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Qingdao
青岛
—  Sub-provincial city  —
青岛市
Chinese transcription(s)
 - Simplified 青岛
 - Traditional 青島
 - Pinyin Qīngdǎo
A view overlooking Qingdao

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Qingdao (red) in Shandong province (orange) and China
Coordinates: 36°5′N 120°20′E / 36.083°N 120.333°E / 36.083; 120.333
Country China
Province Shandong
City seat Shinan District
Government
 - CPC Secretary Yan Qijun (阎启俊)
 - Mayor Xia Geng (夏耕)
Area
 - Sub-provincial city 10,654 km2 (4,113.5 sq mi)
 - Land 10,654 km2 (4,113.5 sq mi)
 - Water 13,800 km2 (5,328.2 sq mi)
 - Urban 1,102 km2 (425.5 sq mi)
Population (2007)
 - Sub-provincial city 7,579,900
 Density 711.5/km2 (1,842.7/sq mi)
 Urban 2,755,500
 - Urban Density 2,500.5/km2 (6,476.1/sq mi)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Postal code 266000
Area code(s) 532
GDP RMB¥ 443.6 billion (2008)
GDP per capita RMB¥ 52,895 (2008)
License Plate Prefix 鲁B & 鲁U
Coastline 862.64 km
(inclusive of offshore islands)
730.64 km
(exclusive of islands)
Major Nationalities Han: 99.86%
County-level divisions 12
Website www.qingdao.gov.cn

About this sound Qingdao (simplified Chinese: 青岛traditional Chinese: 青島pinyin: QīngdǎoWade-Giles: Ch'ing-tao), also known in the West by its postal map spelling Tsingtao[1], is a major city in eastern Shandong province, People's Republic of China. It borders Yantai to the northeast, Weifang to the west and Rizhao to the southeast. Lying across the Shandong Peninsula while looking out to the Yellow Sea, Qingdao today is a major seaport, naval base, and industrial center. It is also the site of the Tsingtao Brewery. The character (qīng) in Chinese means "green" or "lush", while the character (dǎo) means "island". Qingdao is administratively at the sub-provincial level. In 2008, Qingdao was named China's 7th-most livable city.[2]

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Additional names

  • Jiāo'ào (): former name during Qing Dynasty.
  • Qindao (岛, lit. "Stringed Instrument Isle"): additional modern name for the area, refers according to locals to the shape of the coastline.
  • Tsingtau: German name during concession period, written in German romanization of Chinese, known as Lessing-Othmer
  • Tsingtao: western postal name.

Administrative divisions

The sub-provincial city of Qingdao has direct jurisdiction over 7 districts (区 qu) and 5 county-level cities (市 shi) :

Subdivisions of Qingdao-China.png Subdivision Population Land area Post Code Admin. Area Code*
as of 2007 km²
Qingdao City Proper
Shinan-qu 市南区 / 市南區 430,000 30.01 266000 370202
Shibei-qu 市北区 / 市北區 470,000 28.63 266000 370203
Sifang-qu 四方区 / 四方區 360,000 34.55 266000 370205
Licang-qu 李沧区 / 李滄區 280,000 95.52 266000 370213
Qingdao Suburban and Rural
Laoshan-qu 崂山区 / 嶗山區 190,000 389.34 266100 370212
Chengyang-qu 城阳区 / 城陽區 430,000 553.2 266000 370214
Huangdao-qu 黄岛区 / 黃島區 260,000 274.1 266000 370211
Jiaozhou-shi 胶州市 / 膠州市 750,000 1210 266300 370281
Jiaonan-shi 胶南市 / 膠南市 840,000 1927 266400 370284
Jimo-shi 即墨市 / 即墨市 1,070,000 1727 266200 370282
Pingdu-shi 平度市 / 平度市 1,330,000 3166 266700 370283
Laixi-shi 莱西市 / 萊西市 720,000 1522 266600 370285

*These codes are also being used by ID cards.

Geography and climate

Qingdao is located on the south facing coast of the Shandong Peninsula. It borders three prefecture-level cities, namely Yantai to the northeast, Weifang to the west, and Rizhao to the southwest. The city's total jurisdiction area occupies 10,654 km². The populated sections of the city are relatively flat while mountains spur up within city limits and nearby. The highest elevation in the city is 1133 m above sea level. 15.5% of the total area is highland, while the foothill, plain and lowland areas constitute 25.1%, 37.8% and 21.7%. The city has a 730.64-kilometre coastline. Five significant rivers that flow for more than 50 km can be found in the region.

Qingdao's climate is monsoon-influenced and falls on the borderline between humid subtropical (Koppen Cwa) and humid continental (Koppen Dwa). Winter is cool to cold, sometimes snowy, and windy, with temperatures hovering around freezing. Summer is generally hot and humid, but very hot days are rare. Due to its proximity to the coast and being on a peninsula, it experiences a one-month delayed spring compared to most of central China. Conversely, autumn is much milder than inland areas. The water temperature peaks at about 25C (77F) in late August, with swimming possible two months on either side.

Climate data for Qingdao
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 2.6
(37)
3.8
(39)
8.7
(48)
14.4
(58)
19.7
(67)
23.3
(74)
26.7
(80)
28.3
(83)
24.9
(77)
19.7
(67)
12.4
(54)
5.3
(42)
15.8
(60)
Average low °C (°F) -3.7
(25)
-2.5
(28)
2.0
(36)
7.5
(46)
12.9
(55)
17.6
(64)
21.9
(71)
23.0
(73)
18.6
(65)
13.2
(56)
6.0
(43)
-0.8
(31)
9.6
(49)
Precipitation mm (inches) 11
(0.43)
12
(0.47)
21
(0.83)
36
(1.42)
51
(2.01)
83
(3.27)
177
(6.97)
156
(6.14)
90
(3.54)
47
(1.85)
27
(1.06)
10
(0.39)
721
(28.39)
Source: World Meterological Organization[3] 2009-06-14

History

Ancient times

Human settlement in the area dates back 6,000 years. The Dongyi nationality, one of the important origins of the Chinese nation, lived here and created the Dawenkou, Longshan and Dongyeshi cultures. In the Eastern Zhou Dynasty (770BC~256BC), the town of Jimo was established, which was then the second largest one in the Shandong region. The area in which Qingdao is located today was named Jiao'ao (胶澳) when it was administered by the Qing Dynasty on 14 June 1891.

German colonial period and Japanese occupation

Sketch map of Tsingtao, circa 1906
Main gate of Chinese munitions depot, taken over by imperial navy, 1898
Administration/commercial building, harbor area, 1912

In 1891 the Qing government decided to make the area a defense base against naval attack and eventually began to improve Tsingtao’s existing fortifications. This Chinese activity was observed and reported by German naval officials during a formal survey of Kiautschou Bay in May 1897.[4] After the Kiautschou Bay region was ceded to Germany in 1898, the German authorities soon turned the impoverished fishing village of Tsingtao into a strategically important port administered by the Imperial Department of the Navy (Reichsmarineamt) rather than the Imperial Colonial Office (Reichskolonialamt). The navy based their Far East Squadron here, allowing the ships to conduct operations throughout the Pacific. From January 1898 the marines of III. Seebatallion were based at Tsingtao. The German imperial government planned and built the first streets and early infrastructure of the city (still visible today), introduced electrification throughout, a sewer system and a safe drinking water supply. Commercial interests established the world-famous Tsingtao Brewery. German influence extended to other areas of Shandong Province, including the establishment of diverse commercial enterprises.

