Penglai Pavilion Scenic Area

Penglai Pavilion Scenic Area is located in Penglai, Yantai. The scenic area includes the Penglai Pavilion, the Water City, Pavilion Xiyuan, and so on.

It is said that Penglai was the place that Emperor Qin Shi Huang looked for the elixir of life, and the place where the great Emperor Wu of the Western Han Dynasty (206BC-24) paid his sacred visit. In addition, the legend of the Eight Immortals Crossing the Sea adds more mysterious atmosphere to this place. The legend goes that the eight immortals crossed the sea using their special powers after they got drunk in the Penglai Pavilion. Penglai, Yingzhou and Fangzhang were said to be the three divine mountains in the sea for immortals to live in.

The Penglai Pavilion has been regarded as a 'Fairyland' since ancient times. It is a complex that includes Sanqing Palace, Lvzu Palace, Tianhou Palace, Longwang (Dragon King) Palace and Mituo Si (Amitabha Temple). Numerous calligraphic works by famous writers, couplets hung on the columns of the hall, and stone inscriptions can be seen everywhere, as it was once the gathering place for many renowned scholars and poets.

It is a very good place to witness a magical mirage because it often occurs here, and it is also a good place to appreciate the magnificent scene of the sun rising in the morning.

Under the pavilion is the Water City built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It has two gates, namely, the south Zhenyang Gate, and the north Water Gate. The south gate connects the land, serving as the gate for the entry of vehicles and horses; the north gate has a huge strobe that controls the entry of ships. Outside the north gate are two emplacements separately placed in the west and east. Water City is presently the most complete ancient military water base in China. In 1982 it was designated as a key national cultural relic along with the Penglai Pavilion.

To the east of pavilion is a museum with an ancient style garden. It exhibits cultural relics, and is the second museum in China with ancient ships as its subject.

To the west is the Pavilion Xiyuan. This scenic spot is about one kilometer (about 0.6 miles) from the Penglai Pavilion, and embraces luxuriant trees, fresh air and a tranquil beach. Attractions include a fisher-folk village, yurts and a Shuilian Dong (water curtain cave), combining natural and man-made landscapes.

Besides enjoying seeing the area, visitors can experience local customs. Temple Fair is a traditional annual activity. January 16th by the lunar calendar is regarded as Tianhou's birthday, so local people from near and far go to Tianhou Palace to pray. At that time, locals present a wonderful performance.


From Dalian and Lvshun, ships go to Yantai. From there you can take bus No. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 to get to the Scenic Area.

Yantai Airport is about 50 minutes' ride from this scenic rea. It connects with many major airports across the country, and also with Seoul, Macao and Hong Kong airports.

To Yantai, a bus departs every 15 minutes from 6:00 to18:00 every day (around one hour, CNY 10);
to Qingdao, a bus departs every 30 minutes from 5:10 to16:00 every day (around 4 hours, CNY 36-41);
to Weifang, a bus departs every hour from 6:00 to17:00 every day (around 4 hours, CNY 26).

There are many hotels around the Pavilion, including Penglai Guesthouse and Phoenix Guesthouse.

Temperatures vary considerably from day to night, so it is wise to layer clothing to meet weather demands.

Admission Fee: CNY 120  (All-Inclusive Ticket)
CNY 50 for the crossing sea cable car (round-trip)
Opening Hours: 07:00 to 17:30
- Last updated on Dec. 11, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Penglai Pavilion Scenic Area
Asked by yeoh from MALAYSIA | Dec. 13, 2014 17:55Reply
can i take taxi from yantai airport to penglai huaxi hotel?
Answers (2)
Answered by Amy from YEMEN | Dec. 13, 2014 19:04

It’s about 56 mi between. If by taxi, it would cost around CNY200.
You can also take the airport express. After arrival, take a taxi to the hotel.
Answered by yeoh from MALAYSIA | Dec. 13, 2014 23:21

Thank you. Amy
Asked by Mark | Sep. 05, 2011 22:39Reply
Where in Yantai to catch the bus to Penglai ?
You mention take bus "From there you can take bus No. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 to get to." ... but what location in Yantai do these buses leave from ? Thanks.
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Answered by Cindy from CHINA | Sep. 06, 2011 02:03

These are local bus in PL City. From Yantai, you should get to Yantai City Coach Station first. Take bus to PL, a bit over one hour. Then it is only 2km from the Scenic Area. I suggest you just take a taxi.
Answered by Mark from AUSTRALIA | Sep. 06, 2011 08:32

Thankyou, very helpful.
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