Yankuang is located in Jining, Shandong, famous as “the Hometown of Confucius and Mencius, the Land of Proprieties”. Yankuang enjoys favorable geographic location and convenient transportation. With the world’s famous Mt. Tai on its west, Bohai Sea on its east, Jining is only 300 kilometers away from Rizhao Port—the second largest coal port in China. Furthermore, the coal special railway—Yanzhou-Shijiu line directly connects this port. Three of the main railways (Beijing-Shanghai, Beijing-Kowloon, Jiangsu-Gansu) go through the coal mine field and Beijing-Fujian Expressway across Yankuang’s headquarters—Zoucheng, as well. It takes two hours’ driving from Zoucheng to Jinan airport, about 5 or 6 hours to Beijing and Shanghai, respectively.
Zoucheng, the birthplace of Mencius, has a long history. Mencius (372—289BC), the ancient great thinker and educator, is the major representative of Confucian School. Mencius’ thought mainly embodies in the book Menzi (Mencius). On politics, Mencius advocates benevolent governance, against violence. He emphasizes the significance of the common citizens in the state, regarding them as the most important ones in the state governance. On philosophy, Mencius asserts the innate goodness of human nature and he also believes in the power of Destiny in shaping the roles of human beings in society. On education, he attaches great importance to the cultivation of the talents and their personalities.
In Zoucheng, Mencius is the one who has greatest influence towards Chinese history as well as the world. Mencius has long been introduced by Chinese scholars and foreign missionaries to all over the world, which plays an increasingly important role in the world’s spiritual cultivation.