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Qingdao Travel Guide

Voted China’s most livable city, Qingdao in Shandong province has plenty to recommend it besides it’s eponymous Tsingtao beer. This seaside city has a comfortable, temperate climate with average summer temperatures of 25°C, which makes it a perfect summer getaway from the heat and humidity of Beijing.

Occupied by Germany in the late 1800s and early 1900s, Qingdao’s architecture has a distinctly European flair. German architects designed many buildings in the city, such as St Michael’s Cathedral and Jiaozhou Governor’s Hall. One area in particular, the Badaguan Scenic area (八大关, Bā dà guān)was originally home to people from all over Europe, America and Japan. The architecture of the buildings in Badaguan reflect the unique styles of the different nationalities that settled there. Nowadays, the quiet tree lined streets make it the perfect place to cool down and unwind after a morning on the beach!

The beaches in Qingdao are vast, and in the height of summer can tend to get very busy. Little Qingdao Island is one of the best places to go to enjoy a stroll by the sea and take in the view of Qingdao’s coastline without the crowds.

Being a seaside city, Qingdao is the perfect place to sample all kinds of seafood. Shellfish such as shrimp, scallops and mussels are regional specialties, and are often cooked with shallots and garlic. Brave seafood lovers can try another local delicacy- sea cucumber!

Qingdao is served by both bullet trains and sleeper trains from Beijing, the former taking only 4.5 hours. The airport receives flights from all over China, direct flights from Shanghai take 1.5 hours. Qingdao is also a major port city, with ferries departing for South Korea and Japan on a daily basis.


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This tour includes all the best of Qingdao, China's German city on the sea. Once a protectorate of Germany, Qingdao still holds on to it's European legacy through its architecture and the famous Tsingdao beer. It's seaside location also makes it China's sailing capital and a great destination during the summer. In addition to the city sights, this tour also includes...

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