13 recommended attractions for a 3-4 hour self-driving trip departing from Xuzhou

When the attractions within 1-2 hours of driving around Xuzhou cannot meet the needs of your short-distance self-driving weekend trip, this list of attractions and routes that can be reached within 3-4 hours is worth collecting for self-driving enthusiasts!

Qufu Three Confucian Sites

The Confucius Mansion, Confucius Temple, and Confucius Forest in Qufu, Shandong, collectively known as the "Three Confucian Sites," are representative of China's commemoration of Confucius and the promotion of Confucianism. They are well-known for their rich cultural heritage, long history, grand scale, abundant cultural relics, and scientific and artistic value. The Confucius Temple, which was first built in 478 BC and continuously expanded, has now become a complex of ancient buildings covering an area of 14 hectares. It includes three main halls, one pavilion, one altar, three shrines, two pavilions, two halls, two study rooms, seventeen pavilions, and fifty-four gateways, exhibiting grandeur with numerous monumental steles, resembling a city of palaces.

Yimeng Mountain Scenic Area in Linyi, China

Mount Yimeng, referred to as the geographical region with Yishan and Mengshan as its coordinates, is now a national 5A-level tourist attraction, national forest park, and national geopark. It spans across Shandong's cities of Linyi, Rizhao, and Weifang, with its main area located in the Linyi region. Historically, Mount Yimeng was part of the Dongyi civilization and is the location of the cultural heritage site, Qi's Great Wall. Mount Meng in Shandong has an altitude of 1156 meters and is known as "Yadai". With abundant tourism resources, Mount Meng offers unique mountain, forest, waterfall, and cultural landscapes. The scenic area features towering peaks, misty clouds, and a forest coverage rate of over 99%. It is rich in flora and fauna and is considered one of China's best green fitness and tourism destinations.

Lianyungang Huaguo Mountain

Hua Guo Mountain is located at the foot of Nan Yuntai Mountain in Lianyungang City. The Hua Guo Mountain Scenic Area is the core area of the national-level Yuntai Mountain Scenic Area and a national-level AAAAA tourist area. Hua Guo Mountain has abundant wild plant resources, with over 1,700 species of plants, including 1,190 medicinal plants. The golden bamboo with jade inlaid, ancient ginkgo, and other rare tree species and Shui Lian Cave are rare in the province and rare in the country. It is an important wild plant resource library in Jiangsu Province and attracts many domestic universities, research institutions, and experts and scholars for investigation and research every year.
Taian Fantawild Joy World is located in Taishan District, Taian City, Shandong Province, adjacent to the eastern side of Taishan Scenic Area. The park covers an area of about 500,000 square meters, with a total investment of 2 billion yuan. It is a world-class fourth-generation theme park. Taishan Fantawild Joy World consists of 17 theme project areas, including Dinosaur Crisis, Extreme Flight, Mysterious Valley, Liaozhai, Vesuvius Volcano, Conch Bay, Future Police, and Light of Life. It includes over 300 theme projects, amusement projects, and leisure and landscape projects, including many world-class large-scale projects. The majority of the projects are not affected by weather conditions and are very suitable for family trips.

Fengyang Wolf Alley Maze Valley

Wolf Alley and Enigma Valley Scenic Area is located 30 kilometers southeast of Fengyang County, Anhui Province. It covers an area of approximately 9 square kilometers. It is conveniently located, with a distance of 20 kilometers from Hebiangong Road, 25 kilometers from Hexu Expressway, 50 kilometers from Bening Expressway, and 42 kilometers from Beijing-Shanghai Railway. The scenic area is divided into two themes: ancient temples and mysterious valleys. It combines the beauty of Huangshan, the steepness of Huashan, and the wonders of Zhangjiajie.

Kaifeng Qingming Riverside Park

The Qingming Riverside Park is a large-scale cultural theme park of the Song Dynasty, located on the west bank of Longting Lake in Kaifeng City. It is one of the first batch of AAAA-rated tourist attractions in China and a base for the exhibition of intangible cultural heritage. It is based on the realistic painting "Qingming Shanghe Tu" by the painter Zhang Zeduan, and follows the construction standards of the "Yingzao Fashi". It is a cultural theme park featuring the urban culture, folk customs, royal gardens, and ancient entertainment of the Song Dynasty, with visitor participation as its characteristic. It recreates the landscapes and scenes depicted in the original painting, showcasing the prosperity of the ancient capital of Bianjing over a thousand years ago.

