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Known as one of the best places to live in China, Qingdao is the hometown of world famous Tsingtao Beer, from the original Tsingtao Brewery founded in 1903.
The international legacy in Qingdao begins with its German colonial past but also involves Japanese influence and the impact of being host to a large number of foreign nationals including American, French, German, Russian, and British visitors and residents who live, work, vacation, and study in and around Qingdao.
Qingdao became a trendy resort for expats in China after the Germans exerted control over the city from 1897-8. Foreigners escaping the heat of Beijing and Shanghai came to swim and enjoy the beaches. Many stayed at the place formerly known as the Strand Hotel in Qingdao.
Qingdao has an intriguing backstory. Control of the area has passed back and forth from China to Germany to Japan to US to China again, with Qingdao being one of the last ports to be ‘liberated’ in 1949. Check out this take on Qingdao’s history.
Qingdao is located on a peninsula that hooks west from the Laoshan mountains to form Jiaozhou Bay. This geographical feature is referenced by Qingdao’s largest local newspaper known as The Peninsula, or “Ban Dao“.
The westernmost tip of the peninsula is where the older (colonial-era) part of the city looks out on Huangdao and Xuejiadao, which put together are called the Qingdao Economic Development Technology Zone, or Kai Fa Qu in Chinese.
The Qingdao subway system is called Metro. The Metro combined with the Huangdao-Qingdao Tunnel and Jiaozhou Bay Bridge connects Qingdao city proper with surrounding areas, from Jiaozhou to Jimo to Yangkou and more.
The influence of the sea is evident throughout Qingdao. The Port of Qingdao is one of the largest in China. The city’s economy is inextricably connected to shipping, shipbuilding, logistics, container yards, and warehouses. For more information on Qingdao’s port, check out the Shipping Online profile page for Qingdao.
Qingdao’s beaches are a major attraction for tourists from around the world. The most crowded times are July through September, when Chinese students are not in school and it’s the unofficial tourist season in Qingdao. That being said, the two best times to visit Qingdao are in May and October, when the mild and pleasant weather in Qingdao allows for peaceful exploration of this historical and modern metropolitan area of China.
Qingdao was the venue of the Sailing Regatta of the Beijing 2008 Olympics and is also called China’s Sailing City. Major sailing races intimately connected to Qingdao include the Clipper and Extreme Sailing. The first Chinese woman to circumnavigate the globe, Vicky Song Kun, came from Qingdao’s local sailing scene.
Major attractions, activities, and sights in the Qingdao area include:
May 4 Square
In the center of the new city, across from the City Hall, red monument “Winds of May” to mark WWI era reform movement.
Old Stone Man Beach
Long sandy beach in Qingdao’s tony eastern area, near SPR and Surf Plaza, a California style property development near the sea.
Little Fish Pagoda
Called Xiao Yu Shan in Chinese, overlooks the Number 1 Beach and Ocean University. Great views of the old city.
Zhan Shan Temple
Largest Buddhist temple in Qingdao, in the city near Zhongshan Park.
Qingdao Olympic Marina Sailing Center
On the site of the former Beihai Shipyards, now the home of a marina, shopping malls, hotels, public square.
Homegrown Qingdao brands include:
Large multinational with products and services from refrigerators to TVs to air conditioning to real estate. Long term sponsor of NBA. Top white goods manufacturer in China.
Map of Qingdao: