Infobox PRC province
ChineseName = 山东省
Pinyin = Shāndōng Shěng
EnglishName = Shandong Province
Name = Shandong
Abbreviation = 鲁
AbbrevPinyin = Lǔ
ISOAbbrev = 37
MapSize = 275px
OriginOfName = 山 shān - mountain
东 dōng - east
"east of the
AdministrationType = Province
Area_km2 = 156700
AreaRank = 20th
PopYear = 2004
Pop = 91,800,000
PopRank = 2nd
PopDensity_km2 = 586
PopDensityRank = 5th
GDPYear = 2007
GDP = 2.59 trillion
GDPRank = 2nd
GDPperCapita = 27,723
GDPperCapitaRank = 7th
HDIYear = 2005
HDI = 0.776
HDIRank = 11th
HDICat = medium
Nationalities = Han - 99.3%
Hui - 0.6%
Prefectures = 17
Counties = 140
Townships = 1941
Website = http://www.sd.gov.cn
Audio|zh-Shandong.ogg|Shandong (zh-stpw|s=wd|山wd|东|t=wd|山wd|東|p=Shāndōng |w="Shan-tung") is a coastal province of eastern
People's Republic of China. Its abbreviation is Lǔ, after the state of Luthat existed here during the Spring and Autumn Period.
Shandong's name is literally translated as: "east mountain", which refers to the province's location east of the
Taihang Mountains. [zh [http://www.people.com.cn/GB/shenghuo/1090/2435218.html Origin of the Names of China's Provinces] , People's Daily Online.] The province is located in the lower reaches of the Huang He(Yellow River) and extends out to sea in the form of the Shandong Peninsula. Shandong borders the Bohai Bayto the north, Hebeito the northwest, Henanto the west, Jiangsuto the south, and the Yellow Seato the southeast; it also shares a very short border with Anhui, between Henan and Jiangsu.
A common nickname for Shandong is "Qílǔ" (齐鲁/齊魯), after the
state of Luand state of Qithat existed here during the Spring and Autumn Period.
Shandong is located on the eastern edge of the
North China Plain, and felt the influence of Chinese civilization since remote antiquity. The earliest dynasties (the Shang dynastyand Zhou dynasty) exerted varying degrees of control over western Shandong, while eastern Shandong was inhabited by the Laiyi peoples who were considered as the " barbarians". Over subsequent centuries, the Laiyi were eventually sinicized.
During the Spring and Autumn Period and the Warring States Period, regional states became increasingly powerful. At this time,Shandong was home to two powerful states: the state of Qi at Linzi and the state of Lu at Qufu. Lu is noted for being the home of Confucius. The state was, however, comparatively small, and eventually succumbed to the powerful
state of Chufrom the south. The state of Qiwas, on the other hand, a major power throughout this entire period. Cities it ruled included Linzi, Jimo (north of modern Qingdao) and Ju.
Qin Dynastydestroyed Qi and founded the first centralized Chinese state in 221 BC. The Han Dynastythat followed created two "zhou" ("provinces") in what is now modern Shandong: Qingzhou Provincein the north and Yanzhou Provincein the south. During the division of the Three KingdomsShandong belonged to the Kingdom of Wei, which ruled over northern China.
After the Three Kingdoms period, a brief period of unity under the
Western Jin Dynastygave way to invasions by nomadic peoples from the north. Northern China, including Shandong, was overrun. Over the next century or so Shandong changed hands several times, falling to the Later Zhao, then Former Yan, then Former Qin, then Later Yan, then Southern Yan, then the Liu Song Dynasty, and finally the Northern Wei Dynasty, the first of the Northern Dynasties during the Northern and Southern DynastiesPeriod. Shandong stayed with the Northern Dynasties for the rest of this period.
In 412, the Chinese Buddhist monk
Faxianlanded at Laoshan, on the southern edge of the Shandong peninsula, and proceeded to Qingzhouto edit and translate the scriptures he had brought back from India.
Sui Dynastyreestablished unity in 589, and the Tang Dynasty(618-907) presided over the next golden age of China. For the earlier part of this period Shandong was ruled as part of Henan Circuit, one of the circuits (a political division). Later on China splintered into warlord factions, resulting in the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdomsperiod. Shandong was part of the Five Dynasties, all based in the north.
Song Dynastyreunified China in the late tenth century. In 1996, the discovery of over two hundred buried Buddhist statues at Qingzhou was hailed as a major archaeological 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).
The Song Dynasty was forced to cede northern China to the
JurchenJin Dynasty in 1142. Shandong was administered by the Jin Dynasty as Shandong East Circuitand Shandong West Circuit— the first use of its current name.
The modern province of Shandong was created by the
Ming Dynasty. It also included much of modern-day Liaoning(in south Manchuria) at the time. However, the Manchus increasingly asserted independence, and managed to conquer all of China in 1644. Under the Qing Dynasty, which they founded, Shandong acquired (more or less) its current borders.During the nineteenth century, China became increasingly exposed to Western influence, and Shandong, a coastal province, was especially affected. Qingdaowas leased to Germanyin 1897 and Weihaito Britain in 1898. The rest of Shandong was generally considered to be part of the German sphere of influence. In addition, the Qing Dynastyopened Manchuriato Han Chineseimmigration during the 19th century; Shandong was the main source of the ensuing tide of migrants.
