Qingdao’s official development zone is called Huangdao Kaifaqu (黄岛开发区) and the most direct transportation option to get there and back from Qingdao proper is the ferry (lun du). There are 2 sizes of ferries, the large being the slow boat and the low slung one is the express. There are also 2 ferry docks in the Kaifaqu, 1. Huangdao and 2. Xuejiadao. If you’d like to get closest to the new development (i.e. Jusco, Starbucks, the Zone’s CBD), take the ferry to Xuejiadao. However, the Huangdao ferry runs later (til 9pm, Xuejiadao only to 7pm) and is less likely to be suspended due to high winds. Also, the larger boats will be run in more inclement weather when the express craft are shut down. To confirm the ferry service, call ahead and ask at 12580, “jintian you meiyou xuejiadao (huangdao) lun du?”. One final note to bear in mind is that the Xuejiadao fast ferry is not available at lunchtime and all ferries usually break from noon to 1pm.