Badaguan & Small Qingdao Island

Badaguan Scenic Area

Badaguan, Qingdao
Badaguan
Badaguan Scenic Area is a famous picturesque sanitarium area in China, located in the east of Qingdao city, Shandong Province. This place used to have eight avenues that were named after eight famous passes in China. Thus, it was named Badaguan, which means eight passes. After the People's Liberation, two more avenues were built in the area and there are now actually ten avenues. However, its name still remains the same.

Luxuriant trees growing along each avenue provide a pleasant shade in Badaguan Scenic Area. Moreover, there is a vast array of different flowers, which form a quiet, clean and beautiful environment all year-round. Each of the ten avenues has different flowers and trees. The flowers also bloom in different seasons and give this area its other beautiful name, Hua Jie, which means a flowery area.

What makes Badaguan so popular is not just its natural scenery, but also its garden-like villas and foreign-styled buildings. The scenic area used to be a place where people from more than twenty countries, such as Russia, Britain, France, Germany, the United States of America, Denmark, Greece, Spain, Switzerland, Japan and etc., constructed buildings in each of their unique national styles. After the People's Liberation, the government repaired the entire area and its buildings, symbolizing Badaguan's significance as one of the most important sanitaria in China. Many leaders of the Chinese Communist Party and foreign friends of China have stayed here for rehabilitation or simply, for pleasure.

Transportation:

1. Take bus no. 26, 31, 202, 206, 223, 228, 231, 304, 311, 312, 316, 317, 321, 370, 468, 501, 604 or 605, and get off at Wushengguan Road Station.
2. Take bus no. 214 or 219, and get off at Zhengyangguan Road / Jiayuguan Road Station.

Admission Fee: free of charge
Opening Hours: Access all day


Small Qingdao Island

Small Qingdao Island lies to the southeast of Zhan Bridge, in Qingdao Bay, and is an important resort of the city's coastal scenic area. It is a great place to enjoy ocean views and to soak up an island atmosphere. At one time it was an isolated island about 720 meters (787 yards) off shore but in the 1940s a seawall was built, connecting it to the mainland. It is shaped like a qin (an ancient Chinese musical instrument), and when the waves 'slap' the shoreline, the sound is similar to that of the instrument being played, leading to its local name of 'Qin Island'.

The island is famous for its unspoiled natural scenery, which includes steep rocky outcrops, and a variety of trees, such as cherries, pomegranates and hibiscus. Visitors can either walk along the coastline to enjoy the gentle ocean breeze, and to admire the incredible scenery, or sit on the beach to watch and listen to the gentle waves roll in. There are also statues and pavilions that can be viewed at various locations. This all makes for a delightful island to visit.

Another famous island attraction that adds to the glamour of Small Qingdao Island is the 'beacon'. It was built by the Germans in 1900 and stands 15.5 meters (51 feet) tall. It is built in the shape of an octagon and constructed from white marble. In the sunlight, the tower shines as white as snow while at night the light at the top sparkles like a ruby, guiding ships safely into the bay. When viewed from the sea, the beacon's light flickers and appears to be floating on the waves. The local people consider it to be one of the ten top scenes of the city and call this view 'Floating Light on the Qin Island'.

To visit the Island, visitors can take the bus to Luxun Park bus stop where they will find the entrance to the island not far from Luxun Park.

Transportation:

Take sight-seeing bus line 1, tunnel line 2 and line 6, bus no. 6, 26, 202, 214, 223, 228, 231, 304, 311, 312, 316, 321, 501 and 504 to get off at Luxun Park Station, and walk along Qinyu Road to its entrance.

Admission Fee: April to October: CNY 15
November to next March: CNY 10

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