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Shandong Qingdao
Shandong Qingdao, A Seaside City

Qingdao, named China’s most livable city, stands as both a testament to the nation’s modern glory and a reminder of its past. With settlement dating back over 6000 years, Qingdao has not always belonged to the Chinese people. At the end of the 19th century and up to the end of WWII, this marvelous city was controlled by the Germans and then the Japanese. In fact many could claim that its seizure inspired the events of the May 4th Movement, ultimately shaping China into the world power that it is today. However the events of the past have morphed Qingdao into an incredibly unique and industrialized community. Alongside Chinese engineering, German houses and architecture are numerous and easy to spot. In this Beijing-meets-Berlin style city, you can walk down certain streets and think you’ve ended up in Europe! Qingdao, or Tsingtao in German, is well known for its own brand of delicious beer. Originally founded by German colonists, the Tsingtao Brewery is now China’s second largest brewery. And while you can find Tsingtao beer worldwide, any beer drinker will tell you it’s best to have it at the source. Aside from hosting an annual beer festival, Qingdao offers a wide variety of nightlife revolving around the beer it’s so proud to serve. Remembering its distinguished past, get ready to find bars and clubs in Chinese, Western, Japanese, and Korean styles. Want to take a breather from the noise and lights? Head down to the beach and put your toes in the sand, where the average summer temperature rests comfortably in the 70s. Or take a trip to nearby Mt. Lao, where you can relax among the many temples and palaces. Then, at the end of the day, come back to one of Qingdao’s many luxurious hotels to rest your head in comfort. Be it a lifetime or for even just a day, welcome to Qingdao.

Local Delicacies

While in Qingdao, don’t ever worry about finding food. There are restaurants found in every nook and cranny, with meals as low as ¥10 (Less than 2 USD) and over ¥100 (About 16 USD). Here are just a few choices:SanheyyuanDa Niang Dumplings Old Hong Kong Restaurant Bifeng Tang Laoshan Pao Hotpot Restaurant Tanyotou Hotpot Restaurant Minsu Korean Restaurant Xiaobenjia Korean Restaurant Shanglinyuan Restaurant Yumatou Seafood Restaurant Heavenly Palace Old Mama Restaurant Lao Chuancai Haidao Seafood Restaurant Zijing Shandong Restaurant Like with restaurants, you can find bars and clubs in many areas of Qingdao. As you have probably guessed, you’ll find Tsingtao beer in any one of these venues. Local beer will be inexpensive compared to foreign beers, as low as ¥1.5 (about a quarter in USD). Drink up! 7th Street – A western style bar, you’ll find a DJ willing to take requests most nights of the week. Le Bang – A French expat bar well known for its Fri-Sat ¥50 all-you-can-drink happy hour from 10PM-11PM. Feelings Club – A large techno dance club, popular with the locals. The hydraulic dance floor keeps everyone coming back for more. Club New York – A western style bar with a live band, foreigners are known to get drinks half-price here. Beer Mama’s Street Keg Stall – Owned by a popular Chinese woman, this is a great spot to grab cheap beer. The best part is that she serves your draft in a plastic bag with a straw. Don’t miss this unique experience!

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Shandong Qingdao: Can't Miss Events
International Beer Festival

Held annually in autumn, the festival has the grandest beer party in Asia featuring the Oriental characteristics and integrating tourism, economy, trade, science, technology, and sports. The festival features a range of activities — from theatrical performances in the square to beer drinking competitions to the exhibition of famous-brand Chinese and foreign beers. Citizens and tourists can also visit the tourism, commercial and trade zone, sightseeing and leisure zone, and marine recreational zone in the surrounding areas.

Summer Arts Festival

During August each year, Qingdao plays host to famous artwork from around the world. Visiting artists and their pieces will vary from year to year, so always expect to see something new and exciting!

International Marine Festival

Qingdao is an important marine scientific research base of China. The annual International Marine Festival is held in mid-July every year.  Activities include: opening ceremony, joint performances, marine culture recreational activities, marine scientific and technological activities, marine sports with special subjects, marine tourism activities, and marine catering activities.

