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Qingdao Travel Guide 1: Main Qingdao Facts


Another Name: TsingTao
Location: Located in the southeastern part of the Shandong Peninsula.
Population: with a population of 7.6 million
Qingdao Overview: Qingdao China is a famous garden city in China and its coast has many lovely inlets. Qingdao's architecture presents a characteristic European style and is very harmonious on the whole. Red roof tiles, green trees, azure seas and blue skies mirror the beautiful manner of Qingdao. Its crimson reefs, gentle waves, colorful sailing boats and golden beaches help to make up the beautiful scenery. Qingdao's history, religion, natural conditions, native customs and its festivals constitute the city's tourism culture.

 

Qingdao Travel Guide 2: Qingdao Culture


The Summer Arts Festival in Qingdao China
The Summer Arts Festival in Qingdao China is held every August for 1 week, presenting various performances of large scale delivered by famous artists from all over the world.

 

"Love of the Sea" Tourist Festival in Qingdao China
"Love of the Sea" Tourist Festival in Qingdao China is a popular celebration of the public held every July, sponsored by the City South District. There have been 6 sessions since the first session in 1993.


Qingdao International Beer Festival
Qingdao International Beer Festival Begins at the last weekend in every August and lasts for 22 days. This large-scale festival celebrated by the whole city presents a scene of jubilation, music and etc.

 

Qingdao Travel Guide 3: More Qingdao Information on Qingdao China Travel

  Attractions in Qingdao

 

1. Laoshan Scenic Area: Laoshan Mountain, located at the seashore of the Yellow Sea, is a famous tourist destination. It has the highest coastal peak of China, Laoding, 1,133 meters above sea level.


2. No.1 Bathing Beach: The biggest bathing beach in Asia, No. 1 Bathing Beach is famed for soft sand, clean water and calm waves. It is surrounded by graceful scenery: mountains in three directions, luxuriant green trees and modern high-rise buildings alongside waterfront villas.

 

3. Badaguan (Eight Passes) Area: Badaguan is a must-see for visitors to Qingdao. It’s one of the best places to take in Qingdao’s best features: red tiles, green trees, blue sea and sky. Here, the parks and the courtyards blend into one another along intersecting roads ornamented with a variety of trees and seasonal flowers.

 

4. Little Qingdao Isle: Little Qingdao Isle is located in Qingdao Bay, which is on the north side of the Jiaozhou Bay estuary. Along with Zhan Qiao Pier, Little Qingdao Isle is a symbol of Qingdao. Its shape resembles a guqin, an ancient Chinese instrument, so the island is also called Qin Island.

 

5. Qingdao Catholic Church: Qingdao Catholic Church, originally called St. Michael’s Church, was designed in a Gothic and Romanesque style by a German architect. The church, built with yellow granite and reinforced concrete is carved in a simple, graceful style.

 

6. Tianheng Island: Tianheng Island is a long narrow island. The island gets its name from Tianheng, a king of the state of Qi in the early Han Dynasty, who once inhabited the island. The most famous local historical site, the mass grave of 500 warriors who supported Tianheng, is located in the western part of the island.

 

7. Zhanshan Temple: Situated at the eastern foot of Taiping Hill on Qingdao’s West Xianggang Road, Zhanshan Temple is the only Buddhist temple in the urban area of Qingdao. It has five rows of buildings in its courtyard, including the Main Hall, Hall of the Three Saints (Sansheng Hall), Palace of the Heavenly King, guest rooms and a library of scriptures that holds 6000 volumes of sacred texts.

 

Food in Qingdao

 

Seafood should not be missed in Qingdao. Qingdao seafood has unique flavors, fresh and light, popular with tourists. The top-end hotels such as Shangri-La Hotel and Qingdao Hotel, and the Yiqinglou Restaurant serve dainty seafood.

 

Every tourist city has its gourmet street; Qingdao China is no exception. This kind of streets includes the Yunxiao Road Gourmet Street, Minjiang Road Gourmet Street and Maidao Seafood Street.

 

Restaurants on these roads serve fresh seafood such as Fried Spicy Clams, Seafood Wonton, and Roasted Sleeve-Fish. In addition, barbecue, hotpots and dishes from other parts of China are offered here.

 

Shopping in Qingdao

 

What to Buy in Qingdao China

 

Many goods await your exploration: seashell carving, seafood products, seashells, Laoshan mineral water, Laoshan Cola, Tsingtao beer and Korean products from the many shops and restaurants offering you a chance to explore Korean culture.

