Shandong Province

Shandong is often considered to be the seat of Chinese culture. Located along the East coast of China between Hebei and Jiangsu provinces it juts out into the East China Sea. If China looks like a chicken, then Shandong province looks like a vulture.

There are a number of famous cities in Shadong Province. Jinan is the capitol of the province located along the primary north-south rail line along the East coast and is known for Baotou springs. Tai’an, an hour south of Jinan, is known for Taishan (Tai mountain). Qufu, an hour south of Tai’an, was the home of Confucius (K’ung Fu Tzu). Qingdao was a German treaty port and is now a beautiful coastal city with sandy beaches and German architecture. It’s also home of China’s best beer, Tsingtao (old spelling of Qingdao). Weifang, located on the eastern end of the province, is known for its yearly kite festival. Yantai on the Northern coast is known for its apples.

Shandong is considered a seat of Chinese culture for a couple reasons. The main reason is that it was the home of Confucius. The saying of Confucius can be found in The Analects. Confucian thought was (and still is) the foundation of tradition Chinese culture and relationships. Also, Sun Tzu, author of The Art of War, lived in Shandong. Shandong is also known for its silk and porcelain.

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