International Navigation Fair

The International Navigation Fair is usually held in July. The fair integrates exhibitions, trade, science and technology, and provides a platform for commercial opportunities for domestic and foreign businesspeople.

Haiyun Nunnery Sugar Ball Fair

During the development of Qingdao City, many temple fairs were formed. Of them, Haiyun Nunnery Sugar Ball Fair is one of the most famous. This fair is held between the 16th day through the 18th day of the first lunar festival every year (lasting three days). During the fair, tourists can watch various kinds of folk art performances, and buy local handicrafts and products, including the crowd favorite, sugar balls.

Zhongshan Park Cherry Blossom Festival

The festival is held in mid or late April every year at Zhongshan Park, the largest comprehensive park in Qingdao. During the festival, visitors can appreciate beautiful cherry blossoms on several thousand trees along the Cherry Road, and in other scenic spots in the park.

International Bar Culture Festival

This festival was first celebrated in 1998 and is held annually in December. During the festival, some activities are held, such as onstage contests of bar performances, the photograph contest of bar culture, and the cocktail park for celebrities.

Shandong Qingdao Attractions

This beautiful coastal city offers many surprises; and the most delightful is the architecture. Here you instantly feel as though you have mistakenly entered into Switzerland but then you turn down the next street and you are back in China. The best time to travel to Qingdao is April through November.

Tour Ideas
Day 1
Small Qingdao Island

Small Qingdao Island is a perfect setting for a morning stroll through a fragrant park rich with oriental cherries, green peaches, pomegranates and roses of Sharon. Relax at one of the small cafes before touring the white lighthouse for a view of the Huilangge Pavillion, the rusting submarine and destroyer of the Naval Museum and, if the weather is right, tour the nearby Yellow Island (Huangdao) nestled in mists.

Aquarium (The Oldest In China)

After your view of the Yellow Sea, find out what treasures lay below the surface. The Aquarium is located in Lu Xun Park on Laiyang Road. The exhibition halls on both sides of the first floor have 16 picture windows, through which visitors can see the colorful sea bottom and various kinds of fish swimming in their natural habitat.

Culinary Experience

Shandong cuisine, more commonly known in Chinese as Lu cuisine, is one the Eight Culinary Traditions of Chinese cuisine and is also ranked among the Four Great Traditions

The most famous snack streets are Yuxiao Road and Dengzhou Road, where you can experience a variety of small dishes (snacks) while taking in the exciting atmosphere along the way.

Day 2
Mount Lao

he base of Mount Lao is located only 19 miles from downtown. Your ascent offers soaring peaks, green pines, cypress trees, hanging waterfalls and crystal streams. The Mount is known as the home to immortals, a place where Taoist rites are preformed and the location of the monastery of Quanzhen Tao Sect. There are several sacred sites on Mount Lao Taiqing Palace (the location of the two ancient cypress trees – where it is said that parts of the tree’s trunk will bring instant luck for those seeking money), Shanging Palace, Mingxia Cave, Taiping Palace and Hualou Palace .

Qingdao Tiange Tea House

Relax and enjoy the entertainment during the evening. This tea house was built in 1467 during the Ming dynasty, and embodies Chinese history and tradition. Enjoy sipping your tea on the second floor while watching live entertainment that varies from traditional opera and folk music to dancers and acrobats. The first floor shop features jade articles, finely detailed tea sets, and calligraphy kits complete with brushes, paper and ink.

Note: This store is highly recommended for tourists in search of authentic Chinese souvenirs.

Day 3
The Residence & Office of the German Governor

Located in Qingdao Road, this building is the site where the German Governor handled official affairs. Built in stone, the solid and solemn residence has red tiles, reflecting the architectural style of 19th century European architecture.

Tai Dong Shopping District

Tai Dong is a bustling pedestrian shopping district teeming with many restaurants, cafes, cinemas, large malls and small shops selling a variety of items: clothes, jewelry, leather goods, shoes, The sophisticated shopper will be thrilled with all the opportunities to purchase Chinese made products.

Tsingtao Beer Museum & Beer Town

Experience the long and rich history of Tsingtao beer and observe the beer production techniques and machinery in China’s first and oldest brewery. You can also try different varieties of Tsingtao beer or drink beer that’s fresh off the production line. At the end of the tour is the “drunken room” where even if you did not indulge, you will feel like you did!

