Beingfeng Shan Mountain Park is an expansive park that is filled with hiking trails. You will find yourself driving up a concrete paved steep and long road to the preserve entrance. At the entry is a welcome center where you can purchase snacks, refreshments, and food for the monkeys. They have a few caged monkeys nearby the welcome center that the...more
There is an enormous man-made lake that is situated on the south-west side of Taishan City. It's also a park that is made in the traditional Chinese manner. There is one lake that is filled with lotus blossoms. You can see the locals harvesting the lotus seeds with nets on long bamboo sticks.Other parts of the lake are adorned with scenic bridges...more
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16 Taishan Road, Yantai, Shandong, 264006, China
Good for: Families
Taxi is probably the simplest form of transportation around Taishan. However, this is usually the more expensive means for the locals. They tend to use this more for short distances. There are plenty of taxis in the city of Taishan. If you are headed to one of the many villages, there will be a hefty fee to ride out there.
What to buy: On the main shopping street in downtown Taishan are a variety of music shops. Most of what they sell are popular Chinese CDs, however they also sell a selected variety of American/English music. I was able to pick up a few CDs that had just come out stateside there for like 10-13 RMB. What a great deal!! Plus I got many dance CDs that I can only get stateside for like $30!! What a bargain!
What to pay: 10-15 RMB. However, buying in larger quantities will get you a discount.
While it is customary to give gifts, there are a few customs that are tied to gift giving. First, one should never offer a gift with the first offer. If is acceptable and expected that you would accept the generosity of the gift-giver but not the gift. At least 2-3 declinations of the gift are expected. It is expected that the gift-giver is...more
It is very acceptable to "wash" your dishes with tea before you have the meal. Typically, this involves pouring the first tea into your tea cup and giving it a good swish. Pour this into your rice bowl and invert the tea cup and run the lip into the hot tea. The chopsticks are then dipped into the rice bowl. The residual tea in the rice bowl is...more
There are a few that should be noted. The first is mentioned in a tip by itself and that is the process of sanitizing your dishes with hot tea before eating. Another notable table manner is to avoid touching food with your hands. Food should be manipulated and introduced to the palate with chopsticks. This includes delectables such as steamed buns,...more
There is only one thing to say, stay clear of the money changers on the street. While they may give you a better rate of exchange than the banks, they will also give you a lot of trouble for your efforts. While it is so acceptable for locals to exchange money with exchangers on the street that they just sit on the streets and conduct business, it...more
As in an city, there is its fair share of crime. This is also the case for this small city. It is readily apparent to people there if you are from another country or if you visiting the homeland from far off. The suggestion is just to be wise. Do not wander into back streets alone at night. Keep your personal belongings and valuables close. If you...more
One thing I found helpful was to bring a packet of tissues. It is all purpose and can rescue you out of a pinch. There were many instances in which I found myself without toilet paper.
Gel hand sanitizers are also helpful. Don't leave home without it!!
Sijou is one of the many small cities that dot the area of Taishan. This is the main city for what I would equivocate as a "county" by the same name. It is literally translated as "four nine" (not forty-nine as you would logically think). This is because it is in pattern with the other towns around Taishan. Each town has numbered market days. So if...more
There are many villages that dot the farmland environs of Sijou town in Taishan area. Of those villages, one in particular is very special and that is Nam Toon. Surprisingly, there is a bit of history to this small farm-like community. When the Japanese invaded China during WWII, they came as far south as this small village after they took over...more