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Rizhao (日照 Rìzhào) is a seaport city of 1.5 million people in the urban area (2020) on the coast south of Qingdao in Shandong.


Rizhao, named after "the first light of the sunrise", is located in the middle section of China's main coastal axis and Rizhao is a prefecture-level city under the jurisdiction of Shandong Province. Rizhao City is in the southeast of Shandong Province, on the coast of the Yellow Sea.

As of the end of 2022, the city had a resident population of almost 3 million people.

Rizhao City belonged to the East Barbarians during the Xia and Shang Dynasties, and was one of the birthplaces of the Longshan culture.

There are two natural harbors, Shibaiwan and Fotanwan, and Rizhao and Lanshan harbors, which are known as "Water Sports Capital" and "Oriental Sun City". Rizhao has won the UN Habitat Award for its excellent environment.


Rizhao is also an important economic center in Shandong Province. It is known for its port, petrochemical, coal and power industries. Rizhao Port is one of the largest import ports for crude oil in China. Rizhao is one of the most important bases for China's petrochemical industry.

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Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The nearest international airport is Qingdao Jiaodong International Airport in Qingdao. Direct bus services operate between the airport and Rizhao: the journey time is around 1.5 hours.

Rizhao also has a small airport of its own, which handles domestic flights. Flights to Rizhao are available from Beijing, Changchun, Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Guangzhou, Guiyang, Haikou, Harbin, Hangzhou, Kunming, Nanchang, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Shenyang, Taiyuan, Wuhan, Xi'an and Xiamen.

  • 1 Rizhao Shanzihe Airport (日照山字河机场), Shanzihe, Houcun Town, Donggang District (东港区后村镇山字河) (special bus services convey passengers between the airport and the city; if you don't have much luggage, you can also catch public bus no. c106, though that bus only operates between 06:00 and 17:50), +86 633 7999996 (enquiries), +86 633 7999999 (ticket sales). Rizhao Shanzihe Airport (Q15090268) on Wikidata Rizhao_Shanzihe_Airport on Wikipedia

By rail[edit]

Rizhao has two railway stations. The older more centrally-located Rizhao Station serves regular trains while the West Station in the western suburbs serves high-speed trains.

  • 2 Rizhao Railway Station (日照站), 1 Haibin 5th Road, Donggang District (东港区海滨五路1号) (there is a bus stop outside the station, which is served by routes 1, 8, 11, 22, 33, 44, and c307). Serves regular-speed (K-class) trains.
  • 3 Rizhao West Railway Station (日照西站), Tianjin Road, Donggang District (东港区天津路) (bus routes 15, 17, 22, 40, 55, c106, c201, c205, c208, c212, c216, c301, c306, c501, c503, c505路支线 (branch route), c508, c512, c515, c536, k1, k2 and k3). Serves high-speed trains.

By bus[edit]

  • 4 Rizhao Bus Terminal (日照汽车总站), Tianjin Road West, Donggang District (东港区天津路西段) (next door to Rizhao West Railway Station). Rizhao's main long-distance bus station.

Get around[edit]

By taxi[edit]

Rizhao taxi starts at ¥6, less than 3 km (excluding 3 km), 3 km to 7 km ¥1.5/km (including 3 km, excluding 7 km), more than 7 km ¥2.25/km, the return price is at 50% on the operating price. The return mileage is 7 km. An additional fuel surcharge of ¥1/vehicle/time will be charged.

Rizhao Taxi also provides taxi-hailing services. There are a total of 3 taxi calling platforms and 5 calling numbers in Rizhao City, 0633-8333444, 0633-8888811, 0633-3945678, 0633-2222511, 0633-2179999. Among them, 0633-2179999 has a GPS system and involves a large number of taxis. It is more convenient to be able to get out of the car in time according to the needs of passengers.

By bus[edit]

There are more than 555 operating vehicles and 38 operating lines in Rizhao. The bus line network has covered Rizhao City, Shijiu City, New City, Rizhao Development Zone, and Shanhaitian Tourist Resort, which can basically meet the travel needs of the general public. +83 633-8227443

Rizhao Railway Station has buses to various attractions:

No. 8 can go to Taohua Island and Wangjiazao, turn to No.35 at Wangjiazao, and No. 36 can reach Renjiatai and Forest Park.

No. 1 station can go to Rizhao Lighthouse and Donggang District Government;

There is a tourist express line at the lighthouse station, covering many scenic spots. The route is: lighthouse—sailing base—Wanpingkou—Wangjiazao Beach—Peach Blossom Island Style Garden—Forest Park.

Price: ¥1/person.

Rizhao Bus Network operates between 06:10 and 19:00. Those who like to go out at night should pay attention to the time.


