With a rich history and an emphasis on economic growth, Binzhou offers a wide range of options when it comes to shopping, dining and boarding. Instead of seeing the standardized chained shopping malls and retail brands, tourists in Binzhou find themselves intrigued by an endless selection of handcrafted souvenirs made from traditions that trace back many generations ago. The Cloth Tiger is a handicraft first created in the Han Dynasty ((206 B.C.–220 A.D.) by mothers to guard their children from evil spirits. The colorful fabric of the Cloth Tiger has made it a very popular toy among locals and souvenir among tourists since. Other traditional souvenirs that can be found in Binzhou include chinaware and woodblock printed paintings.
Tourists often can’t get far in Binzhou without catching a whiff of the heavenly smell of Shandong Pancake, one of the city’s most popular snacks eaten for breakfast and lunch by locals. Shandong pancake is a crepe made from a batter of wheat, buckwheat and corn powder, which is fried on a griddle and then topped with a variety of delicious toppings such as shrimps, fish, chicken, pork, mushrooms and seasonal vegetables. The crepe is rolled up before served. The pancake is crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, making it one of the most popular snacks among Chinese children and adults.
Paper Wrapped Chicken is a very popular appetizer in Binzhou where tender chicken pieces are marinated in teriyaki sauce, ginger and other seasonings, wrapped into paper packets and then deep-fried. The paper acts as a shield during the frying process, allowing the chicken pieces to cook slowly and therefore yielding very juicy and flavorful chicken. The paper also keeps the chicken pieces from soaking up too much oil during frying, making this dish a delicious yet healthy snack. Paper Wrapped Chicken has been a popular dish in Binzhou for many years. Children love this dish because they have lots of fun unwrapping the little paper pockets, and adults love this dish as it brings back memories of playfulness and mischievousness from childhood.
For travelers traveling on a budget, Home Inns is a hotel chain that offers a clean and comfortable night of stay at a reasonable price. Founded in 2002, Home Inns is the leading economy hotel chain in China and one of the best-known economic hotel brands. Home Inns aims to offer a consistent hotel experience for business and leisure travelers with a set budget who want clean, comfortable and convenient lodging services.
Binzhou Hotel is located in the Zhonghai Park, a few miles east from the Binzhou International Convention and Exhibition Center. Binzhou hotel offers travelers with different types of room, which are the standard rooms, deluxe rooms and luxurious suites. Travelers who are looking for a quick bite can dine at the hotel’s Western restaurant or Japanese restaurant. While business travelers can make use of the hotel’s well-equipped conference rooms, they can also wind down with other travelers in the full-fledged recreational facilities at Binzhou Hotel. The recreational facilities include KTV rooms, spa rooms, billiards room, an outdoor swimming pool, a beauty salon, a tennis court and a fitness center.