Shandong, the pearl of East China, faces South Korea and Japan across the sea, is an important cradle of Chinese civilization and the birthplace of Confucian culture. With such a profound culture, time-honored history and natural landscapes, Shandong boasts many world-class cultural and natural heritages, famous cities and towns, historical relics and sites, ancient schools and manors. Whether you are planning your first trip to China or you are already an old hand, stop by Shandong – to explore, to eat, to learn; to understand the past, with your feet firmly in the present, and facing towards the future.