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Shandong Travel Guide
China Travel Guide - Travel in Shandong


Shandong (Shāndōng 山东) is a coastal province of eastern People's Republic of China. Its abbreviation is Lu (lǔ 鲁), after the state of Lu (lǔ guó 鲁国) that existed here during the Spring and Autumn Period (chūn qiū shí qī 春秋时期).

The name Shandong literally means "mountain's east", which refers to the province's location east of the Taihang Mountains (tài háng shān 太行山). The province is located in the lower reaches of the Yellow River and extends out to sea in the form of the Shandong Peninsula. Shandong borders the Bohai Sea (bó hǎi 渤海) to the north, Hebei (hé běi 河北) to the northwest, Henan (hé nán 河南) to the west, Jiangsu (jiāng sū 江苏) to the south, and the Yellow Sea to the southeast; it also shares a very short border with Anhui (ān huī 安徽), between Henan and Jiangsu.

A common nickname for Shandong is Qilu (qí lǔ 齐鲁), after the state of Lu and state of Qi that existed here during the Spring and Autumn Period.

Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses
China Travel Guide - Travel in Shaanxi

warriors and horses


The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses (bīngmǎyǒng 兵马俑) are the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. It is around 1.5 kilometers east of Emperor Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum (qínshǐhuánglíng 秦始皇陵), Lintong County, Shanxi Province. It is a sight not to be missed by any visitor to China.  

Learn Chinese - Chinese Proverbs

 Chinese proverbs


Everyone is responsible for the rise and fall of his country.

Learn Chinese - History and Culture

(cì xiù 刺绣), a folk art with a history of more than 3000 years, has an important position in the history of Chinese arts and crafts. On a piece of silk or cloth, people embroider all kinds of beautiful pictures and patterns with threads of silk, wool or cotton. Among various kinds of embroidery, the best products come from four provinces: Jiangsu (jiāng sū 江苏), Hunan (hú nán 湖南), Guangdong (guǎng dōng 广东) and Sichuan (sì chuān 四川).

Tsinghua University
Study in China - Colleges and Universities

Tsinghua University was established in 1911, originally under the name "Tsinghua Xuetang”. The school was renamed "Tsinghua School" in 1912. The university section was founded in 1925. The name “National Tsinghua University” was adopted in 1928.

The faculty greatly valued the interaction between Chinese and Western cultures, the sciences and humanities, the ancient and modern. Tsinghua scholars Wang Guowei, Liang Qichao, Chen Yinque and Zhao Yuanren, renowned as the "Four Tutors" in the Institute of Chinese Classics, advocated this belief and had a profound impact on Tsinghua's later development.

Tips for new expats living in China
China Living Tips - Work & Business

A whopping big salary may not be the main reason for relocating to China, but no matter what your deal, opening a Chinese bank account seems to be a challenge for everybody.

But it "really is a simple process", says Colin Dixon, an Irish expat who has been living in Beijing for three years. "Although the process itself may be simple, indeed the longest part of the process is sitting in the queue."

To open an account, an expat needs a local phone number, a local address, a passport and an application form. A Chinese friend comes in handy because the application form is in Chinese.

"In China, cash is still king," says Dixon. Many expats opt to open local bank accounts so they don't have to pay high transaction fees with an international bank. Also, some of these overseas accounts may not be accepted everywhere.


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