Known to be one the most beautiful and cleanest cities, Qingdao is among the largest cities in the Shangdong Province. The meaning of its name is The Blue/Green Island. Qingdao was named China's most livable cities and is home to a population of 3.5 million.
Home to the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center Marina; it is a popular place for tourists to take day trips and private guided tours around the city. In 2008, the Sailing Regattas of the 29th Olympic Games and the 13th Paralympic Games were hosted here.
Immersed in Chinese history, it is also trendy among tourist for its attractive coastal landscapes, and local folklore. Qingdao does not have hectic markets, unpredictable traffic and intense street commerce, so a custom day tour here is ideal for those who like to take things a bit more in their stride. The city is clean and orderly and might give the impression of an upcoming wanna-be Singapore. Read More...
Relax on a Leisurely Private sailing tour Qingdao from the Olympic Sailing Center Marina
Located in the former Beihai Dockyard is the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Centre & International Marina. It is here that you will see many of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race events, take great sailing lessons, a private tour around the bay or simply take a walk along the streets and enjoy the scenery and take pictures.
The Tsingtao Beer head quarters is also found here, famous for its beer festival every year or visitors can revel in the high-end shopping experience along with an international cuisine. Qingdao is a great city to visit, to experience modern China, spend time on a beach or simply relaxing and admiring the beauty of China.
Top 10 Things to Do in Qingdao
Qingdao Beer Museum
This is a famous brewery that was constructed during the German occupation in 1904. A trip to Qingdao would not be complete without a guided tour of the Beer Museum, China's oldest brewery. If you enjoy beer, this is worth the trip. Learn about the history of the factory and then learn the process for making beer and enjoy a free beer at the end of the tour. It has a great gift shop and is very easy to get to.
May Fourth Square
This landmark is worth the visit on guided tour. It is a giant sculpture on the waterfront and is in memory of the 1919 May Fourth Movement against the Treaty of Versailles. The May Fourth Movement started when students had massive demonstrations in Beijing and resulted in China announcing an end to the war with Germany. This a is a great spot to learn about the history or for leisure. There is nearby area to eat and for kids to play.
Laoshan Scenic Area
The Laoshan is a mountainous area to the east of the city and very popular for its beautiful scenery. For a leisurely amble away from the noise of the city this is the perfect place or excellent for anyone interested in hiking tours. The location has staff available to offer information about the area and activities. The views of the Taoist Temple against the wooded slopes and from the mountainside make a great place for photos.
Badaguan Scenic Resort
Qingdao is known for its scenic beauty and abundance of green space, unlike most other Chinese cities. Badaguan Scenic Resort has many shaded streets, parks and a European style residential area. Popular for leisure activities such as taking a stroll, playing with the kids or just relaxing. Visitors enjoy the guided tour of the Huashi Lou Building or taking a peek into the history of the Greek and gothic style Russian built villa.
Zhan Qiao Bridge
Zhan Qiao Bridge is one of the popular sightseeing tour attractions and most famous scenic areas in Qingdao thanks to the recent renovations. It is a bridge/pier in front of Qingdao's Skyline. It attracts millions of tourists each year with its 440 meters long and 8 meters wide pier. For decoration and lighting, there are beautiful lotus-shaped lamps and there is a Chinese style octagon which holds art exhibitions at various times.
Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center
The Qingdao Olympic Sailing Centre is a great place to take a sailing lesson, relax on a leisurely private boat tour around the bay, or simply walk along the streets and enjoy the scenery and to take photos. It was specifically built for the 2008 Olympic Games on the site which was the Beihai Shipyard near Fushan Bay, but now it is host to a number of other boating regattas and boating races.
Qingdao Huiquan Beach
Qingdao Huiquan beach is commonly known as Qingdao's Number One Bathing Beach and a sight pointed out on a sightseeing tour. It is horseshoe-shaped bay whose open end points in a southwesterly direction. It is one of many beaches that is close to the high rise CBD. The beach is always flowing with tourists and locals alike during the hot weather, using it to sunbathe and jump in for the occasional splash to cool down.
Although Qingdao is famous for Tsingtao Beer, it is also known to be one of China's top wine makers. The Huadong Winery was founded by a British expat, Michael Perry and partners. It is about 30 km from Qingdao and produces about 7 million bottles of wine per year. The lovely tasting wine is clean, simple, smelling of melons and other fruit. Daily guided tours are available and a pleasant way to see the beautiful scenery of Qingdao.
Although not as popular as the other museums, the Navy Museum offers a great look into how the evolution of the Navy Army on a guided tour. How it began as such a small army force and grew into one of the strongest in the world. History lovers can find many different types of submarines, battleships, torpedo launchers and training drills. Take a tour around the museum and visitors can even try to operate a ship using the model ships.
Lu Xun Park
An attractive place to see on a sightseeing tour of Qingdao is Lu Xun Park which is also a memorial to Lu Xun, a famous writer around the May 4th Movement. There is a statue made of granite which stands 3 meters high at the park's entrance that was installed on the 50th anniversary of his death. This is a beautiful park with a mix of natural and cultural sites to be explored. There are pine woods, rugged reefs and pavilions.
Travel Tips for Qingdao
Best Time To Visit
Qingdao's early summer is an enjoyable season, although it can be humid near the sea shore, it is still an enjoyable time for all sailing activities. Autumn is also nice for those who like the weather a bit more cooler, nice for an evening walk along the Marina and ideal for going on sightseeing tours in and around the city. Qingdao is somewhere that you can visit any day, week or month of the year.
Qingdao is well known to be one of the more expensive cities to visit in China, however with fluctuating exchange rates tourists can get a great bargain. Accommodation is high quality, can be very alluring especially with great value package holidays. The majority of attractions in the city are reasonably priced however we recommend that you book your private sightseeing tours prior to arrival for the best price.
Know Before Visiting
We recommend that you research the city of Qingdao and search for the best prices of accommodation. Also, book sightseeing tours in advance to avail of cheaper rates. A 72-hour visa-free transit policy was introduced in Qingdao so visitors can enjoy a 72-hour visa-free stay during an international transfer via Liuting International Airport which is great. When in crowded areas be wary of pickpockets.
Towards the end of summer, the temperatures in many areas of Northern China start to lower, but Qingdao can start to get warmer with the temperatures ranging from 25°C on an average. Autumn/Fall the temperatures fluctuate in evenings and during the winter, the weather can be harsh and very cold with temperatures sometimes dropping below 0°C. Snow patches will last only a few days.