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QingdaoChina

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

Hilton Qingdao Golden Beach
Hilton Qingdao Golden Beach
5 out of 5
1 Jia Liang Jiang East Rd Huangdao, Qingdao, Shandong
The price is RM252 per night from 19 Jan to 20 Jan

Offering direct access to the beach, this Huangdao hotel is 4.6 mi (7.5 km) from China Petroleum University, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Zhan Qiao and Guest ...

4.4/5Excellent! (135 reviews)
Best Birthday stay ever!!

"I booked the hotel only for one night as a birthday stay-cation gift for my wife. We have visited many hotels for our special days but this was the first one that made a cake for her. She had a fabulous time, I joined her for some of the time and I really loved it. The service was super friendly. ..."…"

Reviewed on 30 Jul 2020

Hilton Qingdao Golden Beach
Pullman Qingdao Ziyue
Pullman Qingdao Ziyue
3.5 out of 5
No 277 Chong Qing North Road, Cheng Yang District, Qingdao, Shandong
The price is RM175 per night from 17 Jan to 18 Jan

Located in Chengyang, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Chengyang Century Park and within 6 miles (10 km) of Tianxiang Garden and South Korean Consulate. Mohe ...

4.1/5Very Good! (111 reviews)

"Nice view, I've checkin for this booking. Great Service,"…"

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2020

Pullman Qingdao Ziyue
Sheraton Qingdao Licang Hotel
Sheraton Qingdao Licang Hotel
5 out of 5
No. 678 Jinshui Road, (Close to Yanchuan Road), Qingdao, Shandong
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM274 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan

Located in Licang, this luxury hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Tsingtao Beer Museum, May Fourth Square and Hisense Plaza. MixC Shopping Mall and Ba Da Guan ...

4.2/5Very Good! (107 reviews)
Nice hotel for business travelers.

"Friendly staff, pleasant stay."…"

Reviewed on 12 Dec 2019

Sheraton Qingdao Licang Hotel
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Vacation Rentals in Qingdao

Bulldog Apartment
Bulldog Apartment
2.5 out of 5
No. 181 Xuzhou Road, Shibei District, Qingdao, Shandong
The price is RM101 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan

Located in Shibei, this apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of Hongcheng Stadium, Tsingtao Beer Museum and MixC Shopping Mall. Zhanshan Temple and Qingdao ...

Bulldog Apartment
Cosmopolitan Exposition Asia Mansion
Cosmopolitan Exposition Asia Mansion
3 out of 5
No. 7977, Binhai Avenue, West Coast New District, Huangdao, Qingdao, Shandong

Situated in Qingdao, this aparthotel is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Orient Golf Club and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Dazhushan Scenic Area. Shuangzhu Park and Linyi Normal ...

Cosmopolitan Exposition Asia Mansion
Xu Zhou Road Apartment
Xu Zhou Road Apartment
2.5 out of 5
No. 180, XuzhouRoad, Shibei District, Qingdao
The price is RM101 per night from 19 Jan to 20 Jan

Located in Shibei, this apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of Hongcheng Stadium, Tsingtao Beer Museum and MixC Shopping Mall. Zhanshan Temple and Qingdao ...

Xu Zhou Road Apartment
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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