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Badaguan walking tour & Huashi CastleBadaguan walking tour & Huashi Castle in Qingdao Price: Duration: Dates: Tour code: Overview: Ask for a free quotation 3 Days As you request TCG-972 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 Laoshan Mountain, the place just outside of town city folk run to for nature and outdoor activities. Nearby Shilaoren Beach is one of the best in the area and a great way to soak up some sun in the summer.

This tour can also include train tickets to Qingdao. As with all our tours, you can expect quality guides, drivers, and meals in Qingdao. We are also happy to book hotels for you if needed.
Itinerary
day 1
  • Pick up from the Qingdao train station
day 2
  • Meals: lunch, dinner
day 3
  • Meals: lunch
Badaguan walking tour & Huashi Castle
Badaguan walking tour & Huashi Castle
German Govenor's Residence
German Govenor's Residence
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Tour code: TCG-972
  • » Your tour day starts and ends at a hotel in the city, which may or may not be included. If a hotel is included it is listed by name on the itinerary for each night.

  • » Discounts for children in China are based on height. Let us know your child's age and height and we can calculate accordingly.

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  • Why book a tour with The China Guide?
  • » Zero shopping stops at overpriced commission factories. Your time and money is better spent.
  • » Flexible time schedule to suit your pace. No rush and can cater to children's needs.
  • » Guides selected and trained by our staff. Excellent English, accommodating, family friendly.
  • » Meals are in quality local restaurants. We order according to your tastes and diet.
  • » Western style service. Our agents and guides are there to make you happy.
  • » We have traveled in China with our own children. The American owners have four young children.

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  • Included in the tour price
  • » Private English speaking guide (selected/trained by our western staff), experienced Chinese speaking driver and quality, air-conditioned vehicle
  • » Admission tickets to all sights listed on the itinerary - no hidden costs
  • » Free bottled water supplied in your vehicle
  • » Meals as specified in quality local restaurants with unlimited standard drinks (Coke, Sprite, bottled water, Chinese tea)


  • Not included in the tour price
  • » Tips to your guide and driver
  • » International travel insurance (you should purchase your own policy in your home country)


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Laoshan Mountain   崂山

Laoshan Mountain is situated a bit outside of the city. With great views of the mountains and the ocean it's definitely a place to take a half day or a day to explore. The road up to the mountain can be scary with all of the twists and turns but it adds to the excitement and the scenery. Up above is the mountain pass and the red/brown rocks that are signature to Qingdao. Below is the sea with its beautiful turquoise waters crashing into the rocks. At the top, you can explore the different scenic points. If you are more daring you can take the mountain pass and walk to the top. This way you get the chance to make your way slowly up and enjoy the peace and quiet of nature. An easier and quicker alternative is to take the cable car to the top. If you are planning on walking, bring comfortable walking shoes and plenty of water for the long hike.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2
Opening hours:
7:00am - 6:30am

Taiqing Temple   太清宫

This is the largest temple on Laoshan. First built during the Song dynasty, this Confucius temple is the must-see temple at Laoshan. Its best visited either early in the morning before hiking up or in the late afternoon just before leaving the mountain.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1.5
Opening hours:
8:00am - 4:30am with last admission at 4:00am

Shilaoren Beach  

Located just east of Qingdao, Shilaoren Beach is the best beach in the area. This beach is far larger and quieter than most other beaches in Qingdao making it more suitable for a morning or an afternoon spent sunning and swimming. Nearby there is a food street with a number of good seafood restaurants.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
3

Qingdao Beer Museum   青岛啤酒博物馆

The Tsingdao Brewery is situated in the older part of the city amoung other European and Western style buildings. The Old Brewery is now converted into a museum where you can walk around the different buildings and see replicas of the machines they used to make and package this famous beer. This is a relaxed tour. Not too much walking and you can take your time wandering the old cobblestoned buildings. What's even better is they give you two free samples of this delicious beer right where it is brewed. It tastes great and it gives you a break during the tour to sit, relax, and enjoy. The operating brewery now is situated behind the museum. If you want to get a peek of where they load the beer into trucks you can wander down the side streets to see just how much beer they are actually producing in a day.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
8:30am - 4:30am with last admission at 4:00am

Little Qingdao Island  

This small island (now connected to the mainland by a walkway) is a great place to relax and enjoy views of the city. The focal point on the island is a white German lighthouse which cannot be accessed by the public. Beneath it, there is a lovely cafe which is quite popular with locals.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1

Badaguan walking tour & Huashi Castle   八大关

Badaguan Scenic Area is a residential part of Qingdao with wide shaded streets and many German-style villas. A walking tour of the area with give visitors some insight into the historical significance of some of the buildings.

Huashi Castle is at the south end of Badaguan overlooking the ocean. This building was once home to an aristocrat and later used by Chiang Kaishek. Today, most of the home is bare, but there are amazing views of the ocean and surrounding cityscape from the top floor balcony.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1.5

German Govenor's Residence  

This castle-like building on the hilltop in Xinhaoshan Park was once the home of the city's German governor and his family. The architecture is said to be inspired by a German palace. Today, visitors can tour the building and enjoy nice views of the surrounding city.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
0.75
Opening hours:
8:30am - 5:00pm

St. Michael's Catholic Church  

It is situated in the old part of town where you can see other European and German style buildings. It is on top of a hill with a courtyard around the entrance. The courtyard is a great place to take some nice photos. This area is usually busy with other travelers and couples taking their wedding photos so if you want a nice relaxing view of the church take a break at one of the restaurants around the courtyard.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
0.5

Qingdao 青岛

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...   Read more

Breakfast

Most hotels come with breakfast, or if not it can be added at a cost. Four and five star hotels will generally offer a good western and Chinese buffet breakfast. Three star hotels may only have a Chinese breakfast, or a Chinese interpretation of a western breakfast. Anyway a Chinese breakfast is not bad - rice porridge, eggs, Chinese style breads and vegetables.
Drinking Water
Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.
Children and Special Diets
Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.

Lunch on Tour

We consider experiencing good Chinese cuisine to be an important part of the tour experience. When on a tour, lunch is generally Chinese style and normally included in the price. Our guides will help you order according to your taste. Mild, spicy, meat, vegetables, rice and/or noodles. Dishes are served family style and shared by the guests. The driver may eat on his own but the guide will join you if you like.

Food in Beijing is quite good quality and we take our guests to genuine local restaurants, not tourist traps. We consider it distasteful to ask you for small amounts of money during the tour, so we offer unlimited standard drinks including Coke, Sprite, local bottled water and Chinese tea. You also won't leave the table hungry, if you need more to eat just let your guide know.

We don't have fixed restaurants we must use, it depends on where you are at the time you are hungry. When traveling around China we normally have the same arrangements outside Beijing but this may vary depending on your exact itinerary.
Drinking Water
Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.
Children and Special Diets
Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.

Dinner on Tour

Unless there is a special activity planned or you prefer to have all your meals catered, guests often prefer to relax after a day tour and arrange their own dinner. This gives you flexibility in time and cuisine. Having all your meals catered every day can be tiresome. Handling your own dinner allows you to have some control and also strike out on you own. Your guide can give you restaurant suggestions and in big cities you can find lots of options for fine dining, fast food, both western or Chinese. Hotel staff can often make restaurant recommendations within walking distance.

If you get the taste for a burger or pizza after a lot of Chinese food, this is easily found in Beijing, Shanghai and many other cities around China. Many hotel restaurants offer nice food. China also has its share of McDonald's, KFC and Subway sandwich chains if you need a fix.
Drinking Water
Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.
Children and Special Diets
Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.


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