Zhan Bridge & May 4th Square
Zhan Bridge has many other names such as Qianhai Zhan Bridge, Nanhai Zhan Bridge and Grand Pier. Located at the coastal area at the southern end of Zhongshan Road, it is an extension of the road into the sea. It is just about 0.3 miles from Qingdao Railway Station. Whether travelers come to Qingdao by train or by ship, Zhanqiao, a landmark of the city, welcomes them at their first stop in this beautiful coastal city. The locals say that you can not know the real Qingdao if you have not gone to the Zhan Bridge, so follow our introduction to see the top scene of the city!
Zhan Bridge (Zhanqiao)
Originally built in 1891 as a naval pier, Zhanqiao can be regarded as a construction as old as Qingdao City. During the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911), the imperial envoy Li Hongzhang once came here to inspect the local development. At that time, Qingdao was just a small fishing village, which can not berth the big official ship of Li Hongzhang.
Now, it becomes a famous scenic spot thanks to the renovation in recent years. It is 440-meter (1,444-foot) long and 10-meter (33-foot) wide with giant granite supports. Lotus-shaped lamps provide illumination and decoration. At the south end of the bridge is a Chinese style octagon pavilion standing in contrast to European buildings in the background. It is called Huilan Pavilion. Some small art exhibitions are often held here.
Qingdao Bay is crescent shaped; like an arrow, the bridge shoots into the broad sea. Standing afar, a white lighthouse braves the waves and wind, while the Small Green Island (Xiao Qing Dao) is a serene platform for exuberant trees. Dynamic and static scenes meld. No. 6 Beach west of the bridge and Zhan Bridge Park to its north invite visitors to enjoy the beauty of the Bay.
1. Take Metro Line 3 to Qingdao Railway Station and leave from Exit G, then walk southeast for 10 minutes to get there.
How to get to Zhan Bridge
2. Take Bus 25, 223, 225, 304, 307, 312, 316, 321, 501, G1, or Sightseeing Bus Line 11 to Zhan Qiao (Zhan Bridge).
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|Opening Hours||Zhan Bridge: all day; |
Huilan Pavilion: Apr. - Oct.: 7:00 - 19:00; Nov. - Mar.: 8:00 - 17:30
|Recommended Time for a Visit||1h|
The May 4th Square was built in 1997 to commemorate the significance of Qingdao City in the May Fourth Movement, an anti-imperialist and anti-feudal patriotic movement initiated by students in 1919. Covering an area of 10 hectares (24.7 acres), May 4th Square faces the office building of the city government in the north and Fushan Bay in the south. Aiming to encourage people to be patriotic, the magnificent building has become landmark architecture of the city.
Along the central axis of May 4th Square, there lies the office building of the city government, concealed fountains, dot matrix fountains and a sculpture. There is also a vast evergreen lawn and many plants and flowers dotted around here and there. Set against the imposing sculpture and beautiful natural scenery, the square presents a splendid view of decency and prosperity.
The symbolizing building of May 4th Square is a majestic sculpture which is 30 meters (98.4 feet) high and has a maximal diameter of 27 meters (88.6 feet). The shape of a swirling wind and the flaming color of the sculpture fully display the greatness of the May Fourth Movement and national power.
1. Take Metro Line 2 or Line 3 to Wusi Guangchang (May 4th Square).
How to get to May 4th Square
2. Take Bus 317, 504, 601, G1, or Sightseeing Bus Line 11 to Wusi Guangchang.
|Opening Hours||All day|