Qingdao, or Tsingtao, in Chinese
means lush or green island. This beautiful
coastal city with its warm summer beaches and
calm waters was listed as the 9th most livable
city in China by the China Daily.
called Northern Chinas premier ocean resort,
Qingdao enjoys a Mediterranean style climate and
has been called the Switzerland of the Orient.
Once colonized by Germany, Qingdao still has
many fine examples of European architecture.
city of over seven million people and boasting a
booming economy, Qingdao still has a very
peaceful and friendly atmosphere.
The birthplace of Confucius and Taoism, you can
find a nice mixture of the old and modern
Chinese culture and traditions.
Qingdao, a well-known holiday
resort, has many attractions for the visitor:
Small Qingdao Island is famous for its
unspoiled natural scenery with its steep rocky
outcrops and many varieties of trees.
Qingdao Seashore Scenic Area with its
beautiful mountains, seashores, and
Number One Beach noted for its clear
water, mild waves, and soft sand is the largest
sandy beach in Asia.
Badaguan Scenic Area with its foreign
villas and paths, it is known as The Ten
Thousand Country Architecture Garden.
Golden Sand Beach, although not visited
by many people, its well worth seeing.
Zhan Bridge is one of the important
symbols of Qingdao and is a must see attraction.
Qingdao International Beer Festival
attracts thousands of people to celebrate this
16 day event which starts the second week in
Other Places to Visit Include:
Taiqing Palace, Zhanshan Temple, Tsingtao
Brewery, Old German Governors Residence, Qingdao
Municipal Museum (http://www.qingdaomuseum.com),
Qingdao Underwater World (http://www.qdunderwaterworld.com)
Mt. Laoshan (a day trip out of the city)
Known as the cradle of Chinese Taoism, Mt.
Laoshan is well worth a one or two day trip to
do some climbing and take in the sights.
Qingdao has an excellent public
transportation system. Naturally
you're going to want to do some walking
just for the opportunity to get out and
meet "the locals" but both the bus and
taxis are quite cheap. A regular
bus ride will cost 1 Yuan and the taxi
fare starts at 7 Yuan plus 1 Yuan
surcharge per trip.