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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way!

After the hike, we all went to lunch at a small place at the bottom of the hill. Located in a house, we ate lunch in the proprietors bedroom! What a hoot! Rogin is the Best of the Best! This tour company delivered for us and we are extremely grateful.

Westborough, Massachusetts
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Qingdao Travel Guide

Location: Qingdao(青岛)borders Yantai to the northeast, Weifang to the west and Rizhao to the southwest.

Population: 8,715,100

Area: with an area of 1,159 square kilometers

Nationalities: There are 39 Nationalities in Qingdao, in which Han Nationality take the largest bulk. There are Minority Nationalities such as Hui, Man, Korean,etc.

History: 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.

Climate: 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.

Transportation: Air-Qingdao Liuting International Airport services airlines with 47 domestic cities and 8 foreign cities.

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

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.

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

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.

Local Food: Yingzhou Bayu, Steamed Hongdao Oyster, Meige Agar-Agar Jelly, Guxiangcun Noodles with Prawn, Meidaer Roast Squid

Qingdao Attractions
Qingdao Attractions
Qingdao Dining
Qingdao Dining
Qingdao Shopping
Qingdao Shopping
Qingdao Nightlife
Qingdao Nightlife
Qingdao Transportation
Qingdao Transportation
Qingdao Climate
Qingdao Climate

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