Yantai: The Wine Capital of China

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In early April, I decided to take a trip to Yantai- the Wino capital of China, and the home of Changyu Wine company. Yantai, much like Qingdao, is a city on the Eastern coast of China, set along the Yellow Sea and well known for the prominent European influence, as seen in much of the city’s architecture. The city was signed over to the British and French in the early 19th century and was used as a treaty port.

While there, I spent my days walking along the beaches and visiting the scenic Yantai Hill Park, exploring the numerous restaurants and coffee shops; and of course, sampling the wine and brandy at the Changyu Wine Museum, China’s oldest and largest Western- style winery, which was introduced by the French.

Apart from those two things, there isn’t really much to do here as it isn’t particularly known as much of a tourist destination. It was still enjoyable from what I experienced. My hostel was conveniently located at the end of the bar street and surrounded by many great restaurants. I checked out a few of the local bars and met some pretty great people If you ever go there, be sure to check out Raffle’s Bar and Ellen’s. The owners are amazingly open and friendly. They will make you feel right at home. The expat community in this city may just be one of my favorites as most of the people were extremely welcoming.

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  1. Mom

    Sounds like you had a good time. I love your pictures!