  • 1 Bishui Blue Sky Scenic Area (碧水蓝天风景区), Bihailu, Wolongshan Street, Donggang District (Self-drive or taxi). This is one of the most famous scenic areas in Rizhao City, famous for its magnificent coastline, golden sandy beaches and crystal clear water. You can enjoy sunbathing, beach walking and various water activities here.
  • 1 Binhai Park (滨海公园), North Head of Bihai Road, Donggang District (Self-drive or taxi). 24 hours. Located within the city, this park is a laid-back place that offers opportunities for hiking, walking and enjoying the coastal views. Free.


Parks and beaches[edit]

There are some fine beaches and coastal parks in this city.

  • 1 Rizhao Beach National Forest Park (日照海滨国家森林公园), Beiyanhai Road North, Donggang District (东港区北沿海路北首) (Rizhao's special tourist bus terminates at the south gate. Bus routes 35 and 56 stop at the west and middle gates), +86 633 3680998, +86 633 3680898. Open all day. Apr 20th-Oct 10th: ¥50; Oct 11th-Apr 19th: ¥35.
  • 2 Wanpingkou Tourist Area (万平口旅游区, 万平口海滨风景区 Wanpingkou Beach Scenic Area), 398 Qudong Road, Donggang District (东港区海曲东路398号) (Rizhao's special tourist bus stops here, as do bus nos. 5, 6, 32 and 33), +86 633 7911888, . Apr 20th-Oct 10th 05:00-22:30, Oct 11th-Apr 19th 06:00-21:00. Apr 20th-Oct 10th: ¥50 (one day), ¥70 (two days); Oct 11th-Apr 19th: ¥35 (one day), ¥55 (two days).
  • 3 Rizhao Olympic Water Park (日照奥林匹克水上公园), 398 Haitong Road, Donggang District. 00:00-24:00. Divided into square, seaside leisure, tourism service three parts.
  • Jiuxian Mountain (九仙山风景区), Rizhao City Wulian County Songbai town resident (it takes 40 minutes to travel 40 km from Rizhao Railway Station). 08:30-17:30. ¥57.
  • 4 Wulian Mountain Scenic spot (五莲山风景名胜区), in the southeast of Shandong coastal city Rizhao Wulian County southeast. 08:30-16:30. It is recommended to play for 3-4 hours. It is suitable for play season from March to October. ¥65.
  • 5 Liu Jiawan Chaihai Garden (刘家湾赶海园), east coast of Tao Luo Town, Donggang District (it can be reached by C107 and C502). 08:00-17:30. ¥45.
  • 6 Jiuxian Mountain Scenic Area (九仙山风景区), Wulian County (take the Wulianshan Express Line 305 from Rizhao West), +86 633-5407358. 08:00-17:00. Jiuxian Mountain faces Wulian Mountain across a ravine. Its abrupt peaks, green vegetation, and ancient culture form a scenic spot with sightseeing as the main body. ¥78. Jiuxianshan Municipal level Natural Reserve (Q30020349) on Wikidata Rizhao on Wikipedia
  • 7 FuLaiShan scenic spot (浮来山风景区), Fulaishan Scenic Area, Ju County (take bus No. 1 from Juxian County and get off at Fulaishan Scenic Area), +86 633-6269977, . 08:00-17:00. Fulai Mountain Scenic Area is located about 8 km west of Ju County. It is a national AAAA tourist attraction, also known as Fuqiu. It has an altitude of 298.9 meters and covers an area of about 10 m². ¥50. Fulaishan Provincial Natural Reserve (Q30020385) on Wikidata
  • 8 daqingshan (大青山风景区), West of Provincial Road 222, Wulian County (drive south from Ridong Expressway - Provincial Highway 225 to an intersection about 3 kmnsouth - and continue eastward along the intersection to reach the scenic spot), +86 633-5882222. 07:00-18:00. A scenic area. ¥40.


Shopping malls[edit]


