Qingdao

Travel Guide
Qingdao
Modern skyscrapers and charming Bavarian architecture sit side by side in this German-styled port city famed for its brewing, beaches and fresh air.

An elegant seaside city with a European twist, Qingdao has earned itself the tag "China’s Switzerland" for its distinctive architecture and Germanic cultural legacies. Modern development has reshaped Qingdao’s skyline, but it is still a port town at heart, where sailing takes centre stage, the beaches are beloved and the seafood is abundant.

In 1898 Germany was granted a 99-year lease on territory around Kiautschou Bay. See evidence of the German influence in the many cobbled alleys, red rooftops and Teutonic stylings of Qingdao. Explore the charming, hilly old town, and look out for the Lutheran and Catholic churches in German design.

The German presence also gave to Qingdao a taste for beer, and it’s here that China’s most popular beer, Tsingtao, is produced. Head to the Old Tsingtao Brewery for a brew house and museum tour. Explore the beer gardens of Beer Street and enjoy a bratwurst and pitcher of specialty beer in the sunshine. Beer lovers should time their visit for the city’s annual international beer festival held each August.

Qingdao’s famous beaches attract sun-seekers from all over the country. Follow the crowds to Number One Bathing Beach or travel further to the prettier Number Two Bathing Beach, a picturesque little cove said to have been a favourite escape of Chairman Mao. Nearby Shilaoren Beach, named for a rocky outcrop that resembles an “Old Stone Man”, is quite developed but remains cleaner than the city beaches.

The city’s Botanical Gardens are a great destination for families, as is Qingdao Underwater World. Hikers will enjoy the to climb to the “Mushroom Observatories”, small hilltop structures that offer great views of the area.

Qingdao is 6 hours south from Beijing by high-speed rail, and flights are available to most major Chinese cities. The city is easy to explore by bus and taxi. Visit Qingdao in late summer or spring to enjoy good weather without the crowds. Favorable winds ensure air quality is good year round.

Where to stay in Qingdao

Holiday Inn Express Qingdao Chengyang Central, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Qingdao Chengyang Central, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
197-25 Changcheng Road, Chengy, Qingdao, Shandong, 266000
The price is $48 per night from Oct 14 to Oct 15
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Qingdao. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Popular attractions Chengyang Century Park and Tianxiang ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (42 reviews)
A weekend in Qingdao
"As Holiday Inns in China go, this one was actually very good. The free breakfast was very nice, with plenty of Western and Chinese foods to choose from. The bed was what I would call pretty close to the Western standard of softness, and the overall cleanliness of the entire hotel was impressive."

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2020

The St. Regis Qingdao
The St. Regis Qingdao
No. 48 Hong Kong West Road, Shinan District, Qingdao, Shandong, 266000
The price is $197 per night from Oct 6 to Oct 7
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Qingdao. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 restaurants. Popular attractions Qingdao Third Beach and MixC Shopping ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
"Extremely tall building. Pay for the cheapest room. Needless paying for the sea view room"

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2022

DoubleTree by Hilton Qingdao Oriental Movie Metropolis
DoubleTree by Hilton Qingdao Oriental Movie Metropolis
4 out of 5
No. 788 Xinhaiwan Road, Huangdao District, Qingdao, Shandong, 266000
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $73 per night from Oct 22 to Oct 23
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Qingdao. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Popular attractions Orient Golf Club and Jiashike Huangdao ...
3.9/5 Good! (9 reviews)
Fun supersize bed
"It was a very nice and comfortable hotel, especially for the super sized King bed. But I wish there was a bathtub in the room."

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2019

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Qingdao Majesty Mansion Hotel
Qingdao Majesty Mansion Hotel
3.5 out of 5
No. 1 Donghai West Road, Shinan District, Bairro de Shinan, Qingdao, 093390
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Qingdao. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and room service. Popular attractions Qingdao Third Beach and Qingdao ...
Wanke City International Apartment
Wanke City International Apartment
3 out of 5
276 Tailiu Road, Buidling 1, Tokyo St, Shibei District, Qingdao, Shandong, 266000
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Qingdao. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the property condition ...
4/5 Very Good! (8 reviews)
"Bathroom didnt had door separating the shower area, hotel was a little hard to find, though the housekeeping was great and it was good stay if you are looking for staying at budget."

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2019

Qingdao Ousheng LAN Ting The Resort Apartments
Qingdao Ousheng LAN Ting The Resort Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Zhongnan Jinshi International Square,, No. 157 Jing, Qingdao, Shandong, 1
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Qingdao. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an elevator. Popular attractions Jiashike Huangdao Shopping Center and Botangzhai ...
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