Before the outbreak of World War I the ships of the German naval forces under Admiral Count von Spee were located at central Pacific colonies on routine missions. The fleet then rendezvoused in the Marianas to plan a transit to Germany rather than be trapped in the Pacific by Allied fleets.[5]

After a minor British naval attack on the German colony in 1914, Japan occupied the city and the surrounding province during the Siege of Tsingtao after Japan's declaration of war on Germany in accordance with the Anglo-Japanese Alliance. The failure of the Allied powers to restore Chinese rule to Shandong after the war triggered the May Fourth Movement.

(For details on the colonial period, see Jiaozhou Bay concession)

Map of Qingdao in 1912

The city reverted to Chinese rule in December, 1922, under control of the Republic of China. The city became a direct-controlled municipality of the ROC Government in 1929. Japan re-occupied Qingdao in 1938 with its plans of territorial expansion onto China's coast.

Post-World War II

After World War II the KMT allowed Qingdao to serve as the headquarters of the Western Pacific Fleet of the US Navy in 1945. On 2 June 1949 the CCP-led Red Army entered Qingdao and the city and province have been under PRC control since that time.

Since the 1984 inauguration of China's open-door policy to foreign trade and investment, Qingdao has developed quickly as a modern port city. It is now the headquarters of the Chinese navy's northern fleet. An early example of the open-door policy occurred on November 5, 1984, when three United States Naval vessels visited Qingdao. This was the first US port call in more than 37 years to China. USS Rentz (FFG-46), USS Reeves (DLG-24) and USS Oldendorf (DD-972) and their crews were officially hosted by the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN).

Qingdao is now a manufacturing centre. The city has recently experienced a strong growth period, with a new central business district created to the east of the older business district. Outside of the center of the city there is a large industrial zone, which includes chemical processing, rubber and heavy manufacturing, in addition to a growing high-tech area.

Demographics

By the end of 2006, Qingdao was estimated to be the home of about 8 million inhabitants, of which around 3 million reside in the Qingdao urban area. Another estimated 5 million live in other cities under Qingdao's jurisdiction. The annual birth rate is calculated around 76,507, with a birth rate of 10.15 per year per thousand, and a death rate of 6.32, both calculated on an annual basis. Living standards are among highest of leading Chinese cities due to the strong export economy and relatively high family wages.

Qingdao is home to 38 Chinese ethnic minorities,which account for 0.14% of the city's total population.

There is a large Korean community in Qingdao. By 2009, there are approximately 100,000 Koreans working, studying and living in Qingdao, which makes Qingdao the second in terms of Korean population in China, following Beijing which has about 200,000 Koreans. [6]

Economy

Qingdao TV Tower


GDP per capita comprised RMB¥52,895 (US$7,616) in 2008. The GDP has grown steadily at an average pace of 16% annually. Internationally, Qingdao is perhaps best known for its Tsingtao Brewery, which German settlers founded in 1903, and which produces Tsingtao beer, now the most famous Chinese beer. It is also home to Haier, a large white goods manufacturer, and Hisense, a major electronics company. In 2002 guitar manufacturer Epiphone opened a factory at Qingdao.

In 1984 the Chinese government named a district of Qingdao a Special Economic and Technology Development Zone (SETDZ). Along with this district, the entire city had gone through amazing development of secondary and tertiary industries. As an important trading port in the province, Qingdao flourishes with foreign investment and international trade. South Korea and Japan in particular made extensive investment in the city. Approximately 80,000 South Korean citizens reside there. Construction proceeds at a relatively fast pace in Qingdao.

In terms of primary industry, Qingdao has an estimated 50,000 acres (200 km²) of arable land. Qingdao has a zigzagging pattern coastline, and thus possesses an invaluable stock of fish, shrimp, and other sea resources.

Qingdao is also home to a variety of mineral resources. Up to thirty different kinds have been mined. Qingdao's wind power electricity generation performs at among the best levels in the region.[citation needed] The city has also a number of paper mills. One plant is called Qingdao Bei Fa paper mill. Mill's machine is Karlstads Mekaniska Werkstad (KMW)-made (width 3048 mm) and it was acquired from Kajaani paper mill in Finland in the middle of the 1980s.

Industrial zones

  • Qingdao Economic & Technological Development Area
  • Qingdao Free Trade Zone
  • Qingdao High-tech Industrial Zone

Transport

Road

The lengths of highways on operation are 14,326 km, including 700 km Expressways. At the present, the traffic mileage is more than 6.02 billion km per year.[citation needed] There are a total of 1,145 km of roads in the Qingdao area, with nearly 500 km of expressways. Expressways connect Qingdao with Jinan.

Marine

The Orient Ferry connects Qingdao with Shimonoseki, Japan. There are two ferry lines connecting Qingdao with South Korea. The New Golden Bridge II operates between Qingdao and Incheon, and the Blue Sea Ferry operates between Qingdao and Gunsan.[citation needed]

Qingdao hosts one of China's largest seaports. Cooperative relations have been established with 450 ports in 130 countries worldwide. The 1999 annual cargo handling capacity was 72 million tons. Exported commodities amounted to more than 35 million tons and 1.5 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) of cargo.[citation needed]

Aviation

The Qingdao Liuting International Airport, 65 kilometres away from city centre, is served by 13 domestic and international airlines, operating 94 routes, 12 of which are international and regional. It is estimated that in 2007 that 7.868 million people, including 1,082,000 international travelers, were transported through the airport.

Intercity Rail

Qingdao railway station

Qingdao's railway development was picked up during the late 1990s. It is at the beginning of the Jiaoji Railway. Qingdao's city proper has some major railway stations, Qingdao Station, Sifang Station[7], Cangkou Station, Great-Seaport Station, etc. At the present, domestic rail lines connect Qingdao with Beijing, Lanzhou, Chengdu, Xi'an, Zhengzhou, Jinan, Jining and so on.

Public transport

Qingdao's public traffic owns about 4,500 large and medium-sized fangpi buses, CNG buses and trolleybuses, operating more than 200 routes.[citation needed] All of these buses and trolleybuses can be accessed using the Qingdao Public Traffic IC Card (Ri-Xin Card ), which uses radio frequencies so the card does not have to physically touch the scanner. The volume of road passenger transport approaches 0.8 billion per year.[citation needed] The Public Transport Brand of 'Ri-Xin Bus ()' is also known in China.

There are a number of taxi companies in Qingdao including Yiqing Company, Zhongqing Company, Jiaoyun Company and, Huaqing Company.

Subway

Qingdao is ready to spend more than 29 billion yuan ($4.2 billion) before 2016 on its subway construction, the government announced on August 18, 2009 after getting the approval from the State Council. The construction of 54.7 km mileage of subway line will be completed before 2016 with a total investment of 29.2 billion yuan ($4.3 billion). The city plans to build eight subway lines in downtown and some suburban districts, which account for 231.5 kilometers in future.[8]

Culture

Architecture

Qingdao retains many buildings with a German architectural style

The unique combination of German and Chinese architecture in the city centre, combined with German demographic roots and a large Korean expat population, gives Qingdao a distinct atmosphere.[citation needed] A larger number of areas in former foreign styles are well preserved. Although the new city area is under large-scale reconstruction, the old city area (especially Taixi) still retains some traditional buildings.

Skyscrapers in Qingdao
A church in Qingdao

Celebrities

Other notable people include:

Language

A distinctive local accent known as Qingdao dialect (青岛话, pinyin qingdao hua)" distinguishes the residents of the city from those of the surrounding Shandong province. Due to the efforts by the city government to promote standard Mandarin, most educated people can affect that accent. With reform policies and English teaching, most young citizens have been taught English and many can converse with foreigners. Business and traffic signs in English are becoming more and more common. Street signs cannot be in foreign languages because of the law, but they typically include pinyin pronunciations which can be memorized more easily by foreigners than Chinese characters.

