Mount Tai is located in central Shandong Province, spanning the border of two prefectures. It is ranked first among the Five Great Mountains of China. Vast quantities of poetry and stone inscriptions were left by emperors, poets, and scholars of every era. Confucians and Taoists coexist harmoniously on the mountain. Mount Tai was listed as a Cultural and Natural World Heritage Site and honored as a "World Geopark" in 2006.
Daming Lake is one of the three symbols of Jinan with the Baotu Spring and the Thousand-Buddha Hill. It is a natural lake formed after all springs converge. In 13 century, the Italian traveler, Mark Polo marveled here as "what a beautiful landscape of lake and rocks." In the center of the lake perches the Lixia Pavilion.
The glistening light of waves of lake water is clear, the fish dive that the kite flies, the pleasure-boat walks. Many lotuses all over growing from ancient times in Daming Lake, the lakeside weeping willow is in accordance with depending on, the flowers and trees are luxuriant and well-spaced, "three pieces of willow of lotus on four sides, lake of half a city of color of mountain of a city" is the best portrayal of her scenery.
The Mou's Manor
Mou's manor, home of an eminent northern landlord in Qixia City, is a great place to observe the lifestyle of a noble family.
Founded during the reign of the Yongzheng emperor during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), the manor achieved its current scale in 1935. It is the best-preserved existing landlord manor in China and the largest of its kind in Northern China.
In its prime, the family owned more than 5,500 rooms, some 4,000 hectares of farmland and 8,000 hectares of mountains. It well combines China's historical culture, architectural culture and folk culture. During its distinguished Northern features, it has been described as "a living fossil of the century-old manor".
Qufu, the birthplace of Confucius, is a place abounds with cultural relics, and the most famous of which are the Confucian Temple, the Confucian Family Mansion and the Confucian Forest, where you can get a better understanding about Confucius.
Located in the center of Qufu city is the Confucian Temple, which was built in 478 BC with 466 halls and pavilions. In the Great Accomplishment Hall, the major structure of the temple, there is a statue of Confucius, as well as ancient stone inscriptions that telling the life story of Confucius in 120 pictures. Adjacent to the Confucian Temple, is the Confucian Family Mansion, which was used to be the residence of Confucius’ descendants. Nowadays, you can find a large number of documents and cultural relics there. The Confucian Forest, also be called the Confucian Cemetery, has been the family graveyard of Confucius and his descendants for more than 2,300 years, and is the best-preserved cemetery in China.
Liugong Island is a small island located at the mouth of Weihai Bay, on the northeastern edge of Shandong Peninsula. The island enjoys the reputation of 'a fairy isle on the sea' for its natural beauty and pleasant climate. It takes 20 minutes to arrive at the island from the Weihai downtown pier by ferry.
The island covers an area of 3.15 square kilometers.The coastline has a total length of 14.95 kilometers. More than half the of island's area is covered by forest, predominantly consisting of black pine trees. To protect the forest, the island was named a national forestry park in 1985.