Shandong, the coastal province in East China played a major role in Chinese history from the beginning of Chinese civilization. Shandong is best known as the birthplace of Confucius; here you will find his hometown Qufu. Mount Tai is the most revered mountain in Taoist beliefs, and a site with the longest history of continuous religious worship. Chinese emperors went on pilgrimage here to worship the Heaven.
The capital of the province, Jinan is called “The City of Springs”. The city lays on 800 hot springs. Shandong is a virtual museum of China's past, mingled with evidence of its frenzied transformation into a modern society. Nowhere it is more clear than in the coastal gem, Qingdao. Walk on the old European architectural style streets while looking at the modern skyscrapers in the horizon.