After the museum tour, you can walk east along the main road (Deng Zhou Road) to experience the array of bars and restaurants that is Qingdao’s famed “Beer Street”.

The International Beer Festival is held in autumn every year since 1992.
International Bar Cultural Festival held annually in December since 1998.

Zhan Qiao Pier

Take in the sunset at the Zhan Qiao Pier. Built in 1891, this pier and iconic octagonal pavilion are recognized all over the world on bottles of Tsingtao beer. It is an easy walk from the downtown area and offers romantic views of the city and the sea.

Day 4
Number One Beach (China's top beach)

This full day excursion takes you to the #1 beach in all of China. Spend the morning sun bathing, swimming or renting a sailboat (equipment rentals available). When you have had your fill of the sun, head to the nearby Lu Xun Park, a charming park combining both enchanting natural scenery, and sites of cultural interest. Or visit the Navy Museum located at No.8, Laiyang Road, west of the famous Lu Xun Park and facing the Zhan Bridge across the sea. The museum contains a collection of documents, photographs, and precious relics from different periods, and a fully narrated history of the achievements of the Chinese navy.

Ba Da Guan Scenic Area

Visit this beautiful shoreline neighborhood lined with trees and many different types of flowers. The area is dotted with many classical French, German, Russian, Dutch and English style villas which were built when Qingdao was a German colony. Located at the south end of the scenic area, near the beach, is one of the more well-known villas, called Hua Shi Lou , a stone-built Russian residence.

The Pier

Located in the west of Shinan District, Qingdao, The Pier has become a symbol of Qingdao. It is actually an extension of the city’s most bustling shopping street, Zhongshan Road. First built in 1891, the pier stretches from the seashore to the sea. Standing by the pavilion, visitors can see the mountainous waves washing the shore—one of the “10 Major Scenic Sights of Qingdao.” The Pier Park grows beautiful flowers, green pine trees and lawns, and has stone benches and chairs for tourists to take a rest while appreciating the vast sea. Colorfully decorated lanterns are set up on the western side of the pier. At night, when the lanterns are lit, they look like yulan magnolias.

Lu Xun Park

Constructed in 1929, Lu Xun Park is an ideal place for taking relaxing strolls, watching the tides, fishing, and appreciating the moon and snow. The park, which backs up to Red Crag Round Shore, has a hill covered by pine trees, and pavilions scattered about.


Located in Lu Xun Park on Laiyang Road, Qingdao, this aquarium is one of the oldest aquariums in China. Constructed in 1930, this two-story structure presents a colorful sea world showcasing a wide variety of sea animals. The exhibition halls on both sides of the first floor have 16 show windows, through which visitors can see the colorful sea bottom and various kinds of fish swimming in the blue water. The second floor has 20 show windows for various kinds of small tropical fishes.

Built in 1932, it was China’s first public aquarium. Housed in four sections, visitors can use a moving platform to move throughout the tunnel. While you’re here, be sure to check out the mermaids!

Huiquan Bathing Beach

Located in Huiquan Bay in Qingdao, this beach is known as the No.1 Bathing Beach. Huiquan Bay is calm and tranquil with fine sands and clean water, in addition to excellent facilities and picturesque scenery. As early as the 1930s, Yu Dafu, a famous writer, named it the “best bathing beach in East Asia.” In summer, the bathing beach is the most bustling place in Qingdao.

Xiaoyu Hill

Lying by Huiquan Bay in Qingdao, the hill is close to Yushan Road. Though it is only 60 meters high, it is a commanding spot in the nearby area. A three-story octagonal pavilion sits at the top of the hill. Standing at the pavilion, visitors will have a panoramic view of the pier, Xiaoqing Islet, Lu Xun Park, the bathing beach, and Badaguan.

Xiaoqing Islet

Situated in Qingdao Bay, this islet is in the shape of a zither, hence its alternative name Zither Islet. On the islet there are exquisite rocks, green trees, and white lighthouses. At night, the lights of buoys and boats create a fascinating scene that is often referred to as the “floating lights on Zither Islet.”

