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'''Qingdao''' 青岛 (also '''Tsingtao'''), with a population of more than 7 million, is one of the most beautiful and clean cities in the [[China|People's Republic of China]] and the largest city in [[Shandong Province]]. The name "Qingdao" in Chinese means "The Green Island".
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'''Qingdao''' 青岛 (also '''Tsingtao'''), with a population of more than 7 million, is one of the most beautiful and clean cities in the [[China|People's Republic of China]] and the largest city in [[Shandong Province]]. The name "Qingdao" in Chinese means "The Green Island".  Qingdao was originally a German colony.  The German influence can still be seen today in the architecture of Qingdao's historic center to its famous Tsingtao brewery.
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
 
===By boat===
 
===By boat===
 
There are also twice-weekly connections to [[Shimonoseki]], [[Japan]] on '''Orient Ferries''' ([http://www.orientferry.co.jp/]).  The trip takes over 24 hours and 2nd class one-way costs 1200Y.
 
There are also twice-weekly connections to [[Shimonoseki]], [[Japan]] on '''Orient Ferries''' ([http://www.orientferry.co.jp/]).  The trip takes over 24 hours and 2nd class one-way costs 1200Y.
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===By air===
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The Qingdao Liuting International Airport is located 32 kilometers from the city itself - about a half hour cab ride. 
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
  
TAXI
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'''TAXI'''
 
Take one of the plentiful taxis. The drivers practically run each other over trying to get fares. Just 7 RMB for short haul. You can get across town for about 30 RMB.  
 
Take one of the plentiful taxis. The drivers practically run each other over trying to get fares. Just 7 RMB for short haul. You can get across town for about 30 RMB.  
  
BUS
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'''BUS'''
 
The bus network is quite well put together and useful once you figure out the routes.
 
The bus network is quite well put together and useful once you figure out the routes.
  
CYCLING
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'''CYCLING'''
 
Cycling can be a little tough because the western, older part of the town is quite hilly and curvy. Things are cool on the east side, just be super vigilant, traffic is very luan (chaotic).
 
Cycling can be a little tough because the western, older part of the town is quite hilly and curvy. Things are cool on the east side, just be super vigilant, traffic is very luan (chaotic).
  
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==Do==
 
==Do==
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The '''Qingdao International Beer Festival''' is held in August every year (in 2006, from August 12-27th).  The event is a raucus celebration of Qingdao's brewing heritage.  During the daytime, there are official ceremonies that celebrate Qingdao's heritage as well as carnival type rides, food and games.  In the evening, the event really picks up as crowds flock to huge tents set up by each beer company with a presence in China.  One can sit down and order beer or snacks and watch (or participate in) various performances such as karaoke, concerts, auctions, or comedy.
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The '''Qingdao Municipal Museum'''[http://www.qingdaomuseum.com] is housed in a three story building at 27 MeiLing Lu.  It includes exhibts of the art and antiquities of ancient to modern Qingdao.  Open every day except Mondays; admission is RMB 20.  Housed in the same building is the '''Haier Science Museum''', a seperate museum especially geared towards children; admission RMB 10.
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The '''Qingdao Underwater World / Qingdao Aquarium''' [http://www.qdunderwaterworld.com] Qingdao is host to China's first public aquarium, opened in 1932.  Today the "Underwater World" consists of four main areas on both sides of the street, and connected underneath the street itself.  One highlight is the moving platform that takes visitors in a tunnel through the aquarium itself - one can look all around and see fish from every angle.  Also, don't miss the ever-popular mermaid shows.  Located next to the #1 beach; a day and an late afternoon at the beach make a great summer day.  Aquarium open daily; admission RMB 100.
  
Swim in the Yellow Sea at one of Qingdao's many beaches. It is very enjoyable during a flood tide, but during an ebb tide be wary of the abundant litter at the heavily trafficked beaches. At some places going to the beach costs a small fee. Having paid it you will have acces to a shower and other useful facilities.
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===Beaches===
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Qingdao has some famous (within China) beaches worthy of visit. Unfortunately, litter is a problem at all of them - ranging from just the occasional cigarette butt to having to wade through a flotsom of trash just to get into the ocean itself. Your experience will vary depending on the tides and the time of year you visit.  During summertime weekends, Qingdao city beaches are VERY crowded, and sligtly less crowded on summer weekdays.  Several beaches, including the #1, #6 and Old Stone Man beaches have very basic shower and changing facilities available for RMB 5; again, these can be packed crowded during the weekends.  Bring sunscreen - while you can buy beach toys, food, drinks, and knick-knacks at any of Qingdao's beaches, suprisingly no one sells suncreen at the beach itself.
  
 
You can find bathing beaches all along the seaside from the Zhanqiao Pier to the Shilaoren Beach in the eastern suburbs. The best one is just at the entrance to Laoshan National Park, about a 30 minute drive east of the city limits.  
 
You can find bathing beaches all along the seaside from the Zhanqiao Pier to the Shilaoren Beach in the eastern suburbs. The best one is just at the entrance to Laoshan National Park, about a 30 minute drive east of the city limits.  
  
Number 6 (or Muscle Beach) is not very clean. Number 1 beach is clean and full of amusement for children but often crowded. Accessing quiet beach number 2 necessitate a small fee (2 RMB). Number 3 (or City Beach) has a "plastic island" so you can swim far away and have a rest before coming back (but it is sometimes exhausting to swim in the waves). The best beach within easy striking distance of the city is Shilaoren (Old Stone Man). It's cleanish, very long and broad. Get there by bus 125 or 321. And get some great Indian food at Trend 11 once you've had enough of a salt water soaking.
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Number 6 (or Muscle Beach) is not very clean. Number 1 beach is clean and full of amusement for children but often crowded. Accessing quiet beach number 2 necessitate a small fee (2 RMB). Number 3 (or City Beach) has a "plastic island" so you can swim far away and have a rest before coming back (but it is sometimes exhausting to swim in the waves). The best beach within easy striking distance of the city is Shilaoren (Old Stone Man). It's cleanish, very long and broad, with the highest waves. Get there by bus 125 or 321. And get some great Indian food at Trend 11 once you've had enough of a salt water soaking.
  