 

Where to Buy in Qingdao China

 

If you intend to shop in Qingdao, try Zhongshan Road. With its bewitching night scene, big shopping malls on Zhongshan Road such as Parkson Department Store deserve a visit.

 

Taidong Pedestrian Street provides visitors not only a broad shopping and entertainment area, but also a place in which to enjoy outdoor mural paintings. Great muralists from other parts of China create outstanding public art to lure visitors to Taidong Pedestrian Street.

 

Jimo Road Small Articles Wholesale Market has become the must-go place for tourists to buy souvenirs for friends and relatives. This market earns its fame for its approachable prices and good quality.

 

On Hong Kong middle Road are two big shopping centers, Jusco and Carrefour, recommended for typical Qingdao food, including dried seafood. Opposite the Carrefour is the Sunshine Department Store, the high-level shopping center in Qingdao. Starbucks and Haagen-Dazs ice cream shops are also in the area. Behind Jusco, near the sailing center you will find Hisense Plaza, a high level shopping center includes LV, Prada and Gucci.

 

Nightlife in Qingdao

 

To young people, one thing that should not be missed is the bar life. The Qingdao entertainment district is located in the downtown area of the east part and the Stone Old Man (Shi Lao Ren) Tourism Holiday area. Although the nightlife in Qingdao is becoming more active every year, it is more subdued than in other major cities.

 

The Honolulu Club, on the first floor of Huiquan Dynasty Hotel, No. 9, Nanhai Road. It is a famous pub in Qingdao China that deserves a try.

 

Freeman Coffee House, on No. 38, Hubei Road, Shinan District, Qingdao China, is decorated with antiques, such as an American wireless radio from the 1940s, Irish copper coffee pots, a shabby straw-hat-shaped lampshade, and the graffiti left by customers. All these decorations remind one of a street corner in a European city.

 

The Music Kitchen Bar is a three-story building. Here you can watch the stars from the roof. Pizza is the most popular food at the Music Kitchen. They also feature various salads such as Thai eggplant salad and French sweet pepper salad. There's nothing better than pizza with salad!

 

Qingdao Travel Guide 4: China Travel Tips for Qingdao Tour

 

Best Time to Visit Qingdao China

 

Qingdao is located at the seashore of Yellow River and influenced distinctly by maritime climate. The annual average temperature is 12.3°C. You nearly never meet the hot days with daily average temperature above 30°C. Very hot weathers are rare in Qingdao China. But the winter in Qingdao is long, with low temperature and strong winds. And the average temperature is -0.9°C. Although in spring, the temperature is also not very high. So the best time to visit Qingdao is in summer. Qindao in summer has comfortable seawater, soft sand and appropriate temperature, and holds many local special festivals like Beer Festival, fashion Festival, etc. Moreover, it is also a good season to taste the delicious seafood.

 

Information on Qingdao Transport

 

Public Bus
Because of its hilly terrain, few people use bicycles or motorcycles in the city. Consequently, the public bus is the main vehicle in Qingdao China. Standard bus fare is CNY1; fare on an air-conditioned bus is CNY2.

 

Air-conditioned Tourist Bus
The bus starts from the railway station via Zhongyuan Sea Square, Zhan Bridge, and the Christian Church. Bus fares are CNY8 or CNY4. You can take the bus 5 times with a CNY8 ticket and twice with a CNY4 ticket. The first bus leaves at 7:30 and the last at 17:30.

 

If you intend to climb Mt. Laoshan, you can take the tourist special bus at Huaneng Square any time from 7:00 to 10:30 in the morning. It takes you about one hour to the Beijiushui Scenic Spot.

 

Taxi
The taxi fee is CNY7 for the first 4 kilometers from 5:00 to 22:00, CNY1.2 for every succeeding kilometer and CNY1.8 for every succeeding kilometer after 6 kilometers. From 22:00 to 5:00 next day, the taxi fee is CNY7 for the first 3 kilometers, CNY1.6 per kilometer between 3 to 6 kilometers and CNY2.2 after 6 kilometers.

 

Ferryboat
The ferryboat between Qingdao Old City and Huangdao enhances the ties of two sides of Jiaozhou Bay. It takes 20 to 30 minutes by ferryboat to Huangdao. Ordinary Boat: the first departure is at 6:30, the last at 21:00. The interval is 30 minutes and the boat fare is CNY7.High-speed Boat: the first departure is at 7:20, the last at 17:00. The interval is 20 minutes and the boat fare is CNY 9.5.

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