From the top of the tower at these hilltop gardens, find superlative views of Qingdao’s major sights and attractive bays.
Xiaoyushan Park has some of the best views in Qingdao, overlooking Huiquan Bay and taking in city landmarks. Enter an enchanting world of gorgeous vistas, pavilions and flower-lined paths in this hilltop walled Chinese garden.
The park sits at an elevation of about 197 feet (60 meters) above sea level and can be reached via a short and easy walk from Number 1 Bathing Beach. On your way up the hill, stop by the Former Residence of Kang Youwei, a museum dedicated to the life and work of the scholar and political thinker. He was an important figure in the anti-imperialist May Fourth Movement.
Once you reach the top of the hill, enter the garden via the gate and meander through the 6-acre (2.5-hectare) site. Breathe in the scents of flowers, appreciate the architecture of the pavilions and delight in the tranquil atmosphere.
Most visitors agree that the best views are from the top of the three-story Lan Cao Ge Tower. Make your way up the spiral staircase to the top of this octagonal structure to enjoy the city and sea panoramas. Among the sights that can be seen from here are Lu Xun Park, Zhanqiao Pier and Small Qingdao Island.
Lan Cao Ge has two neighbors, the Yongcui and Bibo Pavilions, which are connected by a corridor that features two murals. They are called Eight Immortals Crossing the Sea and The Strange Tales Written by Pu Songling and depict fanciful dreamlike figures from Chinese fairytales. In the eastern part of the wall, you will see a pictograph of the Chinese character "Yu". It means fish and is the emblem of the hill.
Xiaoyushan Park is also known as Little Fish Hill Park and is open from early morning to late afternoon year-round. There is a small admission fee to enter the park, and a small coffee shop outside the gate provides snacks.