Yantai is on the eastern coast of China, in Shandong Province. The city is home to more than 6.5 million people. Yantai proper is a relatively small sleepy community, with an industrial base. It has a dynamic economic center, and is also the largest fishing port in Shandong. Yantai is home to the oldest Chinese vineyard, the Changyu Wine Company.
As a seaside city, the primary tourist attraction would be the beaches. Yantai has three beaches, the First Beach, the Second Beach and the Golden Sand Beach located inside the Economic Development Zone. There is also a nearby ski resort, the Tashan Park that is open during winter.
Among all the cities in China, Yantai has had the most foreign influences, having been occupied, at one time or another by the British, German and the Japanese. However, the culture of these foreign countries did not stick, and did not show in any building built during their respective eras. Yantai does have some foreign influence in the form of the various restaurants, clubs and nightspots in the city. Among the most famous night spots, which serve Western fare, are Druid's Irish Pub & Restaurant, Jackie's Cuisine and Jackie's Western Food. The more famous night spots include Druid's, Baby Face Club, Blues Bar, Alibaba's, Havana Bar, and Bohemia Bar.
However, to truly enjoy Yantai, it would be better to go to a Chinese seafood house, where the fish and seafood are fresh from the sea. Because Yantai is a fish port, there are a lot of local places that are of good quality at an affordable price. There are also some Japanese and Korean restaurants, as well as American fast food places, if these are more to your liking.
The cheapest way around Yantai is by riding the buses. If you have plans of visiting, it would be better to get a local prepaid mobile phone number. This would be cheaper than calling from the hotel's landline.
Other places of interest in Yantai, include the Changyu Winery, the Changyu Wine Culture Museum, the Temple Islands, Nanshan Park, Yangma Island and Mount Kunyu. Some of these places were formerly closed off to foreigners, and only recently opened to tourists.
There are several quality hotels in Yantai, including the Crowne Plaza and the Ramada Inn, but if you are on a budget, there are budget hotels as well.