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Yantai -- Fishing Port
Located on the north coast of the Shandong Peninsula, Yantai, with its deepwater wharves, is a major seaport and fishing port of Shandong Province. As early as 1398, garrisons were established here and beacon towers erected for signaling danger and for other communication purposes. Surrounded by mountains on three sides and facing the sea, the city is famous for picturesque scenery, pleasant climate, and beaches.

Local produce is abundant, apples and grapes being especially prized. The Yantai Grape Winery, which was established around the turn of the century, produces Gold Medal brandy, red wine, and vermouth, all among the best wines in China.

Penglai Pavilion

This pavilion is part of an ancient architectural group which also includes L|zu Hall, Three Purity Hall (Sanqingdian), celestial Empress Palace (Tianhougong), Dragon King Palace (Longwanggong), and Amitabha Temple (Mituosi), each with a unique style of architecture. Built during the Song Dynasty over a thousand years ago, Penglai Pavilion was enlarged and renovated by ensuing dynasties. It is thought to be an enchanted place  from late spring to early summer, visitors may just happen to see a mysterious mirage on the sea if they are lucky.

Yangtai Mountain

Standing at the north end of Yantai, the mountain is also called "Sea Island" as it is surrounded by the sea on three sides. In 1398 during the reign of the Emperor Hong Wu of the Ming Dynasty, terraces were erected on the mountain to signal danger when intruders were approaching.

Yuhuang Summit

This hill rises in the center of the city. At its summit is Jade Emperor Temple (Yuhuangmiao), which was built during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) and renovated during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The hill has become a park with magnificent palaces hidden among its green trees.


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