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 of limited interest to travellers, except as a transport hub.
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Qingdao is regarded by some Chinese as one of the most beautiful and clean cities in China. With a population of around 3.5 million (8 million regional) it is the largest city in Shandong Province. The name Qingdao means The Blue/Green Island. In 2008, Qingdao was named China's 7th-most livable city.
It's a lot of landmarks, parks, and museums in and around its urban area.
Tai'an is a prefecture-level city in western Shandong province, People's Republic of China. Centered around Mount Tai, the city borders the provincial capital of Jinan to the north, Laiwu to the northeast, Zibo to the east, Linyi to the southeast, Liaocheng to the extreme west and Jining to the south. To the west, Tai'an is separated from the province of Henan by the Yellow River.