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Shandong Zibo

Shandong Zibo, Capital of the Ancient State of Qi

Zibo sits in the center of the Shandong province and is one of the largest areas in all of eastern China. Considered to be the birthplace of Han Chinese, the city was once the ancient state capital of the Qi Kingdom, which dominated the area between 1640 and 220 BC. It was, at its height, the true center of China’s civilization, statehood, ideology, and military might. When you first set foot on the soil in the city of Zibo, you cannot help but to imagine the grand civilization that began right where you stand.

Aside from its historical significance, which can be explored through the city’s various historic sites and marvelous museums, today the city is also known for its large science center, home to numerous technology and pharmaceutical companies. This complex has also drawn a number of of educational programs; in fact, there are 14 institutes of higher education surrounding the park! Students of the sciences must visit Zibo and take advantage of any opportunity to study abroad in the city.

Zibo is also known for its large silk production. Once known as a central hub of the silk supply, Zibo could very well be a starting point of the “Silk Road”! To see some of the region’s best work, head to Zhou Village, a historical silk merchant town where you can tour four large blocks decorated in their original façade, operating just as they did 600 hundreds years ago. This beautiful city is situated waterside and offers tourists the chance to “travel back in time” without ever leaving the present year!

Visitors will want to spend a day (or more!) at Zibo’s Qi Museum Row boasting six museums in one convenient location. Among them, you will find the Cultural Museum of Qi State and the Soccer Museum. Zibo is also the proud home of the largest section of restored Qi Wall in Shandong. This section of the wall stretches more than 500 kilometers and is the oldest existing section of the Great Wall of China!

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Shandong Zibo: Can't Miss

    Cultural Museum of Qi State

    Zibo has recently opened a new Museum Row with six museums in one location. Among them is The Cultural Museum of Qi State, where you will find a grand model of the city of Qi and numerous stone tablets displaying recorded history of social, political, and ideological evolution. You will find sections on lives of philosophers, statesmanship, scientific discovery, pottery, agriculture, and Xi Zun, the holy piece of the museum. It is a cow shaped wine container made in late Spring and Autumn Period (6 Cen BC). The Soccer Museum is next door.

    The Great Qi Wall at Mount Yuan National Forest

    Zibo is home to the largest sections of the restored Qi Wall in Shandong. If you look towards the Lu State side, you will find mile-long Karst stones beneath the Qi Wall.

    Zhou Village (Zhou Cun)

    Zibo is also known for its large silk production industry. Once known to be the central hub of the silk supply, Zibo was likely one of few origins of the “Silk Road.” Zhou Village is a historical area where you will find blocks of stores still being decorated and operated in the traditions of nearly 600 hundreds years ago. Rui Fu Xiang, one of the silk garment shops, opened for business at Zhou Village in 1661. Now it has stores in many major cities, and his story was cited as inspiration for Sam Walton of the Walmart family.

    Chariot Museum

    When Shandong’s first provincial highway was built, a buried ancient chariot was discovered. The pit extends 215 meters long and excavation is still continuing.

    Ceramics Museum and Glazed Glass Factory Tour

    Zibo is famous for its ceramics. Said to be the capital of ceramics, a great deal of artistry has come from Zibo. It is considered to be one of the birthplaces of porcelain and was the largest porcelain center in north China for many decades.

  • Po Mountain Boxed Tofu

    A local delicacy with a delicious and inviting aroma you won’t ever forget.

    Linzi Soccer Museum

    Interestingly, Zibo was the birthplace of earliest form of football also known as soccer. The game was called Cuju and it is a competitive game where the players use their feet to kick a ball around in the field. The ultimate goal is to shoot the ball into an opening similar to a net. The use of hands in the game was not allowed. The game was also played in other parts of Asia. Cuju is recognized by FIFA as the oldest recordings of what now called football. However, the rules that FIFA recognize today are after the old British game started in the middle ages. Those rules are the same ones that the world now recognizes for the game of football. You will find introduction to FIFA, its history, its leadership changes, and China’s best performance in women’s game about 10 years ago. A miniature display of Zibo’s city life, happily playing Cuju (soccer), of course, can be found in the museum.

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Shandong Zibo Attractions

  • Zibo Ceramics Expo
    Zibo Ceramics Expo

    Every September at Zibo Convention Center

  • Linzi International Qi Cultural Festival
    Linzi International Qi Cultural Festival

    Held annually in September to celebrate the region’s history and Qi culture.

  • Soho Bar
    Soho Bar

    A 60 store chain to relax: (0533)-2312333

  • Yuanshan Mt. National Forest Park
    Yuanshan Mt. National Forest Park

    It is in the park that you will tour the longest section of Qi Wall.

  • Niulang and Zhinu Recreational Area
    Niulang and Zhinu Recreational Area

    Fabled love story between the couple. It took place here during the Tan Dynasty (618-907AD). This is the only place that what we see or had recovered match the fable.

  • Liaozhai City
    Liaozhai City

    Residence of Posu Ling, author of Collection of Strange Stories. Top classic novel in China.

Shandong Zibo Activities

  • Qi Mt Walking Path
    Qi Mt Walking Path

    A 5 kilometer walking path against steep cliff is a sensation to experience.

  • Cherry and Peach Picking at Yiyuan Orchard
    Cherry and Peach Picking at Yiyuan Orchard

    Yiyuan County: (0533)-3252301

  • Pottery and Colored Glaze Demo Tour
    Pottery and Colored Glaze Demo Tour

Shandong Zibo Shopping

  • At New Century Shopping District
    At New Century Shopping District

    Many shops open 24 hours.

    Address: Zhangdian District

    • Cuju: original soccer.
    • Bottle paintings.
    • Zhou Village crispy pancake.
    • Zibo colored glaze product.
    • Silicone ceramic cattery.
    • Zhou village silk dresses and scarfs.
    • Lu celadon.

Local Delicacies

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    Zhou Village Large Crisp Cake

    Large crisp cakes produced by Zhou Village are thin, fragrant, crisp, and round. If a cake drops onto the ground, it will be broken into pieces. Cakes can be found at all large shops in Zibo.

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    Boshan Bean Curd Case

    Boshan Bean Curd Case is a traditional dish. Legend has it that when Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty paid a visit to Boshan during his southern inspection, he praised this dish. Boshan Bean Curd Case is beautiful in shape, with red and bright gravy, a sour and salty taste, and a delicious aroma.

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    Boshan Su (Crisp) Pot

    Prepared with seasonal vegetables, this crispy and tasty dish is very popular in winter and at the Spring Festival. Legend has it that Su Xiaomei, a woman of the Yansheng Town, created the dish in the early days of the Qing Dynasty, hence the name “Su Pot.”

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    Shi Hama Shuijiao (Boiled Dumplings)

    In the early 1930s, Shi Yupu, a man of Boshan, created these dumplings, which have a filling made of meat and vegetables and are often paired with a bowl of spicy soup.

Shandong Zibo Planning

Zibo is an important transportation hub of Shandong Province with 15 crisscrossed highways and railways radiating to all parts of the country. Zibo is 70 kilometers from the Jinan International Airport and 200 kilometers from the Qingdao International Airport.

Public buses and taxis are easily accessible in Zibo City. The public buses from the Zibo Railway Station (Zhangdian) to the main tourist attractions are as follows:

Zibo is 183 Kilometer from Ji Nan. It takes less than two hours by car. Train is available with 45 min ride.

Day One:

  • Zibo Museum Row: History, Culture, Soccer, Arts
  • Chariot Museum

Day Two:

  • Qi Wall at Yuanshan National Forest Park
  • Zhou Village
  • Ceramics Museum