Qingdao, Shandong Peninsula, China (with Map & Photos)

Qingdao (青岛市) is a Chinese city located on the Shandong Peninsula and is the most important port, industrial center and military base of China.

Qingdao Shandong China
Qingdao Shandong China

Location of the city: Qingdao is located in the south of the Shandong Peninsula on the coast of the Yellow Sea at a distance of 555 kilometers from Beijing. In the east, the city is washed by the waters of the Yellow Sea; in the north it borders on the Chinese city of Yantai; in the west - with the city of Weifang. At a distance of 40 kilometers from Qingdao is Mount Laoshan (1133 meters). The length of the coastal zone is 25 kilometers, the width of the zone is 3 kilometers.

Qingdao Shandong China
Qingdao Shandong China

A bit of history: Until 1897, the town was a fishing village. In 1898, China leased Qingdao to Germany for 99 years. In 1914, the Japanese captured the city. In 1922, the city again went to China. In 1939, the city passed to the government of the Kuomintang, as a result, until 1949, the industrial development of the city was at a very low level.

This will impress you:

  • The Laoshan Mountains are 40 km away. from the city. The mountain range covers an area of ​​400 sq. km, the maximum height of the mountains is 1133 meters. This is an excellent place for walking and climbing. These metas were sacred to the Taoists. Local magnificent landscapes set you up for reflection and romance. The mountain is full of historical sights:
  • Mineral springs
  • Taoist monastery built in the 17th century
  • Taoist Monastery-Palace of Taiqing
  • Qufu city. Homeland of Confucius - Chinese philosopher.
  • Mount Taishan with monasteries on top.
  • Beach "Stone Old Man".
  • These are beaches with amazing views of the sea and mountains, with a lot of restaurants and bars.

Qingdao Shandong China
Qingdao Shandong China

Tours in Qingdao:

  • Tsintao brewery. - There are rumors that the best Asian beer is brewed here. Drinking water is taken from the springs of Laoshan Mountain. The plant was created here by the Germans at the beginning of the century, and preserves the German traditions of brewing. On the territory of the plant there is: a tea house, a zoo and a temple.
  • Qingdao City Museum.
  • Museum of Ancient Chinese Art

Where to go with children in Qingdao:

  • Qingdao Underwater World Aquarium. - This is the oldest aquarium in China, which has been open since 1932. It is interesting here for children: a platform moving along the tunnel, through the entire aquarium and the show of "mermaids".
  • Aquarium "Polar Ocean World". - A more modern aquarium with polar bears, penguins, dolphins and beluga whales.

Qingdao Shandong China
Qingdao Shandong China

Restaurants and cafes in Qingdao:

At the intersection of the streets and Fuzhou South Road and Yunxiao Road, you will find many national restaurants.
  • Local Sanheyuan Dumpling Shop Address: 147 Ningxia Rd, Shinan District Telephone 0532-85838085.
  • Old Hong Kong Restaurant National Cafe Address: 42 Hong Kong Middle Rd Phone: 0532-85978868.
  • Laoshan Pao Hotpot Restaurant Address: 20 Yunxiao Rd Phone: 0532-85784444
  • Shanglinyuan Restaurant Address: 169 Minjiang Rd, Shinan District Phone: 0532-85756788

Shopping in Qingdao:

  • Taidong Pedestrian Street is the main shopping center in the city. In this place, and especially at night, you will find everything from trinkets and clothes to household items.
  • Grocery supermarket "Carrefour"
  • MyKal is an 8 storey department store.
  • "Jimo Lu market". Here you can buy fake Gucci and Prada.

And this is even very incendiary! The Qingdao International Beer Festival is held annually in August.

Note: In 1994, the city was listed as one of the 15 most important cities in China.

Qingdao Map