The area has been inhabited since ancient times; some of the main archaeological sites for the Longshan Culture — one of China's last neolithic (stone age) cultures, roughly 3000-2000 BCE — are nearby.
The nearest international airport is Qingdao Liuting International Airport in Qingdao. Direct bus services operate between the airport and Rizhao. The bus fare is ¥85 and the journey time is 2 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), ☏ (enquiries), (ticket sales).
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.
- 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.
Parks and beaches
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), ☏ , . 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), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. 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).