Qingdao Attractions - Things to Do

An old saying captures the essence of Qingdao City: swimming in the sea, drinking Tsingtao Beer, eating fried clams and climbing Mt. Laoshan.

The first must-see attraction is Zhan Bridge (Zhanqiao). Zhan Bridge is one of the important symbols of the city. The local railway station is a five-minute walk away. Entrance to the bridge is free, but to enter Huilan Pavilion at bridge end costs CNY 2. Opposite Zhan Bridge on the other side of the street is Zhanqiao Hotel in a prime location. To the north is the bustling commercial street, Zhongshan Road. Take Bus No. 26 or 317 to see some of the scenic spots for only CNY 1.

Qingdao Number One Bathing Beach, also Huiquan Bathing Place, is in Huiquan Bay, famous for soft sands, limpid seawater and mild waves. The bathing place is free of charge and open all day. Next to it you will find the 2nd Bathing Beach and not far away from this the 3rd Bathing Beach (near Haitian Hotel). You can reach the sites by buses No.6, 15, 26, 214, 311, 312, 316, 202 and many others. There is another sandy beach in the east (Shilaoren).
Qingdao Bathing Beach
Bathing Beach
Qingdao Beach
Beach near the city
Golden Sand Beach: with tepid seawater in the Xuejia Dao (Xuejia Isle) receives high praise yet draws fewer people.

Badaguan Scenic Area, also known as the Ten Thousand Country Architecture Garden, features foreign villas and paths. The area of the Eight Passes Villas is very pleasant; each pass has its own tree species. The Princess Building and the Huashi Building are open to the public in the daytime. The Huashi Building was home to the president of Kuomintang, Chiang Kai-shek. The Gothic-style Princess Building located at No. 10, Juyongguan Road; Eight Passes Villas Scenic Area has become a popular background for wedding photos. The spot is next to the 2nd Bathing Beach. You can get there by same buses as the 1st Bathing Beach. 

 Xinhao (Signal) Hill Park

Xinhao (Signal) Hill Park: No. 18, Longshan Road. You can reach the park by buses No. 228, 217, 220 and 214. From Circling Hall, you can catch the panoramic view of the city.
Villa beside the Beach
Ocean View Villa
City Street Scene
Street Scene
Famous as the cradle of Chinese Taoism, Mt. Laoshan is regarded as the No. 1 Mountain on the sea. Spending one or two days climbing Mt. Laoshan will enrich your trip. The best season to climb is from May to October. During this period, abundant rainfall and charming sights enrich the experience. Wild vegetables from Mt. Laoshan are expensive, but you can ask for a taste from a farmer. Take the bus at Huaneng Square. 104 & 304 go to Laoshan Bus Station (Entrance). These buses pass also  the magnificent Shilaoren Gardens, a place worth to be visited.

 Catholic Church (St. Emil Church)

Catholic Church: Strolling along the Dexian Road, visitors will come across a high building with elegant red spires topped by two gigantic Latin Crosses. Nestling snugly in the trees and flowers, the construction looks stately and solemn. This is the famous St. Emil Church or St Michael's Church, normally known as Qingdao Catholic Church.

More Attractions

 Beer Museum
 Botanical Garden
 Guest House
 Little Fish Hill Park (Xiaoyushan Park)
 Lu Xun Park
 International Beer Festival
 May 4th Square
 Naval Museum
 Qingdao Seashore Scenic Area
 Small Qingdao Island
 Taiqing Palace
 Temple of the Queen of Heaven (Tianhou Gong)
 Underwater World
 Yinhai (Silver Sea) International Yacht Club
 Zhanshan Temple
 Zhongshan Park

Built in the 1930s, the sublime church was designed by a notable Germany architect according to the characteristics of Gothic and Roman architectures. Taking up an area of 0.247 hectare (0.61 acre), it boasts the largest Gothic construction in the city and is deservedly an outstanding masterpiece of Christian architecture.
St. Emil Church
St. Emil Church

The grand church was built with yellow granite and armored concrete and covered with red tiles. The exterior is engraved with simple and fine designs. Above the entrance is a huge circular rose window typical of the Gothic style, glazed with stained glass and having intricate tracery radiating from the center. Two towering clock towers stand symmetrically either side of the window. The towers are about 60 meters (197 feet) high and have four copper clocks which have a melodious sound.

