Weihai, dubbed China’s “Garden City”, rests along the shoreline in the northeastern section of Shandong. This coastal city boasts lush forests, picturesque islands, and more than 600 miles of beachhead. Its clean waters and fertile land have given way to large agricultural cultivation and the largest production of seafood in China. In addition to beauty, Weihai has been a city of great importance since China reopened its doors to foreign investment in the 1980s. Now education and research thrive with students from around the world, and businesses have come to call this city home. Natural beauty, growing business, and high standards of living have led the United Nations and other international groups to name Weihai as one of the most livable cities in the world.
This beautiful city is also steeped in rich history. While belonging to China now, the area was leased to the United Kingdom for a many years, while the land across the bay was leased to Russia. As time went on, the area was surrendered to the Japanese when China lost territory in the Sino-Japanese War. The area then remained under Japanese control until the end of the Second World War. All this and more can be seen at the Sino-Japanese Museum in Weihai. Come and visit for a chance to see and touch old equipment, bringing China’s history to life in your hands!
Among other attractions, Weihai is a hot spot in China for vacationers both domestic and foreign. Come and gaze off the cliffs at Chengshantou, taking in the waves as they crash along the rocks. Or travel out to Sea Donkey Island, where so many birds come to mate that locals affectionately call it the “Kingdom of Seagulls”. In fact the fall is a great time in Weihai, as hundreds of swans make their way down from Russia to bask in Weihai’s lovely clime. Of course if you have an interest in animals, stop off at the Weihai Zoo. As one of the largest zoos in Shandong, you’ll find dozens of animals and other great entertainment. Looking for more excitement? Weihai even has a film studio where you can watch the pros in action!
But perhaps you’re looking to get away from all the hustle and bustle? If you’d to slow down and relax, know that Weihai is more than just one of the busiest ports in China. Other than the numerous top-quality resorts located in the area, Weihai is privileged to have more than enough beach for everyone. Grab some fresh fruit in the morning and watch a breath-taking sunrise. Walk through the city and calmly visit the different outdoor art attractions. Finish the day off with a tasty seafood dish at one of the high-rated restaurants in town.
With a long history, Weihai cuisine is a component part of Jiaodong cuisine, a branch of Shandong cuisine. Weihai is well known for meticulously prepared seafood dishes. Local cooks are particular about skills in the use of the kitchen knife, the shape of dishes, duration and degree of cooking and the taste.Local dishes are fresh, crisp and tender, with a light taste and original soup. The representative local dishes include Soy Sauce Sea Cucumbers, Hand-braised Prawns, Lotus Scallops, Soy Sauce Conchs, Crabs with Ginger Juice, Steamed Jiajie Fish, Friend Longevity Vegetables and Weihai Soup.
Held in the end of July, this festival celebrates maritime culture, the ocean, and the people that work it. Individuals and companies from around the world meet to discuss methods, environmental concerns, and business opportunities. Additionally, the festival hosts a number of exciting shows, exhibitions, and cultural activities.
Weihai is a seaside town that has the longest coastline in China and has been honored as ” the most comfortable city to live in the world”. Once you have experienced the natural beauty of this peninsula, it is easy to know why.
Board the ferry for a short 20 minute trip to Liugong Island. This world-famous national park is compromised of both of scenery and a wealth of historical sites. As you tour the sites of the Monument to Martyrs of South Navy (Zhonghunbei), Liugong Pavilion, Qidingshan Gun Deck and Zhonghunbei Gun Deck, your attention will be drawn to the stunning views, so keep your camera handy. Before departing, climb up to the highest peak on the island for a panoramic view.
Enjoy some time shopping before dinner. The Korean Clothes Market contains various products from South Korea but it is most known for the clothing. High quality at a low cost, you may need to pick up an extra suitcase.
Even if you are not into sun bathing, you must take a trip to the Beach Resort to stroll on a magnificent beach which covers 10,000 square meters. Stretch out on the soft sand taking in the view of crystal clear water, stone carvings and colorful tents. Alternatively, thousands of acres of pine forest give a perfect shady area to escape the sun.
1.Best time to visit: July, August and September.
2.Transportation: Bus No. 7 , 12
Grab a front row seat at one of the beach front hotels to dine on a fresh seafood dinner while viewing a spectacular sunset.
