Dezhou city which is located in Shandong Province is well known because of its black pottery and four-thousand-year-old history. The city experiences four different climates throughout the year and is situated near the Yellow River. The city is cited ‘Solar Valley’ through the world because of its extensive solar power projects. Dezhou offers a wide range of options to cherish your precious moments spent here.
Let us have a look at the best things to do in ‘Solar Valley,’ Dezhou:
1. Visit the Tomb of Sulu East King
The East King was the most famous head of the kingdom in the 13th-century. He died because of an illness and his tomb, which is located in Beiying Village in Dezhou city, is a worldwide tourist attraction. It is a beautiful spot which is under government heritage.
Paduka Pahala was an East King of Sulu, who ruled one of the three Kingdoms on Sulu during his time. He is known as the only Philippines king to be buried in China. The emperor Zhu Di wanted to give tribute to Paduka Pahala and thus called upon sculptors and artists to build this tomb. This will be your most historic visit to any tomb ever! A must visit place if you are planning to go to Dezhou.
2. Spend your afternoon at Yuwangting Museum
Yuwangting Museum falls under the Dezhou Municipality in the Yucheng area. Located near 059 Country Road, right around the Shiliwang Township, this museum is a perfect gateway to spend a wonderful evening with your partner or kids.
With perfect leisure and recreation facilities around, Yuwangting Museum is a unique blend of ancient and modern cultural landmarks of the city. With an amusement park around, you can definitely have quality and fun time spent here.
3. Visiting Qianfo Pagoda
Qianfo Pagoda is a well known recent tourist destination in Dezhou city. Qianfo is also located near the famous Thousand Buddha Mountain. This place has Buddha images which are carved from the hills, and the Buddha images are from the era of Sui Dynasty. Qianfo Pagoda is famous for statues, temples and many other buildings.
The public park in this area contains many options for rides. There are around 28,000 Buddhist images in the cave and there is also a huge statue of a lying Buddha. Qianfo Pagoda is a perfect place for exploring the Hakka culture and Ch’an Buddhist practice. You can easily plan for a full day visit to the Pagoda and the Thousand Buddha Mountain.
4. Experience Hongtansi Forest Park
Located on 249 provincial roads, Hongtansi Forest Park is a prominent tourist place to relax and unwind from the busy city life. Set across beautiful trees and vast fields, Hongtansi Forest Park is also a good place to cherish quiet moments amidst the beautiful Dezhou city.
As it is located amidst wilderness, there are chances of spotting various forest animals. The greenery and waters will relax your body and mind. The natural sounds of the ambiance around will create a unique sensation inside you. This place is perfect for a full day visit.
5. Beautiful Haidao Jinshan Temple
Located in Qingyun County, the Haidao Jinshan Temple Scenic Area is a popular tourist attraction of Dezhou city. The temple is divided into three areas; the main part is the Buddhist ceremony area and the others are a commercial and landscaped one. The temple comprises of a beautifully designed gate, bell towers on all sides of the temple, the hall of heaven kings, huge Buddha Hall, Buddhist text collections, praying hall and much more. There are many options for shopping, touring, and sightseeing near the temple. That area is specially built for tourists.
The temple was built in Sui Dynasty in the 13th-century. With an amazing lotus pavilion, white snake hollow and ancient Bahai hollow, Haidao Jinshan is a truly awesome place to spend your entire day. In ancient times it was called Zexin - flying dragon temple. The temple has four main treasures, which are the war drum of Liang Hongyu, Jinshan chart by famous painter Zhengming, tripod from Zhou Dynasty and jade belt of Su Shi.
The visitors can enjoy various views from the tower. The entire vista of the temple from the top and beautiful mountains around will surely give you a stunning view of the place. You can definitely look forward to spending an entire day here.
Haidao Jinshan Temple
Website: Jinshan Temple
6. Xiajin Yellow River Old Course Forest Park
Located near the Yellow River, this old course forest park is a true gem of Dezhou. When it comes to forest parks and solar projects, Dezhou is one of the top places in China. The Xiajin Yellow River Forest Park has numerous plants and trees and natural habitats around. The forest park also has many unknown and ancient trees and vegetations.
You can explore the ten gardens here. With trees of grapes and apricot, hunting ranges, forest walking trails, and a children’s theme park, this place is also called the Museum of Fruits, as it produces the largest number of fruits in China. Xiajin Yellow River Old Course Forest Park is an ideal place to spend some leisure time amidst the natural habitat.
Old Course Forest Park
Website: Old Course Forest Park
Dezhou: the solar valley of the world!
Dezhou has a beautiful blend of forest parks, museums, tombs of kings, Buddhist temples and ancient pagodas. Apart from that, Dezhou is well known around the world as a Solar Valley, and thus, nearly every roof is covered with solar panels. There are unique solar research labs and more than 100 solar companies in Dezhou. Even a solar museum known as Sun Valley Eco Zone exists in Dezhou.
There are many other landmark places to visit in Dezhou such as The Island Golden Mountain Temple, which is one of the largest temples in northern China, The kid’s zone known as Sea World, The renowned Dong Garden, and breathtaking local acrobatic shows from the late 206 BC Han Dynasty Era. So with all this in mind, it’s time to plan your visit soon!
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