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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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Holiday Inn Qingdao Parkview
Holiday Inn Qingdao Parkview
4 out of 5
306 Xingyang Road, Qingdao, Shandong
The price is RM186 per night from 6 Oct to 7 Oct

Located in Chengyang, this hotel is 4.3 mi (7 km) from South Korean Consulate.

4.3/5Excellent! (381 reviews)

"设施很好,位置也不错,距离机场很近,附近很多好的餐厅。酒店服务很细致,餐厅也不错,早餐很有特色,味道也很好。"…"

Reviewed on 18 Jul 2020

Holiday Inn Qingdao Parkview
Shangri-La Hotel, Qingdao
Shangri-La Hotel, Qingdao
5 out of 5
9 Xiang Gang Zhong Road, Qingdao, Shandong
The price is RM409 per night from 29 Sep to 30 Sep

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! (412 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
Hyatt Regency Qingdao
Hyatt Regency Qingdao
4.5 out of 5
The price is RM428 per night from 29 Sep to 30 Sep

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! (143 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

Vacation Rentals in Qingdao

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Cosmopolitan Exposition Asia Mansion
Cosmopolitan Exposition Asia Mansion
3 out of 5

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
The price is RM99 per night from 29 Sep to 30 Sep

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

Xu Zhou Road Apartment
Bulldog Apartment
Bulldog Apartment
2.5 out of 5
The price is RM99 per night from 29 Sep to 30 Sep

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

Bulldog Apartment

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

Half-Day Food and Drink Tour
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Half-Day Food and Drink Tour

RM1,108
Per adult
Qingdao Coffee & Culture Day Tour
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Qingdao Coffee & Culture Day Tour

RM1,162
Per adult
Qingdao Day Tour: May 4th Square, St. Michael's Cathedral
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Qingdao Day Tour: May 4th Square, St. Michael's Cathedral

RM1,165
Per adult
Laoshan Mountain Full Day Private Activity Tour
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Laoshan Mountain Full Day Private Activity Tour

RM1,718
Per adult
Qingdao Shore Excursion: Laoshan Mountain Sightseeing Tour
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Qingdao Shore Excursion: Laoshan Mountain Sightseeing Tour

RM817
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

RM152
Per adult
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26 Sep 2019

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