Qingdao is a famous and beautiful seaside city located in the southeast of Shandong Province. During the late 19th century, Qingdao became a German colonial city and the city still has retained much of the architectural gems left by the Germans, as well as some of its culture. Qingdao is famous for its charming seaside scenery and Tsingtao beer. Qingdao is also proud to be a host city for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and will host the Olympic sailing and beach volleyball events.
Qingdao is renowned for its beaches. The beautiful sandy shorelines make ideal spots for visitors to relax while soaking in the rays or get out for some ocean sports. The Huiquan Beach often referred to as the First Bathing Beach is the largest beach in Asia. Located in Huiquan Bay, it is famous for finely-grained sand, moderate slopes, clear seawater, and soft waves. Two other famous bathing beaches are the Second Bathing Beach, which is located in the Badaguan Scenic Area, and the Third Bathing Beach, which is located east of Taiping angle and Zganshan Bay.
The Qingdao Brewery was built in 1903 by the German occupants of Qingdao. It is the first brewery built in China using European techniques. It has become one of the most famous Chinese brands of beer produced in the world market.
Qingdao International Beer Festival
The Qingdao International Beer Festival is an annual event that began in 1991. It begins on the second weekend of August, during the peak tourism season, and lasts for 16 days. This festival has brought representatives from breweries and beer lovers from around the world to this beautiful seaside city and has helped make Qingdao famous throughout the world. The festival's slogan is “Qingdao, bottoms up with the world.”
German Government House
The German Government House is one of the most impressive and famous buildings from the German occupation of Qingdao. Built completely in the German style with building materials for the house and trees for the garden brought from Germany, it is built in the style of a German castle and was originally used as the Prefect of Qingdao's mansion.
Shilaoren National Holiday Resort
Located on the coastal road, the Shilaoren National Holiday Resort is a wonderful place to spend the day. There are many amusement facilities in the resort. The Ocean Park, Dolphinarium, International Golf Course, Yizhong Sports Center, and International Beer City are located inside. The main features of the holiday resort are the sea scenery, beer culture, and ocean amusements.
The 1,133-meter-high Laoshan Mountain located by the Yellow Sea is said to be the most famous mountain on the sea. According to legend, Emperor Chin and Emperor Wu of the Han Dynasty once went there to pray. Visitors who meander through Laoshan Mountain's paths will enjoy the scenery of the green sea connected with the blue sky as well as green trees and unique stones. The mineral water of Laoshan Mountain has good quality and tastes sweet, Tsingtao beer is made from it.
Qingdao and the Olympics
Qingdao will hold the Sailing and beach volleyball events for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Qingdao Olympic sailing center is situated at Fushan Bay. It has the most advanced sailing competition facilities in the world. The area was originally the North Sea Dockyard and occupies an area of 45 hectares. It is located not far away from May Fourth Square.
Nightlife in Qingdao
Qingdao is famous for its nightlife. Visitors to the city will enjoy themselves at open-air restaurants along Dengzhou road at night. Another famous snack street is Yunxiao Road. It is famous for its delicious seafood. They can drink the famous Qingdao beer and taste fresh seafood brought in from the ocean each day. There is something for everyone in Qingdao. Because Qingdao was a colonial city, many western aspects can be found and pubs are one of them. There are jazz and blues clubs, discos, Karaoke bars, and quiet places to just sit and relax. Because of the Tsingtao Beer factory, and the International Beer Festival, Qingdao residents take their nightlife very seriously.