Qingdao

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Visit 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
Sheraton Qingdao Licang Hotel
Sheraton Qingdao Licang Hotel
5 out of 5
No. 678 Jinshui Road, (Close to Yanchuan Road), Qingdao, Shandong
RM213
per night
Jan 20 - Jan 21

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

4.2/5Very Good! (96 reviews)
Cigarette smoke smell even on smoke free floor

"Room had heavy traces of cigarette smoking, the central air conditioning was either turned off or not directed to them room making the room really warm and stuffy. The toilet floor was full of dried urine splatters. If only the management can clean up its act, the hotel is actually not bad. Everywhere ..."…"

Reviewed on 14 Oct,2019

Sheraton Qingdao Licang Hotel
Shangri-La Hotel, Qingdao
Shangri-La Hotel, Qingdao
5 out of 5
9 Xiang Gang Zhong Road, Qingdao, Shandong
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
RM309
per night
Jan 30 - Jan 31

This family-friendly Qingdao hotel is located in the business district, within 3 mi (5 km) of MixC Shopping Mall, Zhongshan Park and Olympic Sailing Museum.

4.4/5Wonderful! (382 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
Four Points by Sheraton Qingdao Chengyang
Four Points by Sheraton Qingdao Chengyang
4.5 out of 5
No. 271 Wenyang Road, Chengyang District, Qingdao, Shandong
RM164
per night
Jan 23 - Jan 24

Located in Chengyang, this luxury hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Chengyang Century Park and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Tianxiang Garden. South Korean Consulate and Mohe ...

4.3/5Excellent! (208 reviews)

"Spacious room & bathroom. Not the greatest of views - outlooks onto shabby tired buildings & streets"…"

Reviewed on 1 Sep,2019

Four Points by Sheraton Qingdao Chengyang

Popular things to do 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 activities in Qingdao

Qingdao Shore Excursion: Full Day M.Lao&Beer Museum Tour
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Qingdao Shore Excursion: Full Day M.Lao&Beer Museum Tour

RM431

Welcome to our Qingdao Shore Excursion Full Day Tour! For everyone,that has a cruise trip stay over for one day in Qingdao this is the perfect opportunity to witness and experience Qingdao at its finest.

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

RM332

Meet your guide at the lobby of your hotel in Qingdao city centre and be driven in your private vehicle for 1.5 hours to Laoshan Mountain, the highest coastal mountain in China. Located on the shore of the Yellow Sea, Laoshan Mountain is characterized by imposing canyons, undulating peaks and shrouding mists.

Qingdao Liuting Airport Same Day Luggage Services
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Qingdao Liuting Airport Same Day Luggage Services

RM82

Get your baggage transported from airport to your accommodations (and vice versa) on the same day. Move around with more convenience without having to worry about carrying your heavy luggage around! LuggAgent provides “Same Day Luggage Delivery & Storage” between Airport/Hotel in over 50 cities worldwide.

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Sep 26, 2019

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