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Home Chinese Cities and Province Information Shandong Province Qingdao (Tsingtao)
 

China City and Province: Qingdao (Tsingtao)

 
Qingdao Basics
  Area (City)    1,102 square km
  Area (Metro)    10,654 square km
Population:    7.62 million (2008)
Coordinates:    3535'-3709'N  11930'-12100'E
Local Time:  
January Average  Temperature:    -1.9C (28.58F)
July Average  Temperature:    25.6C (78.08F)
Average Frost Free Days:    210 days/ year
Average Elevation:    77.2 meters
Annual Rainfall:    680.5 mm
Annual Sunshine:    2,531.5 hours
Phone Area Code:    0532
Postal Code:    266000
A Brief Introduction of Qingdao

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 sports.

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
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.
 

 

Lesser Qingdao
Also known as Qindao, it is located on Qingdao Bay. Trees are green here all year round.

Bathing Beach
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.

Mt. Laoshan
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 captivating loveliness.

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 luxury villas.

The Catholic Church
Situated on Zhajiang Road, the church was build in 1934 by the Germans.

 

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