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Dongying Travel Guide

Dongying MapChinese Name: 东营市 (dōng yíng shì)

Population: 1,818,000 

Area: 7,923 square kilometers (3,059 square miles)
Nationalities: Han
Administrative Division: 2 districts (Dongying, Hekou); 3 counties (Kenli, Lijin, Guangrao) 

Seat of the City Government: Fuqian Jie, East City Zone, Dongying District

Useful Telephone Numbers: Tourist Complaints: 0546-8328523
                                        Weather Forecast: 121
                                        Zip Code Inquiry: 184

Bank of China: 50, Huanghe Lu, Dongying District

China Post: 189, Fuqian Jie, East City Zone, Dongying District

Location: Dongying lies in the northern part of Shandong Province, in the Yellow River Delta area. It neighbors the Bohai Sea in the east and north. The Yellow River flows through nine provinces, and then meets the sea in Kenli County of the City.   

History: Due to the time difference between the formation of land and administrative systems, the history of the different regions of Dongying varies greatly. Its southern area was inhabited by human settlers more than five thousand years ago, and counties were established in its western part from the Spring and Autumn Period (770BC-476BC) to the Warring States Period (476BC-221BC). However, the northern area, which is formed by the deposition of the Yellow River, has a much shorter history of only hundreds of years. Dongying City was established in 1983 for the development of the petroleum industry of the region.          

Physical Features: As the Yellow River flows towards the sea, the terrain of the city declines from the southwest to the northeast. Flat and low lying areas constitute the major land of the area. Around the coastline, foreshore area makes a large part of the city’s territory.  

Climate: Enjoying a temperate monsoon climate, the area has four distinct seasons. It is windy and lacking in rainfall in the spring, while heat and torrid temperatures, along with the rainfall, are mainly concentrated in the summer. 

When to Go: Except for the chilly winter, it is favorable to pay a visit at any time of year.

Special Local Products: winter jujube, prawn, prickless cucumber of Guangrao County

 Attractions:
Swan Lake Scenic Spot: located six kilometers (nine miles) to the east of city proper. Originally, it was called Guangnan Reservoir. It provides fresh water resource to Shengli Oil Field and Dongying People. Covering an area of 3000 hectares (24 square miles), it has now been developed into a large aqua park eight times the size of the West Lake area and combines sightseeing, vacation and entertainment. Located in the Yellow River delta, it has rich bird's resources and fishery resources.

It is called Swan Lake because every November to the next April, large crowds of swans will flock into the park, attracting numerous visitors to enjoy this beautiful sight. The rare birds include white swan, black swan, grey swan and crane. On clear days, these beautiful waterfowls frolic on the blackish green water, some are smoothing feathers while some are dancing graceful water ballet. Their excellent performance even attracts big golden carp to spring out of the water to glance at their beauty. On rainy days, the elegant pavilions, towers and terraces on the islet in the center of the lake can be vaguely seen, as if the fantastic and wonderful mirage appears.

There are many scenic sights on the islets in the lake. Visitors can walk across the T-shaped bridges on the water to have a look, or take a motorboat or yacht to cruise to the whole lake park. 

Admission Fee: CNY 40
Opening Hours: 07:00 – 19:00

Other Scenic Spots: Shengli Yellow River Bridge, Yellow River Estuary, Science Exhibition Hall of the Shengli Oil Field

Travel Tips:
1. The scenic spot is 20 minutes' drive from the Dongying Yong'an Airport and can be reached from the bus station and the railway station within 1 hour. There are two tourist bus lines leaving at 08:00, 09:00 and 10:00 in the morning. One departs in front of the gate of the city's public bus company in the East City Zone, passing the city's government office, Qingfenghu Lake and finally getting to the Swan Lake. The other bus line leaves from the railway station. It is advised to wait in the pick-up point ten minutes a head of time. Furthermore, from the Shengli Oil Field passenger transport central station in Xisi Lu, a special line to the Swan Lake departs around 08:20 in the morning and back in the afternoon.

2. Dongying Yong'an Airport is 13 kilometers (about 8 miles) from the downtown area and it can be reached in forty minutes from there. Every week, there will be one flight a day flying to Beijing and four flights in total to the Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport.