developed in Laiwu long ago. Locals began to create exquisite sculptures by hand from the tin, and the delicate art has been passed down from generation to generation.
Come and see this ancient city that has thrived throughout time.
Prepared with high-quality pork from Laiwu black pigs, and traditional herbal medicines, such as lilacs and dill, Laiwu sausage is aromatic and tasty. The sausages produced by Shunxiangzhai Store are the best. Shunxiangzhai Store started to produce such sausages at the end of the Qing Dynasty, with a history of nearly 100 years. The sausages produced by this famous store are brownish-black in color, nutritious and tasty, with a strong aroma.
For those dare to venture out to fish head soup, Laiwu Fish Soup claims to be the King of fish head soup in China very much like what we see the Main lobster in USA.
The broth is very light yet very tasteful. Ranks top 100 must eat with Lu Cru sine. Best taste with Laiwu cake as below
Held every April in Huashan Forest Park, the festival allows tourists the opportunity to appreciate the picturesque scenery of Lesser Mt. Tai. Pay a visit to elegant Dragon Pond, and take in the lushly growing forests. When you travel by boat among the green mountains and clear water you will feel as if you have arrived in Xanadu.
Celebrated in Qishan Mountain Forest Culture Park in Lixin Town each April, the festival features fascinating landscapes, the influence of Qishan Mountain culture, delicious Fried Qishan Chicken, mountaineering competition, and stunning theatrical performances.
During this annual festival held each May, tourists appreciate beautiful Chinese scholartree flowers, bathe with flowers, and enjoy delicious food prepared with flowers.
Held between July and August every year, this festival is themed around ecological agriculture. The village has generated remarkable economic benefits from ecological environmental protection and 90 percent of its land is covered with forests and vegetation. It has developed eight tourism zones, which include over 40 tourist attractions. During the festival, tourists can take a tour of the village by horse-drawn carts, live and eat at a farmer’s home, experience rural customs, watch folk performances, and appreciate natural scenery.
Qi State (11 Cen. BC till 221 BC) was one of the 7 Kingdoms before China was unified by the Emperor Qin in BC 221. The Great Wall of Qi is 400 years older than the Great of Wall of China, which was built originally by the Emperor Qin after 221 BC. The current Q Wall, which is open to public, was rebuilt few times during Ming and Qing Dynasty (from 13th Century to 19th Century) and was used in wars throughout China’s history.
The total length open to public is about 43 miles across 224 mountain peaks. The Qi State was surrounded by 6 other States during 770 BC to 221 BC. That is why Q built the Wall to ward off invasions from the enemy.
Lai Wu is where is the Qi State was founded and prospered. We often call the Qi State the Kingdom before or within the Kingdom of China as we trace many China’s philosophies, cruises, customs, and or simply people’s way of life back to the Qi Era.
Location: Jin Yang Guan Qi Wall.
Time needed: 2 hours.
Best time, sun rise and sun sets.
In the land of the Qi State 2500 years later, Lai Wu City leads China in vantage sports. The Vintage Aero Sports Park (Xue Ye Park) is our 2nd Cannot Miss. These sports are popular in the West, but see how ways of life changes is quite a scene.
Check with the local information center for events listing. You will see RV rally, helicopter and vintage plane air shows, balloon festivals, racing, etc…. In Shandong, you will find immense contract everywhere.
Laiwu is located at the center of Shandong close to Jinan, Zibo, Mount Tai, and Qufu. This city is famous for its ginger, pepper, and peaches.
Visit the Xueye Agricultural Garden that has more than 1200 species of plants. Don’t forget to taste the local special: Xueye fish soup!
After lunch, depart to the Fanggan eco-tourism area where the Nine Dragon Canyon is located. Here you will experience some decent hiking at the Atlas Peak and Sea-Viewing Mountain.
The Great Wall built by Qi State in Jinyang Pass, Laiwu, is the longest and best-preserved section in China. This section of the Great Wall borders Xueye Town Scenic Zone in the south, and Nine Dragon Canyon and Jiutian Canyou in the west, forming a natural protective screen.
At the commanding point of Jinyang Pass stands castles, beacon towers, and other defense works.Jinyang, Huangshi and Qingshi passes are extraordinary magnificent.
Xue Ye Lake resort.
Hua Mt National Forest
Qi Mt. Provincial Park
Historical and Cultural Heritage:
The Battle Field of Lai Wu. One of the major battle fields of China’ s civil war in the 1947. This is the pivotal point in the war against Chiang Kai KMT by the CPC. Do not miss the Museum of the LaiWu Battle.
Jin Yang Fortress: This the most popular section of the Qi Wall.
Qing Shi Fortress: Popular section the Qi Wall.
Huashan Forest Tour – 96 peaks, about 30 square miles of forestry. It is 20 miles from Lai Wu City. Allow yourself 4 hours minimum.
Qishan Cultural Tour
Fanggan Ecological Tour Festival – Fanggan is a small village recessed in a green forestry with 90% coverage. Time: Mid-July to mid- August.
What to see? You are invited to walk around the village, to participate in mountain climbing, and in local painting festivals. Local opera performance has very intense and unique tones.
Laiwu produces a wide variety of tin carvings in beautiful shapes, showing advanced techniques. In the Ming and Qing Dynasties, Laiwu reached its greatest prosperity in producing tin carvings. The Wangs in Xiguan, Laiwu is an old family producing tin carvings, such as crane-shaped candleholders, dinner sets, vases, cases, and boxes. Many of their products have been collected as treasures.
Laiwu enjoys a reputation of being the “land of ginger,” “land of Chinese prickly ash,” and “land of peaches;” and is well known for its garlic with white skin, onions in the shape of chicken legs, and Xintai celery.
The Xinli-Tai’an Railway runs through Laiwu City from east to west and the Ciyao–Laiwu Railway from south to north. The trains from Tai’an to Zhangdian and from East Laiwu to Ciyao make travel quick and convenient for tourists.
Laiwu also has advanced highways. The Boshan–Laiwu, Tai’an-Laiwu, and Laiwu–Xinwen expressways are connected with the Jinan-Qingdao, Beijing-Fuzhou, and Beijing-Shanghai expressways, respectively. Long-distance buses travel regularly from Laiwu to Jinan, Tai’an, Yiyuan, Xuye, Boshan,Xinwen, and Dahuaishu. There are eight public bus lines in the city proper to reach all tourist attractions. The fare is one yuan per ticket. Laiwu has over 20 taxi companies. The starting price for taxi is five yuan, 1.2 yuan per kilometer.
Laiwu Air Ticket Office: 0634-6211088
Train information: 0634-6243314
Bus information: 0634-6213941