The Navy Museum

Located on the western side of Lu Xun Park, the Navy Museum is a 3A tourist attraction, and the largest comprehensive navy museum in China. With a total area of over 40,000 square meters, the museum houses several thousand precious cultural relics, which reflect the glorious development course of the people’s navy.

St. Michael's Catholic Church

Located in the city proper of Qingdao, St. Michael’s Catholic Church is the largest Gothic building in Qingdao. The two red-topped tower buildings support a huge cross above it.

Qingdao Lutheran Church

This church was completed by German missionaries in 1910, making it the first church to be built in Qingdao. Built in a medieval style, this church had an identical twin located in Germany until the latter was destroyed in WWII. The church is currently open for services and, with two floors, can host 1,000 members at once!

Zhan Qiao

Originally built by the locals and then extended by the Germans, this pier is a landmark of Qingdao. Here you will find a variety of items for sale and even some opportunities to gamble. And by the time you reach the pavilion here, you’ll already recognize it from the logo of Tsingtao beer.

Zhanshan Temple

This monumental pagoda, built in 1945, houses a large collection of Buddhist statues and writings.

Qingdao Eastern Bear Park

Visit Qingdao’s Asian Black Bears and let them amaze you with their intelligence. If you’re feeling especially courageous, the trainers will even let you feed them.

Qingdao TV Tower

Atop this massive tower is an outdoor observation deck, making it the perfect place to view Qingdao in all its glory.

Tsingtao Brewery

Take a tour through Qingdao’s famous brewery to see its history and how they make the beer today. Get ready for samples!

Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center

Chosen as the host for the 2008 Summer Olympics, Qingdao is home to an impressive harbor. Come see the boats, lighthouse, and the many restaurants and bars that line the area.

Qingdao Municipal Museum

Housed with the Municipal Museum, this portion is designed for children.

Haier Science and Technology Museum

This local museum houses exhibits on porcelain and calligraphy, while housing art from ancient to modern Qingdao.

Polar Ocean World

Attached to the aquarium, here you’ll find penguins and seals and bears (oh my)!

Qingdao Naval Museum

Housing the history of the Chinese navy, you’ll be able to explore full-size warships!

The Old Site of the Residence and Office of the Governor

Located in Qingdao Road, this site is where the German Governor handled official affairs. Built with stones, the solid and solemn residence has red tiles, reflecting the architectural art of the European public buildings of the 19th century. It is one of the classical buildings in Qingdao. After the founding of the People’s Republic of China, it served as the office building of the Qingdao Municipal People’s Government, and the Qingdao Municipal Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. It was named as the key historical monument under state protection in 1996.

Qingdao German Prison Site Museum

Attached to the aquarium, here you’ll find penguins and seals and bears (oh my)!

Zhongshan Park

As the largest comprehensive park in Qingdao, Zhongshan Park grows 100,000-some plants, including many rare species, such as American coffeetree and oak, Japanese torreya, wheel plums and whiteleaf Japanese magnolia, as well as the Japanese flowering cherries planted by the Japanese in 1914. Many 80-year-old large Japanese flowering cherry trees stand by the south-north road in the park, forming a 600-meter-long cherry road. In mid and late April every year, the citizens of Qingdao come to the park to appreciate the beautiful cherry flowers. A large suspended observation cableway extends from Zhongshan Park to Taiping Mountain, or from Taiping Mountain to the botanical garden, providing tourists with stunning views.

Travel tips: Zhongshan Park is very close to the bathing beach. It takes only 10 minutes on foot.

Yingbin Guesthouse

Located on Xinhao Mountain Scenic Zone in Qingdao, this German-style castle is a 3A tourist attraction. It used to be an official residence of German Governor in Jiaozhou, hence it was also known as the “Governor’s Building.” Designed by a famous German architect, this castle is one of the best villas in China. After the founding of New China, it became a guesthouse, which has received many Party and state leaders, and domestic and foreign tourists.

Heavenly Mother Palace

Lying at the eastern end of Taiping Road, Heavenly Mother Palace was first constructed in 1467 (the third year of the Chenghua reign period of the Ming Dynasty), and is the oldest temple that has been well preserved in Qingdao. In the past, merchants and fishermen of Qingdao held memorial ceremonies and offered sacrifices to the Heavenly Mother (known as Mazu, or Sea Goddess in south China) in the palace. In the late 1960s, the Heavenly Mother Palace was seriously damaged. It was not until 1997 that the palace was open to the public after renovation and now serves as Qingdao Folk Customs Museum.


