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2014/4/15 10:55:59   source:en.sdfao.gov.cn

  VI. Tourism Resources

  Numerous scenic spots enrich tourism resources in Weifang. Shihu Garden, Kite Museum, Yumen Mountain, Fangong Pavilion, Yishan National Forest Park, Old Dragon Bay Scenic Area and Fuwah Amusement Park are famous tourism attractions. Shangwang fossils in Linqiu County and dinosaur fossils in Zhucheng City are known as the wonders of the world, and wood-block New Year pictures become one of the China`s three famous New Year pictures. Weifang is one of the birthplaces of kites and the kite-flying activities were popular early in the Song Dynasty. From 1984 until now, 25 International Kite Festivals has been successfully held in Weifang, attracting large numbers of tourists form both home and abroad, and Weifang was defined as the ``World Kite Capital`` by the International Kite Federation in 1988. Tourism framework of Weifang has been basically formed with the structure of taking the lead of the kite festival to develop folk tourism, focusing on cultural and natural landscapes in Qingzhou City and Linqu County to develop sight-seeing tourism, taking the lead of agriculture in Shouguang City to develop ecological tourism and focusing on Weifang Port to develop marine tourism.

  In addition, there are other kinds activities held in Weifang annually, attracting large number of tourists from home and abroad, Such as China (Shouguang) International Vegetable Fair, Shandong-Taiwan Economic Trade Fair, China (Qingzhou) Flower Exposition, Northern China (Changyi) Plants and Trees Exposition, China (Changle) International Gem Festival, Art Festival of Yangjiabu Kites & New-Year Pictures, Shouguang Lotus Festival, Qingzhou Golden Autumn Tourism Culture Festival, Longevity Culture Festival of Yunmen Mountain in Qingzhou City, Sophora Flower Festival of Yangtian Moutain in Qingzhou, Mountain Climbing Competition in Yishan Mountain and Sophora Flower Festival of Yishan Mountain, etc.

  VII. Local Specialty

  Weifang arts and crafts boast a time-honored history and a wide variety, mainly Weifang kites, jewelry, bronze wares, silver-inlaid mahogany lacquer wares, Yangjiabu wood-block New Year pictures, drawnwork, embroidery and art sculptures, etc.

  Catering industry in Weifang can date back to the ancient times. During the Tang and Song Dynasty, catering industry marked its beginning and made further development during the Ming and Qing Dynasty. A large group of local delicacies was introduced to the market during the Late Qing and Early Republic, including Chaotianguo, traditional baked cakes with meat stuffing, Jiyahele noodles, Gaoya noodles in Changle County, Jingzhi three-layer round flat cakes, pea stuffed cakes and golden noodles in Anqiu County, stuffed bun with crispy covering from Gaomi, whole sheep soup and fried scorpions in Linqu County.

  Local products are rich in varieties in Weifang and famous brand products are well known both inside and outside Shandong Province, including ‘Baifenzi Brand’ fresh ginger in Anqiu City, ‘Leyi Brand’ cucumber in Shougugang City, ‘Feida Brand’onion in Gaomi City, ‘Yuanyihong Brand’ melon in Hanting District, ‘Tangwu Brand’ seedless watermelon in Changle County, ‘Weshien Brand’radish in Weifang City and ‘Luyihaifeng Brand’portunid in Changyi City. 18 places in Weifang are known as the hometowns of various specialties in China, including Home of China Vegetable, Home of China Ginger and Garlic, Home of Asparagus, Home of Juicy Peach, Home of Strawberry, Home of Chinese Chestnut and Home of Watermelon.

  VIII. Foreign Exchanges

  Weifang has concluded sister-city relations with Pueblo City of USA, Freising County of Germany, East Gippsland Shire of Australia, Hyuga City of Japan and Anyang City of South Korea.

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