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Qingdao Travel Guide

Qingdao,also known as"Tsingtao", is a beautiful seaside city in southeast part of Shandong province. 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 Shandong mapindustrial center.As the site of the Tsingtao Brewery, Qingdao is administratively at the sub-provincial level. In 2008, Qingdao was named China 7th-most livable city.


As early as 6,000 years ago, human began to settle in Qingdao. In Eastern Zhou period, the Dongyi nationality lived here and created the colorful Dawenkou, Longshan and Dongyueshi Cultures. In Han Dynasty, the Emperor Wudi worshiped Heaven and his ancestors and built 9 imperial ritual halls on Nvgu Hill near Jiaozhou Bay. Subsequently, Qingdao developed into a bustling town called Jiaoao in the late Qing Dynasty.

In 1897, Germany sent soldiers to capture Qingdao. After the First World War broke out, Japan captured Qingdao and began its military colonial ruling in place of Germany. In 1922, Qingdao was returned to China, and was under the direct control of the Beiyang Government. In 1938, Qingdao was captured by Japan again. Thereafter, in 1945, the National Government took over Qingdao. It was then liberated in 1949, and then was listed as one of the fifteen sub-provincial cities throughout the country in 1994.


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 square kilometres. 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 1,133 metres 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 kilometres coastline. Five significant rivers that flow for more than 50 kilometres can be found in the region.

Things to do in Qingdao

See the beautiful City of Qingdao

Qingdao City is sometimes known as the Switzerland of the Orient.For thirty three years, up to 1949, the city was a colony of Germany and Japan. Thus,it has a great deal of European architecture. This foreign architecture -a remnant of the colonial past- now beautifies this seaside city.The red roofs, green trees, blue sea, and azure sky form a bright and colorful picture here.

Surrounded by the sea on three sides, the city attracts many visitors with its charming seascape.Just walking on the sand and listening to the surf breaking on the beach becomes enjoyable. Here lists the top attractions in Qingdao:

ZhanqiaoLaoshan MountainBadaguan Scenic Area
           Zhan Bridge        Mount Laoshan      Badaguan Scenic Area
Small Qingdao IslandQingdao No.1 Bathing BeachQingdao Beer Museum
       Small Qingdao Island     Qingdao No.1 Bathing Beach      Qingdao Beer Meuseum

Qingdao International Beer Festival
Established in 1991, the Festival has been held 15 times, beginning the second weekend of August and lasting 16 days. During the festival, the whole city is in great revelry. Beer drinking competitions, parties, entertainment and trade exhibitions stimulate interest. Dozens of beer companies from all over the world join the festival. Beer products and cultures from Germany and Korea are introduced into China, and interaction which enriches the Chinese beer market and enhances the cooperation of Chinese and foreign beer companies.
The International Beer Festival drives the local tourism industry and promotes communication between the local and people all over the world.

When to visit Qingdao ?

The weather is Qingdao is especially pleasant for much of the year, being influenced by its coastal setting next to the Yellow Sea. Qingdao's summer climate is warm and the winters relatively mild, especially when compared to more northerly cities in China.

July and August tend to be the hottest months in Qingdao, when the sunny weather is responsible for highs of 25°C or more. However, a monsoon period can arrive at this time of the year, resulting in heavy showers. It is not unusual for both July and August to experience precipitation levels of around 150 mm, with rain levels falling to 80 mm in September and 40 mm in October.

The local government recognizes the importance of the tourism industry and has further plans to develop the local tourism. To enhance the tourism industry, the city now sponsors theInternational Beer Festival, the International Sea Festival, Beach Culture Festival, the Sea Affection Festival, and the Summer of Qingdao Festival.

How to get there?

By Air: Qingdao Liuting International Airport services airlines with 47 domestic cities and 8 foreign cities.Qingdao has implemented the 72-hour visa-free transit policy since November 16th 2015 to facilitate citizens of 51 countries and regions to enjoy a visa-free stay up to 72 hours when taking an international transfer via Liuting Airport. Read more about 72-Hour Visa-Free Transit.

By Railway: Everyday, 24 pairs of trains depart from Qingdao to domestic cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Taishan Mountain,etc.

By Highay: Highway in Qingdao is also developed, covering 16181.468 in total. So far, there are 7 freeways to Weihai, Yantai and Yiweike of Penglai.

By Waterway: Qingdao Harbor, reputed as No.1 Good Harbor in Asia, has two international courses sailing for Inchon of Korea and Shimonoseki of Japan.

Travel Tips

Qingdao Food: The food in Qingdao is with distinctive flavors--especially seafood. So take this chance to enjoy the delicious seafood. Also, the city is the home of the famous Tsingtao Beer. Do not forget to try it when visiting the city.

QIngdao Local Specialties: The local products of Qingdao include shell carvings, seafoods, Laoshan Yunfeng Tea (green tea), Tsingtao Beer, Jimo Rice Wine, Jiaozhou Bay Clam, Laoshan Rock and textiles. These are available at the above three shopping areas.

In cooperation with the Beijing Olympic Games 2008, the city held the Sailing Competition in the Olympic Games in 2008. This great event brings a great opportunity for this charming city to build its bright future.

Relationship with Korea:  Since the first Korean companies began doing business in this city in 1988, Korean people have lived here. Thousands of Korean people now live and work here, which makes the city with the most Korea investment enterprises in China. And the city also has the largest Korean population in China. With years of cultural exchange, they have established deep, close friendships and mutual trust with the native Chinese people.

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