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About Shandong
About Shandong

This is the place  

Where Confucius the sage was born,

Where Mount Tai rose majestically to the sky,

Where the Yellow River empties into the sea. 


To Know Shandong 

Shandong, a province half way between Beijing and Shanghai, is an economic powerhouse on China’s east coast. It connects China’s far-flung inland with the vast west Pacific and faces across the sea Japan and South Korea. As home to a population of 97.894 million, Shandong covers a land area of 157.1 thousand square kilometers and a marine area of 170 thousand square kilometers. The coastline of Shandong stretches 3345 kilometers long, accounting for 1/6 of China’s total. Shandong has under its jurisdiction 17 municipalities, including Jinan, the provincial capital, and 137 counties (county-level cities, districts).  

Shandong has a well developed transport system, as the Beijing-Shanghai Railway intersects Jinan-Qingdao Railway here. The high speed railway will take you from Jinan to Beijing in merely 90 minutes and to Shanghai in three and half hours. The province is famous for its crisscrossing expressways with a total mileage of over 5,000 kilometers. A total of 8 civil airports, 4 of which international in Jinan, Qingdao, Yantai and Weihai, allow the province to operate over 300 commercial flights to international and domestic destinations including those in the United States, Japan, ROK, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Ports in Qingdao, Yantai, Weihai, Rizhao and other places have become important seaport hubs in Asia. Qingdao, the shipping center of northeast Asia, ranks first in north China in terms of cargo and container handling capacity in international trade.  


To Feel Shandong

Shandong, with its time-honored history, is one of the cradles of the Chinese culture and civilization, and home to such extraordinary thinkers as Confucius, Sun Tzu, Mencius and Mo Tse. The distinctive Qilu Culture has secured Shandong a unique place in China’s cultural map. The Confucianism represented by Confucius, in particular, has great impact on world civilizations even today. 

Shandong abounds with tourism resources, including 2 World Heritage sites, 6 Historic and Cultural Cities, 100 key cultural relic protection sites, 5 national scenic areas, 7 national-level nature reserves, 10 national geological parks, and 80 national intangible cultural heritages. 

With its time-honored history, profound culture and striking natural beauty, Shandong has attracted a large number of domestic and overseas tourists. There were around 600 million tourist visits to Shandong in 2014, including 4.4565 million visits from overseas. Shandong is advancing the cultural tourism industry by developing the plan of “Gold Coast Retreat” and building the brand of “Friendly Shandong” and “Beautiful Shandong”.  

Mount Tai

Mount Tai, the national key tourism resort, is the most worshiped one among the five holy mountains in China. It used to be the place for Chinese emperors to pay homage to heaven. Thanks to the grand scenery and profound imperial culture, Mount Tai was double-listed by UNESCO as the World Natural Heritage and the World Cultural Heritage in 1987.    

Qufu

Qufu, capital of the one-time State of Lu in Spring and Autumn Period and one of the first 24 Historic and Cultural Cities designated by the State Council, is the hometown of Confucius. The Confucius compound, complete with the temple, mansion and cemetery, was listed by UNESCO in 1994 as the World Cultural Heritage. 

Jinan 

Jinan is also known as the "City of Springs" because of a large number of springs. Baotu Spring is the most prestigious one among the popular springs and is honored as the finest spring under heaven.

Qingdao

Qingdao, a well-known coastal city, enjoys the reputation of “World Beer City” and “International Sailing Capital”.


To Read Shandong 

Shandong is an economic powerhouse in China. The GDP of Shandong grew by 8.7% to 5.94 trillion yuan (US$967.4 billion) in 2014, ranking  third in the country for many years in a row. 

Shandong, with its advanced agricultural industry, is an important agricultural producer in China. As a province with the largest agricultural output value in China, Shandong is a major producer of grain, vegetable, fruit, oil crops, aquatics and animal by-products. The province now is endeavoring to advance the modernization of agricultural production. 

The industry of Shandong, boasting solid foundation and complete categories, includes such traditional sectors as food, metallurgy, textile, household appliances, chemicals and construction materials, as well as emerging sectors such as automobiles, locomotives, ships, electronic information, bio-pharmaceutical and new materials. The real economy, therefore, with both large brand enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises has been well established in Shandong. 

Shandong, as an important executor of China’s ocean strategy, is playing an active role in building the “Silk Road Economic Belt” and “the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road”, and is endeavoring to build the “East Asia Maritime Cooperation Platform”, Shandong, therefore, enjoys promising development prospects in such areas as modern marine science and technology, maritime equipment manufacturing, ocean culture tourism, and maritime transportation and logistics. Moreover, the new pattern of balanced regional development across the province is taking shape by implementing the national development strategies of Shandong Peninsula Blue Economic Zone and the Yellow River Delta Eco-efficient Economic Zone, as well as provincial strategies of the Economic Circle of Provincial Capital City Clusters and the Rising Economic Belt in the West of Shandong.

Aiming at creating a sound modern financial system, Shandong is now advancing its financial reform, speeding up the progress of modern financial services, and building up Jinan Regional Financial Center and Qingdao Wealth Management Center.

We are striving to build an ecologically-friendly Shandong by integrating principles of respecting, conforming to and protecting nature into the process of social and economic development. Now, there are 39 national forest parks in Shandong. 

Shandong deeply appreciates the importance of establishing a multi-tiered talent system and a science and technology supporting system. The province now has 150 institutions of higher learning and 30 national-level engineering research centers. 

There are 200 museums, 153 public libraries and 9 state-level cultural demonstration bases in Shandong. 


To Join Shandong

Shandong works to make more friends far and near with an open mind and  the philosophy of win-win cooperation. At present, the province has cultivated 394 sisterhood relationships and friendly cooperative relationships with over 69 countries from the 5 continents, including 63 pairs at the provincial level. The friendly exchanges and cooperation in areas such as politics, economy, culture, education, science and technology, sports, non-governmental sector are constantly expanding. 

As one of the first coastal provinces that benefit from China's opening-up policy, Shandong enjoys trade flows with over 180 countries and regions around the world. In 2014, Shandong reported a total foreign trade volume of US$277.12 billion and foreign direct investment of US$15.2 billion. At present, 184 enterprises out of the Fortune Global 500 have made investment in Shandong, and more than 2400 Shandong enterprises have invested overseas


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