Cuisine

Seafood is a typical delicacy of the coastal city, divided into two categories: "Great Seafood" including sea cucumbers, abalones, shark's fin, prawns, crabs, conch, and some big fish, and "Little Seafood" comprising squid, shrimps, octopus, oysters, razor clams, clams, periwinkles, yellow croakers, etc. Generally, fresh seafood is served in every hotel.

The distinctive cuisine of the area is Lu Cai, the Shandong regional style.

Festivals

Festival in Qingdao in 1913
  • Qingdao International Beer Festival in August/September, held annually since 1991
  • China International Afforestation Fair, since 2003
  • APEC SMEs Technology Conference and Fair
  • China Qingdao Fishing Competition
  • Qingdao Bar-Culture Festival
  • China International Exposition of electronic home appliances
  • China Qingdao Ocean Festival
  • China International Maritime Exhibition
  • Qingdao International Fashion Week
  • China International Fishery Fair
  • China Qingdao International Hot Air Balloon Festival
  • Qingdao International Beach Festival

Tourism

Qingdao attracts many tourists due to its seaside setting and temperate weather. Parks, beaches, sculpture and unique German and modern architecture line the shore. For more information head over to the Qingdao Information Centre for International Visitors located on Mid-Hong Kong Road (Xianggang Zhong Lu).

Qingdao's major attractions include:

Historical Euro-Asia Area

Former site of the headquarters of the German Administration
The Protestant Church(基督教堂)
The pier on the seafront
  • Zhan Qiao (Pier, 栈桥)
  • Little Qingdao Isle (小青岛)
  • Tian Hou Temple (天后宫), Qingdao Folk Museum
  • Ba Da Guan (Eight Great Passes, 八大关), the older area of town with some surviving German and Japanese architecture.
  • Lu Xun Park, named after Lu Xun (鲁迅), a famous modern Chinese writer and critic, who lived and taught in 1930s.
  • Zhongshan Park, named after the style name 'Zhongshan' of Sun Zhongshan (孙文,字中山), a famous modern Chinese politician.
  • Xiao Yu Shan (Little Fish Hill, 小鱼山)
  • Qingdao Botanical Garden
  • Qingdao Zoological Garden
  • The twin-spired St Michael's Cathedral, (天主教堂), one piece of the famous Neo-romanesque architecture in Qingdao, designed by German architect Alfred Fräbel, completed in 1934[9]
  • Flower-floor (花石楼), the place for previous German governors to fish, hunt or rest.
  • Qingdao Underwater World, Qingdao Aquarium
  • Jiaozhou Governor's Hall (提督府), office building of former German governors [Gouverneurspalast] and former municipal government
  • Guest House, a classic German Castle
  • Signal Hill (信号山)
  • Astronomical Observatory Hill (观象山)
  • Tuan Dao Shan|Tuan Dao Shan (Dumpling Peninsula Hill, 团岛山)
  • Underground World of Chinese Mythology, life-size figures and groups depicting scenes from the Chinese mythology.
  • Qingdao Hill Fort ruins
  • Qingdao Naval Museum
  • The Protestant Church(基督教堂)
  • Qingdao Bathing Beaches, there are 6 well-known beaches with complete facilities.

The Flourishing Eastern Area

State-level Mount Lao Scenic Area

  • Lao Shan(Mount Lao, 崂山), 40 km east of Qingdao, the most famous Taoist mountain with Taoist retreat - Great Purity Palace (太清宫).
    • Jufeng (Huge Peak, 巨峰)
    • Nine Waters & Eighteen Pools (九水十八潭)
    • Kang Cheng Shuyuan (Kang Cheng Study House, 康成书院)
    • Yangkou (仰口)
    • Yakou (垭口)

Outlying Area

Education

Post-secondary educational institutions

International schools

Sports

Qingdao has long been a hub of professional sports in The People's Republic of China.

Stadiums

  • Qingdao second stadium
  • Qingdao Hongcheng stadium
  • Qingdao Tiantai stadium
  • Qingdao Chengyang sports training base
  • Qingdao Jiaonan Paper zoned rowing base

Olympic Games

Along with Beijing's hosting of the 2008 Summer Olympics, Qingdao was the host city for the Olympic Sailing competitions which took place along the shoreline by the city. These events were hosted at the Qingdao International Sailing Centre and held in Fushan Bay, near the city's central business district. A hotel and an international broadcasting centre were built.

Football

Qingdao Hainiu Football Club (former name of Qingdao Shengwen Jonoon Football Club) was founded in 1993. They joined the first Chinese professional football as a second-class league club in 1994. They got the champion in their first season and were promoted to the top league (the first two could be promoted). In 1995, they finished as 11th (total 12 teams, last two would be relegated) and was relegated from the top league. In the next year, they got the runner-up in the second-class league and came back to the top league. Till now, they have been playing in the top league for 12 successive seasons.

Motorsport

IndyCar Series commercial division president Terry Angstadt has mentioned Qingdao as a possible venue for a second race in Asia after Twin Ring Motegi, Japan.[10] There are plans for a 400,000+ seat purpose-built course to be opened in 2011 or later. Angstadt has suggested that the series may race in a street circuit while the facilities are under construction.

Surfing

Qingdao is one of the only cities in northern China where surfing is possible. The best surfing season is during the typhoon season (June-October). The south oriented beaches of Qingdao are the most appropriate to receive swells. Shinan and Laoshan districts are reported to have the best wave and wind orientation.

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Qingdao is twinned with:

Friendly co-operative cities

Qingdao is a friendly co-operative city of the following cities around the world.

References

  1. ^ Google map regard Tsingtao and Qingdao as the same place.
  2. ^ "2008中国最适合居住城市评选前20名城市榜单". 06/12/2008. http://qd.focus.cn/msgview/6043/141903224.html. 
  3. ^ "Weather Information for Qingdao". World Weather Information Service. http://www.worldweather.org/001/c00542.htm. Retrieved April 2, 2009. 
  4. ^ Gottschall, Terrell D. By Order of the Kaiser, Otto von Diederichs and the Rise of the Imperial German Navy 1865-1902. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press. 2003, p. 146
  5. ^ see German East Asia Squadron, Battle of Coronel and Battle of the Falkland Islands for fleet engagements
  6. ^ "韩国旅客位居北京入境外国人之首". 10/08/2009. http://www.chinanews.com.cn/sh/news/2009/10-08/1899449.shtml. Retrieved 12/1/2009. 
  7. ^ Until August 2008, travellers not from Qingdao are often confused in that railway tickets to Qingdao are listed as destined for "Sifang". These trains, in reality, are headed to Qingdao's Sifang District. The destination's name will revert to "Qingdao" once renovations to the larger Qingdao Railway Station is complete.
  8. ^ "$4.3 billion budget to boost Qingdao subway construction". 08/19/2008. http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2009-08/19/content_8588389.htm. 
  9. ^ Tsingtau-Biographien
  10. ^ Will the IRL go international? - Fox Sports, July 2 2009
  11. ^ http://www.brd.nrw.de/presse/reden/20012008.pdf

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Qingdao [1] (青岛; Qīngdǎo; also known as Tsingtao), is regarded by some Chinese as one of the most beautiful and clean cities in China. With a population of around 3.5 million (8 million regional) it is the largest city in Shandong Province. The name Qingdao means The Blue/Green Island. In 2008, Qingdao was named China's 7th-most livable city.

