Zibo is a prefecture-level city in central Shandong province, China. It borders the provincial capital of Jinan to the west, Laiwu and Tai’an to the southwest, Linyi to the south, Weifang to the east, Dongying to the northeast, and Binzhou to the north. Zibo is located in the transition zone between the mountainous area in central Shandong and the North China Plain. Its southern area is covered with mid-sized mountains, while the center is hilly. The city’s northern territory descends into plains.
Historical, Cultural facts & Religion
Zibo was the capital city of Qi Kingdom, one of the five powers in the Spring and Autumn Period (770BC-476BC). The city was the birthplace of Cuju, a game regarded as the origin of ancient football (the FIFA recognizes the city as football’s place of origin). Zibo is considered as one of the birthplaces of the Han Chinese. Also, the remains of three major Neolithic cultures in ancient China, Beixin culture, Dawenkou culture, and Longshan culture have been found in Zibo. Zibo was a tireless worker in the revival of Buddhism in the late 16th century.
Brief City History
Zibo is considered as one of the birthplaces of the Han Chinese. Also, the remains of three major Neolithic cultures in ancient China, Beixin culture, Dawenkou culture, and Longshan culture have been found in Zibo. Zibo was once the capital of the ancient State of Qi, the most prosperous state during the Spring and Autumn and the Warring States Periods over 2,000 years ago in China. Duke Huan of Qi, ruler of Qi, appointed Guan Zhong, the famous thinker and economist, as his prime minister, and adopted Guan’s thoughts and policies to administer his country, reform the economic system and develop relations with other states, After many years, Qi became the strongest state due to its economic and military strength, and was named as the “state with one thousand chariots” and the “head of the five strongest states”. The culture and education undertakings were rather developed in Qi. Both poetry and music were at a high level. Linzi remained its capital for as long as 638 years and was the biggest city in East Asia. As the birthplace of the Qi Culture, Zibo has many cultural scenic spots. In the national city of history and culture, the Linzi District, the ruins of the ancient Qi city, the pit for burying the funerary horses and chariots and other famous cultural relics and historic sites, have been discovered and unearthed. All of them exemplify the past prosperity of the Qi State. The ancient city of Qi was one of the first places that was assigned to be a “cultural relics site” in China so it has been protected from demolition ever since. As such, it is rich in cultural relics and historical sites and is referred to as the “Underground Museum”. Zibo made significant contributions to the formation and prosperity of the Silk Road. Zibo was one of the biggest suppliers of silk products. Zhoucun, one of the townships in Zibo, was considered one of the four ‘dry ports’ during that period alongside Foshan, Jingdezhen, and Zhuxian. The major trade streets such as ‘Dajie’, ‘Sishijie’, ‘Yinzijie’ are well preserved to this date.
In 2004, FIFA President Sepp Blatter visited Zibo to celebrate FIFA’s 100th anniversary. FIFA has since then recognized the city as the birthplace of football.
Language (s) Written & Spoken
The Zibo dialect has classical features of Northern Chinese but also has specific characteristics of its own.
Important Types of Commerce in Zibo
As the birthplace of Qi culture, Zibo is a notable tourist city. Manufacturing holds an important place of the city’s economy, in particular ceramics manufacturing. Other key industries include the petrochemical industry, pharmaceuticals, metallurgy, construction materials, machinery and textile.
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