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  Shandong Province is situated in the eastern part of China on the lower reaches of the Yellow River. It borders on the Bohai and Huanghai seas in the east. The province has a total area of 156,000 square kilometers (about 60,235 square miles) and a total population of over 90 million.The climate is characterized by rain during the summer and autumn and a dry winter. The annual average temperature is between 11 and 14 degrees C.


Shandong, with a history of more than 5,000 years, is considered one of the birth places of Chinese civilization. It has also been the home of a large number of historical figures, whose important influences are still evident in contemporary China. Confucianism, founded by Confucius, the great thinker, educator and statesman is the pillar of traditional Chinese culture and has exerted great influence in the world.
 
 
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  PEOPLES - PORTRAITS

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  JINAN area
 
Thousand-Buddha Mountain
(Qianfo Shan)    千佛山风
  GPS: 36.63665, 117.03604
The mountain was called Mt. Li in ancient times. However, in the early days of Sui Dynasty (581-618) a great many statues of Buddha were chiseled on the rocks of the mountain and the Thousand-Buddha Temple was built and soon became famous  
 
 

Baotu spring     趵突泉   GPS: 36.66119, 117.01595
Baotu Spring is located in the centre of Baotu Spring Park and is renowned as the best of the 72 springs in Jinan. The spring retains its temperature at 18 degree Celsius all year round.  
 
 

Jinan City     济南市 GPS: 36.66487, 117.02968
Jinan, the capital of eastern China's Shandong province, is a sprawling city known for its many natural springs, most prominent being the park-enclosed Baotu Spring. Near the city center, expansive Daming Lake has landscaped islands and parkland with temples and pavilions.
 

Daming lake   大明湖   GPS: 36.67575, 117.025
Daming Lake Park covers a total area of 860,000 square meters (about 212 acres) of which the lake itself comprises of 460,000 square meters (about 113 acres). The six islands in Daming Lake contain flowers, trees and other plants flourishing amongst the various pavilions.
 
 

Jinan Battle Memorial    济南战役纪念馆   GPS: 36.64077, 117.0017
At the foot of Mount Heroes in Jinan, a memorial hall commemorating the battle of Jinan. It was a battle between the Kuomintang (KMT) and the Communist Party of China (CPC) from September 16 to September 24, 1948 during the Chinese Civil War.
 
 

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Statue of Mao Zedong   毛泽东塑像曾 GPS: na
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Wulongtan Park (Five Dragon Pool) 五龙潭   GPS: 36.66596, 117.01506
Five-Dragon Pool is also called "Grey Bay Spring" and is one of the 72 famous springs. The Five-Dragon Pool Park takes a land of 5.44ha. This pool gathers spring water from five locations.Five-Dragon Pool is said to be related to a Shandong hero Qin Qiong living between the Sui Dynasty and the Tang Dynasty.
 
 

  LAOSHAN area
 
Huayan temple    华严寺   GPS: 36.2055, 120.68113
The Huayan Temple is the only Buddhist temple on Mount Lao and is located on the eastern slope of the mountain.
 
 

Mt. Laoshan     崂山   GPS: 36.19499, 120.64263
The entire mountain covers 446 square kilometers and has 218 places of interest, big and small. It is a famous Taoist mountain boasting both mountainous and coastal scenery. The highest peak of Mt. Laoshan is the 1,133-meter Jufeng.
 
 

Laoshan Taiqing Palace        太清宫 GPS: 36.13931, 120.68291
The Taiqing Palace, a sacred Taoist Palace, lies on the southern slopes of the famous Mt. Laoshan.
The significant point of interest about Taiqing Palace was that it was built in 140 BC during the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-24 AD); it is reputed as the second most magnificent Taoist building in China.
 
 

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  LIUBU area
 
1000 Boudhas Cliff   神通寺千佛崖造像   GPS: 36.45158, 117.13602
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Dragon and Tiger pagoda     神通寺龙虎塔 GPS: 36.45158, 117.13602
Tiger Pagoda is to the south of Grave Tower Forest, facing the Four- Door Pagoda across a valley. Built in the Tang dynasty, this pagoda is famous for the fine sculptures on the body.  
 

Four doors pagoda     四门塔   GPS: 36.45386, 117.13637
The pagoda is called the Four-Door Pagoda because each of its four sides has a door. Built in 611 during the Sui Dynasty, it is the oldest extant pavilion- style pagoda in China. The pagoda is built of a kind of hard stone produced in the area. It is square, with each side measuring 7.4 meters long. The entire pagoda is 10.4 meters high.  
 
 

 
Little Tang Pagoda 1 and 2   GPS: 36.45158, 117.13602
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Monastery of Shentong    神通寺   GPS: 36.45075, 117.14353
Shentong Temple. First built in 351 AD, it is the earliest Buddhist temple in Shandong. It had been the center of Buddhism from East Jin to Sui and Tang Dynasties.
 
 

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Grave Tower Forest   GPS: 36.45639, 117.1311
Grave Tower Forest is situated to the east of the Four Gate Tower. Consisting of 43 towers, It used to be the tombs for high level monks.a
 
 

  QINGDAO area
 
Qingdao Christian Church    江苏路基督教堂   GPS: 36.06527, 120.32807
Protestant Church was built by German missionaries during the early years of the 20th century when the German imperialists forcibly opened China's trading ports and outrageously occupied Qingdao, Protestant Church was designed by the German architect Curt Rothkegel.
 