Inside the church is a spacious hall 18 meters (59 feet) high which can hold nearly one thousand people. The interior decoration of the church has an Italian Renaissance style. Seven lamps hang from the roof and the dome is painted with exquisite frescos. Soft light filters through the gorgeous windows, filling the hall with a religious atmosphere. The hall has two large alters and four small alters.

The church has a busy schedule of religious services. Solemn services are held at Easter and Christmas. Regular Sunday services are held, with an energetic congregation. Visitors can get there by bus no.1 or 367 and get off at Hubei Road. The entrance fee is CNY 5.

One has much to see in the city, not only the features mentioned. Other sights, including other bathing places, for example, Small Qingdao Island is famous for its unspoiled natural scenery, which includes steep rocky outcrops and a variety of trees. The Seashore Scenic Area is a beautiful place that integrates mountains, seawaters and architecture. Number One Bathing Beach is noted for its clear water, mild waves and soft sand. All of them are inviting your exploration. And don't forget to take part in the International Beer Festival, which enjoys a worldwide fame and attracts millions of people to share the city's unique beer culture.
- Last updated on Mar. 13, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Qingdao Attractions
Asked by Carrie Tan from SINGAPORE | Jul. 09, 2019 07:31Reply
Any suggestions where to visit for 2 nights stay in qingdao?
Answers (1)
Answered by Selene from USA | Jul. 11, 2019 20:57

First day: Golden Sand Beach-Xinhao (Signal) Hill Park-St. Emil Church.
Second day: Mt. Laoshan-Lu Xun Park-International Beer Festival.
The article mentioned lots of attractions, you can read them one by one to find what places you are interested in.
Asked by Zulaa from MONGOLIA | Jul. 04, 2019 07:00Reply
Is there any water attraction park in qingdao?
Our kids want to play in a water park
Answers (2)
Answered by Grace from USA | Jul. 04, 2019 19:38

Yes, of course. You can go to Qingdao Oriental Movie Metropolis Park, which is located at No.2777, Binhai Avenue, Huangdao District. Or Cangmashan Danxi Water Park, which is located at Middle Kaicheng Rd, Huangdao District.
Answered by Zulaa from MONGOLIA | Jul. 05, 2019 04:58

Thank you for your valueable respond
Asked by Esther from CHINA | Jul. 03, 2019 00:54Reply
I am planning for a trip to Qingdao and then to Shanghai and back to Luzhou.
I stay in Luzhou. Can i buy ticket from Longchang train station for my whole Qingdao to Shanghai and back to longchang ticket together or we have to go to Qingdao to buy ticket to Shanghai?
Answers (3)
Answered by Pamela from USA | Jul. 03, 2019 19:17

You can buy any other places' train tickets in a train station.
Answered by Esther Shah from CHINA | Jul. 04, 2019 01:52

Thank you. But all the hotels are sold out. I couldn’t find a single hotel. What about Sanya? Even though it’s off season, will it be good to go? And all water activities will be closed or still open?
Answered by Pamela from USA | Jul. 04, 2019 23:23

Hi, it is feasible to go to Sanya and these water activities are still open.
Asked by Esther Shah from CHINA | Jun. 27, 2019 02:21Reply
How much is the ticket price for Mt.Laoshan per person?
Answers (1)
Answered by Wade from USA | Jun. 27, 2019 19:02

In the peak tourist season (April 1-December 31), combo ticket is CNY180/person. In the off season (January 1-March 31), it is CNY120/person.
Ask a Question
Question Summary (100 characters)
Details (optional) (2,000 characters)