Guangji Pagoda, in the center of the city, is a gorgeous temple site. A 13 story octagonal shape, it is considered a prime example of Liao architecture. One day, hike across the tidal bay to Bijia Mountain and the next shop until you drop at the local markets. Another great experience is the traditional folk celebration on North Putuo Mountain.
Recent developments in the city mean that there are plenty of western-style apartments, fast food restaurants and transportation options, making quality of life very high.