When asked why he has chosen to live and work in Shandong, Vusan Aurelian Constantin, a representative of Cluj County, Romania, highlights the unique lifestyle in the province that is unlike common expat destinations such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.
When a Qilu China-Europe freight train operated by Shandong Hi-speed Group departed from Jinan to Uzbekistan on Nov 9, it marked the 600th China-Europe train to depart from Jinan this year.
Shandong province has been ramping up efforts to promote the high-quality development of its open economy and build itself into a beacon of opening up in recent years, said local authorities.
Shandong's foreign trade volume with countries and regions involved in the Belt and Road Initiative reached 659.71 billion yuan ($103.38 billion), up 41.3 percent year-on-year.
An expo focusing on promoting health and beauty industry cooperation among China, Japan, and South Korea opened in Yantai, Shandong province on Sept 23.
The four-day Jinan Japan Import Commodities Expo concluded in Jinan, Shandong province on Sept 15.
The three-day International Conference on Food Loss and Waste concluded in Jinan, Shandong province, on Sept 11.