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The Land of Qi and Lu

Shandong's hometown of Confucius and cradle of Qilu Culture, which used to make it a parallel to Ancient Greece.

Shandong Province (Lu for short) is situated in the lower reaches of the yellow River, covering an area of 150,000 square kilometers and with a population of 85.8 million. Lying in the eastern part of the North China Plain, 65% of Shandong's total area are plains and low-lying land, while 35% hills and mountains. Its rivers are part of the Yellow River, or Hai River or Huai River. The Yellow River and the Grand Canal are its main waterways. It has a warm temperate semi-humid climate. Major mineral deposits includes coal, petroleum, iron, aluminium, and gold. The coastal area is abundant in fish and salt.

Shandong's industry covers oil extraction, and processing, machinery, electric power, chemicals, foodstuff, textile, arts & crafts, papermaking etc. In recent years, it has seen a rapid development in computer industry and consumer electronic industry, holding an important place in China in output value.
Shandong is a key production area for grain, cotton and oil crops. It usually ranks first or second in production output. Shandong is also well known for its tobacco, fruit, peanuts, tussah silks, meat, and marine products.

While railway is its mainstay of transport, Shandong is one of the Chinese provinces with the most dense highway network. It has seaports like Qingdao, Yantai, Weihai, Longkou, Shijiu and Lanshantou etc.

Shandong is rich in historical and cultural resources, and gifted with beautiful landscapes. Among its famous scenic spots and historical sides are Mount Taishan, Laoshan Mountain, seaside of Jiaodong penisular, Confucius Family Mansion, Confucius Woods and Temple in Qufu etc.

Renowned traditional specialties include clocks and watches of Yantai, porcelain of Zibo, kites of Weifang, shell-carving and beer of Qingdao. Click to learn more about Qilu Culture and Confucius.
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