If you feel you could not be more relaxed after yesterday at the beach, just wait, today is the ultimate in relaxation. Immerse yourself into the Yangpachen hot spring and soak in the scenic beauty surrounding you.
Located 54 miles away from Lhasa of Tibet, covering a region of 2,471 acres, Yangpachen is famous for its abundant geothermic heat that provides a wealth of mysterious sites to explore.
Admission Fee: Free
Best Time to Visit: during the morning
Since ancient times, Liugong Island has been known as “a shield in the east,” and a natural screen of Weihai City. In 1881, the Northern Navy founded the Engineering Bureau, Machinery Factory, and Coal Piling Ground on the island. Later, the Governor’s Office, Navy School, Telegram Bureau, and forts and iron wharfs were established. In 1895 after China lost the Sino-Japanese War, Liugong Island was occupied by the Japanese troops and rented to Britain in 1898. Today, many facilities built by the British can be found on the island, such as the nine-hole golf course, tennis court, and hotels. With undulating hills, the island has picturesque scenery with green pine and cypress trees. Liugong Island National Forest Park is the only “marine forest park” in China, which makes up 74 percent of the whole island, and 87 percent of the forest park is covered by forests.
Lying at the eastern foot of Naigu Mountain in Weihai City, this park offers green trees and fresh flowers that bloom all year round. In the Ming andQing dynasties, many men of letters climbed the tower and wrote poems to praise it. The park is a best spot for viewing the sunrise. Surrounded by hills on the four sides, Huancui Tower Park adds radiance and beauty to Weihai.
Also known as the “end of heaven,” this 4A scenic zone offers tourists views of vast seas, towering precipices, and roaring waves. Legend has it that this was where the Sun God lived. According to history, after Jiang Ziya, a statesman and strategist of ancient China, helped King Wen of Zhouoverthrow the Shang Dynasty and establish the Zhou Dynasty, he came here to pay homage to the Sun God, welcome the sunrise, and construct a shrine to the Sun God.
Emperor Qin Shihuang came here twice to worship the Sun God, and look for elixirs of life, leaving some historical sites such as Qin Bridge, Shooting Shark Terrace, the Temple to Emperor Qin Shihuang, and an inscription reading “The eastern gate of the Qin at the end of the earth” by Li Si, prime minister of Emperor Qin Shihuang. The Yellow Sea Campaign, the earthshattering and last battle of the Sino-Japanese War took place on the sea area 10 nautical miles east of Chengshantou.
Perhaps the title is a bit misleading, as there don’t seem to be any Sea Donkeys (or even regular donkeys) on the island. Instead, the island is affectionately known as the “Kingdom of Seagulls”. During the later months of the year, thousands of birds travel south and stop here to mate and play.
Located in Shidao Town, Weihai, Stone Island faces the Yellow Sea and features exquisite scenery, and simple and unsophisticated local customs. Visitors can climb mountains, swim in the sea, go fishing, and appreciate seaside scenery.
Situated at the southern foot of Chishan Mountain in the north of Shidao Town, the Chishan Fahau temple was first constructed in the Tang Dynasty by Zhang Baogao. It was one of the largest Buddhist temples in Jiaodong. Master Yuanren, an eminent monk of Japan, once lived here for a few years. Hence, the temple is a witness of the friendship between the people of China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea. The present temple was reconstructed in accordance with the descriptions in a book by Master Yuanren. Streams running in the courtyards provide an inviting view of the sea, and a large number of cliffside inscriptions, including poems, articles, ci poetry, and couplets can be found in the undulating and beautiful mountains from Fahua Temple to Heavenly Gate Pond.
The bathing beaches of Stone Island Bay have soft and fine sands and a wide sea area. Stone Island Mountain is tall, straight, and elegant. Standing at the mountain, visitors can view a picturesque small town lying at the foot of the mountain and by the sea with red-roofed houses scattered here and there.
Stone Island has a variety of unusual folk customs. Dayu Island is the largest natural fishing village in China, where tourists can see houses covered with seaweed roofs and black stones, blue skies, green trees, and a forest of masts. Xichejiaohe Village is a well-known flower village and the largest base for growing azaleas and camellias in Shandong Province. Muyun’an Village is known as the Village of Paintings, where every villager practices calligraphy and draws paintings. Stone Island is renowned for its time-honored collection of weird stones, paper-cuts, and tree-root sculptures. During the Guyu Fishermen’s Festival, fishermen offer sacrifices to the sea, hold solemn ceremonies, and beat large drums.
