Top ChoiceTaoist Temple in Tai'an

Dai Temple

This magnificent Taoist temple complex is where all Tai'an roads lead, being the traditional first stop on the pilgrimage route up Tai Shan. The grounds, enclosed within mighty walls, are an impressive example of...

Top ChoiceBrewery in Qingdao

Tsingtao Beer Museum

For a self-serving introduction to China’s iconic beer, head to the original and still-operating brewery. On view are old photos, preserved brewery equipment and statistics, and there are also a few fascinating...

Mountain in Tai'an

Tai Shan

Tai Shan

The most climbed mountain on earth, and the most revered of China's five sacred Taoist peaks, Tai Shan is one third of Shandong's claim to having 'yī shān, yī shuǐ, yī shèngrén' (一山一水一圣人, 'one mountain, one...

Confucian Temple in Qufu

Confucius Temple

Like shrines to Confucius throughout China and Asia, this is more museum than altar. The heart of the complex is the huge yellow-eaved Dacheng Hall (大成殿, Dàchéng Diàn), which in its present form dates from 1724....

Museum in Qufu

Confucius Mansion

Next to Confucius Temple is this maze of living quarters, halls, studies and further studies. The mansion buildings were moved from the temple grounds to the present site in 1377 and vastly expanded into 560...

Historic Site in Penglai

Penglai Pavilion

About 75km northwest of Yantai, perched on a bluff overlooking the waves, the 1000-year-old Penglai Pavilion is closely entwined with Chinese mythology and the Taoist legend of the Eight Immortals Crossing the...

Cemetery in Qufu

Confucius Forest

About 1km north of the walled town on Lindao Lu is the peaceful Confucius Forest, a cemetery of pine and cypress covering 200 hectares and bounded by a 10km-long wall, which was built on top of the foundations of...

Park in Yantai

Yantai Hill Park

This quaint park of stone paths, leafy gardens and ocean vistas is also a museum of Western treaty port architecture. Wolf-dung fires burned continuously along the smoke terrace above, beginning in the...

Park in Qingdao

Zhongshan Park

Within central Qingdao, Zhongshan Park is a vast 69 hectares of lakes, gardens and walking paths; it's an amusement park for kids and also the venue of lively festivals in the spring and summer. In the park’s...

Museum in Yantai

Yantai Folk Custom Museum

It's really the architecture that's the big draw at this museum, housed in an amazing guild hall built between 1884 and 1906 by arrivals from Fujian (福建, Fújiàn). In the centre of the courtyard is a spectacularly...

Museum in Qingdao

Governor’s House Museum

This museum is one of Qingdao’s best examples of concession-era architecture – the former German governor’s residence constructed in the style of a German palace. The building’s interior is characteristic of...

Temple in Zoucheng

Mencius Temple

A portrait of ancient China and tranquillity, the Mencius Temple originally dates to the Song dynasty; it bears the marks of past anti-Confucian mood swings, though restoration is always ongoing. With few...

Taoist Temple in Lao Shan

Taiqing Palace

Accessible from either the Dahedong entrance or the Yangkou entrance, Lao Shan’s oldest and grandest temple was established by the first Song emperor around AD 960 to perform Taoist rites to protect the souls of...

Canyon in Lao Shan

Beijiushui Scenic Area

This canyon area at the north end of Lao Shan is mostly flat and takes a couple of hours to traverse. The path winds alongside and across clear, blue streams before reaching Chaoyin Waterfall. The ticket office...

Church in Qingdao

St Michael’s Cathedral

St Michael’s Cathedral

Up a hill off Zhongshan Lu looms this grand Gothic- and Roman-style edifice. Completed in 1934, the church spires were supposed to be clock towers, but Chancellor Hitler cut funding of overseas projects and the...

Park in Ji'nan

Huancheng Park

This park on the Hucheng River is built around Black Tiger Spring (黑虎泉, Hēihǔ Quán), which empties into the old city moat through three stone tiger heads. It gets its name from the sound of the roaring water as...

Mountain in Lao Shan

Jufeng

Most easily reached from the Dahedong (大河东, Dàhédòng) entrance to the park, this peak – the name literally means 'Huge Peak' – is Lao Shan's highest point at 1133m above sea level. If you take the cable car part...

Mountain in Lao Shan

Yangkou Scenic Area

You can ascend this scenic area by foot or cable car past wind- and water-carved granite. There’s a 30m scramble in total darkness up a crevice to the top of Looking for Heaven Cave (觅天洞, Mìtiān Dòng) and then...

Temple in Qingdao

Tianhou Temple

This small restored temple dedicated to Tiānhòu (天后), the patron of seafarers, has stood by the shore since 1467. The main hall contains a colourful statue of the goddess, flanked by fearsome guardians. There is...

Mountain in Ji'nan

Thousand Buddha Mountain

Beginning in the Sui dynasty (581–618), pious folk carved Buddhas into this mountain southeast of the city centre. The oldest are at Xinguochan Temple, the golden-roofed complex near the cable car and luge...