Districts

Qingdao City lies on the east shore of Jiaozhou Bay (胶州湾; Jiāo​zhōu​wān​) and comprises four districts from south to north:

  • Shinan District (市南区; Shì​nán​qū​) — downtown with most of the city's major hotels, attractions and beaches.
  • Shibei District (市北区; Shì​běi​qū​) — just north of downtown dominated by industry and peirs.
  • Sifang District (四方区; Sì​fāng​qū​) — further north and dominated by industry.
  • Licang District (李沧区; Lǐ​cāng​qū​) — further north and home to Peach Blossom Tourism Spot as well as more industry.

Three Suburban districts comprise primarily coastal areas close to the city proper

  • Laoshan District (崂山区; ) — southeast of downtown and home to Laoshan Mountain.
  • Chengyang District (城阳区; ) — on the north shore of Jiaozhou Bay and mostly industrial
  • Huangdao District (黄岛区; ) — on the southwest shore of Jiaozhou Bay and home to huge wharfs and other industry.

Five Rural areas administratively part of Qingdao:

  • Jiaozhou City (胶州市; ) — west of downtown.
  • Jiaonan City (胶南市; ) — along the coast south of Huangdao District.
  • Jimo City (即墨市; ) — north of downtown including the coast north of Laoshan District.
  • Pingdu City (平度市; ) — far northwest.
  • Laixi City (莱西市; ) — far northeast.

Understand

Qingdao is a city steeped in China's 20th century history. Qingdao was taken as part of the Imperial German Concession of Jiaozhou Bay. Despite ongoing discussions with Chinese authorities about giving the Germans a territory, on 7 November 1897, they landed troops. Their pretext was the murder of two missionaries on 1 November of that year.

The concession treaty was signed on 6 March 1899, for a 99 year lease. The Germans acquired it as a relatively unimportant town of about 1,000 inhabitants. Yet by 1902, it had grown to 668 Caucasians and 15,000 Chinese. Today, the city has a population of 3 million.

During the colonial period, the Germans left a distinct mark on Qingdao's architecture that can still be seen in its historic center and train station. The train station has undergone a recent overhaul that has tried to strike a balance between maintaining its colonial heritage while modernizing to be the terminus of the high speed rail line to Beijing. Many German-period buildings have been preserved as heritage monuments. It is a kind of Bavaria-on-the-East-China-Sea, where they even sell Bratwurst on the street. In 1903, the world famous Tsingtao brewery was established by homesick Germans.

Japan occupied Qingdao on 27 August 1914, as part of World War I, and remained until 1922. They took the city because they were allied with the British against the Germans during World War I. After the war, the Japanese wanted to continue to hold the city for the remainder of the German lease, and the Chinese government was going to accede. However, protests by students in Beijing during the May 4th Movement of 1919, eventually forced them to return the city to Chinese soverignity. In 1937, the Japanese again took Qingdao and remained until the end of World War II in 1945. Between 1945 and 1949 the American 7th Fleet was based in Qingdao as it assisted the Kuomintang in fighting the Communist Party; the Communists took the city in 1949.

While Qingdao has a long history, the eastern half of the city has been built since 1993, and there is no sign of it slowing down. In 2008, it hosted the sailing events of the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Qingdao's early summer is quite an enjoyable season, although it can be humid near the sea shore. Late summer can become hot, while other places of Northern China start to feel cooler. The climate in late fall and winter can be harsh but snow patches can generally last no longer than a few days. Qingdao is an ideal destination if you want to combine sea-side fun with your trip to China.

Get in

By boat

Incheon

From Incheon, Korea there are ferries thrice-weekly by Weidong Ferries [2].

Shimonoseki

There are also twice-weekly connections from Shimonoseki, Japan on Orient Ferries [3]. The trip takes over 24 hours and 2nd class one-way costs ¥12,000. The voyage is one night from Shimonoseki to Qingdao, but two nights from Qingdao to Shimonoseki. The ferry also serves as a cargo vessel and after boarding in Qingdao, it will often take several hours to finish being loaded with cargo before it departs.

The restaurant food and drinks, snacks and souvenirs from the shop are all priced in Japanese Yen, so make sure to get some/have some left over before boarding. The cost of most food and drink is reasonable considering you're stuck on the boat with nowhere else to buy things, but the pennywise traveler will definitely bring their own alcohol, cigarettes, and snacks. (mind that there might be duties when crossing into Japan or China).

There are electrical outlets in the lounge area, but if those are taken, there are also some up in the gym/fitness area, where no one goes. Be advised that on boarding from China, the ship operates under Japanese time, so change your watches and pay attention to announcements for when dinner will be served, as food is only served at certain times of the day. There are Japanese-style shower/bath rooms on the upper level where the first class rooms are located.

By plane

The Qingdao Liuting International Airport is the main hub for Shandong Airlines and a focus city of China Eastern Airlines. The flights between Qingdao and Shanghai, and Qingdao and Beijing are very frequent. If you arrive in Beijing or Shanghai in the morning or in the afternoon, you even do not have to book the flight ticket to Qingdao ahead. It will save you some money if you buy the ticket simply at the airport once you arrive in Beijing or Shanghai.

International destinations include Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Seoul (Incheon) and Busan. Qingdao also has flights to Hong Kong and Taipei.

The airport is 32 kilometers from the city proper, about half an hour taxi ride. Prices for a taxi ride from the airport to the Hong Kong Middle Road area should be between ¥120-140 depending on the route taken (The National Highway 308 is slower but cheaper, the toll expressway is faster and more expensive) and time of day (more expensive at night).

By train

Qingdao Railway Station (tel. 0532-6011111, reservations 0532-2962777) is at 2 Tai'an Road (泰安路2号) at the west end of Shinan District.

Trains from major cities not too far away include:

  • Beijing — there is a daily sleeper train from Beijing taking about 9 hours and costing ¥116-326. There is now a much faster service from Beijing provided by China Railway High-speed that has 6 trains per day and takes 6 hours for ¥274-329.
  • Shanghai — There is a daily sleeper train from Shanghai taking about 18 hours and costing ¥150-452. There is now a much faster service from Shanghai taking 10 hours and costing ¥420-504.
  • Tianjin — 10 hours, ¥51-274.
  • Jinan — fast trains taking less than 3 hours, slower and cheaper trains taking 5 hours.
  • Nanjing — fast trains taking less than 8 hours, slower and cheaper trains taking 13 hours.

Trains from major cities further away include:

  • Harbin — 28 hours, ¥204-615.
  • Xian — 21-23 hours, ¥168-506.
  • Guangzhou — 28 hours, ¥266-738.
  • Nanning — 55 hours, ¥148-510.

By bus

If you are travelling from within Shandong Province, going by bus is probably the easiest way. Especially now with the new excellent and fast expressways linking Qingdao with other cities in the province. There are several buses per day from Jinan, Taian, Qufu, as well as Yantai and Rizhao on the coast. They leave from and arrive to the bus station just outside the train station, but also from the new bus station north of town, which can be reached by local trolleybus number 5 in 20 minutes.

Visa information

Recently, Qingdao officials have been sweeping local bars. To avoid troubles, you should keep your passport and visa with you at all times. It is advisable to keep copies of your passport information page and visa safe place at your hotel or hostel.

Get around

By taxi

Take one of the plentiful taxis. Usually the base price is ¥7, and the price per kilometer is ¥1.20. You can get across for about ¥35. Be advised that there is indeed a fuel tax specific to Qingdao that is ¥1 regardless of distance traveled. Also be aware that you will be required to pay any toll fees incurred during the trip. So simply add ¥1 plus any toll fees you may have incurred (most likely not unless you traveled on the Qingyin Expressway) to the meter's reading.

