Weihai, which used to be called Weihaiwei. It is a city located in eastern Shandong, China. Weihai which borders Yantai to the west and the Yellow Sea to the east is major seaport and is also China’s closes city to South Korea. Between 1898 and 1930, Weihai was a British Colony and was largely used as a naval station and a sanatorium. During the colonial period, Weihai was also known as Weihai Garrison and sometimes as Port Edward.
The Weihai Dashuibo Airport is located 40 kilometres away from downtown Weihai. The airport has one terminal that handles both domestic and international flights. Amenities such as eateries, cafes and souvenir shops are available at the Weihai Dashuibo Airport however there is no Wi-Fi service yet to be available at the airport. The Wi-Fi is available in the airport lounges, which may require a certain amount of payment to be used. There are also information desks on the first and second level of the airport, and also luggage storage and lockers available for use. The most common way to get to the airport is by using metered taxis.
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The best times to visit Weihai would be between May to June as the weather is still not that hot. During these months, the temperature may reach a high of 28 degrees Celsius during the day, and drop to around 15 degrees Celsius during the night. Winter in Weihai brings in lesser tourists and the temperature may drop to 0 and below, and brings in cold winds. Compared to sunny tropical Singapore, Weihai experiences a maritime climate with four distinct seasons. August is the warmest month in Weihai with an average temperature of 24.3 degrees Celsius while January is the coldest with an average temperature of -1.5 degrees Celsius.
The biggest celebration in Weihai is the Chinese New Year which celebrates the New Lunar Calendar however travellers are not advised to visit Weihai during the Chinese New Year period as the shops and eateries will mostly be closed and the tickets for the public transports might be sold out. The sand sculpture festival, which usually happens in May is one of the not to miss festivals when visiting Weihai.
The port town of Weihai is a place not to miss. Here are the top three places not to be missed in Weihai:
Chashan – Located on the shores of the Yellow Sea, Mt Chashan has a height of 539m and Mount Chashan or the Iron Chashan Mountain of Nine Peaks gets its name from the nine deep green peaks that link together along Mt Chashan. Mt. Chashan has been well known as the Wonderland of Dadong and is an important place of origin of Taoism.
Weihai Swan Lake – Each year from November to April, thousands of wild ducks, wild goose and swans fly from Siberia and Inner Mongolia to spend the winter in Weihai. The lake is named the Eastern Kingdom of Swans and is the worlds largest swan habitat. A sand dam as long as 100 meters isolates the lake from the sea, and forms thousands of spots for sea and sunbathing.
Liugong Island – Liugong Island is located at the mouth of Granville Gulf. It takes a 20-minute boat ride to reach there and the island faces the Yellow River. The island offers picturesque views and a relaxing place to rest. The entry price to the island is SGD20 per person. Try to keep a lookout for the old abandoned warship that you can find on the island.