Qingdao (Tsingtao), Shandong Province
Lying on the south coast of the Shandong Peninsula, Qingdao is a
city of picturesque red-tiled roofs nestled between green hills and
blue sea. The mild climate, the bathing beach, and Mount Laoshan
make Qingdao a popular health and holiday resort, particularly in
summer when visitors come here in droves for sightseeing and
escaping the heat.
Qingdao is also an industrial city and a major foreign trade port.
Its mineral water, wine, and excellent Tsingtao Beer are
world-famous. Among the local arts and crafts, shell carvings are
especially popular with tourists.
The concrete pier is the symbol of the city. It was originally a
wooden structure built in 1890 during the reign of the Emperor Guang
Xu of the Qing Dynasty. Ten meters wide and stretching four hundred
meters into the sea, the pier ends in a colorful two-story octagonal
building, the Wave Stopping Pavilion (Huilange). With its carved
beams and painted eaves, this romantic pavilion is an enchanting
sight by moonlight.
Starting from Cape of Peach (Taipingqiao), the most beautiful
section of the beach at Qingdao includes Fushan, Zhanshan,
Taipingshan, and Huiquanjiao. The limpid water, wide beach, and soft
sand make it ideal for sunbathing, swimming, and other marine
Lu Xun Park , formally called Seaside Park, is adjacent to the
bathing beach and is a good place to picnic within view of the sea.
Li Bai, a famous poet of the Tang Dynasty, once compared the place
to a fairyland by the sea. The memorial archway of the park is still
inscribed with the words "Wonderland on the Sea." The park contains
an aquarium and an aquatic museum, with a big seal pool nearby.
Qingdao's biggest park is located on Huiquan Hill near the seaside;
it has been called the "Flower Garden of the East China Sea." Among
its many flower gardens are a peony garden, a garden of sweet
osmanthus, a magnolia garden, and a Chinese rose garden. There are
also many varieties of trees here; in the spring the cherry blossoms
are a major attraction.
Laoshan Mountain- in the southern part of the Shandong Peninsula,
and 20 kilometers east of Qingdao, Mount Laoshan rises majestically
from the sea, highlighted by strange rocks and precipitous cliffs.
Grass and trees flourish on the mountain as the area has abundant
rainfall. It is said that the First Emperor of the Qin Dynasty
(221-207 B.C.) once came here in search of elixirs. A huge rock
inscribed with the words "waves blending into the sky" is said to be
where the emperor once stood when he climbed Laoshan. The mountain
became a Taoist shrine during the Song Dynasty (960-1279) and the
Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) when many Taoist temples were built here.
Legends described the mountain as a place of mystery and wonder, it
was regarded as a residence of immortals.
The summit can be reached by three routes. Along the south route,
the climber will find Genghis Khan's Supreme Purity Temple (Taiqinggong).
This Taoist temple is composed of Three Emperors Hall (Sanhuangdian),
with its towering cypresses over two thousand years old; Three
Officials Hall (Sanguandian); and Three Purity Hall (Sanqingdian),
with its Magic Water (Shenshui) Spring.
The north route zigzags among grotesquely shaped rocks and cliffs
and offers many breathtaking views, including Three Steps in
Succession (Sanbujin), Ladder in the Sky (Shangtianti), and Terrace
for Meeting Immortals (Huixiantai). At strip of Sky (Yixiantian) the
overhanging precipices are particularly thrilling. The Terrace for
Meeting Immortals, rising more than a hundred meters above the
ground like a tower, is also called Dressing Terrace (Shuzhuangtai)
-- a folktale says that fairies used to dress themselves at the top.
Along the middle route, visitors can see Laoshan Springs, Regarded
as "magic" since ancient times, the springwater comes from four
directions: Nine Wter (Jiushui), Inner Nine Water (Neijiushui),
Outer Nine Water (Waijiushui), and South Nine Water (Nanjiushui).
Bottled Laoshan mineral water is a popular beverage in China.
(The above introduction is from china.org.cn)
Tourist Attractions of Qingdao
Qingdao Pier is the symbol of Qingdao. It was built in 1897 and is
an extension of the city's main thoroughfare, jutting 440 meters out
onto the sea. A traditional octagonal pavilion has been added at the
southern end. It is an ideal place to enjoy the sea view.
Also known as Qindao, it is located on Qingdao Bay. Trees are green
here all year round.
Qingdao has a long snaking costline. The water is clear , and the
sand is fine, makeing it an ideal place for bathing in the sea.
40 km east of Qingdao, Mt. Laoshan is a national-class scenic area,
whose perfect combination of rocky prominence with a vast expanse of
water delights the viewers with an unpredictable variety of
International Architecture Fair
Many buildings here were built in German, Japanese, and other
foreign styles. The most typical buildings of the area can be found
in the Eight Passes Villa Blocks.
The Shilaoren Resort
Located in eastern Qingdao, the resort has bathing beaches,
five-star hotels, gold courses, the International Beer Center, and
The Catholic Church
Situated on Zhajiang Road, the church was build in 1934 by the