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Qingdao
Travel Guide

Number 1 Beach featuring rocky coastline

Modern skyscrapers and charming Bavarian architecture sit side by side in this German-styled port city famed for its brewing, beaches and fresh air. 

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.

Le Meridien Qingdao
Le Meridien Qingdao
5 out of 5
112 Yanji Road, Shi Bei District, Qingdao, Shandong
The price is RM321 per night from 20 Apr to 21 Apr
Located in Shibei, this luxury hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Taidong Pedestrain Street, Hongcheng Stadium and Tsingtao Beer Museum. MixC Shopping Mall and ...
4.2/5Excellent! (121 reviews)
good and clean hotel
"I have been staying in Le Meridien Qingdao for more than 10 times and everytime has been a pleasure."

Reviewed on 2 Nov 2019

Le Meridien Qingdao
Hyatt Regency Qingdao
Hyatt Regency Qingdao
4.5 out of 5
88 Donghai East Road, Laoshan District, Qingdao, Shandong
The price is RM380 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr
Located in Laoshan, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of Qingdao Shilaoren Bathing Beach, Qingdao Modern Art Park and Qingdao ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (149 reviews)
Qingdao is beautiful
"Best China beach and beachfront walking. Truly great. Blue water, clean waves, sand and rocky beach, lots of parks. Qingdao and this area in particular are well wirth a visit."

Reviewed on 2 May 2020

Hyatt Regency Qingdao
Four Points by Sheraton Qingdao, West Coast
Four Points by Sheraton Qingdao, West Coast
4 out of 5
1288 Binhai Avenue, Jiaonan, Qingdao, Shandong
The price is RM183 per night from 19 Apr to 20 Apr
Located in West Coast, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre, 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Orient Golf Club, and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Linyi Normal University. ...
3.8/5Good! (21 reviews)
Very good
"The staff are nice and friendly, the location is good for trip, and very close food mall."

Reviewed on 19 May 2019

Four Points by Sheraton Qingdao, West Coast
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Qingdao Seaside Resort Apartment
Qingdao Seaside Resort Apartment
3 out of 5
Haier Mountain Bay, No.505, Lijiang East Road, Huangdao, Qingdao, Shandong
Located in Huangdao, this apartment building is 2 mi (3.3 km) from Tangdaowan Binhai Park and 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Golden Sandy Beach. Botangzhai Art Museum ...
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Villa Haixin
Villa Haixin
3 out of 5
Jinhai Garden, No. 283 Haikou Road, Laoshan District, Qingdao, Shandong
The price is RM482 per night from 6 May to 7 May
Located in Zhanqiao, this villa is within a 15-minute walk of Zhanshan Temple and Qingdao Botanical Gardens. MixC Shopping Mall and Taidong Pedestrain Street ...
Villa Haixin
Blessed Family 2BR Apartment 9-1503
Blessed Family 2BR Apartment 9-1503
2.5 out of 5
1503, Building 9, Yantaiqian Community, 777 Jinshatan Road, Xuejiadao, Huangdao, Qingdao, S handong
The price is RM677 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr
Located in Qingdao City Center, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of MixC Shopping Mall and May Fourth Square. Hisense Plaza and Olympic Sailing ...
Blessed Family 2BR Apartment 9-1503
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Take no. 4 bus from sea end of train station to Lao shan, CNY 20 each way