Though many places along the Yellow River assert to be the birthplace of Chinese civilization Shandong’s claim is impressive. A litany of historic heavyweights hail from this province ‘East of the Taihang Mountains’ including East Asia’s most influential sage, Confucius. But do not be fooled into thinking this province has its head in the past: Shandong is forward-facing and cosmopolitan.
Coastal cities like Yantai, Qingdao and Weihai are popular beach resorts for Beijingers on holiday and vineyards cover the hills as Shandong seeks to pioneer China’s wine industry. The province is linked together by a high-speed railway network making it very easy to cover long distances quickly.