Strolling Garden-Like City: Shandong Weihai

Weihai, located in the eastern tip of Shandong Peninsula, is a place that meets the sunshine every day at the earliest. Surrounded by the sea on three sides, Weihai boasts blue sky, fresh air and beautiful environment. It has been awarded the UN Habitat Prize in 2003. Being cold in spring, cool in summer, moderate in autumn and warm in winter, Weihai is a good place for summer vocation with its sea, islands, thermal springs and mountains.

Weihai is famous because of the sea. Its coastline stretches a distance of 1,000 kilometers, which accounts for one-third of the total of Shandong Peninsula, and one eighteenth of the total of the whole country. And the thousand kilometers long coastline is almost covered by high quality beaches.

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Weihai has more than 100 islands, large or small, among which the most famous is Liugong Island located in the estuary of Weihai Bay. Known as the “birthplace of China’s first modern navy”, Liugong Island is not big but it concentrates the history of Weihai. The Museum of the famous Sino-Japanese War of 1894-1895 is worth to see. Liugong Island National Forest Park is the first forest park on the sea in China, where the pine and cypress trees are everywhere. About a hundred spotted deer live here leisurely.

1842125985cy51x1qxywyx Chengshantou, known as China’s “Cape of Good Hope”, is the first spot in China where people first see the sun rise in the morning. First Emperor of the Qin Dynasty visited it on his way to look for longevity medicine and entitled it “the End of the Heaven”. With the wooded peaks, jagged cliffs, and the furious waves rushing onto the shore, Chengshantou enjoys a magnificent view.

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The Hailu Island in the Sihai Sea to the north of Chengshantou is famous as the “kingdom of seagulls”. Spring is the best time to view numerous seagulls flying in the sky.

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Weihai is also the largest natural habitat for swans in Asia, so it is called the “Eastern Swan Lake”. In November every year, thousands of swans fly to Weihai from the remote Baikal Lake of Siberia and the Bayin Buluke Grassland in Xinjiang to take their vacation.

Among the thermal springs in Weihai, such as the “Tianmu Thermal Spring”, “Huleitang”, “Xiaotang”, and “Qilitang”, the earlies developed one is “Baoquantang”, which has a maximum water temperature of 74 degrees Celsius. It is said that this thermal spring was discovered during the Song Dynasty. Weihai’s thermal springs have valuable medicinal values, being especially effective in the treatment of rheumatism, cardiovascular disease, low back pain and leg pain. Baoquantang is a typical thermal spring with medical properties with remarkable treatment effects.

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