“The Yellow River flows from the heavens to the eastern sea, roaring with sentimental expressions for a distance untold.” “Do you not see the Yellow River come from the sky, rushing into the sea and never come back?” These verses from two ancient poems are just a couple of examples of the endless acclaim the Yellow River’s majestic beauty has received in literature.


Known in China as the “Mother River,” the Yellow River begins in the Bayan Har Mountains, pushing its “water of life” and “self-renewing soil” formidably along for thousands of kilometers before spilling into the Bohai Sea in Kenli District, Dongying City, Shandong. The river enters Shandong via Dongming County and proceeds northeast for 628 kilometers through 25 administrative regions in Heze, Jining, Tai’an, Liaocheng, Jinan, Dezhou, Binzhou, Zibo, and Dongying, boasting breathtaking, unparalleled scenery along its entire course. Come and see for yourself!

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1. Caoxian Huanghe Gudao National Wetland Park

Heze is the city that welcomes the Yellow River into Shandong. The Yellow River civilization fostered the growth of the brilliant culture of Heze and formed the locals’ unique spirit. The Caoxian Huanghe Gudao National Wetland Park, built around the old path of the river, boasts a great amount of beautiful clear water, a dense array of aquatic plants, and flocks of birds that contribute to its unique scenery. Full of the river’s beauty, visitors may experience the harmony of nature and intrigue of wetlands while learning about ecology.




2. Weishan Lake National Wetland Scenic Area

“Weishan Lake sparkles in the sun while the white sails glide across with the appearance of clouds….” This verse comes from the classic song “Weishan Lake,” describing the charm and natural beauty of the area. The lake is one of China’s six largest freshwater lakes, and its unique scenery is composed of a harmonious blend of mountains, islands, forest, boats, reed marshes, and lotus ponds, accented intoxicatingly at sunset while smoke rises from nearby chimneys. The seemingly endless expanse of lotus flowers is an especially spectacular aspect of this huge nature-made park.




3. Dawenkou Culture Archaeological Site

About 6,000 years ago during the Neolithic Age, the world-renowned Dawenkou culture emerged among the lower reaches of the Yellow River. An archaeological site from the culture, located in the towns of Ciyao and Dawenkou in Tai’an City, contains graves and the foundations of structures. Rich with cultural and historical information, the site has produced incomparably exquisite colored earthenware dou (stemmed bowls) and stone axes, a testament to the wisdom of the ancient Chinese.




4. Dongchang Lake Scenic Area

As the Yellow River passes by the city of Liaocheng, part of it flows into Dongchang Lake, which is blessed with naturally beautiful surroundings. The area, a national 4A-level scenic area, surrounds the lake, which in turn surrounds the old Song-dynasty (960 – 1127) city of Liaocheng, allowing visitors to experience the beauty of water, ancient architecture, and culture all at once. Thus the area is known as “a lake within a town, a town within a lake, and blend of a town, a river, and a lake.”




5. Longshan Culture Museum in Jinan

The Longshan culture existed during the late Neolithic Age in the middle and lower reaches of the Yellow River. The Longshan Culture Museum in Jinan, Shandong’s first museum dedicated to a prehistoric site, is a place where visitors from all over the world may experience the wonder of the Longshan culture. The Chengziyai archaeological site (where the museum is located), discovered in 1928, was China’s first archaeological site excavated solely by Chinese scholars. The most singular feature of the Longshan culture is its impressive black pottery. Known for its color, brightness, and thinness, the craftsmanship is the finest among ancient Chinese ceramics—even modern-day artists have trouble matching it!



黄河故道森林公园是2000多年前古黄河的遗迹,是国家4A级旅游景区,位于山东省德州市夏津县城东北15公里处,面积5200公顷,东西宽7公里,南北长8.3公里,面积7.8万亩。 这里森林公园植物资源丰富,有55科117属210种,森林覆盖率达61.8%,是我国最大最古老的人工园林,有"北方落叶果木博物馆"之美誉。

6. Yellow River Gudao Forest Park, Dezhou

The park, a national 4A-level scenic area, is a site of the old course of the Yellow River from 2,000 years ago. It is located 15 kilometers to the northeast of the seat of Xiajin County, Dezhou, and covers 5,200 hectares, spanning seven kilometers from east to west and 8.3 kilometers from north to south. The park is blessed with a diversity of vegetation (55 families, 117 genera, and 210 species) that covers 61.8% of the grounds. It is China’s largest and oldest man-made park and is known as the “deciduous fruit tree museum of the north.”




7. Art of War Culture City

The Art of War Culture City, also known as the “Hall of the First Sage of War,” was built on the site of a Song-dynasty town. Located in the Sun Tzu Cultural District of Huimin County (where Sun Tzu, author of the famous book The Art of War, was born), the attraction covers 73 hectares. The main structure, the Wushengfu (“hall of the sage of war”), was built in the architectural style of the Qin (221 – 206 BCE) and Han (206 BCE – 220 CE) dynasties, producing a strong sense of antiquity. Buildings, towers, pavilions, ancient wells still flowing with water, and paths set each other off well while bamboo, cypresses, and willows sway gracefully in the wind. Tall columns, hip-and-gable double-eave roofs of the Qin and Han periods, and traditional quadrangles characteristic of northern China create a space full of cultural beauty, giving visitors a deep experience of the breadth and depth of China’s traditional military strategy culture.





8. Lushan National Forest Park

Within the park, located in the center of Shandong and covering 42 square kilometers, is Guanyun Peak, which reaches 1,108.3 meters and is the tallest peak in the central areas of the province. The park is a major point of interest in the Boshan Scenic Area.

95% of the park is forested, boasting over 1,300 vegetation species, 168 bird species, 22 land animal species, and 561 insect species, making it a veritable plant and animal kingdom in the central areas of Shandong.




9. Mouth of the Yellow River

The mouth of the Yellow River, in the city of Dongying, overflows with natural beauty. Dongying has China’s most complete, largest, and richest wetland ecosystem. It is the site of the Yellow River Delta National Nature Reserve, a place known as a “paradise for birds.” On December 11, 2019, a multitude of migratory birds in the reserve was said to practically blot out the entire sky while in flight and cover the entire ground while resting. Their presence always gives the area a sense of unparalleled vitality and charm.