Shandong's Zibo is a famous historical and cultural city. The downtown's Linzi District was the capital city of the Qi State for some 800 years from the Spring and Autumn periods through to the Warring States period. It is the birthplace of Qi Culture. This place has many cultural relics and historic traces such that it is known as the “Underground Museum”. The History Museum of the Qi State, Linzi Chinese Ancient Vehicle Museum and Guanzhong Mausoleum are renowned both inside and outside of China. Zibo also has magnificent natural scenery. The place where the lower reaches of the Yellow River meet the northern plains has become known as "Northern China's River Landscape". Mata Lake has excellent water quality. The mountains to the south include the two forest parks, Lushan National Park and Yuanshan National Forest Park. The splendid landscape makes this an excellent place for mountain climbing.
Zhoucun Ancient City is located in the western urban area of Zhoucun. It is a handicraft industry and commercial city established during the economic transformation in late feudal times and remains well-preserved after hundreds of difficult years. The ancient city crosses through the surrounding city. Full of shops and possessing a wildly different architectural style, the ancient city has been called “China’s living architectural museum of ancient commerce.” Zhoucun is famous for its handicrafts, auxiliary agricultural products, and silk-weaving industries. It developed into an important commercial center in north China during the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1912).
The area surrounding Tanxi Mountain boasts stunning natural landscapes and cultural attractions. The scenery changes with each season. Crown Prince Zhaoming (the oldest son of Emperor Wu of Liang) is believed to have studied here. Tanxi Mountain was also the location of an uprising led by the famous Ming dynasty rebel Tang Sai'er. The area is therefore home to a large number of historical relics.
Kaiyuan Karst Cave is named after the cliff carvings in the Kaiyuan years of the Tang Dynasty. The cave is large and high, with six halls. There are various natural formations, such as stalactites, in the cave. More than 100 scenic spots can be seen. Each hall has its own characteristics and uses advanced electric lighting technology for different visual effects.
Located south of Zibo and northeast of Laiwu City, the Lushan National Forest Park features waterfalls, flowing spring water and lush forests, offering graceful scenery. Travelers can breathe fresh air, watch waterfalls, admire stones of various shapes, visit the renowned Baotuo Temple, with a history of over a millennium, to make pilgrimages for Buddha, and climb to Guanyun Peak in Shandong.
Here are the best places to visit in Zibo, including: Red Oak Yuquan Steaming Hot Spring Resort, Yuanshan National Forest Park, Qi Mountain Scenic Area, Qi Culture Museum, Cowherd Weaving Girl Scenic Area.