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5 Days Qingdao Weihai Yantai Coastal Tour

Beautiful Shandong Peninsula

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Shandong has one of the longest costal lines in China, known as Shandong Peninsula or Jiaodong Peninsula which is also one of the most beautiful coastal lines in China. The most popular costal lines of Shandong Peninsula lie in Qingdao in the south, Weihai and Yantai in the north. They all have pleasant weather, golden and soft beaches, reachable islands, amazing seafood, clean city… At the same time, you can also explore different cultures. Starting from Qingdao, and returning to Qingdao after trips in Weihai and Yantai, you can enjoy convenient transportation of gateway Qingdao to the fullest.

Highlights of this tour

  • Qingdao: learn about China’s most popular beer - Tsingtao Beer, explore unique culture of colonial period and enjoy a leisure hike on beautiful Laoshan Mountain;
  • Weihai: walk leisurely on the golden beach, enjoy magnificent seascape and step on its giant and historical Liugong Island;
  • Yantai: enjoy a cup of authentic Zhangye wine and stretch your view from the famous Penglai Pavilion.

Basic Trip Information

Price:
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  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in a 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according to your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Qingdao / Weihai / Yantai / Penglai / Qingdao
Travel Length:
5 Days and 4 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-SDCT-07
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCulture
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Qingdao Arrival

Welcome to Qingdao, a famous seaside city with marvelous coastlines and great Tsingtao Beer. Our guide will meet you at the airport, train station or hotel and escort you to Tsingtao Brewery Museum, where you can watch the exhibition of the complete process of making the beer and taste the freshly brewed beer. Since Qingdao is famous for the Tsingtao Brewery, you will have a better understanding about the beer and the city after today’s visit. Before leaving, you will take a fresh sip of 2 glasses of Qingdao beer in the museum.

Then you will visit Badaguan Scenic Resort (also called Eight Passes Scenic Resort) which is named after 8 important military fortresses in China's history. In fact, it is not a resort and there are no passes here. It is a pretty neighborhood with about 200 old buildings in over 20 different countries’ styles, including German, Russian, French, American, Danish, Greek, Spanish, Swiss, Japanese... Take a nice stroll in the scenic streets and get some great shots. The landscape of Badaguan becomes most marvelous in spring when lots of flowers are in full blossom and in autumn when the leaves present a stunning mixed hue of yellow, orange, red, etc. To fully appreciate the buildings, you can walk into the Princess House, Butterfly House, Spanish Villa and Huashi House (optional). After that, take a short visit to Zhanqiao Pier, a symbol of Qingdao city. It was built in 1891 as a naval pier, and now is a famous landmark in the Qingdao Bay.

Arrival Ideas: 1) it is available to take a high speed train from Beijing (4.5h), Jinan (2-2.5h), Tianjin (4~4.5), etc., and a flight from Beijing (1.5h), Shanghai (1.5h), Xian (2h), Luoyang (1.5h), Guangzhou (3.5h), etc. 2) we suggest you take a morning flight or high speed train and arrive in Qingdao before 10 a.m. for a better sightseeing experience in Qingdao.

Tsingtao Beer Zhanqiao Pier - the Symbol of Qingdao Pricess House in Badaguan Scenic Resort
Day 2 Qingdao - Weihai (B, L)

After the breakfast, drive about 1.5 hour to beautiful Laoshan Mountain, which is known as the Most Famous Mountain on the Sea. This trip focus on Taiqing Scenic Area - the highlight of Laoshan Mountain today. As you arrive, a big statue of Laozi - the founder of Taoism will come into your eyes. Your sightseeing journey starts with a nice hike from Bashui River to Longtan Waterfall. Bashui River is named after the eight streams converging into the river and Longtan Waterfall is one of the streams. During your hike, you can get an enjoyable view of the waterfalls, peaks, rocks, various plants as well as the Yellow Sea from different perspectives. Then, you will continue your hike to Shangqing Palace and Mingxia Cave which are two featured Taoist Temples. In Mingxia Cave, you will get a breathtaking view of the mountain and sea from above. After the amazing sightseeing trip, you will take a cable car down to Taiqing Palace, the largest Taoist temple and the Taoism communication center in Qingdao. There are many Taoist buildings and statues in this temple delivering a cultural savory of Taoism.