By bus

The bus and trolleybus network is quite well put together and useful once you figure out the routes. Buses 11, 26, 228, and 501 run from the railway station (Shinan Distict) along the coast via Donghai Xi Lu to all the beaches in the modern eastern part of town (Middle Hong Kong Road), where pubs and cafes are located. Many major routes have dedicated bus lanes, that can make taking the bus faster than taking a car during rush hour. Buses 316 and 231 will bring you to the center of the town from the newly renovated station. Regular buses cost ¥1 and the air conditioned ones are ¥2. If you get on a bus that goes really far (out to the suburbs) you need to tell the ticket person on the bus where you are going and it will cost up to ¥6.

By cycling

Very few locals in Qingdao cycle because it is illegal on streets and sidewalks. When renting a bike make sure that it is legal to ride your planned route. There are more than 40km of waterfront trails. If you really want a work out, try hiking Fushan or the TV Tower hills as there are some decent mountain bike trails.

  • Zhan Qiao (栈桥; Zhànqiáo). The famous pier Zhan Qiao is the iconic symbol of Qingdao. It was extended by the Germans and is a popular tourist station. The famous pavilion that is the logo of Tsingtao Beer was built in 1931 and now houses a small aquarium just renovated. The pier is now lined with individuals selling all manner of things, as well as beggars and opportunities for very small-time gambling.  edit
Catholic Church
Catholic Church
  • Catholic church (天主教堂; Tiānzhǔjiàotáng; also known as St. Michael's Church), 15 Zhejiang Road (浙江路15号‎; Zhè​jiāng​lù​), 0532-82865960. M-Sa 8AM-5PM, Su noon-5PM. Built in 1934. Masses held every Sunday. As of November, 2009, the church is closed to tourists for renovations. ¥15.  edit
  • Protestant Church, 15 JiangSu Road, 0532-82865970. 8 AM - 5 PM. This is a Lutheran Church located in the older part of the city. It was built in 1910, and has an auditorium and bell tower, both of which are open to visitors. The bell is original and was brought from Germany specifically for the church. ¥5.  edit
  • Zhan Shan Temple, (Situated at the foot of ZhanShan Hill and to the east of TaiPing Hill). 8AM-5PM daily. This temple was built in 1945. It has five halls and a pagoda, with an area of 20,000 square meters. The temple boasts a large collection of skillfully carved statues of Buddha and Buddhist scriptures. There are tens of thousands of people at ZhanShan Temple from the 8th to the 10th of April on the lunar calendar every year. ¥8.  edit
  • Xiao Qingdao Park (Little Qingdao Island), 2 Qingyu Road, 0532-82863944. 7:00AM-6:30 PM. This is the island from which Qingdao takes its name, literally, Green Island. The Island was used for military purposes for many years, and it features a lighthouse built by the Germans in the 1900s. The Japanese later built a bridge to the island. Visitors may also tour the botanical gardens and enjoy the views of Qingdao. ¥15.  edit
  • Baihuayuan Gardens (百花苑; Bǎihuāyuàn; lit. Hundred Flowers Park), 55 Yan'an First Road (延安一路55号; Yán​'ān​ Yīlù​), +86 532 82862461. 8AM-6PM. Small park with lots of trees, flowers and sculptures. For many years it was the cemetary for foreigners, but the cemetary was destroyed during the Cultural Revolution. It is now a beautiful park with sculptures of writers, artists, and revolutionaries. ¥5.  edit
  • Qingdaoshan Park (青岛山(炮台遗址)公园; Qīngdǎo Shān(pàotáizhǐ) Gōngyuán; lit. Qingdao Moutain Battery Park Site), (Next to Baihuayuan Gardens), 0532-82962004. 8AM-5PM. This park is the site of the former German battery overlooking Jiaozhou Bay. Visitors can enjoy the park, as well as visit the battery structure and an exhibit on the history of the German military in Qingdao. ¥15.  edit
  • Zhongshan Park (中山公园; Zhōngshān Gōngyuán), 28 Wendeng Road (文登路28号; Wéndēnglù​). 6AM-6PM. ¥10.  edit
  • Xiao Yu Shan Park (literally, Little Fish Hill), 24 FuShan Access Road, (0532-82865645. 7:15AM-6:15PM. A park built in traditional Chinese style in 1983. It has great hilltop views of Qingdao especially during sunrise. ¥15.  edit
  • Xin Hao Shan Park (Signal Hill Park), 18 Lonshan Road, 0532-82794141. 6:00AM-9:30PM. This hill was originally used by the Germans as a signalling station, and was later turned into a park. It has lovely landscape and features a revolving tea shop offering a 360 degree panorama of Qingdao. Visitors will also see the Heart to Heart Bridge, where local couples place a heart-shaped padlock on the bridge to ensure that their relationship will last forever. ¥15.  edit
  • Qingdao Municipal Museum (青岛市博物馆; Qīngdǎoshì Bówùguǎn), 27 Meiling lu, Laoshan District (崂山区梅岭路27号; Láo​shān​qū Méilǐnglù) (Bus 104, 230, 231, or 301 to Qingdao Museum Stop), 0532-88893336, [4]. Tu-Su April-September 9AM-5:30PM, October-March 9AM-4:30PM. This museum includes exhibits of art and antiquities of ancient to modern Qingdao, as well as exhibits on porcelain and calligraphy. ¥20.  edit
  • Qingdao Art Museum (青岛市美术馆; Qīngdǎoshì Měishùguǎn), 7 Daxue lu (大学路7号; Dà​xué​lù​), [5]. ¥20.  edit
  • Haier Science and Technology Museum (海尔科技馆; Hǎiěr Kējìguǎn), 27 Meiling lu, Laoshan District (崂山区梅岭路27号; Láo​shān​qū Méilǐnglù) (Bus 104, 230 or 231 to Qingdao Museum Stop, in the same building as Qingdao Municipal Museum), 0532-88899855. 9AM-5PM. A separate museum specially geared towards children. ¥20.  edit
  • Qingdao Underwater World/Qingdao Aquarium (青岛海底世界; Qīngdǎo Hǎishìjiè), (Located next to the #1 beach), [6]. Aquarium open daily. Qingdao is host to China's first public aquarium, opened in 1932. Today the "Underwater World" consists of four main areas on both sides of the street connected via an underground tunnel. One highlight is the moving platform that takes visitors in a tunnel through the aquarium, one can look all around and see fish from every angle. Also, do not miss the ever-popular mermaid shows. Be aware, however, that during the day and in the summer it will be packed with hoards of noisy children and tourists. Two of the exhibits do not have air-conditioning. ¥80.  edit
  • Polar Ocean World, [7]. An aquarium focusing on polar animals, including polar bears and penguins. Newer and more modern than the Underwater World. It has a well known Beluga whale and dolphin show, as well as a daily large seal exhibition. ¥90 per adult.  edit
  • German Governor's Residence, (Ask for the Qingdao Guest House). A Bavarian-style castle where Mao stayed as well. Also the observatories on the hills around it are interesting for good views and museum sites.  edit
  • Qingdao German Prison Site Museum, 25 Changzhou lu, 0532-82868820. 8AM-5PM, April to November; 9AM-5PM, November to April. This building housed a prison built by the Germans. The visit begins with an exhibit of the good and bad sides of German and Japanese occupation, followed by a visit of the cells and torture rooms. The building originally housed German prisoners, but was later used to incarcerate Chinese prisoners under Japanese rule, as well as communist party members under the Kuomintang. The basement recreates the Japanese torture cells, complete with original implements and illustrations. RMB 15.  edit
  • Qingdao Naval Museum, 8 Laiyang lu, 0532-82874786. 8 AM - 5 PM. A museum with exhibits on the history of the Chinese navy, as well as full-size warships that visitors may tour. RMB 30.  edit
  • Tsingtao Brewery (青岛啤酒厂; Qīngdǎo Píjiǔchǎng), 56 Dengzhou Road (登州路56号‎; Dēng​zhōu​lù​), 0532-3834337, [8]. 9:00AM-5PM. The brewery has some interesting exhibits and the bottling plant is fascinating.Inside the brewery you will see the history of the brewery and how beer was made in the late 19th and 20th century. Of course the ample free samples of beer (especially of the delicious unfiltered or "raw" beer) and free mug are likely to persuade you this place is worth a visit. ¥50.  edit
  • Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center. Qingdao was the location of the sailing events for the 2008 olympics. Visitors can see the plaza, lighthouse, and closing ceremonies site, as well as visit the restaurants and bars at the venue.  edit
  • Qingdao TV Tower, 10 Taipingshan Road, 0532 8365-4020. November - March, 9:00AM-7:00PM; April - October, 8:30AM-9:30PM. Visitors take the elevator to an outdoor observation deck that offers fantastic views of Qingdao. Tea, snacks, and beer are available inside, as are souvenirs and an exhibit on Qingdao's winning bid for the sailing competitions during the Beijing Olympics. ¥40.  edit
  • Qingdao Eastern Bear Park, 10 Laoshan Road, Qingdao City, 0532-88999666. 9:00AM-5:30PM. A new attraction in Qingdao that houses Asian Black Bears (Dog Bears) among others. The bears are segregated by age, and visitors can feed them the food provided. While the bears are interesting, there are large numbers crammed in relatively small spaces, and appear to be starving. Bear shows take place several times a day and feature bears with chains around their necks being hit by their trainers until they perform tricks, only to receive very small rewards. There is also a lovely park that has a separate entrance and entry fee, in which visitors can take the stairs to the top of a mountain, passing several temples en route. It is worth the walk up, if visitors are ok with contributing their money to the bear habitat. ¥150.  edit

