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Despite its large population of three and a half million people, Qingdao is considered one of China's cleanest, loveliest, and most livable cities. Qingdao, whose name translates to 'the blue/green island’, is just a ferry ride away from Japan or South Korea. The influence of the Germans who occupied Qingdao during the early 20th century remains evident in the train station and many more historic buildings on Jiaozhou Bay's eastern shore.Don’t Miss
Most Qingdao attractions are located in the city's central seaside district of Shinan, including the iconic Zhan Qiao port. Catholic and Lutheran churches are set in the city alongside the Zhanshan Temple. The Qingdao Municipal Museum and Haier Science and Technology Museum are located in the same building, but art, naval, and German prison site museums can also be found in the city.
Qingdao shares its name with Xiao Qingdao Park, an island with botanical gardens, a German lighthouse built in the 1900s, and a Japanese bridge. Luxun Park, a two-kilometre long stretch of beach, connects Xiao Qingdao Park to Bathing Beach. A former German battery and signalling station have been converted into two more lovely Qingdao parks. Couples may want to place padlocks shaped like hearts on Xinhaoshan Park's Heart to Heart Bridge.
Qingdao Underwater World, China's first public aquarium, has greeted marine animal lovers since 1932. The newer Polar Ocean World features dolphin, seal, and beluga whale shows as well as penguins, polar bears, and other polar animals. Asian black bears are the Qingdao Eastern Bear Park's main attraction. Laoshan Beach is the least crowded of Qingdao's beaches, while Old Stone Man Beach is known for its high waves.Restaurants and Bars
Qingdao's local cuisine is known as shandong, but Sichuan and Cantonese dishes are also served at the restaurants on Yunxiao Road, the city's main restaurant street. Minjiang Road contains more international restaurants. Cheaper places to eat can be found on Qingdao's small streets and in dumpling restaurants. Beer lovers may enjoy Tsingtao Brewery tours, complete with free samples, but visitors can also sample the city's most famous beer at several German-style beer gardens.Shopping
Taidong Pedestrian Street is where visitors can purchase all manner of things from pedlars after dark, while Central Hong Kong Road is where most modern Qingdao shopping centres, department stores, and Western grocery shops are situated. The recently retro-fitted Zhong Shan Lu contains some of the city's older shops, while the Jimo Lu Market is best known for its wide variety of counterfeit designer goods.