Republic of Chinawas founded in 1911, Qingdaoreverted to Chinese control in 1922, Weihaifollowed in 1930.
Japanbegan its invasion of China proper in the Second Sino-Japanese War, which would eventually become part of the Pacific theatre of the Second World War. Shandong was occupied in its entirety by Japan, with resistance in the countryside, and was one of the provinces where operation sankō was implemented by general Yasuji Okamura. This lasted until the surrender of Japan in 1945.
By 1945, communist forces already held some parts of Shandong. Over the next four years of the
Chinese Civil War, they expanded their holdings, eventually driving the Kuomintang(government of the Republic of China) entirely out of Shandong by June 1949. The People's Republic of Chinawas founded in October of the same year.
Under the new government, parts of western Shandong was initially given to the short-lived
Pingyuan Province, but this did not last. Shandong also acquired the Xuzhouand Lianyungangareas from Jiangsuprovince, but this did not last either. For the most part Shandong has kept the same borders that it has today.
In recent years Shandong, especially eastern Shandong, has raced ahead in economic development, becoming one of the richest provinces of the People's Republic of China.
Shandong is mostly flat in terrain. The northwestern, western, and southwestern parts of the province are all part of the vast
North China Plain. The center of the province is more mountainous, with the Taishan Mountains, Lushan Mountains, and Mengshan Mountainsbeing the most prominent. The east of the province is the hilly Shandong Peninsulaextending into the sea; it separates Bohai Seain the northwest from the Yellow Seato the east and south. The highest peak of Shandong is the highest peak in the Taishan area: Jade Emperor Peak, with a height of 1545 m.
Yellow Riverpasses through Shandong's western areas, entering the sea along Shandong's northern coast; in its traversal of Shandong it flows on a levee, higher than the surrounding land, and dividing western Shandong into the Hai Hewatershed in the north and the Huai Hewatershed in the south. The Grand Canal of Chinaenters Shandong from the northwest and leaves on the southwest. Lake Weishanis the largest lake of the province. Shandong's coastline is 3000 km long. Shandong Peninsulahas a rocky coastline with cliffs, bays, and islands; the large Laizhou Bay, the southernmost of the three bays of Bohai Sea, is found to the north, between Dongyingand Penglai; Jiaozhou Bay, which is much smaller, is found to the south, next to Qingdao. The Miaodao Islandsextend northwards from the northern coast of the peninsula.
Jinanserving as the province's economic and cultural centre, the province's economic prowess has led to the development of modern coastal cities located at Qingdao, Weihai, and Yantai. In addition, Weifangand Zaozhuangare also upstart cities.
The politics of Shandong is structured in a dual party-government system like all other governing institutions in mainland China.
Governor of Shandongis the highest ranking official in the People's Government of Shandong. However, in the province's dual party-government governing system, the Governor has less power than the Shandong Communist Party of ChinaProvincial Committee Secretary, colloquially termed the "Shandong CPC Party Chief".
Shandong ranks first among the provinces in the production of a variety of products, including
cottonand wheatas well as precious metals such as goldand diamonds. Other importants crop include sorghumand maize. Shandong has extensive petroleumdeposits as well, especially in the Dongyingarea in the Yellow Riverdelta, where the Shengli Oilfield(lit. Victory Oilfield) is one of the major oilfields of China. Shandong also produces brominefrom underground wells and salt from sea water.
Shandong is one of the richer provinces of China, and its economic development focuses on large enterprises with well-known brand names. Shandong has also benefited from
South Korean and Japanese investment, due to its geographical proximity to those countries. The richest part of the province is the Shandong Peninsula, where the city of Qingdaois home to two of the most well-known brand names of China: Tsingtao Beerand Haier. In addition, Dongying's oil fields and petroleum industries form an important component of Shandong's economy. On the other hand, the extreme inland west of Shandong is much poorer than the rest of the province.
In 2007, the nominal GDP for Shandong was 2.59 trillion yuan (US$340 billion), ranking second in the country (behind
Guangdongand ahead of Jiangsu). It's GDP per capita was 27,723 yuan (US$3,646), ranking seventh.
Shandong is the second most populous province of China, after
Henan, with a population of almost 92 million. Over 99% of Shandong's population is Han Chinese. Minority groups include the Hui and the Manchus. Shandong is also known as having highest average height of any Chinese province.
