Top things to do in Shandong

Top Choice Museum in Qingdao

Han Dynasty Brick Museum

Thirty years ago, Zhang Xinkuan was a young army officer laying a road in Hénán province when he noticed the huge granite slabs they were smashing into gravel were covered in exquisite carvings. Thus began his life'…
Top Choice Seafood in Yantai

Róngxiáng Hǎixiān

At this perpetually packed local institution, the seafood is crawling/swimming/blinking in the back room where you put in your order. Quick-tongued staff toss out price per jīn for creatures from the briney deep and…
Top Choice Church in Qingdao

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 plan…
Top Choice Grill in Qingdao

Wángjiě Shāokǎo

Qīngdǎo’s kebabs are legendary and these are among the best, so give them your palate's undivided attention. Join the throng outside this streetside stand gorging on lamb (羊肉; yángròu), cuttlefish (鱿鱼; yóuyú) and ch…
Top Choice Shandong in Qingdao

China Community Art & Culture

This lovely restaurant next to its namesake hotel is in a stylised Hakka roundhouse (the sort once mistaken by the CIA for missile silos). The kitchen turns out sophisticated regional cuisine from Shāndōng and Sìchu…
Top Choice Beer in Qingdao

International Beer Festival

The city’s premier party draws more than three million tipplers every August. It's not just Tsingtao on the menu, so expect a galaxy of international and domestic brands.
Taoist Temple in Tai'an

Dài Temple

This magnificent Taoist temple complex is where all Tài’ān roads lead, being the traditional first stop on the pilgrimage route up Tài Shān. The grounds are an impressive example of Song-dynasty (960–1127) temple co…
Mountain in Tai'an

Tài Shān

Southern Chinese claim 'myriad mountains, rivers and geniuses' while Shāndōng citizens smugly contest they have 'one mountain, one river and one saint', implying they have the last word on each: Tài Shān (the most r…
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 Dàchéng Hall (大成殿; Dàchéng Diàn), which in its present form dates from 1724. Cra…
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 rooms i…