Yantai travel guide

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You're Going to Love Yantai

Yantai is an inspired choice for those who want sandy beaches and unusual and beautiful attractions. This small city on the Shandong coast is known for its wineries, its scenery, and its ancient and modern architecture.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Yantai

1. It's a Place of Contrasts

Stroll along Binhai Road in the day and enjoy the seaside scenery on one side and the modern architecture on the other. Visit at night and it's transformed into the 'Binhai Strip', a dazzling neon-lit expanse of bars and clubs with the Huanghai Sea Casino at its center.

2. The Wine

The Karst Wine Resort on the Penglai road belongs to the universally acclaimed Changyu Wine Company. Or, visit the Changyu Wine Museum in the city for a look at the region's wine trade from the 18th century to the present day.

3. It's near the Penglai Pavilion

Plan a day trip to the Penglai Pavilion, one of the Four Great Towers of China. The 1,000-year-old tower is said to be the departure point of the Eight Immortals and its occasional mirages are legendary.

4. Mount Kunyu

Said to be the birthplace of Taoism in the region, Mount Kunyu is the highest peak in the eastern Shandong Peninsula. Highlights include the Yan Xia cave with its statues of the Eight Immortals.

5. Yantai Hill

Overlooking the city from the north, Yantai Hill's colonial-era architecture recalls the days of British settlers. The park is home to several notable attractions including the Dragon Temple, Stone Ship, and Beacon Tower.

Where to Eat in Yantai

The Happiness Restaurant serves delicious Chinese dishes made with local ingredients. A simple lunch is ¥26 while dinner for two with appetizers, dessert, and wine costs from ¥195 in a good restaurant.

When to visit Yantai

Yantai in September
Estimated hotel price
$67
1 night at 3-star hotel
Yantai in September
Estimated hotel price
$67
1 night at 3-star hotel

The best time to visit Yantai is between April and October when the weather is pleasant and ideal for exploring.

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How to Get to Yantai

Plane

International travelers can take a connecting flight to Yantai Penglai International Airport from major cities like Hong Kong, Beijing, and Shanghai. The airport is 27 miles from the city and shuttle buses and taxis can be found outside the terminal.

Train

There are daily trains to Yantai from Jinan and Qingdao and regular high-speed services from Shanghai, Xi'an, and Beijing via Tianjin. The railway station is north of the city center and served by bus lines 10 and 17.

Car

You need a Chinese license to drive in China. If you are planning to drive, Yantai is easily reached by superhighway from Qingdao, Jinan, and Weihai.

Bus

It takes just three hours to reach Yantai by bus from Qingdao and just 15 minutes on the regular local service from Weihai.

Airports near Yantai

Airlines serving Yantai

United Airlines
Good (69,487 reviews)
KLM
Good (3,806 reviews)
Delta
Good (30,738 reviews)
Air France
Good (4,361 reviews)
Qantas Airways
Good (4,906 reviews)
Korean Air
Excellent (4,987 reviews)
Asiana Airlines
Excellent (4,299 reviews)
Air New Zealand
Excellent (2,853 reviews)
Jeju Air
Good (31 reviews)
China Eastern
Good (6,669 reviews)
Air China
Good (5,755 reviews)
China Southern
Good (5,527 reviews)
Shanghai Airlines
Good (655 reviews)
Shenzhen Airlines
Good (84 reviews)
Sichuan Airlines
Good (176 reviews)
Shandong Airlines
Good (72 reviews)
Spring Airlines
Good (34 reviews)
China Express Airlines
Excellent (1 reviews)
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Where to stay in Yantai

If you want to be near one of the city's two main beaches, try the Crowne Plaza Yantai Seaview or the Sheraton Yantai Golden Beach Resort. Those wishing to be close to the city center might choose the Ramada Plaza Yantai or the Phoenix Garden Hotel.

Popular neighbourhoods in Yantai

Yantai Hill - an affluent neighborhood to the north of the city that's known for its colonial architecture and landmarks like the Dragon Temple.

Golden Beach - one of the city's two beaches and a great place to soak up the sun by day and party by night.

Yangma Island - once called Horse-breeder's Island, this pretty island is great for beachcombing and is home to some good seafood restaurants.

Where to stay in popular areas of Yantai

Most booked hotels in Yantai

Sheraton Yantai Golden Beach Resort
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
$85+
Bihai Hotel Yantai
Poor (0, Poor reviews)
$82+
Oriental Ocean Hotel Yantai
Poor (0, Poor reviews)
$79+
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How to Get Around Yantai

Public Transportation

There are 30 bus lines in Yantai. No. 10 and No. 17 buses are the most useful to tourists - the 10 goes from the railway station to the coast passing Nandajie and the 17 goes to Laishan District via the coast.

Taxi

Taxis are a relatively inexpensive option in Yantai. Most have a starting price of ¥8 and a half hour trip will cost ¥30.

Car

Rent a car with a Chinese driver for ¥200-300 and visit Penglai or explore the wide open spaces at Changdao National Forest Park and Changdao National Nature Reserve over the cross-Bohai Sea flyway.

Car hire agencies in Yantai

The Cost of Living in Yantai

Shopping Streets

Pick up almost anything you can imagine from the thousands of vendors who gather at Sān Zhàn (Three Stations) Marketplace. Best buys include Chinese silk paintings and calligraphy, Laizhou jade carvings, and over 100 varieties of locally grown Yantai apples. Be sure to grab a few bottles of wine or brandy from Changyu Winery.

Groceries and Other

You'll find Chinese supermarkets in every neighborhood or you can buy food and basics at international chains like Walmart or Darunfa. You'll pay ¥17 for 12 large eggs and ¥11 for a quart of fresh milk.

Cheap meal
$4.58
A pair of jeans
$91.55
Single public transport ticket
$0.24
Cappuccino
$7.10
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