Shandong (山东; Shāndōng) is a province in China.
The name means east of the mountains. Shandong is a coastal province situated by the Bohai Sea to the north and the Yellow Sea to the south. The Yellow River runs through the province.
Main attractions are Qufu (the birthplace of Confucius), Mount Tai (the most climbed mountian in China), Qingdao (nice port city with beaches) and Yantai (holiday city with lots of European buildings). The capital, Jinan, is a beautiful city known for it's springs and lakes. It is also a transport hub.
Shandong is subdivided into 17 prefectures, 140 counties and 1,941 townships. Geographically, it can be subdivided in
People in Shandong speak Mandarin.
The high speed rail link between Shanghai and Beijing runs though Shandong. You can arrive in Jinan with a pleasant journey of 2-3 hours from these great cities.
Mount Tai is one of the "Five Great Mountains" of China. It is located near Tai'an, in Shandong province, China.
Qufu is the birthplace of Confucius. Here you can find out about the life of the great philosopher.
Shandong is the major wine producing region of China.
Most of the major cities in Shandong, such as Jinan, Qingdao, Weihai, Yantai, Zibo, are extremely safe.
Take care when drink with people in Shandong. Shandong's people have reputation of hospitable, but sometimes it can be too much in drinking wine. They may force you to drink, and do not draw a line. You need to learn how to refuse them, for your health for sure. Fortunately, many of Shandong's young people have realized that it's not appropriate. And, don't try to be brave, because Shandong's people also have reputation of being good at drinking!