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What to see in Qingdao

Monday, February 28th, 2011
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Beach at Qingdao

Plan your Plan your Qingdao Tour? Qingdao is a picturesque coastal city that lies on the southern tip of China’s Shandong Peninsula, located in JiaoZhou Bay facing the Yellow Sea. Qingdao has seven urban districts and five county level cities under its jurisdiction with 10,645 square kilometers of land and a population of more than 8.1 million. Qingdao, with an annual average temperature of 12.2°C, is also a well-known holiday resort in China.

 
Features & Attractions
•Qingdao No.1 Bathing Beach
•Mt. Laoshan
•Zhan Bridge
•Qingdao International Beer Town
•Badaguan Scenic Area
•Historical Culture and Euro-Asian Culture Area
•Zhanshan Temple
•Qingdao Protestant Church
 
Qingdao No.1 Bathing Beach
With a length of 580 meters and a width of 40 meters, the No.1 Bathing Bach is located around Huiquan Bend of Qingdao. It is surrounded  by mountains on three sides. this beach is noted for its clear water, mild waves and soft sand. The beautiful scenery with its European ambience can compete with Hawaii, Bali or Samet Island in Thailand. Colorful chalets built in various shapes lead visitors into a fairytale world. July, August and September is the best time to visit. The neighboring spots include Huiquan Square, the Naval Museum and Lu Xun Park.
Ticket Price: Free
Opening Time: the whole day
How to get there: Bus No. 6, 15, 26, 214, 223, 304, 311, 312, 316
 
Mt. Laoshan
With its highest peak rising 1,133 meters above sea level, Mt. Laoshan is situated on the southeastern Shangdong peninsula. Facing the Yellow Sea, it is one of China’s major scenic resorts and has long held the reputation as the No. 1 Famous Mountain on the Sea.
The entire mountain covers 446 square kilometers and has 218 places of interest, big and small.
It is a famous Taoist mountain boasting both mountainous and coastal scenery.
Mt. Laoshan is also known for its oddly shaped rocks, ancient trees, and crystal-clear springs.
Ticket Price: CNY 70
Opening Time: 07:30-16:30
How to get there: Buses No. 304, 104, 802 or 113 to Mt. Laoshan
 
Zhan Bridge
Originally built in 1891 as a naval pier, Zhan Bridge is 440-meter (1444-foot) long and 10-meter (33-foot) wide with giant granite supports. Lotus-shaped lamps provide illumination and decoration. At the south end of the bridge is a Chinese style octagon pavilion standing in contrast to European buildings in the background.
Ticket Price: CNY 5
Opening Time: 07:00-19:00 (peak seasons)
08:00-17:30 (low seasons)
How to get there: Buses of No.2, 5, 6, 8, 25, 26, 218, 220, 223, 225, 301, 304, 305, 307, 311, 316, 320, 321, 501, 217 or 801 to get there.
 
Qingdao International Beer Town
Located on coastal road S212 in the Shilaoren National Tourism Resort in the city of Qingdao, Qingdao International Beer Town is dedicated to showcasing the virtues of beer. It is the largest international beer metropolis in Asia.
Qingdao International Beer Town has developed into a theme park, now in its 6th season, with over 30 international-class recreational facilities spread out over 33 hectares (80 acres) of land, making the beer town an interesting and refreshing (also quite literally) place to spend a day discovering the infinite diversity of pilsener, lager, ale – or just plain ol’ beer.
Ticket Price: CNY 60 (during the Qingdao International Beer Festival)
Opening Time: August to September
How to get there: Buses No. 201, 301, 312 or 313, and get off at Pei Jiu Cheng Station. There are special buses for visitors during the Qingdao International Beer Festival.
 
Badaguan Scenic Area
Badaguan Scenic Area is a famous picturesque sanitarium area in China, located in the east of Qingdao city, Shandong Province. This place used to have eight avenues that were named after eight famous passes in China. Thus, it was named Badaguan, which means eight passes. Since 1949, two more avenues were built in the area and there are now actually ten avenues. However, its name still remains the same.
 