Dedicated to the battles fought between China and Japan, the museum has excellent displays of weaponry, uniforms, and other reminders of the past. The museum is equipped to service multiple languages and is sure to be both an informative and entertaining experience for people of all ages.
Located at “the edge of the world”, these cliffs overlook a vast expanse of ocean and roaring waves. Once believed to be the home of a Sun God, a temple stands to pay homage. Come here and see a sunrise, and you will understand why the legend makes sense. In fact, emperors of old were so inspired by this location that they came here seeking the legendary elixir of immortality. Though we can’t be 100% certain, we are rather sure that none of them ever did.
Only a short boat ride from the coast, is loved by all for the gorgeous forest that covers about three quarters of the surface. Venture to the top of the highest peak and be welcomed by an unforgettable view of the island. But more importantly, Liugong Island is considered to be the home of China’s modern navy. Come and tour the museum, filled with warships from China’s long and illustrious history.
As a result of foreign occupation over the years, Liugong Island retains a golf course, tennis courts, and hotels that were unique to the area.
Weihai has seven cinemas and theaters, two museums, six libraries, over 100 song and dance halls, nightclubs, and various kinds of art troupes. It also features folk cultural life with a strong local flavor, such as yangko dance, and fishermen’s large drums.
Weihai is fortunate to sit along the waters, and has wasted no opportunity to help you enjoy the golden beaches. Resorts and tents string along the beachhead, waiting to provide you with refreshments and fun activities. Head into the waters for an exhilarating swim, then come back to relax under an umbrella and down some tasty seafood.
Weihai, with such a close proximity to other countries, is a hub of great culture and art. Best of all, much of it can be seen in public for free! Walk around the area and gaze upon great statues and fountains. A local favorite is a sculpture of two hands holding a picture frame; take a look and see what moment it captures for you.
Just because Weihai sits on the water, doesn’t mean you can’t find the beauty of the land. Check out the local zoo, complete with animals from around the world, and watch them show off in all their magnificence. Be sure to see Panda, which is native to China and has long been seen as a symbol of peace in Chinese culture.
Though active during the day, come here at night to find a bunch of locals involved in a slew of entertaining activities. Both young and old can be found dancing, singing, playing, eating, and… everything fun. Don’t stand on the sidelines though; people here will be in a great mood and will want you to join in.
Weihai’s large, fragrant, and tasty peanuts and apples are famous both at home and abroad. Located at the juncture of the Bohai and Yellow seas, Weihai offers marine products, such as prawns, sea cucumbers, abalone, scallops, oysters, and kelp. Mengzi Shrimp Sauce, Sihai Doumian Sauce made in Weihai make excellent gifts for friends and relatives. Weihai sea cucumbers are large and delicious, and of high health value, particularly for middle-aged and older people.
Weihai is famous for Golden Monkey-brand leather products, which were named as “China’s King Leather Shoes” due to their high quality, fashionable styles, and reasonable prices. As Weihai is very close to the Republic of Korea, a wide variety of commodities from South Korea can be found in Weihai. Other local products include carpets, embroideries, arts and crafts inlaid by tin, and silk.
Weihai has a long history of producing very beautiful and reliable leather products. Golden Monkey primarily produces shoes, which are extremely popular throughout China. Though not too expensive, they are thought to be of excellent quality.
With Korea only a short distance from Weihai, the city has become a popular venue for everything Korean. That means Korean goods, from clothing to food, can be found across the city.
A tradition for colorful and exotic embroidering has been passed down over the generations. Expect to see everything from clothes to linens with brilliant patterns.
Along with unique embroidering, the locals take great pride in the majestic carpets they produce. Once you see them, you’ll understand why.
Weihai has several dozen airlines traveling to major cities in China, including Beijing, Guangzhou, Harbin, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Tianjin, Nanjing, Xi’an and Chengdu.
Scheduled ships go from Weihai to Dailian and Inchon in the Republic of Korea.
Passenger trains go regularly from Weihai to Jinan, Beijing and Qingdao.
Buses are available at the railway station for tours of Weihai—Chengshantou, Kunyu Mountain, Stone Island, Chashan Mountain and Sacred Water Palace.
No.15 Tourist Bus goes from Weihai City proper to the Film and TV City.
Taxis are available all over the city. Visitors may go to the above-mentioned tourist attractions by taxi.