The Old Garden of Sun Tzu
Covering an area of 43,000 square meters, the Old Garden of Sun Tzu in Binzhou city commemorates Sun Tzu, an outstanding ancient Chinese military strategist and philosopher. Sun Tzu was born in the Qi Empire during the Warring States Period (476BC-221BC), where he wrote China’s oldest and most influential book on military strategy, “The Art of War”. The architecture in the Old Garden of Sun Tzu is arranged along an axis with the statue of Sun Tzu in the center serving as the focal point. Visitors can find the Sun Tzu Academy, Sun Tzu Museum, and seven exhibition halls in the garden, each showcasing the achievements accomplished by the great military scientists in Chinese history. There are also pavilions, bridges, boats, and lotus flowers in the garden, adding radiance and charm to the commemoration of this significant figure in Chinese history.
Binzhou Shell Dyke Island
After three years of relentless effort, Chinese marine geologists discovered an intact shell dyke along the coastal area of Wudi County, which is located in the east of Shandong province and southwest of Bohai Bay. All the shell piles found in the dyke measure up to 22 kilometers long, 480 meters wide and 5 meters tall. Ninety percent of the substances discovered in the dyke are intact shells, shell chippings and shell grains. By conducting radioactive carbon dating, the Chinese marine geologists concluded that the dyke started forming 1,000 to 2, 500 years ago. The Binzhou Shell Dyke Island is a true wonder and gift from nature; it is one of the biggest shell dykes in China and in the world. Take a visit to the Wudi county and be amazed by a sea of beautifully glittering shells.
The Weishi Manor in Binzhou is one of the three most renowned historical buildings in China, along with the Mushi Manor in Yantai and the Liu Wencai Landowner Manor in Dayu. Constructed in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), this residential building adapted a classic architecture style commonly used for castle construction in ancient China. The Manor was once home to an officer of the Wuding County named Zhaoqing, and it was built on a solid foundation with a simple yet effective defensive layout. The Manor is 24613 square meters in size and it has a heavy brick wall and an iron gate used for defense. Inside the gate, the Manor followed the layout of a courtyard, a pond and a garden, which is often seen in upper class residential buildings in ancient China. When visiting the Manor, take a hike up to the top of the defense wall and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the entire city.
The Residence of Du Shoumin
Du Shoumin is the teacher of Xianfeng Emperor in the Qing Dynasty of China (1644-1911). He was a brilliant man who adapted a great range of knowledge, and he was admired, respected and beloved by many Chinese people in the past and present. There is an old Chinese saying "Great men's sons seldom do well ", but this saying doesn’t apply to Du Shoumin’s chain of descendants at all. Du’s descendants have turned out to be very outstanding and accomplished as well. This residence of Du Shoumin contains 208 rooms, and they were built based on a simple and yet elegant architecture style, which was widely used in North Shandong during Du’s time.
Yangxin Pear Garden
Yangxin is the hometown of the Chinese Yali pear. “Ya” means ducks and “li” means pears in Chinese. This pear was named “Yali” because it’s shaped like a duck’s head and it has a beautiful golden color. Yalis have a light and sweet fragrance; they are crunchy, juicy and sweet with a just hint of tart. Yalis contain a great amount of different nutrients and vitamins, hence are often used by the Chinese as a home remedy for relieving fever and cough. The Yali Pear Garden is located in the Yangxin County, Shandong. The garden occupies over 13,000 hectares of land and it contains several recreational parks. In the spring, the white flowers of Yalis bloom fearlessly in the garden, creating a beautiful and scenic picture for tourists and locals. After the fruits are harvested in the fall, hundreds of trees in the garden are dressed in white snow, turning the garden into a magical winter wonderland.