Qingzhou formerly Yidu County (益都县), is a county-level city
County-level city
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, which is located in the west of Weifang
Weifang is a prefecture-level city in central Shandong province, People's Republic of China. It borders Dongying to the northwest, Zibo to the west, Linyi to the southwest, Rizhao to the south, Qingdao to the east, and looks out to the Laizhou Bay to the north.-History:Weifang is a historical city...

 City, Shandong
' is a Province located on the eastern coast of the People's Republic of China. Shandong has played a major role in Chinese history from the beginning of Chinese civilization along the lower reaches of the Yellow River and served as a pivotal cultural and religious site for Taoism, Chinese...

 Province, China
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. Qingzhou is a dynamic industry city, and also grows a great number of farm products. The local government holds an open policy of introduction of foreign capital, and has established strong business relationships with more than fifty countries and regions.


Qingzhou is a timehonored city, and its name initially appeared in a geography book called Classic of History
Classic of History
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chapter Yu Gong (禹贡) composed in the Warring States Period
Warring States Period
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(403BC - 221 BC). Nonetheless, the history of this centuries old city can date back to the ancient times (twenty two centuries ago) when it was one part of the Dongyi
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  • Fan Gongting an ancient pavilion built in Song Dynasty. It was a private garden of Fan Zhongyan who was the most notable poet and prosiast in an age of lively literature prosperous.
  • Muslim district, including at least two large and historic mosques. The oldest one is the Zhenjiao Mosque . It can date from eight centuries ago, which is one of the three most well-known mosques in Yuan Dynasty.
  • Ou Yuan, a Ming Dynasty garden. It turned to be a combination of park and zoo, and is used as a performance area for citizens in the dawn and nightfall.
  • Qingzhou Museum, featuring some of the Buddhist statues unearthed in 1996/1997
  • Tuoshan
    Tuoshan is a mountain located 4 km south-west of Qingzhou city, Shandong province, China. It features a number of historic sites and a native pine forest...

    /Yunmenshan ("Camel Mountain/Cloud Gate Mountain"), which includes an ancient collection of Buddhist grottoes under national protection. The mountain is located approximately 4 kilometers southwest of the city center (the coordinates of the peak are 36°38′54.9"N 118°27′27.5"E).
  • Yang Tian, a natural park with marverlous surface features. It is covered by virgin forest, through which crystal rivers are flowing, and dotted with quantities of natural rock cavities. What makes this park more amazing is the so-called thousand Buddha's cave, which is considered as the first cave for the Buddhas. This is because of the huge volume of the cavern and the 1048 Buddhas in it that are in different postures and look extraordinarily vivid.

Special Products

  • Tobacco
  • Hiemal Juicy Peaches
  • Mihe Melons
  • Flowers
  • Dish Gardens
  • Embroideries


  • 412: The Chinese Buddhist
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     pilgrim Faxian
    Faxian was a Chinese Buddhist monk who traveled to India, Sri Lanka and Kapilavastu in today's Nepal between 399 and 412 to acquire Buddhist scriptures...

     landed on the south of Shandong peninsula at Laoshan
    Laoshan is a famous mountain in Qingdao, Shandong province, China. It lies about 30 km east of the downtown of Qingdao, and is an important tourist destination. It is the highest coastal mountain in China, peaking at 1132.7m. It is known as one of the birthplaces of Taoism.-History:Laoshan...

    , and proceeded to Qingzhou to translate and edit the scriptures he had collected in India
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  • 1986: The name "Qingzhou" is recovered from "Yi Du".
  • 1996: The discovery of over 200 buried Buddhist
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     statues at Qingzhou was hailed as a major archaeological
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     find. The statues included early examples of painted figures, and are thought to have been buried due to Emperor Huizong's Song Dynasty repression of Buddhism (he favoured Taoism
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