Local customs in Weihai are noticeably characterized by the culture of fishing because of their long history of life on the sea. Their unique fishing folk life, unique ritual practices, seaweed house (and other unique architectures), and unique food, like mackerel dumplings, are all so fascinating.
Having been forcefully leased to British for 32 years, Weihai has been left with many architecture in European styles, most of which are located on Liugong Island and eastern beach of downtown.
Some of the customs have led the fashion: A golf course was built in the 25th year of Guangxu period of Qing Dynasty (the year 1902). By the early 20th century, football, tennis and golf had become quite popular in Weihaiwei. There were 5 football fields, 4 golf courses and 6 tennis courts, all of which witnessed games between British people and Weihai citizens. Therefore, Weihai has been entitled as the birthplace of modern football, golf and tennis.
Weihai is the nearest city to South Korea in China with only 93 nautical miles. In the year of 1990, even before the establishment of a formal diplomatic ties between the two countries, the first sea route between China and South Korea has been open for non-governmental trade and cooperation.
At present, quick trips from Weihai to South Korea are possible with airlines scheduled 5 times per day on average, or with 10 sea routes of passenger-cargo ships scheduled 4 times per day on average. More than 30 thousand Korean people are now living in Weihai.
More than half of foreign investment here in Weihai is from South Korea. The volume of imports & exports with South Korea accounts for about 40% of the total.
Massive and intensive personnel and trading exchanges have forged the unique Korean style of Weihai.
Signboards written in Korean and Korean shops are everywhere in downtown. People can experience authentic Korean food and buy authentic Korean products. No wonder when journalists from KBS visited Weihai, they named their report with A South Korea in China.
Weihai is a very convenient transit port for people from other areas of China to travel to South Korea.
Awarded by the United Nation as one of the Best Practices to Improve the Living Environment, Weihai is a beautiful homeland that offers human being with the most amiable living environment, which is among the First Batch of China Excellent Tourism City. Tourists from all over the world glorify Weihai as one of the top 10 internationally popular tourist cities in China and give it the reputation of Blue Sea Leisure Capital and World Class Urban Habitat.
Weihai lies on the boundary between the northern hemisphere, and owns a thousand-kilometer coastline and rich Four S resources, namely, sunshine, seaside, sea water and sea food, which are highly valued by internationl tourists. Along the coastline there are many hot springs, golf courses and scenic spots. All that endow the city with nature-born condition to be a high-end holiday resort.
Other than that, Weihai is well-reputed for fresh air, beautiful scene, honest people and gracious hospitality. Azure sea, blue sky, red roof and green trees make Weihai a charming costal ecological garden, in which you can truly be touched by the picturesque landscape illustrated as Mountain in the Sea, Sea in the City, City in the Woods, and People Walking in the Woods.
Profoundly and historically bonded with UK, some British people in Weihai have tried to build this city into a European Holiday Resort in China about 100 years ago. Therefore, many European-style architectures have been reserved. The first golf course of China was built by British people on Liugong Island in 1902.
In 1987, Cheltenham city of UK established sister-city relationship with Weihai, hence the first sister city of Weihai.
Thousand-Kilometer Long Coastline, One landscape Painting —East or West,Weihai is the Best.
You are warmly invited to Weihai for holidays to enjoy the fresh air, fine-sand beaches, and gorgeous sunshine. With the company of noble swans, let’s experience the romance and charm of Weihai.