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. 
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 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 Chai Yee Mun from MALAYSIA | Jun. 27, 2019 22:25Reply
I plan to take a shuttle bus (No 701) from Liuting Airport to World Trade Centre.
Please let me know if the bus driver will accept cash payment?
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Answered by Joshua from USA | Jun. 30, 2019 19:10

Yes, no problem. But you need to buy the ticket at ticket office window.
Asked by Lisette from NETHERLANDS | Jun. 05, 2019 04:11Reply
We are staying at the MG Hotel, how can we get to Mt. Laoshan by public transport?
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Answered by Molly from THAILAND | Jun. 05, 2019 20:34

You can walk east of 700m to Zhanqiao Station, and take the sightseeing bus Line 1 to Dahe East Station, then walk northeast of 200m to your destination.
Asked by Sarah from UK | Jun. 02, 2019 02:05Reply
Are there direct buses from Chengyang district to Qingdao center?
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Answered by Justin from USA | Jun. 02, 2019 22:42

The Bus Line 502 is available to the city center.
Asked by Deepak Adhikary from NEPAL | Jun. 02, 2019 00:26Reply
We are planning to take Weidong ferry from Icheon to Qingdao.
We are a family of 3 member. Couple with one grown up daughter of 16 years. We want to take one Royal Class Cabin of Single Queen bed for three of us.
We are ok to pay the charge for 3 people, although we take one room. Is this possible ?

Also, is smoking permitted on Weidong ferry on any part, like open deck or restaurant or anywhere?

Thank you so much for providing these informations.

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Answered by Daniel from USA | Jun. 02, 2019 22:55

I'm not very clear about that but maybe you can contact the ferry for more information. TEL:82-32-770-8000.
Asked by Noohu from HONG KONG | May. 27, 2019 01:00Reply
Hiring a taxi from Grand Regency Hotel to Tong'an Road Mosque would cost about how much?
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Answered by Michale from AUSTRALIA | May. 27, 2019 18:40

The distance is about 6km and fare is around CNY20.
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