Dalian Aerbin shared a 1-1 draw with fellow Super League struggler Shanxi Zhongxin.
Peter Utaka's penalty gave Dalian the lead but Jonas Salley replied eight minutes from time.
Shandong twice took the lead through
However, Simao equalised for the visitor after 58 minutes to earn Shandong a draw which moves it three points clear of the foot of the table.
Jiangsu sits a point behind leader Guangzhou Evergrande.
Tianjin Taida came from behind to register a 2-1 win at fifth-placed Guangzhou.
The visitor trailed to Ayegbeni Yakubu's 23rd-minute goal, but hit back through
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