Do

Beaches

Qingdao has some famous (within China) beaches worthy of visiting. Unfortunately, litter is a problem at all of them, ranging from the occasional cigarette butt to having to wade through a flotsam of trash just to get into the ocean itself. Your experience will vary depending on the tides and the time of year you visit. During summer weekends, Qingdao city beaches are VERY crowded (sometimes upwards of 100,000 people), and slightly less crowded on summer weekdays. Again, these can be packed full of people during the weekends. Bring sunscreen, while you can buy beach toys, food, drinks, and knick-knacks at any of Qingdao's beaches, surprisingly no one sells sunscreen at the beach itself. You can find bathing beaches all along the seaside from the Zhanqiao Pier to the Shilaoren Beach in the eastern suburbs.

  • Laoshan Beach (崂山浴场; Láoshān yùchǎng), (Just at the entrance to Laoshan National Park, about a 30 minute drive east of the city limits,). Surrounded by mountains and visited far less often than its alternatives, Laoshan beach is one of the best in town. Make sure to arrange transportation there and back, because taxis are harder to get there.  edit
  • Old Stone Man Beach (石老人浴场; Shìlǎorén yùchǎng), Donghai East Road and Haikou Road (东海东路 - 海口路) (Get there by bus 125 or 321). 24 hours. One of the best beaches within easy striking distance of the city. It is cleanish, very long and broad, with the highest waves. Tables, chairs, tents, boats, shower, changing facilities etc. are available for rent. Admission free; Shower and changing is now 10 RMB at the cheapest. In addition, you can store your items in a locker for another 10 RMB + a deposit of 30 RMB..  edit
  • Beach #1 (第一海水浴场; Dìyī hǎishuǐ yùchǎng), Nanhai Road (南海路) (CNY15-20 in taxi from the center; busses #6, #15, #26, #31, #202, #206, # 214, #219, #223, #228, #231, #302, #304, #306, #311, #312, #316, #317, #321, #501, #604, #605, #801 stop at near by bus stop Hai Shui Yu Chang (海水浴场; Hǎishuǐ yùchǎng)). 24 hours. Clean and full of amusement for children but often crowded. Very basic shower and changing facilities available. Surrounded by restaurants and hotels. Admission free. ¥5 for shower and changing facilities.  edit
  • Beach #2 (第二海水浴场; Dìèr hǎishuǐ yùchǎng), Shanhaiguan Road (山海关路; Shānhǎiguān lù) (CNY10-15 in taxi from the center; buses #26, #31, #202, #206, #214, #223, #228, #231, #304, #316, #317, #321, #501, #604, #801 stop at bus stop Wu Sheng Guan ([chinese; pinyin]) a bit north of the beach). Quiet beach. Entrance CNY2 in summer, else free.  edit
  • Beach #3 (City Beach) (第三海水浴场; Dìsān hǎishuǐ yùchǎng). Has a "plastic island" so you can swim far away and have a rest before coming back (but it is sometimes exhausting to swim in the waves).  edit
  • Beach #6 (Muscle Beach). Not very clean. ¥5 for very basic shower and changing facilities.  edit

International Beer Festival

Qingdao International Beer Festival, held at the end of August every year, is a celebration of Qingdao's brewing heritage. During the daytime, there are official ceremonies that celebrate Qingdao's heritage as well as carnival type rides, food and games. In the evening, the event really picks up as crowds flock to huge tents set up by each beer company with a presence in China. One can sit down and order beer or snacks. The price of food at night during the festival, however, is ridiculous. You cannot find Kebabs for anything less than CNY 10 per stick! One can also watch (or participate in) various performances such as karaoke, concerts, auctions, or comedy. The entertainment itself is tame and bland; 2009s best gig, by far, was a Phillipine cover band imitating Western songs. The International Beer Festival, unfortunately, no longer seems to have much of an international presence save the beer. Much of what you see now can be found at any Chinese carnival, park or civic celebration.

  • Huangdao (黄道). Providing there isn't persistent fog as is often in the area, one can take a ferry from Qingdao port to the neighbouring district of Huangdao. The city has mostly been built in the last 10-15 years and thus is completely devoid of character. That said, there are plenty of Japanese hostess bars, and a few Western drinking holes too, if you get tired of Qingdao's fare. The ferry prices generally range from 15-30RMB one way, but be advised that if the ferries aren't running the taxi fare is 200RMB+ back to Qingdao.  edit
  • Seafront walk. Walk along the sea front in the evening from beach 2 back into town to 6.  edit
  • Taidong Pedestrian Street (Taidong Buxingjie). The best area for buying stuff. Very "renao" (bustling), especially at night when the peddlers come out and you can buy all manner of trinkets, clothing, household wares, etc. While in Taidong be careful of the Pickpockets.  edit
  • Central Hong Kong Rd., (The stretch of Hong Kong Rd. between Fuzhou Rd. and Nanjing Rd.). To provision yourself, head out to this area. Carrefour sells grocery, food, and small electronics. It has a KFC. Jusco is part shopping mall, part grocery store and part department store. MyKal is an eight floor department store with a movie theatre on the top and a grocery store in the basement. Sunshine is a department store across from Carrefour that sells upmarket goods. The Hisense shopping centre located behind Jusco has many luxury goods stores, and a grocery store with possibly the best selection of western foods in Qingdao.  edit
  • Jimo Lu market. Do not miss this market, a great place to buy knock off Gucci, Prada, Louis Vitton as well as local retail goods. Recently refurbished and opening new shops across the street in a new plaza, it will soon become one of Qingdao's most popular retail markets.  edit
  • Zhong Shan Lu. Recently retrofitted for 2008, still boasts some of the oldest shops in Qingdao.  edit

Eat

Head to Yunxiao Road west of Fuzhou South Road for a large selection of restaurants of all Chinese varieties ranging from the local Shandong style, to Cantonese and Sichuan. Yunxiao Road is recognized as Qingdao's restaurant street, and serves up a wide variety of mouth watering dishes. Minjiang Road, near Fushou South Road (bordering on Qingdao's restaurant district), has several outstanding restaurants. The area is booming with foods from around the world.

