"A dusty "town"..."
Zibo was once the capital of the Qi State (722-481 BC) however today it is a dusty industrial town.
The city is quite spread out and consists of 6 suburbs, Zhongdian, Linzi, Boshan, Huantai, Zichuan, and Zhoucun, each 40-60 minutes apart. Zibo railway and main bus stations are located in Zhongdian.
"Ceramics, glass, and petrol...."
Zibo is known for its ceramic and glass production. Zibo has a 6,000-year history of ceramics production, and is one of the five ceramics production bases in China, producing 430 million pieces of pottery and porcelain wares annually.
Zibo Daguanyuan Garden of Ceramics which is located on Shantou Road of Shantou Town, Boshan District, sells various fine arts colored glazes, artistic carved porcelain, inside-drawing snuff bottles, ceramic teasets and talbewares, and pottery handicrafts. Most stores are set by the factories directly and products are on sale at the factory price, lower than the price of other shops.
The Qilu Petrochemical Corporation is also located in Zibo, Linzi District. It is the second highest crude oil processing plant in China. Zibo has become one of China's important petrochemical bases. This however has also led to a major decrease in the air quality.
The Qi State was know to be the strongest state for its economic and military strength, and was named as the "state with one thousand chariots" and the "head of the five strongest states."
As the birthplace of the famous Qi Culture, Zibo has quite a number of cultural scenic spots. Most of these spots are in the Linzi District. Three worth noting are: Zhongguo Guche Bowuguan (Museu, of Chinese Ancient Chariots), Xun Ma Keng (Ancient Horse Relics Museum), and Linzi Historical China Museum. All of them exemplify the past prosperity of the Qi State.