Located in the eastern part of Huiquan Bay, Badaguan is a famous holiday resort. The criss-crossed roads in the area were named after the famous passes in China. By the roads and among the trees and flowers stand over 200 villas, displaying different architectural styles of over 20 countries. Because of this, Badaguan is known as the “International Architecture Museum.” The undulating roads are flanked by different trees, such as Chinese flowering crab apples, and crape myrtles. In the summer, red flowers can be seen everywhere in the area; and in deep autumn, red maple leaves are covered by frost. The No. 2 bathing beach south of Badaguan has fine sands, gentle slopes, clear water, and a clean and quiet environment, making it an ideal summer resort.

Qingdao Museum

The museum contains over 50,000 cultural relics, including many rare treasures, most of which are calligraphy and paintings of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Visitors will also find ancient pottery, porcelain, jade objects, seals, coins of the past ages, and rare books.

Seaside Sculpture Park

Lying by the Yellow Sea in the eastern new area in Qingdao, the sculpture garden consists of two parts—the Indoor Sculpture Art Hall and Outdoor Sculpture Garden. There are two tourist routes in the park: One is along the coastal lines, with flat pedestrian street for visitors to appreciate the sea scenery; and another route is a main pedestrian street running through the green scenic zone. Along the undulating main street are sculptures, a plaza, ponds, and roads shaded nicely by trees.

Stone Old Man National Tourism and Holiday Resort

In October 1992, this resort was approved by the State Council as a national tourism and holiday resort. It features hills, sea, islets, reefs, forests, caves, flowers. and other natural tourism resources. Visitors will find plenty to do with its large amusement ground, bathing beaches, golf courses, delicacy village, dolphin performance hall, the Beer City, sports center, star-rated hotels, and helicopters for tourists to go sightseeing.

Laoshan Mountain Scenic and Historic Interest Zone

As a 4A scenic zone, Laoshan Mountain enjoys a reputation of being the No. 1 mountain on the sea. It is among the first group of national scenic and historic interest zones in China approved by the State Council. Laoshan Mountain Scenic and Historic Interest Zone consists of nine scenic sub-zones. Huge Peak is the main peak of Laoshan Mountain, with an elevation of 1,132 meters. Visitors are treated to soaring peaks, green pine and cypress trees, hanging waterfalls, limpid streams, as well as large and round rocks. As it stands beside the sea, Laoshan Mountain has a special climate, abundant vegetation, and many rare tree species, uncommon for north China. Since ancient times, Laoshan Mountain has been known as the home to immortals, a place where Taoist rites are performed and the No. 1 monastery of Quanzhen Tao Sect. Today, visitors can find Taiqing Palace, Shangqing Palace, Mingxia Cave, Taiping Palace, Hualou Palace, and other Taoist sites and sacred places in the mountain.

Langya Terrace Tourism and Holiday Resort

Lying at the foot of a mountain and by the sea, this 3A scenic zone resort has a pleasant climate. According to records, during the Spring and Autumn period, after King Goujian of the state of Yue captured the state of Wu, he had a terrace built up in Langya Mountain, where he met the kings of Qi, Chu, Qin, and Jin states to form alliances. After Emperor Qin Shihuang conquered the other six states and unified the country, he came to Langya Mountain to live. He had 30,000 households moved here, and supervised the construction of Langya Terrace and the setting up of the famous Langya Inscription Stone. In the mountain, Emperor Qin Shihuang received a petition submitted by Xu Fu (court sorcerer), and dispatched him to cross the sea to look for elixirs of life. Xu Fu stepped down from Langya Terrace, and set sail to look for immortal medicines. Finally Xu Fu arrived in Japan. Later Emperor Wu of the Han and many other emperors of the later dynasties came to the terrace one after another. Langya Terrace is proud of profound historical and cultural accumulations, and breathtaking natural scenery. The sea waves in Dragon Bay under Langya Terrace look like thousands of dancing dragons in a strong wind, known as a miracle scene of “Observing Dragons at Langya Terrace.” In the bathing beach of Dragon Bay, there are exquisite leisure houses, where tourists can cook food by themselves and taste delicious seafood. In the holiday resort, tourists can also enjoy a family banquet at a fisherman’s home, or go fishing on the sea together with local fishermen.