Budget

Small cheap restaurants are found around the city, especially away from the main streets. Basic meals for less than ¥10.

Noodles

Noodle restaurants tend to be cheap, some options are:

Dumplings

Also, dumpling restauraunts tend to be cheap, some options are:

  • Sanheyuan (Ningxia Road Branch) (三合园水饺 (宁夏路店); Sānyuán Shuǐjiǎo (Níngxiàdiàn)), 147 Ningxia lu, Shinan District (市南区宁夏路147号; Shì​nán​qū​ Níng​xià​lù​), 0532-85838085. Expect to pay around ¥30-40 each person.  edit
  • Da Niang Dumplings (大娘水饺; Dàniáng Shuǐjiǎo), [9]. Fast food chain specialising in dumplings. Expect to pay around ¥20-25 each person.  edit
    • Shibei District Branch, 64 Taidong 3rd Rd, Shibei District (市北区台东三路64号; Shì​běi​qū​ Tái​dōng​sān​lù​).  edit
    • Shinan District Branch, Hong Kong Middle Road, Shinan District (市南区香港中路; Shì​nán​qū​ Xiāng​gǎng​zhōng​lù​).  edit

Other

If you want something a bit more comfortable than the most basic restaurants, you can try one of the restaurants below where you can expect to pay around ¥20-40 each person:

Mid-range

Dim sum

  • Old Hong Kong Restaurant (香港老饭店; Xiānggǎnglǎo Fàndiàn), 42 Hong Kong Middle Road (Just below New York Club in the Hirun Hotel on Hong Kong middle Rd.), 0532-85978868. Better than average dim sum, clean upmarket atmosphere and decent service. Unfortunately their dim sum menu lacks English, but it is still definitely worth a try. Expect to pay ¥50-75 each person.  edit
  • Bifeng Tang (港记避风塘; Gǎngjì bìfēngtáng), 158 Minjiang Road (闽江路24号), 0532-85776789. until 4AM. Hongkong dimsum and seafood. About average of ¥50 per person.  edit

Hotpot

  • Laoshan Pao Hotpot Restaurant (老山炮活鱼锅; Lǎoshānpàohuóyúguō), 20 Yunxiao Road (云宵路20号), 0532-85784444, [10]. Hot pot, seafood. Expect around ¥50 each person.  edit
  • Tanyutou Hotpot Restaurant (谭鱼头火锅; Tányútóuhuǒguō), 14 Minjiang Road (闽江路14号), 0532-85839076. Hotpot. Expect around ¥50 each person.  edit

Korean

  • Minsu Korean Restaurant (民俗酒家; Mínsújiǔjiā), 68 Shanghang Road (上杭路68号), 0532-66777308. Korean BBQ. Expect to pay around ¥50 each person.  edit
  • Xiaobenjia Korean Restaurant (小本家; Xiǎoběnjiā), 58 Shanghang Road (上杭路58号). Korean BBQ. Reservation is recommended. Expect to pay around ¥50 each person.  edit

Other

  • Shanglinyuan Restaurant (上林苑餐饮), 169 Minjiang Road, Shinan District (市南区闽江路169号; Shì​nán​qū​ Mǐn​jiāng​lù​), +86 532 85756188 (, fax: +86 532 85756788), [11]. Shandong cuisine and seafood.  edit
  • Yumatou Seafood Restaurant (渔码头; Yúmǎtóu), 24 Yunxiao Road, Shinan District (市南区云霄路24号; Shìnánqū​ Yúnxiāolù​), +86 532 85733583. Seafood. Expect to pay around ¥75 each person.  edit
  • Heavenly Palace Old Mama Restaurant (天府老妈; Tiānfǔlǎomā), 54 Yunxiao Road (云宵路54号), +86 532 85764906. Sichuan cuisine. Expect around ¥50 each person.  edit
  • Lao Chuancai (老转村四川菜馆; Lǎo zhuǎncūn sìchuān càiguǎn), 158 Minjiang Road (On Minjiang Road very near to the intersection with Fuzhou Road), +86 532 85772776. Probably one of the biggest and best Sichuan restaurants in Qingdao. This spot is part of a local chain of average Chinese restaurants. Expect ¥75-100 each person.  edit
  • Haidao Seafood Restaurant (海岛渔村; Hǎidǎoyúcūn), 40 Yunxiao Road, Shinan District (市南区云霄路40号; Shì​nán​qū​ Yún​xiāo​lù​), +86 532 85973058, [12]. Seafood. Expect to pay ¥75-100 each person.  edit
  • Monnemer Eck's, 173 Jiangxi Rd. (Right on the Jiangxi Rd. Bar strip not far from Charlie's Bar.), 0532-85921096. The closest thing to real German food in the city.  edit
  • Zijing Shandong Restaurant (紫晶鲁菜馆; Zǐjīnglǔcàiguǎn), [13]. Shandong cuisine. Claims to be the first restaurant in Qingdao to specialise in Shandong cuisine. Has both traditional dishes and modern ones. Expect around ¥125 each person.  edit
    • 48 Minjiang Second Road, Shinan District (市南区闽江二路48号; Shì​nán​qū​ Mǐn​jiāng​èr​lù​) (Buses 217, 222, 228), +86 532 85652888.
    • 113 Fengshan Road, Licang District (李沧区峰山路113号; Lǐ​cāng​qū​ Fēng​shān​lù​), +86 532 87631111.

Drink

Tsingtao is China's best-known brand of beer. The brewery was founded by Germans during colonial times. Every August there is a beer festival (check the listing in the "Do" section). Many European breweries participate.

Despite being a city of 3 million, nightlife is quieter here than in most cities of similar size. KTV (karaoke) is very popular activity amongst the locals. There are a few western style club/discos in the Hong Kong Road area close to the Jusco.