Rizhao Cuisine
  • Eight Great Bowls of Shandong (山东八大碗), 77 Shanhaitian Road, Shanhaitian Shanhaitian Tourism Resort, +86 633-8316077. 10:00-22:00. Dishes featuring seafood, fish soup is delicious and meat is tender. ¥120.
  • Small Jiangnan restaurant (小江南食府), 179 Yantai Road, Donggang District, +86 633-8377588. 10:00-22:00. It is a classical garden style professional catering hotel, the architectural style is clean and elegant. ¥122.
  • Rizhao Xiangyangtun BBQ Seafood Hot Pot (日照向阳屯烧烤海鲜火锅), 50 meters southbound and west of the intersection of Weihai Road and Dongying Road (Self-drive or taxi), +86 0633-2227567, toll-free: +86 18263383778. Daily 11:30-14:00, 17:30-02:00. Convenient parking, fast food, fresh food, many styles and delicious, indoor and outdoor seating, seafood meat is very much, shabu-shabu is also very tasty, belong to the local specialties. ¥94 per person.
  • Oshang Private Dining - Affordable Seafood (Dongyi Town Branch) (御尚私房菜·平价海鲜(东夷小镇店)), Greenboat Road, Dongyi Town North Street, Island C parking lot, Dongyi Town entrance, +86 15563318022, toll-free: +86 18206338788. Daily 10:00-24:00. The environment is particularly clean, with a wide selection of dishes, the restaurant service is very considerate, the owner is also very friendly, perfect for potluck. ¥92.
  • Must-Steam Seafood (Wanpingkou Restaurant) (必点·蒸汽海鲜(万平口店)), 15 meters north of Haiyou Hotel, Haiqu East Road, +86 18300382038, +86 13734325721. 24 hr. Reservations have to be made in advance but all seafood is fresh. The store is a large area with a very nice environment, affordable prices and a great experience. ¥110.


  • 1 Tea Baidao, No. 7, Yuxiuyuan, Wenhu University Town, Xuehai Road, Donggang District (from Rizhao West Station, take bus K13 and take 13 stops to get there), +86 18663339180. 09:00-23:30. Beverages available for purchase.
  • 2 La Mooni Cafe, Northwest corner of the intersection of Shandong East Road and Yantai Road (Located near Shandong Sport University, within walking distance), +86 15706330117. 09:00-20:30. "A coffee shop that offers bread and other desserts, and provides free WiFi.". ¥52.


  • 1 Suning Novotel Hotel Rizhao (日照苏宁诺富特酒店), 18 Haiqu Middle Road, +86 633 852 1111. Free Wi-Fi, satellite TV,Chinese and Western hot buffet breakfast is served,Trendy bars serve a variety of drinks and snacks,Chinese and international cuisine,Vibrant fitness center and pool. ¥360.
  • 2 Rizhao Sheraton Hotel, 58, Lvzhou Road, Donggang District, +86 633 768 6666. ¥700.
  • 3 Rizhao East Lake New Century Grand Hotel (日照东湖开元名都大酒店), No. 565, Bihai Road, Qinlou Street, Donggang District, Rizhao3, +86 633-8098888. It is adjacent to Wanpingkou Ocean Park, Sunrise Oriental Sea Show, Dongyi Town, Ocean Park and many other tourist attractions.
  • 4 Rizhao Montage Sky Hotel (蒙太奇空中酒店), Donggang District, Building 1, Antai Plaza, Qinlou Street, +86-633-8897999. 提供免费WiFi,酒店内有无边泳池,空中餐厅.
  • 5 Hotel Bunwon Yamawai (山外文元酒店), No. 99 Shanhai Road, Donggang District, Rizhao, China (self-drive or taxi), +86-633-6699999, toll-free: +86-633-6699999. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Shanwai Wenyuan Hotel is an academic exchange hotel on the shore of the campus of Shandong Foreign Language Vocational and Technical University. The hotel has a seafood buffet restaurant, all-day dining restaurant, banquet rooms, etc. The dishes are mainly based on "Shaanxi Government Cuisine", which is exquisite in material selection and production, combined with Lu Cuisine, seafood and local snacks, reflecting the characteristics of green ecology, organic health. ¥400 or more人民币.
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    6 Rizhao Hyatt Hotel (日照海悦大酒店), No.13, Taigong 1st Road, Donggang District, (Self-drive or taxi), +86-633-8018666, toll-free: +86-633-8018666. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. There are Chinese-style guest rooms. The hotel has a Chinese and Western buffet restaurant. ¥300 or more人民币.
  • 7 Rizhao Ocean Aesthetics Museum Hotel (日照海洋美学馆酒店), No.168, Bihai Road, Shanhaitian, Donggang District (Self-drive or taxi), +86-633-8368888, toll-free: +86-633-8368888. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. The hotel is equipped with swimming pool, parking lot, restaurant, multi-function hall, laundry and other facilities. Ocean Aesthetics Pavilion Hotel is a sunny coastal zone characteristic tourism project integrating coastal guest rooms, marine sculpture garden, nautical museum, seafood gourmet restaurant, seaside infinity swimming pool, coastal bar, sea breeze academy, children's playground, diving exploration and so on. ¥380 or more.


  • 2 Rizhao Municipal People's Government (日照市人民政府), No. 198, Beijing Road, Donggang District (from Rizhao West Station, take bus C318 and take 5 stops to get there.), +86 633 8781002. 08:30-12:00, 14:30-18:00. National administrative agency of Rizhao City, Shandong Province.

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Going north, Qingdao is nearby. Heading south, anywhere in East China could be reached.

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