Qingdao Travel Guide

Qingdao Travel Guide

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Chinese Name: 青岛市 (qīng dǎo shì)
Location: Qingdao, located in the southeast part of Shandong Province, is a beautiful seaside city with clear air and enchanting sea view. This city, bordered by the Yellow Sea on two sides, has the largest bathing beach in Asia and produces the mellow Tsingtao Beer.

Population: 9,204,000
Area: 11,282 square kilometers ( 4,356 square miles)
Nationalities: Han
Administrative Division: 7 Districts (Shinan, Shibei, Huangdao, Laoshan, Licang, Chengyang, Jimo); 3 County-level Cities (Jiaozhou, Pingdu, Laixi)


May Fourth Square
May 4th Square

The red roofs, green trees, blue sea, and azure sky form a bright and colorful picture here. The city is sometimes known as the Switzerland of the Orient. Surrounded by the sea on three sides, the city attracts many visitors with its charming seascape. Sights like the Eight Passes Villas, May 4th Square, the Zhan Bridge, Mt. Laoshan, No.1 Bathing Beach, Badaguan Scenic Area will help you remember the city.

Other major attractions like Xinhao (Signal) Hill Park, Catholic Church (St. Emil Church), Golden Sand Beach,  Small Qingdao IslandLu Xun Park, and Underwater World are also worth a visit. Just walking on the sand and listening to the surf breaking on the beach becomes enjoyable.

3-Day City Tour: visit Mt. Laoshan, Taiqing Palace, Xiaoyushan Hill Park, Small Qingdao Island, Zhan Bridge and No. 1 Bathing Beach
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Zhan Bridge
Zhan Bridge
The seaside city
The seaside city
To the east of the city, a short distance across the Yellow Sea, lie Korea and Japan, making Qingdao an important port for international trade. A wide range of vehicles can facilitate trips to and from the city, including direct flights, bullet trains, long-distance buses and ships. The urban transportation is good due to the developed public buses, taxis, ferryboats, sightseeing boats and metros.
 Qingdao has implemented the 144-hour visa-free transit policy to facilitate citizens of some countries and regions to enjoy a visa-free stay up to 144 hours when taking an international transfer via Liuting Airport and its cruise port. 
Read details about 144-hour Visa-free Transit in Qingdao

 History: For thirty three years, up to 1949, the city was a colony of Germany and Japan. Thus, it has a great deal of European architecture. This foreign architecture -a remnant of the colonial past- now beautifies this seaside city.

 Foods: The food here is with distinctive flavors--especially seafood. So take this chance to enjoy the delicious seafood. Also, the city is the home of the famous Tsingtao Beer. Do not forget to try it when visiting the city.

 Local Highlights: The local government recognizes the importance of the tourism industry and has further plans to develop the local tourism. To enhance the tourism industry, the city now sponsors the International Beer Festival, the International Sea Festival, Beach Culture Festival, the Sea Affection Festival, and the Summer of Qingdao Festival. In cooperation with the Beijing Olympic Games 2008, the city held the Sailing Competition in the Olympic Games in 2008. This great event brings a great opportunity for this charming city to build its bright future.

 Relationship with Korea
Since the first Korean companies began doing business in this city in 1988, Korean people have lived here. Thousands of Korean people now live and work here, which makes the city with the most Korea investment enterprises in China. And the city also has the largest Korean population in China. With years of cultural exchange, they have established deep, close friendships and mutual trust with the native Chinese people.

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- Last modified on May. 04, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Qingdao Travel
Asked by agus from SUGIH | May. 10, 2019 02:46Reply
Do I need transit visa for 4 hrs connecting in Qingdao?
I'm Indonesian passport holder and will fly from Jakarta to Los Angeles, by Xiamen Air.
This include 4:20 connecting flight. The local Xiamen officer inform that I must apply for visa since according to her when I change the aircraft, I will pass immigration check. This information is confusing. Please share the update condition.
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Answered by Jessica from AUSTRALIA | May. 12, 2019 20:07

Generally, if you stay in mainland China less than 24 hours, no visa is needed? Do you stay in other cities and the transit time is more than 24 hours?
Asked by Madam Poh from MALAYSIA | Apr. 29, 2019 20:02Reply
Greetings to you!. We plan to travel by train from Yantai to Qingdao on 22 May 2019.
It is a day trip envisage from 9 am to 5 pm. Appreciate your guidance on places of interest and metro or bus number. Alternatively, if by taxi, how much is the estimated fare. TQVM
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Answered by Louis from USA | May. 04, 2019 23:31

The first must-see attraction is Zhan Bridge. After that, you can stroll around the beach nearby. The Beer Museum is also worth a visit.

From QD Railway Station to Zhan Bridge, you can take Bus Line 307/26/223. The cab fare is around CNY10. From Zhan bridge to the Beer Museum, Bus Line 217/307/225 is available. It takes about CNY15 by taxi.
Asked by Gian from ITALY | Apr. 24, 2019 04:49Reply
I will arrive to Qingdao West Railway Station next May 1st at 19.30.
Can you please tell me how I can go to downtown ? Are there buses to any subway station or direct buses to downtown ?


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Answered by Jesse from MALAYSIA | Apr. 25, 2019 18:56

Hi, you can walk south about 900m to take Bus Line 306 to Fenghuang Shanlu Metro Station, and then walk west about 150m to transfer to Qing-Xi Express Line to the Main Railway Station. You can take Metro Line 3 to the downtown area.
Asked by Yiantee from SINGAPORE | Apr. 07, 2019 03:00Reply
How to go to Penglai from Qingdao Liu Ting International Airport?
Is there a train or bus that could take us from Liu Ting International Airport?
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Answered by Lily from AUSTRALIA | Apr. 09, 2019 01:36

At present, there is no direct bus. You need to take Bus Line 305 to North Bus Station first and then take a coach from North Bus Station to Penglai. The coach departs from 7:50 to 17:20 with an interval about 2 hours.
Answered by Yiantee from SINGAPORE | Apr. 10, 2019 06:49

Thanks so much, Lily! Appreciate you taking the time to advise.
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