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Qingdao

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.

Top hotels in Qingdao

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Westin Qingdao
The Westin Qingdao
4.5 out of 5
The price is RM436 per night

Located in Shinan District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of May Fourth Square and MixC Shopping Mall. Qingdao Third Beach and Hisense Plaza are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (180 reviews)

"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 ..."…"

Reviewed on 11 Nov 2019

The Westin Qingdao
Hyatt Regency Qingdao
Hyatt Regency Qingdao
4.5 out of 5
The price is RM440 per night

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! (142 reviews)
Language problems

"In comparing to my stay last year, the room whas not as good, not as clean and not helpful at the reception. Staff could not speak proper English, by every question it went over 3-4 people and finally you still get not the right answer. For the price they charge per night you would expect better ..."…"

Reviewed on 3 Nov 2019

Hyatt Regency Qingdao
Shangri-La Hotel, Qingdao
Shangri-La Hotel, Qingdao
5 out of 5
9 Xiang Gang Zhong Road, Qingdao, Shandong
Free cancellation
The price is RM341 per night

This family-friendly Qingdao hotel is located in the business district, within 2 mi (3 km) of MixC Shopping Mall and Olympic Sailing Museum. Zhongshan Park is ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (410 reviews)

"Staff there are very friendly and willing to help. It is a pleasure staying there for a few days. Thanks."…"

Reviewed on 5 Dec 2019

Shangri-La Hotel, Qingdao

Popular places to visit in Qingdao

May Fourth Square
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May Fourth Square

4/5(2 reviews)

Qingdao’s huge seaside square is dominated by an impressive sculpture that commemorates the cultural and socio-political May Fourth Movement.

Lu Xun Park
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Lu Xun Park

Experience Chinese literary culture, visit an aquarium and stroll along the waterfront of Qingdao’s beautiful wooded parkland on the shore of Quigan Bay.

Number 1 Bathing Beach
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Number 1 Bathing Beach

This beautiful beach on Huiquan Bay is an idyllic spot for lounging, swimming and enjoying gorgeous views over the Yellow Sea.

Top things to do in Qingdao

Laoshan Mountain Private Tour from Qingdao
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Laoshan Mountain Private Tour from Qingdao

RM1,308
Per adult
Qingdao Shore Excursion: Full Day M.Lao&Beer Museum Tour
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Qingdao Shore Excursion: Full Day M.Lao&Beer Museum Tour

RM1,664
Per adult
Laoshan Mountain Full Day Private Activity Tour
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Laoshan Mountain Full Day Private Activity Tour

RM1,749
Per adult
Half Day Tour and Trek to Fushan Mountain
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Half Day Tour and Trek to Fushan Mountain

RM681
Per adult
German Era Tour of Old Town Qingdao - Beer Museum, Lunch
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German Era Tour of Old Town Qingdao - Beer Museum, Lunch

RM1,117
Per adult
Private airport transfer to or from Qingdao Liuting International Airport max 5
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Private airport transfer to or from Qingdao Liuting International Airport max 5

RM155
Per adult
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Take no. 4 bus from sea end of train station to Lao shan, CNY 20 each way

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