Historical Culture and Euro-Asian Culture Area
This area contains numerous cultural relics strewn in beautiful natural scenery. this valuable heritage of the century-old city is a result of the combination of eastern and western cultures. Little Qingdao Isle, Xiaoyushan Park, Luxun Park, the Aquarium, the Marine Products Museum, the Navy Museum, Zhanshan Temple, the Catholic Church, the Lutheran Church, the Governor’s Office Building, the century-old villas area Badaguan (Eight Great Passes), and the romantic bathing beaches are excellent tourist centers.
 
Zhanshan Temple
Located to the east of TaiPing Hill, at the base of ZhanShan, was built in 1945.  The monastery has five halls and a pagoda, with a total 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 8th to 10th in April on the lunar calender every year.
Ticket Price: CNY 10
Opening Time: 08:30-16:30
How to get there: Buses No. 26, 206, 310 or 370 and get off at Zhanshansi Station
 
Qingdao Protestant Church
The Qingdao Protestant Church (Jidu jiaotang), built in 1910, is one of Qingdao ‘s quieter and more interesting sights. Although recently renovated this church still retains most of its original style and charm. Situated on a slight hill across from the Xinhaoshan park, the 39.10 meter tall bell tower and 18 meter high main hall, are easily missed on the winding roads leading up here.
Ticket Price: CNY 3 (another CNY 4 for going up the bell tower)
Opening Time: 08:00-16:30
How to get there: Bus No.1, 214, 225 to get there
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When is the best time to visit Qingdao?

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011
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Plan your Qingdao Tour? Located in the Shandong province, Qingdao is surrounded by the Yellow Sea on the east and south and mainland to the west and north. Qingdao enjoys pleasant weather throughout the year.

As the summer resort of China, Qingdao enjoys warm temperate zone monsoon climate.
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 The best time to visit Qingdao is in the months of March to November. The weather is extremely pleasant during this time of the year. If not putting the weather into a consideration, then there is no good or bad time to tour Qingdao as different time has different sceneries in Qingdao.

So when to visit Hangzhou all depends on your budget, tolerance for large crowds, your personal interests and, another time of year may suit you better. Check out below to have some information on each season:

Qingdao in Spring
Springs in Qingdao sets in a little late than other cities of China. Qingdao has a long spring period with less rain and cool weather. Temperature and humidity are rising, accompanied by fog and drizzle fairly common.

Qingdao in Summer
Summer is the rainy season in Qingdao. Unlike other cities of China, summer in Qingdao is not that hot. The highest temperature in the summer months is merely 25℃.

August is the hottest month in Qingdao. Summer is the best time for sailing, swimming and sunbathing. Moreover, it is also a good season to taste the delicious seafoods.

The Qingdao International Beer Festival is held every year in this season. The sun is strong during the summer, so you’d better bring your sun block.

Qingdao in Autumn
The autumn season in Qingdao is perhaps the best season of the year, as the entire city glows from fresh rains and the scenery in the city becomes all the more beautiful.

The sky is bright and clear. Your eyes are filled with the most beautiful view of the natural world.

Qingdao in Winter
Winters in the port city of Qingdao are relatively cold, windy and snowy. Temperatures on an average hover around freezing -1.3℃. January happens to be the coldest month in Qingdao.

All the mountains, trees, roads are covered by snow. Qingdao turns into a pure white world.

Tip:  Hassle-free Qingdao Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Qingdao guided tours:

Qingdao Cruise Port Day Tour from US$ 65 p/p
Qingdao Highlight Day Tour from US$ 105 p/p

Further Readings


Best Time to Visit Qingdao
Top 10 Attractions in Qingdao
Qingdao Taxi

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Top 10 Attractions in Qingdao

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010
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Plan your Qingdao tour? Qingdao,  known in the West by its postal map spelling Tsingtao, is a major city in eastern Shandong province. To the east, a short distance across the Yellow Sea, lie Korea and Japan, making Qingdao an important city for international trade.

The red roofs, blue sea, green trees and azure sky form a bright and colorful picture of Qingdao. Qingdao is regarded as one of the most beautiful and clean cities in China. what’s more, Qingdao is also a hot tourist destination.

