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Mount Tai, Shandong | © kanegen/Flickr
Mount Tai, Shandong | © kanegen/Flickr

Spotlight on a Chinese Province: Shandong

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Updated: 6 October 2017
Shandong is an affluent coastal province in the east of China, famous for being the birthplace of Confucius, and, more recently, for its German history and vast wine production. Meaning “East of the Mountains,” Shandong is located to the east of the Taihang mountain range. The province has been significant in the development of Taoism, Chinese Buddhism, and Confucianism and served as part of the German sphere of influence during the early twentieth century. Today, this colonial influence can still be felt in Shandong, particularly in the cities of Qingdao and Weihai, a former British stronghold.

Major cities


While not the capital of Shandong, Qingdao is the province’s largest and most well-known city. To most, the city conjures nights of drinking a few too many eponymous Tsingtao beers, and to others, memories of days spent on the beach and under a clean sky. Regarded by most as one of China’s most livable cities, Qingdao is more than just a place to visit a Germany-in-China brewery. The city is dotted with plenty of parks and green spaces, not to mention the handful of wonderful beaches and museums.

Qingdao, Shandong, China