The Tablet to Prefectural Governor Zheng Xi of the Wei Dynasty in Tianzhu Mountain

Located in Tianzhu Mountain in Pingdu City, the cliffside inscription was written by Governor Zheng Daozhao of Guangzhou Prefecture in the Northern Wei Dynasty to praise his father Zheng Xi, governor of Yanzhou Prefecture. The inscription was carved on a huge rock in Tianzhu Mountain with a total of 881 characters in 20 rows. The calligraphy is so excellent that the tablet was known as the best of all the Wei tablets, showing the best regular and official scripts. Though the tablet is over 1,400 years old, the characters can still be clearly seen. Because Zheng Daozhao had another tablet with the same contents set up in Yunfeng Mountain in Laizhou, the tablet in Tianzhu Mountain is called the “First Tablet to Lord Zheng”.

Shandong Qingdao Activities
Golf Practice Course in Longhai Garden

Stone Old Man in the High-tech Garden
Tel (0532) 8897718

Qingdao Youren Club

16 Xianggang Xilu
Tel (0532) 3864884

Haitian Recreation Center

48 Xianggang Xilu
Tel (0532) 3871888-2733

Karaoke Hall in Haijing Garden

2 Zhanghua Road
Tel (0532) 5875777-6358

Song and Dance Hall in Haitao Hotel

2 Huayan Road
Tel (0532) 3866988-238

Da He Dong

This lake, while perhaps out of the way, is a great place to swim and take in the gorgeous landscape. Getting there, you’ll pass through a village and up a mountain. It’s the perfect expedition for those that love the outdoors!

Laoshan Beach

While farther than most beaches, this beautiful beach is guaranteed to be less crowded than its neighbors. Perfect for avoiding the mainstream of tourists.

Old Stone Man Beach

Closer to Qingdao, this beach offers warm sand and high waves. Don’t have chairs or umbrellas? Feel free to rent that and more right on the beach.

Three Beaches

Locally known as Beaches 1, 2, and 3, these beaches are perfect for families looking to enjoy some summer fun.

Xiao Qingdao Park

See the island that gives Qingdao its name! While used for military fortifications in the past, it now houses different botanical gardens. Come see the lighthouse built by the Germans by using the bridge built by the Japanese.

Luxun Park

In this beachside park you’ll find gates leading to a statue of Luxun, a famous Chinese author.

Baihuayuan Gardens

Before it was destroyed in the Cultural Revolution, it stood as cemetery for foreigners. Now, witness the sculptures of writers, artists, and revolutionaries in an outdoor park.

Qingdaoshan Park

Once serving as a German fortification, this park looks over Jiaozhou Bay. Visit the old structures and enjoy an exhibit on German military in Qingdao.

Xiaoyushan Park

Especially beautiful at sunrise, this park is elegantly built in the Chinese fashion.

Xinhaoshan Park

Originally used as a communications base by the Germans’, it now features a park with a revolving tea shop for a 360 view of Qingdao. While you’re here, check out the “Heart to Heart” Bridge, where couples can fasten heart-shaped locks to guarantee their relationships last forever.

Shandong Qingdao Shopping
Qingdao Beer

Qingdao beer is the most famous beer brand in China. Made with fine materials, the beer is meticulously brewed using the most high-tech processes. Its white and fine foams and gentle and refreshing taste has earned worldwide recognition. It has won seven gold medals, and was the champion at the US International Wine Appraisal Meeting three times.

Laoshan Mineral Spring Water

This natural spring water is rich in mineral components, including potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and other mineral materials, as well as various trace elements. It is believed that mineral water can help clean the stomach and promote good health.