No. 01: Mt. Laoshan
Mt. Laoshan is a famous mountain in Qingdao which is situated on the southeastern Shangdong peninsula. Mt. Laoshan is the highest coastal mountain in China, peaking at 1132.7 meters. It is known as one of the birthplaces of Taoism.

Mt. Laoshan has been an important center of Taoism in China for many centuries. The entire mountain covers 446 square kilometers and has 218 places of interest, big and small. Mt. Laoshan is known for its oddly shaped rocks, ancient trees, and crystal-clear springs.

Entrance Fee: CNY 90
Opening Hours: 07:30-16:30
How to get there: take Buses No. 304, 104, 802 or 113 to Mt. Laoshan

No. 02: Zhan Bridge
Zhan Bridge, also called Qianhai Zhan Bridge, or Nanhai Zhan Bridge, is located at the north side of Qingdao Bay. Zhan Bridge is the symbol of Qingdao.

Qingdao Bay is crescent shaped; like an arrow, the bridge shoots into the broad sea. Standing afar, a white lighthouse braves the waves and wind, while the Small Green Island No. 6 Beach west of the bridge and Zhan Bridge Park around the bridge invite visitors to enjoy the beauty of Qingdao Bay. is a serene platform for exuberant trees. Dynamic and static scenes meld.

Entrance Fee: Free
Opening Hours: 07:00-19:00 (peak seasons); 08:00-17:30 (low seasons)
How to get there: take Buses of No.2, 5, 6, 8, 25, 26, 218, 220, 223, 225, 301, 304, 305, 307, 311, 316, 320, 321, 501, 217 or 801 to get there.

Zhan Bridge

Zhan Bridge

No. 03: Badaguan Scenic Area
Located in the east of Qingdao city, Badaguan Scenic Area is a famous picturesque sanitarium area in China. It is the best place to showcase the red walls, green trees, blue sea and azure sky views of Qingdao.

Badaguan Scenic Area is made up of eight streets named after the eight great military forts of the ancient times. Along the streets are many classic European houses built when Qingdao was a German protectorate. It boasts more than 200 different architectural styles ranging from German to Dutch.

Entrance Fee: free of charge
Opening Hours: the whole day
How to get there: take Buses No. 26, 304, 315, 31, 202, 212, 223, 228, 316, 321, 501 or 801 and get off at Wushengguan Lu Station.

Badaguan Scenic Area

Badaguan Scenic Area

No. 04: No. 1 Bathing Beach
No. 1 Bathing Beach, which is the largest public beaches in China, is situated at Huiquan bay in Qingdao
. There are many visitors come here every year, especially in summer.

The beach was first built in 1901 by the Germans after they invaded Qingdao. The unique beach, known for its slightly inclining stretches of fine-sand slopes and calm waters, is among the best of all bathing beaches in Qingdao. Surrounded on three sides by mountains, the beach is like the pearl of Huiquan Bay.

Entrance Fee: free of charge
Opening Hours: the whole year
How to get there: take Buses No. 6, 15, 26, 31, 214, 304, 311, 312, 316, 604 or 605 from the downtown area and get off at Bathing Beach Station.

No. 1 Bathing Beach

No. 1 Bathing Beach

No. 05: No. 2 Bathing Beach
No. 2 Bathing Beach, which is also called “Taiping Cape Brthing Beach”, is next to the Badaguan Scenic Area. It features a gentle sloping beach with soft sand, clean water and gentle waves.

These four characteristics make it one of the most popular beaches among Chinese and foreign leaders, including the late Chairman Mao and other central government officials. Besides, there are many attractions around the No.2 Bathing Beach, such as Huashi Villa and Zhongshan Park,  Qingdao.

Entrance Fee: CNY 2
Opening Hours: the whole year
How to get there: Buses No. 26, 31, 202, 206, 214, 223, 228, 231, 304, 316, 317, 321, 501, 604 and 801 pass through No. 2 Bathing Beach

No. 2 Bathing Beach

No. 2 Bathing Beach

No. 06: Catholic Church
Catholic Church is the biggest catholic church of Qingdao city which is located on the high hillock at the north end of Zhejiang Road, Southern District, Qingdao.

