“DISCOVER CHINA” COSTAL WONDERLAND, FRESH YANTAI (A TASTE OF YANTAI TRIP)
You are fascinated by stunning landscapes, the blue ocean, the mountains and walking in the sunshine on the beach! Yantai awaits you, evenfor food lovers, Chinese and Asian cousins, seafood delicacies, and rich wine culture for wine lovers. During “A Taste of Yantai Trip,” I got a chance to explore Yantai with China Daily, China’s largest national English-language media company. A pearl shining on the Shandong Peninsula, Yantai “A Fairyland on Earth,” is called China’s “Most Charming City.” Yantai lies along the Bohai and Yellow Coasts, bordering South Korea, Japan and the Liaodong Peninsula. The largest fishing seaport in Shandong’s province is a coastal city with a population of 7 million. Yantai has 909 km of coastline, 63 islands, a mild climate with average temperatures of 12 C (53.5 F), an area that is cozy enough for seabird breeds to settle in a wide range of fruits and seafood in wide supply in large numbers. In 2005, the town received the United Nations’ Habitat Scroll of Honor Award.
Yantai in Chinese means’ smoke tower’. It is derived from the watchtowers built on the hill overlooking the site in 1398 under the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) to send smoke signals warning against invasion by Japanese pirates. The city, traditionally known as “Chefoo,” derived its name from the island that protects Yantai’s natural deep-water harbor, has been an important port for northern China since early times.
Yantai serves as a logistics hub connecting the Beijing-Tianjin Economic Circle, Yangtze River Delta, and the Northeast Asia Economic Rim.Many industries have been established, producing textiles, processed foods, machinery, construction equipment, electronics, instruments and meters, metallurgical products, auto partsvineyards and wines.Among China’s first 14 coastal cities to open in 1984, Yantai is now an important harbor city in constructingthe “Belt and Road” Initiative and Asia’s one-and-only Wine City.
“A taste of Yantai” event was launched at Yantai International Exposition Center on October 27. The event invites over ten foreign journalists from countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, India, and Pakistan to look at the rich culture, coastal landscape, and booming apple industry of Yantai. During the launch ceremony, Yu Yongxin, director of the CPC Yantai Municipal Committee’s publicity department, unveiled the city’s natural scenery, cultural and economic achievements after its reform and opening.
Yu also highlighted the vital role that Yantai global communication has played in promoting Yantai worldwide, especially during the current global pandemic.
“Yantai is a beautiful coastal city with a unique charm,” Yang Chunya, director of the Media Development Center of China Daily, said at the ceremony.
Expats visited various well-known attractions in Yantai during the two-day event, including the Changyu Wine Culture Museum, the Yantai Mountain Scenic Area, Marine Ranching Complex, an apple planting center, and witnessed and learned Mantis Boxing.
Yantai Mountain Scenic Area
Yantai Mountain Scenic area Spot is blessed with stunning ocean vistas, cultural relics, and western-style architecture. The same “Yantai” was derived from the defensive beacon towers built in the mountains by soldiers during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). As time went by, the mountain became known as Yantai Mountain. Home to several consulates and memorial halls built for the city’s notable residents, the mountain is much more than a scenic spot for locals.
View of the city at the top of the beacon tower
These days, visitors can still see the beautiful scenery of the city from the mountain. It represents the past, present, and future of Yantai.
(600 years old tree from Ming Dynasty at Yantai Mountain)
Changyu Wine Culture Museum
The Changyu Wine Culture Museum’s Centenary Underground Grand Cellar was originally built in 1894 and completed in 1905. The cellar, covering 2,666 square meters, is considered an architectural landmark and is the ideal place to experience Changyu wine’s unique taste. Visitors can study the history of the wine industry and wine culture in China, attempt to make red wine in the wine workshop themselves, visit professional tasting rooms, or try the winemaking machine.
Mantis Boxing, which originated in Laiyang, Shandong province, is a popular boxing style in China. With a history of almost 300 years, the development and growth of mantis boxing is a description of the essence of 18 boxing styles, embodying the strengths of many schools of martial arts. Mantis boxing has a popular fighting style, involving technique and stance alignment of the hands, elbows, knees, head, body, legs, and feet. I attempted mantis boxing with Yu Yongbo, theninth generation of Mantis boxing at the National Intangible Heritage Base in Yantai. “It’s very different and awesome, and I hope I can learn it.”
‘Yantai Night’ Light show
I got the chance to experience a “Night in Yantai” light show at the Golden Beach Tourist Resort with other expats after spending an exciting day in Yantai, highlighting the region’s rich cultural heritage. The first phase of the project, which opened to the public in July this year, is constructing a new project consisting of sightseeing options, entertainment facilities and eateries. Visitors will enjoy lightshows and sea performances, and different forms of entertainment at the seaside.
“Genghai No 1” Marine Ranching Complex
The “Genghai-1” Marine Ranching Complex in Yantai, Shandong Province, was visited at the end of the event by expats and China Daily officials. A multifunctional intelligent ecological marine ranch platform was developed by Yantai CIMC Offshore, China’s largest manufacturer of semi-submersible platforms, and opened to the public on July 10. The first of its kind in China, the smart platform uses artificial intelligence, clean energy, 5 G communications, big data and underwater patrol robots. It is also fitted with an automated system for environmental monitoring, feeding and avoidance of ship collisions.