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Top Choice Seafood in Yāntái

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…
Park in Yāntái

Yāntái 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 14th-century …
Museum in Yāntái

Yāntái Folk Custom Museum

It's really architecture on display at this museum, an amazing guild hall built between 1884 and 1906 by arrivals from Fújiàn. In the centre of the courtyard is a spectacularly intricate, decorated gate. Supported b…
Dumplings in Yāntái

Xiāngfǔ Ròudīng Shuǐjiǎo

At the south end of Fulai Lijie by the elementary school, this tiny restaurant draws foodies from afar with its speciality dumplings (水饺; shuǐjiǎo); the ones stuffed with tender bàyú (鲅鱼; ¥30 per jīn, enough for two…
International in Yāntái

Crowne Plaza

The Korean, Latin and Chinese restaurants in the Crowne Plaza are all excellent, but they are a 50-minute ride to Láishān district. Take bus 50 (¥2) or a taxi (¥50) from the town centre.
Museum in Yāntái

Changyu Wine Culture Museum

The Changyu Wine Culture Museum introduces the history of China’s oldest and largest Western-style winery, which produces grape wines as well as brandy and a Chinese ‘health liquor’. Cheong Fatt-Tze, dubbed China’s …
Museum in Yāntái

Yāntái Museum

The sparkling museum traces the historical development of the Jiāodōng peninsula, where Yāntái currently stands, from the prehistoric age and successive kingdoms to the present day. There’s a display on the 'Shell M…
Japanese in Yāntái

Shìdé Wū

Chef Hao lived in Japan for a decade before opening up this place with his wife. Now it’s a popular spot for sashimi (from ¥38), fried pork cutlets (¥30), and udon and ramen (¥26 to ¥36). The soothing wood decor bal…
Beach in Yāntái

Láishān Beach

This vast expanse of golden sand in the developing district 11km east of the old town attracts clam diggers and sunbathers alike. Get off at the Huánghǎi City Flower Garden (黄海城市花园) stop.
Street Food in Yāntái

Nan Dajie Food Stalls

This small cluster of food stalls along the park next to the Parkson department store in the heart of the shopping district is a good place for a snack.