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Rizhao-Oriental Sun City
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The name of Rizhao (rì zhào 日照) originates from an old saying“It is the first to get the sunshine”.Rizhao is a mew rising port city.It is famous for its blue sky,jade sea and golden beach.It is located at the southern end of Shangdong Peninsula along the middle part of Chinas coastal line.It is close to Qingdao (qīng dǎo  青岛) in the north,neighbors Lianyungang (lián yún gǎng 连云港) in the south and faces Japan and Korea across the sea.The city of Rizhao covers an ares of 5310 square kilometers with the total population of 2775 million.The planned area of the city is 294 square kilometers.And the built area is 36.1 square kilometers with the population of 290000. 

The script on pottery discovered in Rizhao is said to be 1,000 years earlier than the oracle bone script. In olden days, this area was inhabited by an ancient tribe of East China. It wasn't until the Western Han Dynasty (xī hàn 西汉)(206BC-24AD) that county level administrative organs were first established by the central court. The first county set up at that period was named Haiqu County (hǎi qǔ xiàn 海曲县).

Rizhao View
As a new rising coastal tourist city, Rizhao enjoys excellent ecological environment, beautiful sceneries and favorable climate. It is the ideal place for holidays and relaxation. Rizhao is reputed to "blue sky, jade-green sea and golden beach". it boasts the longes fine sandy beach along the coast of China. Stretching as long as over 60 kilometers, the golden sandy beach enjoys the good reputation of No.1 Golden Beach in China. Rizhao is time-honored city with profound culture and abundant natural beauties. It has many famous scenic spots in Rizhao, such as Rizhao Seaside National Forest Park, Olympic Water Sports Park, Wulian Mountain Scenic Area, Fulai Mountain Scenic Area,etc.In December 2003, Rizhao was designated as TopTouristCity of China approved by State Tourist Administration.

Fulai Mountain (fú lái shān 浮来山) Scenic Spot Fulai Mountain
Fulai Mountain Scenic Spot in Ju County (jǔ xiàn 莒县) is a national AAA tourist area, provincial geological vestige natural protection area. Ju County has a long history and glorious culture, so Ju culture together with Qi culture and Lu culture (qí lǔ wén huà 齐鲁文化) (Qi and Lu are ancient countries in China) are called the three major cultures in Shandong Province.

Fulai Mountain is the very place of origin of Ju culture. Sceneries like millennium ancient temple, the biggest gingko tree in the world, the Jiaojin Building (xiào jīng lóu 校经楼),where Liu Xie (liú xié 刘勰), a famous literary critic in ancient China, corrected books here,are known far and wide and in sole possession around the world. They have relatively high relic study value and tourist appeal. Fulai Mountain Gingko
Dinglin Temple (dìng lín sì 定林寺), Jiaojing Building, Gingko Tree, Qingquan Canyon (qīng quán xiá 清泉峡), Peculiar Stone Valley (guài shí yù 怪石峪), Juzi Tomb (jǔ zǐ mù 莒子墓), and Zhouji Crag (zhōu jī yán 啁鸡岩) and three renowned springs: Lifesaving Spring (jiù shēng quán 救生泉), Wolong Spring (wò lóng quán 卧龙泉) and so on. The gingko tree in the courtyard is more than 3,500 years old. It is 26.3 meters high and 15.7 meters in girth, so it is named “the biggest gingko tree in the world”, and some people call it “the ancestor of the gingko trees”. It stands toweringly. Looked from a remote place, it is like a massif and also a coiling dragon and a crouching tiger with overpowering momentum. It resembles a canopy and shelters several mu. The millennium ancient temple is the place where the literary theory critic Liu Xie proofread the sutra after coming back from the north in his late years, which was more than 1,500 years ago. It is one of the oldest temples in Shandong Province.

Location: 9 kilometers west from Ju County
Admission Fee: CNY 40
How to go: You can take bus NO.1 to get there or you can drive

Wanpingkou (wàn píng kǒu 万平口) Scenic and Historic Interest Area Wanpingkou
Located in the new district of Rizhao City in Shandong Province, Wanpingkou Scenic and Historic Interest Area is quickly becoming a popular tourist destination on China's golden coastline. It has moderate climate with an average temperature of 12.6C (54.7 F). Ideally located near the National Ocean Forest Park of Rizhao, it is in close proximity to Shanhaitian (shān hǎi tiān 山海天) Holiday Resort (to the north) and Rizhao Arboretum (to the west).
Blessed with blue skies, brilliant sunshine, blue seas, golden sandy beaches and fresh air, visitors to the area may truly experience the fun of returning to nature. Visitors can participate in many outdoor activities including: beach volleyball, fishing and sea-bathing, sun bathing and even yachting. The Zoo, which is strategically located in the scenic area, emphasizes the concept of human beings living harmoniously with nature. This concept captures the essence of Rizhao City. Wanpingkou Lagoon is a natural port which has served as a center of commerce for dynasties. Wanpingkou means that ships arrive safely at the port, bestowing good wishes on people who sail from far away.
Wanpingkou bridge
Wanpingkou Scenic and Historic Interest Area, continues to attract increasing numbers of visitors from home and abroad. It is also a popular location for competitions. In 2006, the World Sailing Championship was held here and in 2007, it was the location of the first China Aquatic sports meet.

