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An elegant seaside city with a European twist, Qingdao has earned itself the tag "China’s Switzerland" for its distinctive architecture and Germanic cultural legacies. Modern development has reshaped Qingdao’s skyline, but it is still a port town at heart, where sailing takes centre stage, the beaches are beloved and the seafood is abundant.
In 1898 Germany was granted a 99-year lease on territory around Kiautschou Bay. See evidence of the German influence in the many cobbled alleys, red rooftops and Teutonic stylings of Qingdao. Explore the charming, hilly old town, and look out for the Lutheran and Catholic churches in German design.
The German presence also gave to Qingdao a taste for beer, and it’s here that China’s most popular beer, Tsingtao, is produced. Head to the Old Tsingtao Brewery for a brew house and museum tour. Explore the beer gardens of Beer Street and enjoy a bratwurst and pitcher of specialty beer in the sunshine. Beer lovers should time their visit for the city’s annual international beer festival held each August.
Qingdao’s famous beaches attract sun-seekers from all over the country. Follow the crowds to Number One Bathing Beach or travel further to the prettier Number Two Bathing Beach, a picturesque little cove said to have been a favourite escape of Chairman Mao. Nearby Shilaoren Beach, named for a rocky outcrop that resembles an “Old Stone Man”, is quite developed but remains cleaner than the city beaches.
The city’s Botanical Gardens are a great destination for families, as is Qingdao Underwater World. Hikers will enjoy the to climb to the “Mushroom Observatories”, small hilltop structures that offer great views of the area.
Qingdao is 6 hours south from Beijing by high-speed rail, and flights are available to most major Chinese cities. The city is easy to explore by bus and taxi. Visit Qingdao in late summer or spring to enjoy good weather without the crowds. Favorable winds ensure air quality is good year round.
Staff there are very friendly and willing to help. It is a pleasure staying there for a few days. Thanks.
No concierge or bell boy met us upon arrival. We were finally directed to the front desk for check-in, then abandoned to find our room on our own, with no explanation of the room or facility...never had that happen in a "5 star" hotel before. Breakfast buffet was easily the worst of any western hotel ...
Spacious room & bathroom. Not the greatest of views - outlooks onto shabby tired buildings & streets
Loved this hotel! The amenities were great and the hotel itself is very beautiful. My dad really enjoyed having some English channels to watch. The Beba Bar was a nice place to hang out at night with live music!
This hotel is located in very developed beach resort area; the hotel is absolutely huge. My travel was for a business conference that took place off-season, when the property seemed empty except for our group. I imagine the experience would be different in high season, or when the hotel is more fully ...
The first room we had, the hair dryer was not working and the roof was leaking. The staff was quick to respond and change our room. The second room the battery in the weight person was too low so we couldn't weight our luggage. The quality of an hotel is affected by those small details.
Wonderful hotel at reasonable cost. I got extras as an IHG member such as room upgrade and welcome drink. It’s the little things that make my stay at the hotel more enjoyable.
We stayed in this hotel for 4 nights for our 9 days trip to Shantung, first 3 nights after arriving Qingdao and last night before departing Qingdao, the location of the hotel is near to airport but too far from city centre, overall services were up to expectation but hotel need to improve their safe ...