  • Le Bang (乐邦), (Technically on Chengyi 1 Rd north of Hong Kong Rd., the official address is 2 Zhangzhou 2 Rd. Gate B. It's on the side street next to SOS), +86 532 85935279. 6PM to whenever the last paying customer leaves. A good first stop for travellers in the area is , a French expat bar. On Friday and Saturday nights there is an all you can drink ¥50 happy hour from 10PM-11PM. During weekdays there is always some kind of daily drink special. There are often French/continental nights. Drinks start at ¥15 and food starts at ¥25.  edit
  • Feelings Club, 83-85 Hong Kong Middle Road (Across the road from Xinjiazhuang bus stop), +86 532 85932929. 8PM to late. A large dance club that is often the most popular among Chinese, music there is strictly techno. Ladies should watch out as it is not called "Feeling" Club for nothing.  edit
  • SOS, 71 Hong Kong Middle Road (A 5 minute stumble west of Feelings Club on HK Road), +86 532 85969898. 8PM to 2AM. Formerly a part of the Shanghai Babyface chain. Name has changed but still the same Chinese techno loving, glow stick handling and dice rolling crowd, but often not as busy. ¥40 and up.  edit
  • Club New York, 41 Hong Kong Middle Road 2nd Floor (Go further west from SOS past Fuzhou Road), +86 532 85725666. There is a live band almost every night, that plays cover songs. The atmosphere is definitely more western oriented than other places. Drink prices are expensive at ¥40-50, although foreigners planning a lengthy stay are nearly always offered a free VIP card for permanent half price drinks.  edit
  • Freeman (自由人), 163 Jiangxi Road (Jiangxi Road near Hong Kong Middle Road), +86 15853211877. 6PM-2AM. Laid back western style bar, with plenty of different kinds of booze available and good service. ¥20 and up.  edit
  • Charlie's Bar, 167 Jiangxi Road (Jiangxi Road near Hong Kong Middle Road), +86 532 85897919. 6PM-2AM. Very similar to Freeman, but not as big and a slightly weaker selection. ¥20 and up.  edit
  • The Beach House, 5 Wendang Lu. The Beach House bills itself as a "youth hostel," but its really more of a hotel. Still, the prices for a room are very reasonable. The Becah House is right by bathing beach #1 and the views can be pretty good. The Pearl S. Buck Cafe, on the bottom floor of the hotel, has outrageous prices. Its best to look elsewhere for food, lest you enjoy being gouged 25 RMB for half a bowl of oatmeal, yoghurt and a lousy banana.  edit
  • Home Inn (Qingdao Yinchuan West Road Branch) (如家快捷 (青岛银川西路店); Rújiākuàijié (Qīngdǎo Yínchuāndiàn)), 9 Yinchuan West Road, Shinan District (市南区银川西路9号; Shì​nán​qū​ Yín​chuān​xī​lù​), +86 532 85779009 (fax: +86 532 85772200). Tiny rooms. Listed rates for doubles from ¥179, breakfast ¥12.   edit
  • Qingdao Kaiyue International Youth Hostel. Quiet but large and very nice hostel in the old town near the train station and the Catholic church. Good place to meet other foreigners.  edit
  • YHA Old Observatory. Qingdao Observatory, the first observatory in China, is a great location for this youth hostel, which is situated on Mt. Observatory in the heart of Qingdao. It is a hidden gem from which to explore China’s most well-known coastal city.  edit
  • Aegean Sea Boutique Hotel (青岛爱情海精品酒店; Qīngdǎo Àiqínghǎijīngpǐn Jiǔdiàn), 212 Yan'an Third Road, Shinan District (市南区延安三路212号; Shì​nán​qū​ Yán​'ān​sān​lù​), [14]. Three star hotel with small rooms. Listed rates for doubles from ¥858, discounted from ¥219.  edit
  • Sifang Hotel (青岛四方大酒店; Qīngdǎofāngjiǔdiàn), 1 Wenzhou Road, Sifang District (四方区温州路1号; Sì​fāng​qū​ Wēn​zhōu​lù​), +86 532 83717888 (, fax: +86 532 83717577), [15]. Centrally located simple three star hotel. Listed rates for doubles from ¥360, discounted from ¥158.  edit
  • TOP YiHe International Serviced Apartments, 10 Xianggang Middle Road, +86 532 8866 4432. Comparable to most 4-star hotels in Qingdao at a much cheaper rate, has an excellent staff, Bird's Eye View of the Olympic Marina & May 4th Square. Free daily Western style breakfast, free local calls, free broadband internet with 42" plasma HDTV screen and cable TV, business center, conference rooms, 10 minute walk to all major shopping centers and restaurants.  edit
  • Crowne Plaza Qingdao, 76 XiangGang Middle Road, +86 532 85718888 (fax: + 86 532 85716666), [16]. The city's busiest international hotel with 388 rooms, great location and facilities, including Brazilian BBQ and a pastry counter. It's also near the 2008 Olympics sailing sites.  edit
  • Grand Regency Hotel Qingdao, 110 XiangGang Middle Road, +86 532 85881818 (fax: + 86 532 85881888), [17]. The first 5-star hotel in Qingdao, it has excellent staff, billiard rooms, health club, squash courts, swimming pool, tennis courts, and a bowling alley. 393 rooms.  edit
  • Latour Laguens (Qingdao), 316 Hong Kong Rd, +86 532 88966969 ext. 8000 (fax: +86 532 66717399), [18]. Member of the small luxury hotels organization, Seaside resort hotel with an amazing ocean view, excellent service, vast selection of fine wines, comfortable high class atmosphere, very large personalized rooms with in-room sauna and spa, fantastic food selection, free pick up from the airport, and free breakfast.  edit
  • Sea View Garden Hotel, 2 ZhangHua Road, +86 532 85875777. Offers excellent ocean side view, spa, tennis, KTV, bar, and close to shopping centres.  edit
  • ZhanQiao Hotel, 31 TaiPing Road, +86 532 82888666. 4/5 Star hotel with excellent location right on the water front. Prices start at ¥600 and are more for ocean views. Discounts available during the winter months..  edit
  • Copthorne Hotel Qingdao, 28 Hong Kong Middle Road, +86 532 85721688, [19]. Copthorne Hotel Qingdao is an international deluxe hotel situated in the heart of the city and central business district. This contemporary 455-rooms-and-suite hotel provides an array of facilities and impeccable service to both the business and leisure travellers. The hotel offers a variety of dining experiences including an award-winning Chinese Restaurant, Central Grill which serves international cuisine for casual all-day dining, a spectacular Lobby Lounge and a Japanese Restaurant.  edit

Stay safe

Generally, Qingdao is a very safe city although the general travel advisories such as keeping your bag close, not flashing large amounts of money and using common sense are always advised. Violent crime or serious thievery is not a common problem.

Get out

Laoshan

Located a 30 min. bus ride east of downtown, Laoshan (Mount Lao) boasts a 2100-year-old Dao temple and is a must see for the Qingdao area. Often credited with being one of the temples that gave birth to the Dao way of thought, the Laoshan temple is tucked just between the mountains and beach. You can wander the temples or take one of the many paths winding up and around the mountains to enjoy the view, see waterfalls or listen to the tales of the ancient snake and other phenomena that haunt the Laoshan area. The mountain offers both regular hiking from the main entrance, as well as a stone-paved trail to Chao Yin waterfall and tea house from the north entrance

Route of bus 304, Qingdao
Route of bus 304, Qingdao

Bus 304 can be used when travel to Laoshan from Qingdao. The bus can be boarded at the train station close to the west side of beach no. 6.

Bus 304 will not take you all the way to Laoshan's main entrance. The bus trip from the train station to the terminal bus stop will cost about 10 Y. A taxi from the terminal bus stop to Laoshan costs about 20 Y. Unfortunately it's not easy to find an available taxi at the terminal bus stop. A good piece of advice is to start walking towards Laoshan and grab an empty taxi on the way. The actual distance from the end stop to Laoshan is too far to walk. The entrance fee for Laoshan is 70 Y. It's also a good idea to book a taxi before hand for the return journey.

Stairs from the path leading to the top of Laoshan
Stairs from the path leading to the top of Laoshan

Weifang

Weifang is a city in Shandong province that is the home of China's International Kite Festival. Visitors can visit the Kite Museum where artists produce not only kites, but also New Year's Paintings, carvings, and other forms of art. The Museum also houses a Ming dynasty era home of a young family of historical interest. Vistors may also visit the historical home of a local landlord from the Ming Dynasty on Weifang's oldest street. The city is approximately 2 hours by car from Qingdao on the way to the coast Yantai.

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Qingdao

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Qingdao

  1. a city in eastern China on the Yellow Sea

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  • IPA: /ˈtʃɪŋˈdaʊ/

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