Located in southeast of Shandong Province, covering an area of 17191.2 square kilimeters, Linyi is an important cradle of Chinese civilization since it is established as a city more than three thousand years ago in Western Zhou Dynasty. It is now the largest and most populous city in Shandong Province.
Known for its high mountains and long rivers, Linyi has picturesque scenery and natural sites like Mengshan Mountain. With comfortable environment and pleasant city landscape, Linyi is listed in China's Ecological and Livable Cities and National Civilized City.
Linyi has many attraction sites that can take you to probe into its long history and appreciate its beautiful nature. Among them, Mengshan Mountain is a must if you have enough time.
Situated in Mengying County, Mengshan Mountain is the second highest mountain in Shandong with 1156 meters, after Mt. Taishan, 120 km away. Mengshan is also a historical and cultural mountain that many famous people have visited, including Confucius, Li Bai, Du Fu, etc. With 1125 square kilometers, Mengshan Mountain has numerous oddly-shaped peaks, murmuring streams and all kinds of trees, giving tourists a refreshing mind after visiting.
The Underground Grand Canyon is one of the representative karst caves in China, with a total length of 6,100 meters and only 3,100 meters has been exploited as a tourist line, including over 100 scenic spots. There are plenty of water flowing underground for four seasons to make spectacular waterfalls, which is rare to see. The "1000 meters of drifting" holds a Guinness record as "China's longest cave rafting".
Yinqueshan Han Tomb was found in 1972. It contains over one hundred tombs and many precious bamboo slips. Therefore, the first Han Tomb and Bamboo Slips Museum in China was built here in 1981, which includes 3 display halls for Yinqueshan Han Tombs, Bamboo Slips and other cultural relics. Tour around the Bamboo Slips hall, you can easily find some most treasured bamboo slips with tiny words engrave on, including the Art of War written by Sun Tzu.
Linyi City Museum covers an area of 20805 square meters. There are more than 30000 cultural relics and 2132 precious ones. Some important cultural relics on display throughout the year include stone Yue, jade shovel, eggshell black pottery, hollow high handle cup, gold carving jade clothes, Han Dynasty painting stone, etc. Linyi City Museum is especially rich in collections from the Neolithic age and Han and Jin Dynasties.
Wang Xizhi (A.D. 303-361) is a famous calligrapher in the Eastern Jin Dynasty. He is regarded as the greatest Chinese calligrapher in history by many people. The Former Residence of Wang Xizhi is the place where the calligrapher was born and lived. It is a classical garden building with such historical sites as Xiyan Pool, Puzhao Temple, Langya Academy, etc. Many people come here to pay tribute to Wang Xizhi.
Before China was founded in 1949, it has gone through many wars and many lives were sacrificed to defend the country. Menglianggu Battle Memorial Hall is built to memorize the martyrs. It has a total construction area of 3682 square meters and a height of 19.47 meters, composed of memorial hall, martyr cemetery, battle site area and sculpture garden. The memorial hall looks like two red triangle battle flags.
Linyi has a temperate monsoon climate, with suitable temperature, four distinct seasons, sufficient sunshine, and abundant rainfall. In spring, it is characterized by rapid warming, less rain and more wind, and sometimes it feels dry. In summer, the temperature is high and the weather is wet with much rainfall. The temperature and rainfall drop sharply in autumn, and the weather is usually sunny and pleasant. In winter, it is cold and dry, with few rain and snow. The annual average temperature of Linyi is 10 ℃ (50 ℉) ~ 20 ℃ (68 ℉). The coldest month is usually January and the temperature can drop to about -5 ℃ (23 ℉). July is the hottest and the temperature can reach 35 ℃ (95 ℉).
Best Time to Visit Linyi: With many historical sites, Linyi is suitable to visit all year round. If you prefer natural landscape or want to have a Linyi trip when the weather is more favorable, the best time to visit is from April to October.
No matter you are coming to Linyi within or out of Shandong Province, it is easily accessed as it is equipped with both airport and high speed train station.
Linyi Qiyang International Airport (IATA: LYI) 临沂启阳国际机场
Location: No. 1 Jichang Road, Hedong District, Linyi City 临沂市河东区机场路1号, about 11 km, 30 minutes’ drive to Linyi downtown; 94 km, 2 hours’ drive to Mengshan Mountain.
