Weifang (潍坊; Wéifāng) is a city in Shandong Province.
Weifang is located in the center of Shandong province in between Jinan to the West and Qingdao to the East. WEIFANG is known as “Kite Capital of the World”, Weifang and its fresh winds are well known throughout the province.
Besides kites, Weifang, like many other Chinese cities, is forever under the constructor’s crane with new buildings popping up seemingly overnight. Modern and new but still retaining its old-school charm, Weifang is a unique place to witness the “real China” (or the new China) where the past meets the future in an endless array of complete contradiction and awe-inspiring moments that truly is the essence of the People’s Republic of China.
Weifang has a certain characteristic in its exceptionally wide and straight boulevards that make out a chess pattern for many kilometers, resembling some American cities and perhaps also Beijing. However, the boulevards are much too wide for its number of vehicles so they very rarely get too crowded. Traffic jams are most uncommon and, due to the city’s flatness, one can sometimes look down a 10-lane boulevard stretching to the horizon without a single car on it.
Foreigners are a rare sight. If you are European-looking prepare to be stared at and given a lot of (friendly) attention.
The train station is very new and comfortable when compared to other cities in the province.
Weifang is on the main line from Beijing to Qingdao and by CRH, China Rail Highspeed (Bullet) It is about 4h:10m to Beijing, 1h:50m to Jinan and 1h:05m to get to Qingdao There’s plenty of transport outside the station, however the immediate surrounding area is undergoing heavy construction (welcome to Weifang). From the station take bus 56 to get to the downtown spots. ‘As with every train station in the country, beware of the taxi drivers waiting to overcharge unsuspecting foreigners.’ This previous para, is incorrect or old information now, and should be removed. All Green and Gold taxis are “Beijing Hyundai Elantra’s” they are all correctly metered The Blue taxis, which are slowly being replaced, are Volks Wagon Santana’s, they are also fully metered. There is no need walk away from the station to the road and catch a taxi who uses the meter. When exiting Weifang train station, the taxis at the ground level are “long distance” taxis, i.e., more than 10km distance for your travel The taxis at the upper (1st level) are the general taxis for Weifang downtown areas. Currently (April 2012) the fare starts at 5 rnb, plus 1 rnb fuel surcharge, totally 6 rnb, This will take you to almost all down town locations.
If departing there are many ticket agencies around the city that sell train tickets with only a 5 or 10 yuan service fee, making it unnecessary to head back to the station and wait in the crowded lines. Agency operators (as with most citizens in this small city) most likely will not speak English. Booking your train up to 10 days in advance is advisable.
There are three main bus stations in Weifang, 1/ First of which is completed construction and is located across the train station. 2/ Second of which is down the road from the train station – one kilometer or so, adjacent to the “cheap market” in Quingnian Rd.. 3/ Of which is the other long distance bus station on Jiankang East Street
With the new China Rail Highspeed (CRH) trains, short-distance buses see much less passengers, however during holidays are sometimes the only way to go. As there is no pre-booking of bus tickets, simply show up the day (morning is better) you want to go.
Qingdao airport: if catching a flight from Qingdao it is cheaper and sometimes more efficient to take the bus from Weifang to Qingdao, the minibus, which is a Ford Transit 16 seater, stops at departures at Qingdao Airport. The cost is 70 rnb. Many Chinese people do exactly this. Taking a train to Qingdao will require taking either an airport bus or taxi, back the way you came, about 20 minutes outside of Qingdao to where the airport is located. Traveling from Weifang directly to Qingdao airport by bus takes about 2 hours and costs 70 rnb.
Travel tip: buses in China generally do not have toilets on them and they sometimes go for hours (especially sleeper buses) without stopping.
Weifang buses much like the city itself are new and therefore quite comfortable when not peak travel times. Buses start around 6AM ending at about 10PM in the summer and 9PM in the winter.
The two main roads are Dongfeng Jie and Shengli Jie which bus #16 and #56 both service. Bus 16 follows a circular loop along both of these two main streets while bus 56 starts at the train station and ends at the other side of the city at Weifang University.
90 % of the taxi’s in Weifang are now green and gold taxi’s, these are Hyundai Elantra’s. The older blue are slowly being replaced, they are Volks Wagon Santana’s. Taxi’s will go 3 kilometers before adding about 1.6 yuan per each extra kilometer. An extra one yuan fuel fee is to be paid to the driver at the end of your voyage. Weifang proper is quite small so getting from end of the city to the other won’t cost more than ¥20.