Catholic Church was formerly known as St. Emil Church. Construction of the church was under the guidance of a German architect and lasted for two years from 1932 to 1934. The church was designed according to Gothicism and Romanesque and is of the Neo-Romanism. Inside the church, there is a big and bright hall, which is spacious enough to hold one thousand people.

Entrance Fee: CNY 5
Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00
How to get there: take Buses No. 301, 305 or 320 to the Catholic Church; or take Buses No. q or 367 and get off at the Hushui Lu Station.

Catholic Church

Catholic Church

No. 07: Zhongshan Park
Zhongshan Park is a common name of Chinese parks, in honor of Sun Yat-sen, who is considered by many to be the “Father of modern China”. Qingdao Zhongshan Park is located inland from the shores of picturesque Huiquan Bay.

The park features several gardens, including a Chinese Herbaceous Peony Garden, a Chrysanthemum Garden and a Sweet-Scented Osmanthus Flower Garden. The park holds an annual Cherry Blossom Festival, the city’s main festival, which naturally takes place when the cherry trees are in bloom, sometime during the end of April/ the beginning of May.

Entrance Fee: free of charge
Opening Hours: 08:00-18:00
How to get there: take Buses No. 6, 15, 302, 304 or 316, and get off at Zhongsban Gongyuan Station, Qingdao.

Zhongshan Park

Zhongshan Park

No. 08: Qingdao Protestant Church
The Qingdao Protestant Church, which is built in 1910, is a famous religionary architecture in Qingdao
. It is located at a small massif in the Jiangsu Road, South District, Qingdao.

The church is in typical Protestant style, the sandy yellow walls and clay red tiles contrasting well with the greyish buildings around this area. Within, the church is spacious and austere and can hold between 300 and, aledgedly, thousands of congregation. The highlight of the church is the bell tower which houses an old German bell and clock face.

Entrance Fee: CNY 3 (another CNY 4 for going up the bell tower)
Opening Hours: 08:00-16:30
How to get there: take the bus No.1, 214, 225 to get there

Qingdao Protestant Church

Qingdao Protestant Church

No. 09: Qingdao International Beer City
The Qingdao International Beer Festival is a yearly festival held in Qingdao International Beer City in Qingdao.
Qingdao International Beer City is known as Asia’s biggest international beer metropolis.

The motto for the Qingdao International Beer Festival reads: “Ganbei with the World!”, indicating the spirit of the event.

The first Qingdao Beer Festival took place back in 1991. Qingdao is the largest beer production base in China and the Beer Festival provides a great opportunity to show-off the city’s distinctiveness.

Entrance Fee: CNY 10 (during the Qingdao International Beer Festival)
Opening Hours: August to September
How to get there: take Buses No. 201, 301, 312 or 313, and get off at Pei Jiu Cheng Station. There are special buses for visitors during the Qingdao International Beer Festival.

Qingdao International Beer City

Qingdao International Beer City

No. 10: Zhanshan Temple
Zhanshan Temple is a Buddhist temple in Qingdao
, which is located on the southern side of Zhanshan Mountain, facing the sea.Built in 1945, Zhangshan Temple is the only temple in downtown Qingdao and also the newest in China.

It consists of three courts. Returning to the central path, directly ahead is the Heavenly King Hall. Behind the Hall of Sakyamuni is the Hall of Three Saints. To the left of Preaching Hall is the Hall of the Recumbent Buddha. Opposite the Hall of the Recumbent Buddha is the Shandong Zhanshan Buddhist College.

Entrance Fee: CNY 8
Opening Hours: 08:30-16:30
How to get there: take Buses No. 26, 206, 310 or 370

Zhanshan Temple

Zhanshan Temple

 Tip:  Hassle-free Qingdao Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Qingdao guided tours:

Qingdao Cruise Port Day Tour from US$ 65 p/p
Qingdao Highlight Day Tour from US$ 105 p/p