 

Qingdao City    青岛市   GPS: 36.07016, 120.36507
Qingdao, in China’s eastern Shandong province, is a port city of skyscrapers, parks and beaches bordering the Yellow Sea. It's known for its Tsingtao Beer, a legacy of the German occupation (1898-1914), it was founded by Germans in 1903. There's also German-style architecture in the old city center.
 
 

Former Residence the Pastor of German Governor   总督牧师宅第旧址 GPS: 36.06574, 120.3234
Built in 1903 at a cost of 2.5 million tears of silver and used by Mao Zedong in 1958. The Governor's Mansion has thirty rooms each with individual unique fireplaces and distinct style.  
 

Huashi Lou   (Huashi Building)   花石楼   GPS: 36.05032, 120.35342
Built in 1930, it originally was a villa of a Russian aristocrat and was later sold to a British businessman. After 1949, the building was used as a reception facility. As it is built of granite and pebbles, it is called after Huashi Building.
 
 

 
Little Qingdao islet   小青岛   GPS: 36.0528, 120.324
The tiny isle occupies an area of 0.024 square kilometers, 720 meters from the coast and 17 meters high above sea level. The local residents called it "The Small Qingdao Island". This Island was originally a part of the mainland. Over the years the erosion by the sea gradually isolated the island from the mainland.  
 
 

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Qingdao TV Tower       青岛电视塔 GPS: 36.06819, 120.35786
The 232 meters Qingdao TV Tower is the highest tourist attraction of Qingdao which offers visitors a spectacular point to view the whole city and beautiful blue sea off Qingdao, the tower can launch 11 sets of radio and television program.  
 

Wusi square       五四广场   GPS: 36.06209, 120.38498
May Fourth Square is composed of Shizhengting Square, the central square and the coastal park. Named after the nationwide protest May Fourth Movement that started in Qingdao, the square is best recognized by the large "May Wind" sculpture near the seaside.
 
 

Xinhaoshan park   GPS: 36.06604, 120.33202
XinHaoShan (Signal Hill) was once a signaling station during the German occupation in 1897. This hill offers 360 panoramic views of Old Qingdao and includes many scenic spots.
 
 

Zhongshan park  中山公园   GPS: 36.06438, 120.34851
The park was built in 1901 and renamed in 1929. It has around 100,000 plants and more than 300 species of plants including Kentucky coffee trees, oak trees, medicinal magnolia barks and some foreign species that are rare in China.  
 
 

Zhanshan temple                     湛山寺 GPS: 36.06489, 120.36394
ZhanShan Temple in 1945. The monastery has five halls and a pagoda, with a total area of 20,000 square meters. The temple boasts a large collection of skillfully carved statues of Buddha and Buddhist scriptures.  
 

Zhanqiao pier    青岛栈桥   GPS: 36.05845, 120.32049
Zhanqiao pier is at the southern shore of Qingdao off Zhongshan Road. This now 440 metres long strip stretches into the sea and was the first wharf at Qingdao. An octagonal pavilion called the Billowing Back and Forth Tower, loosely translated, stands at the end of the pier and was constructed in 1930.  
 
 


  QUFU area
 
Confusius temple       孔庙   GPS: 35.59187, 116.99011
Qufu Confucius Temple (Kong Miao in Chinese), at the hometown of Confucius, is the most famous and the largest temple of its kind in the memory of the sage. His ideology was developed to the influential Confucianism.  
 
 

Cemetery of Confucius     孔林   GPS: 35.61373, 116.9944
The Cemetery of Confucius lies to the north of the town of Qufu. The oldest graves found in this location date back to the Zhou Dynasty. The original tomb erected here in memory of Confucius on the bank of the Sishui River had the shape of an axe.  
 
 

Qufu City Walls and Gates GPS: 35.59649, 117.0001
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Kong Family Mansion    孔府   GPS: 35.59634, 116.99151
The direct descendants of Confucius lived in the Kong family Mansion located to the east of the temple. They were in charge of tending to the temple and cemetery. The first mansion was built in 1038 during the Song dynasty and was originally connected directly to the temple.  
 
 

  TAIAN area
 
Tai an City        泰安市   GPS: 36.20025, 117.08761
Tai'an is a noted tourist city. Although Taishan Mountain is the most celebrated of its attractions, other scenic spots are also well worth a visit.  
 
 

Dai Temple    岱庙   GPS: 36.19401, 117.13122
The majestic Dai Temple was first built in Han Dynasty (202B.C-220A.D) and became glorious in Tang Dynasty (618-907). And when it came to Zhenzong Period (968-1022) of Song Dynasty, the temple was enlarged. The style follows that of imperial palace, boasting one hundred and fifty architectures in total.  
 
 

Tai Shan      泰山 GPS: 36.25583, 117.10555
The leader of the 'Five Sacred Mountains' is lying across the cities of Tai'an, Jinan and Zibo. Its main peak, Jade Emperor Summit is about 1532.7 meters (5,029 feet) high.
The mountain was once called Mt. Daishan, Mt. Daizong or Mt. Taiyue and was renamed Mt. Taishan in the Spring and Autumn Period (770BC-476BC). It epitomizes splendid Chinese culture and was listed in the World Natural and Cultural Heritage List of UNESCO in 1987.
   
 

  OTHERS
 
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