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Shandong Travel Tips

Last updated by david at 2008/3/6; Destinations:

The following travel tips are some instructions for travellers travel to Shandong, some are the same in the other part of China, hope it helps.

People in Shandong are famous for their warmness and hospitality. The moment you stepped on the land of Shandong province, you will feel the full-bodied folk customs and traditions. If you drink with Shandong people, who are simple and honest, straightforward and good-natured, you must be deeply impressed by their freeness, stubbornness and skill of persuading you to drink, which will leave you a long lasting memory.

Shandong is located in the warm temperate zone with clear-cut distinctions between the four seasons. The annual average temperature is between 11 degrees centigrade to 14 degrees centigrade, and the average temperature in July of the whole province is between 24 to 28 degrees centigrade. The temperature of Jinan, Qufu and Mount Tai is comparatively high, which is around 30 to 36 degrees centigrade. Shandong is located on North China Plain, so the difference in temperature is very big between daytime and night, sometimes there can be a difference of 10 degrees centigrade. The temperature on the peaks of Mount Tai would be 3 to 6 degrees centigrade lower than that of the mountain foot area, you’d better prepare for yourself some long-sleeved clothes or thick clothes to prevent the cold. If you are to climb the Mount Tai, first of all you should prepare a pair of mountain shoes. Because although the Mount Tai is not too high above sea level, the Eighteen Bends approaching the peak is quite steep and difficult to climb. The four wonders of the mountain are Sunrises from the East, the Sunset Glow, the Sea of Clouds and the Golden Belt along the Yellow River. But you would not be so lucky to enjoy such pleasant weather to appreciate such beauties, so you’d better get some information of the weather on top of the mountain at the moment. If you are to watch the sunrise, you should reach the top of the mountain a day earlier, or else, you will be too fatigued to bear it.

If you travel in Shandong, you will spend a comparatively long time in buses or cars, some tourists might catch some symptoms of car sickness, such as feeling dizzy, feeling sick and vomiting. You can take some precautionary methods, for example, take some drugs for car sickness half an hour before you get on the bus; you should ensure a sufficient sleep the night before you set off for you journey; you’d better sit in the middle of the cars and close to the windows. Fortunately, the drivers in Shandong drives at a comparative low speed, this is mainly for the sake of the tourist’s safety. But if you are to Dalian, you need to take a ship, and the wind and waves are strong on the sea, so you are prone to catch seasickness, please take some drugs for seasickness in advance. Besides, the ships will run at night for about 8 hours, please be careful to keep your personal stuffs.

Flat-soled shoes are the best choice for your journey, you’d better not wear leather shoes or plastic shoes. Don’t gaze around when you are walking, don’t smoke in the scenic area, and don’t jump at the bait of some local superstitious idioms and words in order not to be caught with chaff. Close attention must be paid to you personal properties when you take pictures.

Eat healthy food if you are traveling outside, don’t eat raw food or cold food or some food that you have never eaten before. Although the seafood in Shandong is delicious and appetizing, if you are prone to be allergic to seafood, you’d better not try it. Once you get allergic to seafood, go to see doctors as soon as possible.

The voltage in China is 220V, and the sockets of the electricity may be different from those of your own country, so don’t forget to bring with you a transformer and  an adapter in you luggage.

If you need any help during the journey, call 96625 Shandong tourist call center at any moment, and you will receive satisfied reply.