Location: Haiqu East Road (hǎi qū dōng lù 海区东路), Donggang (dōng gǎng 东港) District, Rizhao
Admission Fee: Free
How to go: You can take bus NO.3, 8 to get there

Jiuxian Mountain (jiǔ xiān shān 九仙山) Scenic Spot
Jiuxian Mountain
With steep mountains, emerald vegetation, and ancient culture, Jiuxian Mountain’s main sightseeing product type is formed. Jiuxian Mountain is rich in strange types of stones, caverns, springs, and waterfalls. From the beautiful sinuous ravines to the magnificent springs and waterfalls, from the mysterious landscape to the ancient history and culture, none of them is not liked by the tourists, which become places of interest. Jiuxian Mountain’s wild azaleas natural protection area is known for its beauty of flowers, variety of kinds, and extensiveness of area. It is not only unusual within the provincial territory, but also rare in North China.

Location: Wulian County (wǔ lián xiàn 五莲县), Rizhao
Admission Fee: CNY 80
How to go: You can take a long-distance bus to get Songbai in Wulian County and then take a taxi to get there or you can drive by yourself

Shanhaitian Tourism & Vacation Zone
Located in the golden ocean line in the northeast of Rizhao City, Shanhaitian Tourism and Vacation Zone borders the base of World Sailing Championship in Wanpingkou in the south and National Ocean Forest Park of Rizhao in the north. It is a picturesque land blessed with fresh air, blue sea, clear sky and gold sandy beach. Lying in the deep and calm harbor, it is rich in negative oxygen and free of the industrial pollution and typhoon attack. Environmentalists have honored it as one of the best places to live.
The 17.5 kilometers (10.9 miles) of coastline extends linearly across the zone along which reefs and beaches are distributed. Many rocks have been carved into lifelike statues by sea such as "The Shrine Set Sail on the Sea" and "To Rein up the Horse and Listen to the Waves". Along the coastline, there are plantations where locust trees, pines and poplars screen out the sun, forming into a splendid view. The nearby sea areas are dotted with countless islets. The Taigong Islet and Taohua (Peach Blossom) Islet are the most famous. Visitors can take speedboats to pay a visit on the islets.

Shanhaitian Tourism and Vacation Zone brings visitors a precious opportunity to embrace nature. Come here, you will not regret having this wonderful trip!

Location: Golden coastlines of northeast of Xinshi District (xīn shì qū 新市区)

Liujiawan Chasing Sea Yard
chasing the sea
It takes area of thousands acreages and the tideland is to stretch as far as the eye can see. The beach is clean and the sand is fine. It produces about 40 varieties clams and more than 10 varieties crabs. In shallow water there grow shrimps and jellyfish and some other kinds of marine products. It’s a good place for visitors to approach the sea and the nature.

Chasing time

Location: Taoluo Town (tāo luò zhèn 涛雒镇), Rizhao
Admission Fee: CNY 30
How to go: Take bus NO.12 to get Rizhao Electricity College and there is a special line you can take to get there

Peachblossom Island
Peachblossom Island
Peachblossom Island (táo huā dǎo 桃花岛) is also called “Taohuolan” (táo huó lán 逃活栏). Located at the coast of Yellow Sea, at the foot of Mount Taigong, it’s one of the vital attraction spots of Rizhao. It belongs to Peachblossom Island Town, Qinlou Street (qín lóu jiē dào 秦楼街道), Donggang District. It’s 1000 meters off the coast and 406 meters higher than the sea level. It is constructed by rock around it. In the center of the island, the beach extends hundreds meters, and there is a sweet spring. Abundant plants grow there, especially Tuyuan (tǔ yuán 土元), which is used as medicine, and a kind of arbor, which looks like peach tree. Recent years, cultivated peach trees blossom every spring and attract many visitors.

Admission Fee: CNY 40
How to go: You can get Peachblossom Island Town first and get the island by ship (it takes 30 for going and coming)