- Location:Shandong Province
- Population:8,500,000 +
- Attractions:Tsingtao Brewery
One of the most beautiful cities in China
Qingdao, meaning Green Island, was once a German territory – during this period the Germans left a noticeable mark on the architecture, putting China's conventional, standard, white-tile developments to shame. Instead, hillside villas are topped with red-coloured roofs, on winding cobbled streets.
With a breezy, relaxed vibe, Qingdao has been nicknamed a 'sailing city', offering a host of watersports activities. As well as this, Qingdao has some wonderful beaches worthy of visiting, although you'll need suncream in the summer.
The Tsingtao Beer Museum, founded during the German colonial period, sits on the original and still operating brewery. Here you'll be able to sample some of the best Chinese beer you can get. There's even a beer festival every August.
The nightlife scene continues to evolve, with more and more bars popping up on the Jiangxi Road strip. At the Zhonglian Plaza you'll find Karoke clubs, which are a hit with the locals, as well as more Western clubs close to Jusco.
Like most big Chinese cities, Qingdao has exceptional links to the rest of China. Beijing is around 5 hours away, whereas Shanghai is around 7 hours. Both accessible using direct, high-speed, trains.
The climate lies in the transition between humid subtropical and humid continental. Due to the seaside location, Qingdao experiences a milder climate – the average July temperature is 25°C+. Winters are cold and windy, with the average January temperature being -0.5°C.