Yantai is a port city in Shandong province, China. It is small sleepy city located on the Shandong coast, but still retains some of its colonial charm. Because of its fair weather and extensive coasts, Yantai is a popular summer retreat. A popular attraction is the beautiful seaside promenade where visitors enjoy strolling and relaxing next to the sea. Every night at the promenade, the city puts on a fantastic water, sound, and light show definitely worth seeing.
The Three Stations (in Mandarin, say “San Jang”) market offers almost any Chinese cultural knickknack you can imagine, including calligraphy sets, silk paintings, and many sculptures and statues. Also popular is Yantai’s Golden Beach Park which boats modern park facilities, a long beautiful sandy beach and forests. Beach-goers will also find swimming, sightseeing, entertainment, and delicious foods.
Things to See & Do
* Seaside promenade
* Three Stations market
* Golden Beach Park
* Mushi Demesne – historical complex
* Nanshan Scenic Spot Zone
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Chinese Yuan (CNY)
Language – Mandarin
Population – 6,800,000 approx
Land Area – 13,739.9 km²
Electricity – 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below
Time - GMT plus eight hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 86
Port Location – The port of Yantai is located centrally located in Yantai city.
Travel Links – The International airport is located 15 km south of the city. Flights to Seoul, Osaka and Hong Kong are available. Domestic flights connect Yantai with more than 20 major cities in China.
Yantai is easily accessible from Jinan and Qingdao with frequent trains daily. But rail transport may be inconvenient if you travel long-distance, as there are no direct or fast trains. Sometimes you need to transit at Jinan.
There are seven slow boat departures daily to Dalian at the ferry terminal. The journey takes 8 hours. An alternative fast boat (four departures daily) takes only 3.5 hours. There are also boats to Tianjin, but only in the summer.
Minibuses run between Yantai and nearby cities, such as Qingdao (3.5 hours) and Weihai (1.5 hours). The long distance bus station is southwest of the railway station on Qingnian Lu.
Important Visa Information
Australian and New Zealand passport holders staying on board or going ashore to visit any Chinese ports are required to obtain a single-entry Chinese visa (3 month validity) prior to travel. We recommend you include a copy of your itinerary with your application and confirm the expiration of the visa at the time of issue to ensure that it is valid for your stay in China. Visas cannot be issued upon the ship’s arrival. Please note that any passengers not in possession of a Chinese visa may be denied boarding or incur a fine.