Shandong is divided into seventeen prefecture-level divisions, all of them
The sub-province-level cities:
Jinan(Simplified Chinese: 济南市; Traditional Chinese: 濟南市; Hanyu pinyin: Jǐnán Shì)
Qingdao(青島市 (青岛市) Qīngdǎo Shì)
The prefecture-level cities:
Binzhou(濱州市 (滨州市) Bīnzhōu Shì)
Dezhou(德州市 Dézhōu Shì)
Dongying(東營市 (东营市) Dōngyíng Shì)
Heze(菏澤市 (菏泽市) Hézé Shì)
* Jining (濟寧市 (济宁市) Jìníng Shì)
Laiwu(萊蕪市 (莱芜市) Láiwú Shì)
Liaocheng(聊城市 Liáochéng Shì)
Linyi(臨沂市 (临沂市) Línyí Shì)
Rizhao(日照市 Rìzhào Shì)
Tai'an(泰安市 Tài'ān Shì)
Weifang(潍坊市 Wéifāng Shì)
Weihai(威海市 Wēihǎi Shì)
Yantai(煙臺市 (烟台市) Yāntái Shì)
Zaozhuang(棗莊市 (枣庄市) Zǎozhuāng Shì)
Zibo(淄博市 Zībó Shì)
The seventeen prefecture-level divisions of Shandong are subdivided into 140 county-level divisions (49 districts, 31
county-level cities, and 60 counties). Those are in turn divided into 1941 township-level divisions (1223 towns, 293 townships, two ethnic townships, and 423 subdistricts).
List of administrative divisions of Shandongfor a complete list of county-level divisions.
Mandarin dialects are spoken in Shandong. Linguists classify these dialects into three broad categories:
Ji Lu Mandarinspoken in the northwest (as well as in neighbouring Hebei), such as the Jinan dialect; Zhongyuan Mandarinspoken in the southwest (as well as in neighbouring Henan); and Jiao Liao Mandarinspoken in the Shandong Peninsula(as well as the Liaodong Peninsulaacross the sea), such as the Qingdao dialect. When people speak of the "Shandong dialect" (山東話), it is generally the first or the second that is meant; the Jiao Liao dialects of Shandong are commonly called the "Jiaodong dialect" (膠東話). Shandong cuisine(鲁菜) is one of the eight great traditions of Chinese cuisine. It can be more finely divided into inland Shandong cuisine (e.g. Jinan cuisine); the seafood-centered Jiaodong cuisinein the peninsula; and Confucius's Mansion cuisine, an elaborate tradition originally intended for imperial and other important feasts. Shandong Bangziand Lüjuare popular types of Chinese operain Shandong; both originated from southwestern Shandong.
Jingjiu Railway( Beijing- Kowloon) and Jinghu Railway( Beijing- Shanghai) are both major arterial railways that pass through the western part of Shandong. The Jingjiu passes through Liaochengand Heze; the Jinghu passes through Dezhou, Jinan, Tai'an, Qufu. and Tengzhou. The Jiaoji Railwayis an important railway of Shandong, linking its two largest cities of Qingdaoand Jinan, with the longest history of all.
Shandong has one of the densest and highest quality expressway networks among all Chinese provinces. At over 3000 km, the total length of Shandong's expressways is the highest among the provinces. The
Jiqing Expressway( Jinan- Qingdao) and Jingfu Expressway( Beijing- Fuzhou, passing through Shandong) are all important arterial expressways.
Shandong Peninsula, with its bays and harbours, has many important ports, including Qingdao, Yantai, Weihai, Rizhao, and Longkou. Many of these ports have historical significance as well, as the sites of former foreign naval bases or historical battles. Ferries link the cities on the north coast of the peninsula with the Liaodong Peninsula, further north across the sea.
Important airports include
Jinan Yaoqiang Airportand Qingdao Liuting International Airport.
Tourist attractions in Shandong include:
* Penglai, a town on the north of the Shandong peninsula famed in
Qingdao, beach resort city on the south of the peninsula famous for its Tsingtao beer
Laoshan, a scenic area and Daoist centre to the east of Qingdao.
Qingzhou, an ancient trading and administrative centre with some famous archaeological discoveries.
Weihai, a former British port city important in the second Sino-Japanese War.
World Heritage Sites:
** Temple and Cemetery of
Confucius, and the Kong Family Mansion in Qufu
Tai Shan, sacred mountain, in Tai'an
Colleges and universities
Ocean University of China(Qingdao)
University of Petroleum(East China)
University of Petroleum(Dongying)
Shandong Institute of Building Materials Industry
Shandong Architectural & Civil Engineering Institute
Shandong Agricultural University
Qufu Normal University
Yantai Education Institute & Yantai Television University
Shandong University of Technology
China Coal Economics College
Qingdao Institute of Architecture and Engineering
Shandong Institute of Mining Technology
Liaocheng Teachers University
Shandong Finance Institute
Shandong University of Triaditional Chinese Medicine
Shandong Normal University
Qingdao Agricultural University
Qingdao Institute of Chemical Technology
Shandong Institute of Technology
Weifang Advanced Academy
Yantai Normal College
Senior High Schools
* [http://www.fuzhong.sd.cn Senior High School Attached to Shandong Normal University] (山东师范大学附属中学)
Professional sports teams based in Shandong include:
Chinese Football Association Super League
Chinese Football Association Jia League
Chinese Basketball Association
Shandong Jinsidun Lions
= Notes =
* [http://www.shandong.gov.cn/ Shandong Government website]
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