Places in Shāndōng
Offering a breath of fresh (ocean) air, Qīngdǎo is a rare modern city that has managed to preserve some of its past. Its blend of concession-era and modern architecture puts China’s standard white-tile and blue-glass developments to shame. The winding cobbled streets and red-capped hillside villas are captivating.
The sleepy portside town of Yāntái somehow has one of the fastest-developing economies in China – no small feat in a country of exponential growth. It managed to court foreign investment in its high-tech industry while building itself into a popular beach resort. A new tunnel connects the old district of Zhīfú with the booming Láishān district to the southeast.
Jǐ’nán is Shāndōng's busy capital city, serving as the transit hub to other destinations around the province. On its surface, the city is in flux, but beneath the dusty construction and sprawl are 72 artesian springs, which gently roil in azure pools and flow steadily into Dàmíng Lake. The train stations are to the west.
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The Great Wall’s most spectacular wild hikes
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Beijing on a budget
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Essential regional cuisine of China
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24 hours in Macau
Just an hour from Hong Kong by high-speed ferry lies the former Portuguese colony of Macau...