As the symbol of Qingdao, Zhaoqiao Pier was built as a wharf in 1891. After being expanded and repaired twice in 1931 and 1985, it is now open for tourists. The pier is 440 metres long and 10 metres wide with giant granite supports and a two-storey distinctive Chinese style Pagoda, called “Huilan”. Along the shore is the beautiful Pier Park, which is a pleasant and quiet place for tourists to rest or enjoy the scenery of the “Ocean Heart” - Zhanqiao Pier.
Marked by the huge flaming sculpture called “Wind of May”, the square is built to commemorate the May 4th Movement in 1919, when Chinese nationalism was revived by a popular student-led uprising. Connecting the Qingdao municipal government building and the east coast, it consists of a coastal area and two squares, which are called City Hall Square and Central Square. In the evening, the colorful lights and water fountain make the whole square even more attractive.
Zhongshan Park is the largest park in Qingdao, covering an area of 800,000 sqm and located between Huiquan Square and Taiping Hill. Best known for its cherry blossoms in the spring, lantern show in the summer and chrysanthemum show in the autumn, it is named “Flower Sea in Eastern Garden”. In the west part of the park, the zoo is a children’s paradise, with a mini-train, bumper cars and merry-go-round.
Lying between Huiquan Cape and Taiping Cape, it was named “Badaguan” (Eight Great Passes) after the eight great passes of the Great Wall. It is well known for the numbers of western historical buildings and the many beautiful trees and various flowers blossoming in different seasons. Huashilou, the original German governors’ villa for fishing, hunting and relaxing, provides a typical guesthouse blended with European castle styles and decorated with cobblestones on the external wall. The scene is gorgeous and the setting is a first choice for many newly married couples for their wedding photos.
The Qingdao Sightseeing TV Tower is ranked the No.1 Iron Tower in China, at 230 metres tall. Apart from its function as a television tower, it is also a major Qingdao tourist attraction. The rotating watchtower at the 160-metre level offers a bird’s-eye view of the whole city. For lovers it is a romantic spot to enjoy each other’s company over dinner with soft music and a picturesque scenery.
The 35-hectare Beer City is located in the Shilaoren National Tourism Resort. The city falls into two parts, trade and entertainment, where many brands of beer and snacks are offered along with drinking contests and amusement shows. There is also a top-grade amusement park with large theatres for the festival’s literary events.
Named in the Tang Dynasty with the growth of Taoism, Laoshan is a household name for its vistas as well as the Taoist shrine. Laoshan Jufeng Peak, Liuqing River, Taiping Palace, Yangkou Beach and Nine Waters and Eighteen Pools are the main tourist spots. Thanks to the climate, this is a national park good for all seasons. Local travel agencies offer tours which vary between the southern route that covers both the Jufeng Peak and Taiping Palace, the eastern route to Yangkou Beach that covers both Taiping Palace and Qipan Stone Area and the central route to Nine Waters and Eighteen Pools.
A newly-built plank promenade that meanders along the southern beach for about 40km, from Tuandao Cape in southwestern Qingdao to Shilaoren Holiday Resort in the eastern part of the city. This makes it possible to walk from the western part of the city, covering Qingdao Bay, Huiquan Bay, Taiping Bay and come to the end at the Sculpture Road in eastern Qingdao.
Among the European-inspired architecture of the area, the German-style Catholic church stands out for its attractive facade. It is an extremely popular place for young couples to take wedding photos, so there tend to be particularly well-dressed crowds in the courtyard.
As the top grade seafood restaurant in Qingdao, Yiqinglou is well-known for its varieties of fresh and delicious seafood, large rooms, luxurious decorations and considerate service. The house specialty dishes are Fotiaoqiang (Steamed Abalone with Shark’s Fin and Fish Maw in Broth) and braised Minced Meat with Sea Cucumber.
The décor of whole restaurant is luxurious and traditional. Many ancient cultural traditions of the Shandong province are presented here, such as Paper Cutting, Revolving Scenic Lantern and shadow play. The restaurant offers what is called Confucian or Kongfuzi Cuisine and Seafood. The specialty of the house is the Stewed Chicken with Laoshan Mushroom.
The area around the old Tsingtao brewery (now converted into a museum) has developed into a lively nightlife area, lined with dozens of Sino-European style bars, restaurants and cafes. The best time to visit is during the Qingdao International Beer Festival, when promotions abound and many events are organised.
One of the most exciting nights out to be had in Qingdao is at the Taitung Night Market, which takes place every night from 17:30 - 22:00. The market offers just about anything you can think of, from snacks and souvenirs to clothes and electronics, and attracts huge crowds because of it.
Zhongshan commercial street is the most popular historical business hub in Qingdao, full of fashion stores, boutiques and big shopping malls, as well as large department stores, such as Parkson. You are sure to find everything you're looking for somewhere along Zhongshan Road.
Opposite the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center is Hisense Plaza, a huge modern international department store which has all the world's leading fashion brands as well as Starbucks Coffee and Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream. There are also restaurants, a Cultural Gallery, Children’s Kingdom and much more.
Qingdao Liuting International Airport (TAO) is located 31 km from the centre of Qingdao city. The Airport Express leaves from the airport to the city hall every 30 minutes between 06.00 and 21.00. A cheaper option is to take public buses 305, 373 or 374. Taxis to the city centre should take around 45 minutes, depending on traffic.
Qingdao Railway Station is located in the western part of Qingdao, near the Zhanqiao Pier. The rail ticket office is in service from 04:30 to 22:30. Tickets can be booked five days in advance. Qingdao is accessible with the bus network, maintained by 187 routes and 3,700 buses which run on the roads. Most of the buses are ticket-seller free and accept IC cards. The fare is generally 1RMB. 2RMB is charged for the air-conditioned buses and a few luxury buses.
Jetta and Santana are the major taxi companies in Qingdao, which are of the conventional type. This type charges a minimum of 9 RMB within 3 km and 1.4 RMB/km. Luxury type taxis charge a minimum of 12 RMB within 3 km and 1.9 RMB/km. An extra 0.4 RMB/km is charged for the rides from 22.00 to 05.00. Receipts are available upon request and would be necessary if customers need to make inquiries or complaints.