 
Walk along the sea front in the evening from beach 2 back into town to 6.
 
Walk along the sea front in the evening from beach 2 back into town to 6.

Revision as of 13:27, 16 August 2006

Qingdao 青岛 (also Tsingtao), with a population of more than 7 million, is one of the most beautiful and clean cities in the People's Republic of China and the largest city in Shandong Province. The name "Qingdao" in Chinese means "The Green Island". Qingdao was originally a German colony. The German influence can still be seen today in the architecture of Qingdao's historic center to its famous Tsingtao brewery.

Contents

Get in

By boat

There are also twice-weekly connections to Shimonoseki, Japan on Orient Ferries ([1]). The trip takes over 24 hours and 2nd class one-way costs 1200Y.

By air

The Qingdao Liuting International Airport is located 32 kilometers from the city itself - about a half hour cab ride.

Get around

TAXI Take one of the plentiful taxis. The drivers practically run each other over trying to get fares. Just 7 RMB for short haul. You can get across town for about 30 RMB.

BUS The bus network is quite well put together and useful once you figure out the routes.

CYCLING Cycling can be a little tough because the western, older part of the town is quite hilly and curvy. Things are cool on the east side, just be super vigilant, traffic is very luan (chaotic).

See

Tsingtao brewery. In parts this sight is to enhance the profile of the brewery but there are also some interesting exibhits and the bottling plant is particularly interesting. Of course the ample free samples of beer are likely to persuade you this place is worth a visit.

Do

The Qingdao International Beer Festival is held in August every year (in 2006, from August 12-27th). The event is a raucus celebration of Qingdao's brewing heritage. During the daytime, there are official ceremonies that celebrate Qingdao's heritage as well as carnival type rides, food and games. In the evening, the event really picks up as crowds flock to huge tents set up by each beer company with a presence in China. One can sit down and order beer or snacks and watch (or participate in) various performances such as karaoke, concerts, auctions, or comedy.

The Qingdao Municipal Museum[2] is housed in a three story building at 27 MeiLing Lu. It includes exhibts of the art and antiquities of ancient to modern Qingdao. Open every day except Mondays; admission is RMB 20. Housed in the same building is the Haier Science Museum, a seperate museum especially geared towards children; admission RMB 10.

The Qingdao Underwater World / Qingdao Aquarium [3] Qingdao is host to China's first public aquarium, opened in 1932. Today the "Underwater World" consists of four main areas on both sides of the street, and connected underneath the street itself. One highlight is the moving platform that takes visitors in a tunnel through the aquarium itself - one can look all around and see fish from every angle. Also, don't miss the ever-popular mermaid shows. Located next to the #1 beach; a day and an late afternoon at the beach make a great summer day. Aquarium open daily; admission RMB 100.

Beaches

Qingdao has some famous (within China) beaches worthy of visit. Unfortunately, litter is a problem at all of them - ranging from just the occasional cigarette butt to having to wade through a flotsom of trash just to get into the ocean itself. Your experience will vary depending on the tides and the time of year you visit. During summertime weekends, Qingdao city beaches are VERY crowded, and sligtly less crowded on summer weekdays. Several beaches, including the #1, #6 and Old Stone Man beaches have very basic shower and changing facilities available for RMB 5; again, these can be packed crowded during the weekends. Bring sunscreen - while you can buy beach toys, food, drinks, and knick-knacks at any of Qingdao's beaches, suprisingly no one sells suncreen at the beach itself.

You can find bathing beaches all along the seaside from the Zhanqiao Pier to the Shilaoren Beach in the eastern suburbs. The best one is just at the entrance to Laoshan National Park, about a 30 minute drive east of the city limits.

Number 6 (or Muscle Beach) is not very clean. Number 1 beach is clean and full of amusement for children but often crowded. Accessing quiet beach number 2 necessitate a small fee (2 RMB). Number 3 (or City Beach) has a "plastic island" so you can swim far away and have a rest before coming back (but it is sometimes exhausting to swim in the waves). The best beach within easy striking distance of the city is Shilaoren (Old Stone Man). It's cleanish, very long and broad, with the highest waves. Get there by bus 125 or 321. And get some great Indian food at Trend 11 once you've had enough of a salt water soaking.

Walk along the sea front in the evening from beach 2 back into town to 6.

Buy

There are three main ares for buying stuff. The best is Taidong Buxingjie (Taidong Pedestrian Street). Very 'renao' (bustling), especially at night when the peddlers come out and you can buy all manner of trinkets, clothing, household wares, etc... Just north of here are a bunch of north/south streets lined with brothels pretending to be beauty salons.

To provision yourself, head out to the Carrefour / Jusco / Book City section of town where Hong Kong Middle Road and Nanjing Road intersect.

And don't miss Jimo Lu retail market. A warren of tiny mostly clothing shops. Get your knock of Gucci, Prada, Louis Vitton here. But don't drop your cigarette. The place is a tinderbox with no clearly marked emergency exits.

Avoid Zhingshan Road near the pier. It's over-rated.

Eat

There are the usual fast food chains around the station as well a Chinese eateries along Hong Kong Rd. Sushi was spotted along this road also.

Drink

Tsingtao is China's best-known brand of beer. The brewery was founded by Germans during colonial times and still today brews according to the German purity law. Every August there is a beer festival. Many European breweries participate.

Sleep

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