Qingdao

Travel Guide
Number 1 Beach which includes rugged coastline

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

Sheraton Huangdao Hotel
Sheraton Huangdao Hotel
4 out of 5
No. 1 Taihangshan Road, Huangdao District, Qingdao, Shandong
The price is $56 per night from Oct 9 to Oct 9
Located in Huangdao, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tangdaowan Binhai Park and Jiashike Huangdao Shopping Center. China Petroleum University and Golden ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (26 reviews)
Great stay, wish to book again
"It was a wonderful stay at Sheraton, no doubt when I see the name of Sheraton. Wish to book again!"

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

Sheraton Huangdao Hotel
The St. Regis Qingdao
The St. Regis Qingdao
No. 48 Hong Kong West Road, Shinan District, Qingdao, Shandong
The price is $211 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 28
Located in Qingdao City Center, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Qingdao Third Beach and May Fourth Square. MixC Shopping Mall and Qingdao Botanical ...
The St. Regis Qingdao
Le Meridien Qingdao West Coast Resort
Le Meridien Qingdao West Coast Resort
4.5 out of 5
No. 2688 Binhai Avenue, Huangdao New District, Jiaonan, Qingdao, Shandong
The price is $107 per night from Sep 25 to Sep 25
Offering direct access to the beach, this West Coast hotel is on the boardwalk, 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Orient Golf Club, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Shuangzhu Park ...
3.8/5Good! (11 reviews)
Recommend to stay
"The hotel is spacious and beautiful and the services are good for money."

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2019

Le Meridien Qingdao West Coast Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
3rd-degree Seascape Apartment Hotel
3rd-degree Seascape Apartment Hotel
3 out of 5
No. 10 Hai Feng Road, Shinan District, Qingdao, Shandong
The price is $111 per night from Sep 25 to Sep 25
Located in Qingdao City Center, this beach apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Hisense Plaza and May Fourth Square. MixC Shopping Mall and Olympic ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (4 reviews)
"건물 위치는 좋은데 입구가 숨어있어서 처음 찾을때 긴가민가했어요. 건물 바로 앞에 지하철역이 있어서 굉장히 좋았고 걸어서 10분거리에 바다가 있어서 좋았어요. 화장실에서 하수구냄새나는건 어쩔수 없는것 같아요. 예민하신분은 페브리즈 챙겨가시면 좋아요. 침대말고도 쇼파, 책상있어서 간단히 글 쓰거나 술마실때도 좋았고 빨래건조대도 있어서 요긴했어요. 오션뷰였는데 요트경기장이 보여서 좋았어요. 화장실 샤워부스에 물이 빨리 안빠져서 밖으로 좀 새긴 하는데 금방 말라서 별로 신경 안썼어요. 호텔 찾을때 가격 비슷한 다른호텔은 후기에 냉장고가 ..."

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2019

3rd-degree Seascape Apartment Hotel
Le Jia Xuan Olympic Sailing Center Branch
Le Jia Xuan Olympic Sailing Center Branch
2.5 out of 5
No. 8, Yanerdao Road, Building A, Kaiyue Apartment, Qingdao, Shandong
Located in Qingdao City Center, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hisense Plaza and Qingdao University. May Fourth Square and Olympic Sailing Museum are ...
3.7/5Good! (72 reviews)
Good location but terrible maintenance
"The location is nice. The building is nice. However, this is a badly managed service apartment. The Unit is nice by itself BUT SO DIRTY. They do not know what cleaning means . It is a pity because the unit has nice view and nice size . Problem is it is so dirty"

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2017

Le Jia Xuan Olympic Sailing Center Branch
Blessed Family Seaview Apartment 1-501
Blessed Family Seaview Apartment 1-501
2.5 out of 5
3-501, Building 1, Yantaiqian Community, 777 Yunwushan Road, Huangdao, Qingdao, Shandong
The price is $191 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 2
Located in Huangdao, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Golden Sandy Beach and within 6 mi (10 km) of Botangzhai Art Museum and Tangdaowan Binhai ...
Blessed Family Seaview Apartment 1-501
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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