Connected Cities: Beijing (1.5h), Xian (2h), Shanghai (1.5h), Guangzhou (2.5h), Shenzhen (2.5h), Chongqing (2h), Yantai (1h), etc.
Linyi North Railway Station 临沂北站 - High Speed Train
Location: Tanghe Road, Qiaojiahu Village, Baishabu Town, Lanshan District, Linyi City 山东省临沂市兰山区白沙埠镇乔家湖村汤河路, about 14 km, 40 minutes’ drive to Linyi downtown; 87 km, 2 hours’ drive to Mengshan Mountain
Connected Cities: Beijing (3h), Tianjin (2.5-3.5h), Qingdao (2h), Jinan (1.5h), Taian (1.5h), Qufu (1h), Yantai (3-3.5h), Weihai (3-4h), Weifang (2-4h), etc.
Linyi Railway Station 临沂站 - Normal Train
Location: Junction of Yimeng Road and Taoran Road, Lanshan District, Linyi City 山东省临沂市兰山区沂蒙路与陶然路交汇处, about to 9 km, 30 minutes’ drive to Linyi downtown, 91 km, 2 hours’ drive to Mengshan Mountain
Independent travellers usually travel by bus and taxi in Linyi. Subway is not available now.
How to Get to Mengshan Mountain: Mengshan Mountain is about 82 km, nearly 2 hours’ drive from downtown. You can charter a car to get there or take a bullet train from Linyi North Railway Station to Mengshan Railway Station first, which is about half an hour. And then drive about 1 hour to finish the rest 57 km to Mengshan Mountain Scenic Area.
If you are to stay a night in Linyi, it is most recommended to stay in the downtown area near Renmin Square or Phoenix Square. In this area, you will have more choices of the well-equipped 5-star hotels such as Pullman Linyi Lushang (临沂鲁商铂尔曼大酒店) and some comfortable 4-star hotels. There are also some shopping malls and large-scale plazas around to make your stay more convenient. If you stay near Phoenix Square, you can have a good view along the Yi River.
If you are going to visit some far attractions like Mengshan Mountain, you can also stay in Linyi downtown because one day is enough to tour Mengshan. Hotels around Mengshan Mountain are usually simple ones with not that good living environment.
In order to have a more efficient Linyi tour, it is quite important to get a better understanding of Linyi’s location, transportation and attractions distribution. Here we provide some Linyi maps for you, including Linyi China Map, Linyi Shandong Map, Linyi City Map, etc.
Shandong, a coastal province in East China, offers both charming seaside landscape and rich cultural and historical heritages. Except for the time-honored Linyi, there are much more great destinations in Shandong worth your exploration, including beautiful Qingdao, picturesque Jinan, sacred Mount Tai, honorable birthplace of Confucianism - Qufu, Weifang, fairyland-like Penglai in Yantai, etc. The following are top recommended Shandong destinations to travel with Linyi.
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Chinese Name: 临沂
Chinese Pinyin: lín yí
Language: Mandarin & Linyi Dialect
Tel Code: 0539
Zip Code: 276000
Time Zone: (UTC+8)
Linyi is a time-honored city with both cultural and natural beauty. It usually needs 2 days to explore the highlights of Linyi. You can spend a day touring around the main attractions in Linyi downtown such as Linyi City Museum and Yinqueshan Han Tomb Bamboo Slips Museum to learn the glorious past of Linyi and its development in thousands of years. Mengshan Mountain is a highlight you can not miss. Seeing the magnificent mountain view, you will feel refreshed both in body and in mind. If you have more time, you can add another day to Linyi Underground Grand Canyon, you will be amazed at the colorful carst world.
On the vast land of Shandong, to extend your Linyi trip, there are many other cities you can explore such as the capital city Jinan, Beer City Qingdao, sacred Mount Tai in Taian, and Confucius’ hometown Qufu, or you can go further to cities outside Shandong Province like Beijing, Xian, Luoyang, and Tianjin.
Jinan / Mount Tai / Qufu / Zibo / Weifang / Qingdao
Qingdao / Weihai / Yantai / Penglai / Qingdao
Qingdao / Weihai / Yantai / Weifang / Zibo / Qufu / Mount Tai / Jinan
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