Shell Carvings

With rare conch shells as the raw materials, shell objects are meticulously carved with the techniques for producing jade and wood sculptures. Shell carvings produced in Qingdao won the “Heavenly Horse” gold medal by the National Tourism Administration, and the Silver Cup (the highest prize) of the China Crafts “One Hundred Flower Award,” and have been sold to over 40 countries and regions in the world. Today, Qingdao produces nearly 1,000 varieties of carvings. Such articles can be used as decorations and ornaments for the lobbies of hotels, meeting halls and ordinary families. Some small screens, souvenirs, jewelries and ornaments have been well received by domestic and foreign customers.

Taidong Pedestrian Street

Connected with over 20 streets on the right and left, it is the only shopping corridor with a history of 100 years in the city. As old as the city itself, Zhongshan Road is known as the “lifeline,” and “landmark” of Qingdao.

Central Hong Kong Road

With all manner of department stores and shopping malls, you’re bound to find anything in this smorgasbord of shops. Check out the local cinema, or grab a bite to eat at the many restaurants found here.

Jimo Lu Market

Aside from having many local goods, spendthrifts will be overwhelmed by numerous knockoffs of famous brands.

Zhong Shan Lu

Home to some of the oldest shops in Qingdao, this area prides itself on its original looks.

Qingdao is rich in tourism resources, and has a wide variety of special commodities, such as dried aquatic products, Qingdao beer, Haier series products, Shuangxing-brand sports shoes, Fude women’s shoes, shell carvings, Laoshan mineral spring water, Laoshan green tea, bamboo leave tea,Laoshan green stone, and Dazeshan grapes. Zhongshan Road, Kangdash, Carrefour and Hualian are ideal places to do shopping in Qingdao.

Shandong Qingdao Planning

Qingdao has formed a three-dimensional transportation network, including airlines, highways, and seaways. Scheduled flights go directly from Qingdao to Japan, Korea, Singapore, and other countries and regions; and to all the major cities in China, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Macao. Passengers can also go to Japan and Korea by ship. Today, Qingdao has established trade relations with the harbors of over 130 countries and regions. The railways in Qingdao radiate in all directions.


International airlines reach Osaka, Tokyo, Fukuoka, Seoul, Daegu, and Singapore. Regular planes fly from Qingdao to all the tourist cities in China, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Macao, Jinan, Yantai, Dalian, Shenyang, Changchun, Harbin, Qinhuangdao, Zhengzhou, Urumqi, Xi’an, Lanzhou, Hefei, Nanjing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Kunming, Guiyang, Changsha, Yichang, Wuhan, Nanchang, Ningbo, Hangzhou, Wenzhou, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Guangzhou, Shantou, Shenzhen, Haikou, Sanya, Huangshan Mountains, Guilin, Nanning, Zhanjiang, and Beihai.

Sea Transport

Ships travel between Qingdao and Inchon of the Korea every Monday and Thursday. It takes 21 hours from Qingdao to Inchon by ship.

On Monday every week, a ship travels from Qingdao to Shimonoseki in Japan. The trip takes 39 hours.

In the summer ships sail between Qingdao and Shanghai.

From 6:30 to 21:00 every day, ferryboats travel between Qingdao and Huangdao, with an interval of 15 minutes between two ferryboats.

Pleasure Boats

Ships travel between Qingdao and Inchon of the Korea every Monday and Thursday. It takes 21 hours from Qingdao to Inchon by ship.

On Monday every week, a ship travels from Qingdao to Shimonoseki in Japan. The trip takes 39 hours.

In the summer ships sail between Qingdao and Shanghai.

From 6:30 to 21:00 every day, ferryboats travel between Qingdao and Huangdao, with an interval of 15 minutes between two ferryboats.

Highways and Railways

Passengers can travel, by train, from Qingdao to all parts of the country. They can also travel by bus to all places in Shandong Province, and other provinces and municipalities in China, such as Henan, Hebei, Jiangsu, Anhui, Zhejiang, Liaoning, and Shanghai.

Urban Transport

Qingdao has 132 public bus lines, and over 3,200 public buses, and boasts first-class public transport facilities. The Bus Co., Ltd of Qingdao was founded right after the first such company in Shanghai. Most taxis in Qingdao are Sangtana and Jetta cars, with good service and low prices. The starting price is seven yuan for the first four kilometers, and 1.1 yuan per kilometer thereafter.