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Shandong is among those provinces in China which are comparatively advanced in transportation, and highway transportation of Shandong ranks the best of all. The major means of transportation for traveling in Shandong are flights, railway and highway.
There are 8 civil airports in Shandong: Jinan, Qingdao, Yantai, Weihai, Weifang, Linyi, Dongying, and Jining. Among these airports, Yaoqiang Airport in Jinan, Liuting Airport in Qingdao, and Laishan Airport in Yantai are international airports, and the airports in Dingying and Jining are united airlines. We have opened 176 airlines leading to 44 cities and regions, including 14 international airlines, which are destinated towards many countries and regions in the world such as Japan, Korean, Singapore, Thailand, Russia, Hong Kong and Macao, etc.
A complete network of railway has also been formed in Shandong. Two major railways in China--- Beijing-Shanghai and Beijing-Kowloon railways, pass from north to south of the Shandong while two other railways, Jiaozhou-Jinan and Yunzhou-Shijiazhuang railways, pass from east to west in the province. The railway in operation has reached more than 2,700 km. The newly-built Beijing-Kowloon Railway has connected Shandong directly with the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Rizhao, a coastal port city in southeastern Shandong at the easternmost end of Yunzhou-Shijiazhuang railway, has been approved by the state to be one of the bridgeheads of the New Eurasia Continental Bridge. This has brought Shandong's railways up to a significant strategic position. The railways of Shandong can reach those major domestic tourist cities, while in the midseason of the tourism, there will be special tourist lines leading to Hong Kong, Huangshan Mountain and Zhangjiajie.
It begins from Beijing in the north and ends at Kowloon, Hong Kong and passes by Linqing, Liaocheng, Yanggu, Liangshan, and Yingcheng. Hece, Dingtao and Caoxian within the territory of Shandong. It crisscrosses Handan-Jinan railway in Liaocheng, and meets Xinxiang-Yanshi railway in Hece.
This line begins from Beijing in the north and ends at Shanghai in the south. It passes by some cities and counties within Shandong province such as Dezhou, Pingyuan, Yucheng, Qihe, Jinan, Tai'an, Qufu, among which Jinan is the largest passenger railway station, all the passenger trains on the Beijing-Shanghai railway would pass by and pause at Jinan station. It takes only 5 hours for express trains to reach Beijing from Jinan, and 9 hours from Jinan to Shanghai.
"Shandong's Highway and Guangdong's Bridges" has been a common idiom of Chinese people. Shandong possesses high-graded transportation system; especially its advanced and convenient network of highways extending in all directions can leave a deep impression in the mind of every tourist. Shandong ranks number one in the highway transportation, and Shandong Province is famous throughout China for the length and quality of the highways in operation. So far, all the 17 cities and prefectures of Shandong except Binzhou are connected by highways, and the length of highways in operation had reached 2,006 km. Beijing-Shanghai highway passes through Dezhou, Jinan, Tai'an, and Linyi. Besides, Jinan-Qingdao Expressway traverses Shandong peninsula, joining Jinan, Zibo, Weifang and Qingdao together, and forms a "T" framework of highway with Beijing-Shanghai highway.