After Laoshan Mountain exploration, you will be escorted to railway station to catch your high speed train to Weihai. Be picked up by local guide in Weihai and check in to your hotel in Weihai downtown.

Lao Mountain Lao Mountain Scenic Area
Day 3 Weihai (B, L)

This morning after breakfast, you will go to enjoy a leisure stroll at Weihai International Bathing Beach which is one of the best bathing beaches in China with pure water, soft sand and picturesque scenery. The coastline is more than 2800 meters. Both its western and eastern sides are surrounded by green hills with thousands acres of pine forest. There are amusement parks, water world and other beach amusement facilities around the beach, and many water activities to take part in, such as speedboats, cruise ships, motorboats and sea gliding, etc.

You will then go to visit Chengshantou Scenic Area which is only about 30mins driving from Weihai downtown. Since it is easternmost location of China and connected to Yellow Sea, Chengshantou is also known as "the edge of sky", also the earliest place to see the sunrise at sea. South Korea is only 94km across the sea from here. Due to its stunning scenery, Chengshantou was listed as one of the "eight most beautiful coasts in China" by China National Geography. In bright days, you can see the sea and sky merging into a haze in the distance, huge waves striking the cliffs and rock formations glimmering in sunshine.

Move on to take a boat to explore Liugong Island. It is an amazing place where spectacular nature and tumultuous history meet. The island is reputed as a fairy isle on the sea' for its great environment, beautiful scenery and various kinds of animals. It is also the birthplace of China’s first modern navy, and was the battlefield for the Sino-Japanese War (1894~1895).

Accommodate in Weihai City.

Weihai International Bathing Beach Beautiful Chengshantou Scenic Area
Day 4 Weihai - Yantai - Penglai (B, L)

After breakfast, drive about 1 hour to Yantai to visit to Yantai Hill Park, the landmark of Yantai. It is located in the northern section of the city, surrounded by sea on three sides, with charming scenery, vast sea area, lush vegetation, clear seawater and strange reefs. Climbing to the top of Yantai Hill, you can see Dragon King Temple, built in Ming Dynasty (1368~1644) and now acting as a popular place to pray for happy and prosperous life for local people. From here, you will also be delivered with a wonderful view of the entire Yantai.

After that, pay a visit to Changyu Wine Culture Museum - China’s first world-class professional grape wine museum. It well introduces the glorious history of Changyu Wine as well as the history of China’s wine industry and Chinese wine culture. One big highlight of this museum is a century-old and 7-meter-deep underground wine cellar which is responsible for the production and storage of the wine. There are about 600 oak wine barrels cherished in the cellar, and three of them are made of oak from France. Inside the cellar is also an elegantly-decorated bar where travelers can relax and taste a wide range of wines.

Next, you will drive about 1 hour to Penglai Pavilion Scenic Area, on the peak of Danya Mountain. It is believed that Penglai Pavilion is the place where Emperor Qin Shihuang looked for the elixir of life. And the fairy story of Eight Immortals Crossing the Sea also take place here, which making Penglai Pavilion a legendary fairy land. You will firstly get to Penglai Water City – an ancient water army base well-preserved with water gate, breakwater, wharf, lighthouse, city wall, etc. Passing through Penglai Water City, you will enjoy the magnificent and time-honored architectural complex in Penglai Pavilion Scenic Area, including Sanqing Palace, Lvzu Palace, Tianhou Palace, Longwang (Dragon King) Palace, Mituo Temple, and some other buildings with featured design and decoration. If you are lucky, you may be able to take a glance at the illusive scenes hanging between the sky and the sea.

After sightseeing, drive back to your hotel accommodation

Zhangyu Wine Culture Museum Overview Yantai City from Yantaishan Hill Spectacular Scenery of Penglai Pavilion
Day 5 Penglai - Qingdao Departure (B, L)

After breakfast, take a high speed train back to Qingdao (about 1.5hrs). From Qingdao, you are free to catch your flight/train to next destination. Tour ends.

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