Mount Tai, Shandong

Mount Tai Scenic Area: A dual heritage site of both nature and culture, a global geopark, under the jurisdiction of Tai'an City, spanning across Tai'an, Jinan, and Zibo, with a total area of 24,200 hectares. The main peak, Yuhuangding, stands at an elevation of 1,545 meters, majestic and magnificent, known as the "Head of the Five Sacred Mountains," the "Longest of the Five Sacred Mountains," and the "First Mountain Under Heaven." Mount Tai is renowned for its splendid scenery. With overlapping mountain ranges, a solid and robust form, the backdrop of towering pine trees and massive rocks, and ever-changing clouds and mists, it combines grandeur with beauty and tranquility with marvel. Mount Tai, both a natural wonder and a cultural emblem, embodies the magnificence of nature and the sanctity of culture.

Jining Shuibuliangshan

The Shuipo Liangshan Scenic Area is located in Liangshan County, Jining City, Shandong Province, with an area of 4.6 square kilometers. It is named after the Liangshan Uprising in one of the Four Great Classical Novels, "Water Margin". In 1985, the Shuipo Liangshan Scenic Area was designated as a provincial-level scenic spot by the Shandong provincial government. In 2002, it was assessed as a national AAA-level tourist attraction by the National Tourism Administration, and it has become the core scenic spot of the Shandong Water Margin tourism route.
Located in the north of the coastal road in Rizhao City, Shandong Province, with the Yellow Sea to the east, Qingdao to the north, and connected to the Liangshi Highway to the west and the coastal highway to the south. The park is 15 kilometers away from the city center. After expansion in 2002, the total area is 8 square kilometers, with a forest area of approximately 6 square kilometers and a forest coverage rate of 75.8%. This area is located along the coastline of the park and has attractions such as a harmonious coastline, seaside flower fields, Forest Park Golden Beach, beach bathing area, Jiang Taigong Fishing Center, and seaside zoo.
Located in Qihe County, Shandong Province, with a total investment of 1 billion yuan and an area of ​​99,000 square meters, it is a comprehensive exhibition hall that combines ornamental, entertainment, fun and reflects ocean culture and ocean technology. It has more than 10 exhibition halls including tropical rainforests, turtle islands, shark bays, underwater tunnels, boutique halls, polar halls, 4D cinemas, science halls, underwater theaters, mermaid underwater ballet performances, and ocean theaters with dolphin and sea lion performances, making it very suitable for family outings.

Heze is the city of the heroes in Water Margin

Located in Yuncheng County, Shandong Province, it is a national AAAA-level tourist attraction. It features authentic ancient architectural complexes such as Yuncheng County Office and Chao Family Village, as well as martial arts teaching and exchanges at Songjiang Wuxiao and martial arts dances and performances by the Gouwa Art Troupe, combining various cultural landscapes. Famous attractions include the Water Margin Culture Museum, Songjiang Wu Museum, and Jiutian XuanNv Temple.

Slender West Lake in Yangzhou

It is a national-level scenic area with a tour area of 2.5 square kilometers, forming a group of lake-side gardens that were already formed during the Kangxi and Qianlong periods of the Qing Dynasty, integrating the beauty of the south and the grandeur of the north. It features a winding lake with clear blue waters, connected by famous gardens and scenic spots such as Xu Garden, Xiaojinshan, Wuting Bridge, White Pagoda, Twenty-Four Bridges, Wanhuayuan, and Shuangfeng Yuzhan, known for their unique charm and worldwide reputation.

Jinshan Temple in Zhenjiang

Jinshan Temple is located on the south bank of the Yangtze River, northwest of Zhenjiang City, Jiangsu Province, China. It was first built during the reign of Emperor Ming of the Eastern Jin Dynasty. The layout of Jinshan Temple is integrated with the surrounding mountain, making the mountain and the temple blend as one. Jinshan Temple is famous for its magnificent scenery, with splendid buildings and towering pagodas. It is known as "Jinshan Temple Wrapping the Mountain" because even from a close or far view, the temple is visible while the mountain is not. Jinshan Mountain is renowned as the best among the scenic spots in southern Jiangsu. The temple, built against the mountain, extends from the foot to the top. The halls, pavilions, and corridors are connected, creating a continuous space that tightly wraps the entire mountain.