Chengshantou is situated on the easternmost point of the Shandong
Ancient legend has it that this place is where the Sun God resides.
According to history chronologies, Jiangziya , a consultant to the
emperor of the Zhou dynasty, came here to make sacrifices to the
sun after his conquest of the state and built a temple. In 219 BC
and 210 BC, China's first emperor, Qinshihuang, also came here to
make sacrifices to the sun and asked for immortality pills or
Many historical relics honoring this event , such as the bridge
built by the emperor and an inscription from Lisi, , a high
official of the Qin Dynasty , which reads: the east gate of the
Qin, still remains here to tell visitors of an old story that
happened thousands of years ago.
Another emperor that had conquered the world was also conquered by
the beauty of the sunrise at this place. In 94 BC, Han wu, the
emperor of the Han Dynasty, with his glorious entourage, inspected
the nation and passed by this place. Standing in awe of the beauty
of the sunrise here, he composed a very famous poem called"to the
red wild geese" and ordered temples and platforms to be built
to honor the sun.
Another legend has it that one court official called Xufu, in order
to curry favor from Qinshihuang , told him that three fairies
resided in the east sea and that there were some herbs that could
promise immortality. The emperor bought his story and dispatched
three thousand virgin girls and boys with vast amount of gold and
silver to search for the herbs.
Failing to find the herbs, Xufu treated the emperor by a story that
there were some ferocious beasts lived in the water which had
stopped them from picking up the herbs. The emperor then gathered
all the good marksmen to come here to shoot down the beasts., hence
the Beasts-shooting platform.
Features:Cheng Shan Tou is the first place to watch the glamorous sunrise on
the sea in China, hence its nickname : China's Cape of Good Hope.
Tips :The proximity of this place to the sea may render it cold. Visitors
can rent a coat on the site for 30 rmb.