Weifang is a prefecture-level city in central Shandong province renowned as the “Kite Capital of the World”. It borders Dongying to the northwest, Zibo to the west, Linyi to the southwest, Rizhao to the south, Qingdao to the east, and looks out to the Laizhou Bay to the north.
Under the jurisdiction of Weifang Municipal Government are 4 districts, namely Weicheng, Hanting, Kuiwen and Fangzi; 2 counties, namely Changle and Linqu; 6 county towns, namely Qingzhou, Zhucheng, Shouguang, Changyi, Gaomi and Anqiu. Home to more than 8 million people, Weifang is spread across a land area of some 15,900 sq km.
The urban area of 1,472 sq km boosts some 1.2 million dwellers. The city has a temperate climate with an average temperature of 12 degrees Celsius and an annual rainfall of 700 mm.
Historic relics of more than 7,000 years ago were unearthed in this time-honored city. During the Xia and Shang dynasties (21st – 11th century BC), small kingdoms lay scattered all over the domain of Weifang. After the Qin (221BC-206BC) united China, the central government of the successive dynasties all set counties and shires to administrate this region.
As a major industrial base in Shandong, Weifang’s main products are textile, machinery, electronics, chemical and building materials. Other industries being developed include power, coal, metallurgy, high technology, salt and marine chemistry.