Things to Do in Qingdao

Qingdao, the beautiful seaside city offers much to experience, the delightful Eupropean style architectures, the wonderful beaches, as well as the famous Tsingtao Beer.

What you can do and experience in Qingdao is more than just visit the tourist sites, but to enjoy the leisurely life pace in the coastal city as the locals.

Qingdao Attractions Map

Zhanqiao Pier

No.1: Zhanqiao Pier

Type: Landmark

Recommended Length of Visit: 0.5-1 hour

Zhanqiao Pier, built in 1891, is the symbol of Qingdao. This now 440 meter long strip stretches into the sea and was the first wharf at Qingdao. There is an octagonal pagoda of distinctive Chinese style, “Huilan Pagoda” at the end of the pier. Zhanqiao Pier is viewed in the eyes of many as the official symbol of Qingdao as it was made famous by being placed on the label of the Tsingdao Brewery beer bottles and the front of cans.

From the top, you could fully view the magnificent sea. Along the shore is the beautiful pier park, which is a pleasant and quiet place for you to rest or enjoy the scenery of Little Qingdao and its white tower. It is close to the railway station and No.6 bathing beach. So once you are in that area, don’t miss a visit to the Pier.

Little Qingdao Isle

No.2: Little Qingdao Isle

Type: Landmark

Recommended Length of Visit: 1-2 hours

Unlike Qingdao city, the Little Qingdao Isle is a very small island. Together with Zhanqiao Pier, they are the symbols of Qingdao city. Little Qingdao Isle, whose shape is like an ancient violin, is also called “Violin Isle”.

The Isle is about 0.012 square kilometers, 720 meters from the coast and 17 meters above sea level. Germany built the white lighthouse on the isle at the beginning of this century. Its light reflected on the sea makes quite a spectacle at night, so much so that it has become known as “floating light of Isle”. The Little Qingdao is great place for a walk. There is a small flat square, “The Girl with Guqin Statue” is in the middle of the square, waterside pavilions, red reefs with blue waves, white tower with green trees, and an arbor makes the island as the heaven created a beautiful picture.

Eight Passes (Badaguan Scenic Resort)

No.3: Eight Passes (Badaguan Scenic Resort)

Type: Point of Interest

Recommended Length of Visit: 2 hours

Badaguan Scenic Area is a great place to embrace Qingdao which is well known for the old villas of different architecture styles. If you miss the Badaguan when visiting Qingdao, it means you haven’t fully seen Qingdao. Badaguan holds the architectural styles of more than 20 countries and regions, such as Russian, English, French, German, American, Japanese, and Danish buildings; has led people into knowing the Badaguan area as the World Architectural exhibition.

Strolling through the streets which are lined with different trees or flowers, such as maple, myrtle, peach or crab apple, you will find it is really a nice and relaxing area to enjoy your leisure time. In front of the building area, there is a beach, which has the sandy beach in one site but a rocky one on the other side. You can visit the beach or just walk among the European inspired architecture.

Qingdao No.1 Bathing Beach

No.4: Qingdao No.1 Bathing Beach

Type: Beaches

Recommended Length of Visit: about 2 hours

Qingdao No.1 Bathing Beach, also known as Huiquan Bathing Beach, is located in Huiquan Bay. The beach’s length is 580 meters, and 40 meters in width. It is surrounded by mountains, traditional villas and modern buildings, combined with the blue sky and water, it is one of the famous scenic areas in Qingdao.

With the half-moon shaped water and sand beach, and no reef in the water, it is the best place to go swimming in summer (may be crowded sometimes). When you walk on the beach, breath the cool sea breeze and listen the waves rhythmically tapping on the beach, you’ll feel totally relaxed.

Tsingdao Beer Museum

No.5: Tsingdao Beer Museum

Type: Museum

Recommended Length of Visit: 1-2 hours

Qingdao Beer Museum is built on the site of German Beer Company Qingdao Branch, which is a two-story red building. It offers much information from the past to the present showcasing the hundred year history of Tsingdao Beer. You can see the old brewing machinery and a great collection of past packaging of Qingdao beer there. It is highlighted that you can also see beer being bottled and packaged on conveyer belts. Free beer tasting is offered. There is also a large indoor beer area, where you can find lots of good souvenirs to buy and free beer to drink.

Mount Lao

No.6: Mount Lao

Type: Scenic Site, Mountain Hiking

Recommended Length of Visit: half or 1 day

When visit Mount Lao, a mountain meeting the East China Sea, you can enjoy a panorama of mountains, cliffs, waterfalls and temples together. It is also an important part of the Taoism religion and regarded as on the “cradles of Taoism”. It is featured in many legends and local traditions. It is said to have been visited by the emperor Qing Shi Huang and Emperor Wu of Han, both hoping to meet immortals and gain immortality here.

Mt. Lao is divided into six parts: Taiqing, Chessboard Stone, Jufeng, Beijiushui, Yangkou and Hualou Area. The largest temple on Mount Lao is Taiqing Temple, the Temple of Supreme Purity. It is good to extend to Mount Lao to have a nice hike when you are in Qingdao.

May Fourth Square

No.7: May Fourth Square

Type: Point of Interest

Recommended Length of Visit: 0.5 hour

May Fourth Square, built at the end of 1990s in Qingdao, now is the central business district in the eastern seaside square. It received its name from commemorate the students’ patriotic movement pf May 4, 1919.

Walking in the square, you’ll find a special and unique sculpture - The Winds of May. The red color of The Wind of May is like permanent burning flame, is indicating Qingdao’s booming future. It is a wonderful place to fly a kite if you are in a family trip.

Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center

No.8: Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center

Type: Sports Complexes

Recommended Length of Visit: 0.5-1 hour

Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center was the venue which held the 2008 29th Olympic sailing competition and 13th Paralympic Sailing competition. It became a feature spot since then. It is located at Qingdao’s Fushan Bay, adjoining May Fourth Square.

For the embodiment of Green Olympics, Hi-tech Olympics and Humanistic Olympics, the center was designed and constructed in a world-class way. It covers an area of 45 hectares, including Olympic village, Player’s center, Administration Department, Media center and general affairs center. Every department works divisions as well as cooperation to make the center go on well. It deserves to visit and you won’t be disappointed.

Qingdao Naval Museum

No.9: Qingdao Naval Museum

Type: Museum

Recommended Length of Visit: 1 hour

Qingdao Naval Museum, built in 1988, is the only military museum that features the complete development of the Chinese naval establishment. It lies to the west of the famous Luxun Park and faces Little Qingdao Isle across the sea.

The museum, with a great collection of documents, photographs and precious relics of different periods, fully narrates the history and achievements of the Chinese navy. It has three main exhibit areas: Military Uniform and Gift Exhibition Hall, Weapons and Equipment Exhibition Area, and the Ship and Naval Warfare History Galleries on the sea area.

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