Qingdao, a picturesque coastal city featuring “red tiled buildings and green trees, azure sea and blue sky”, is located at the southern tip of the Shandong Peninsula and borders on the Yellow Sea in the southeast.
Adjacent to the ocean with three sides, the city has a pleasant climate: humid air, plenty of rain, mild temperature and clear- cut seasons. It is neither too hot in summer nor too cold in winter, makes Qingdao a well-known summer resort in China. The highest temperature appears in August, an average of 25.1 ℃, and the lowest in January, an average of -1.2℃.
I feel fantastic when walking along the Seashore boardwalk, which is just located in the city. The Seashore boardwalk is approximate 36.9 kilometers with an open scenery. It connects major tourist attractions such as Zhanqiao Pier, the Xiaoqingdao (Little Qingdao) Islet, the Xiaoyushan Park, the Underwater World, the No. 1 Bathing Beach, the Badaguan Scenic Area, the May Fourth Movement Square, the Olympic Sailing Center, the Polar Ocean World, and the Stone Old Man Bathing Beach, etc., forming a unique seaside gallery.
Among all these scenic spots, Zhanqiao Pier is the symbol of Qingdao. Located in the Qingdao Bay, it is the extension of Zhongshan Road, the busiest commercial street in Qingdao. It is acclaimed as “a long rainbow on the sea”. Walking on it towards the southern end, you feel as if you were entering the sea.
Qingdao is also a famous historical and cultural city. By the end of the 19th century, foreign colonialists built a large group of buildings of different architectural styles in Qingdao, which have turned the city into a metropolis with European-style architectures and added a special exotic touch. Badaguan (Eight Great Passes) area, one of the representatives, is full of European buildings and is known as the “World Architecture Museum”. The scenic spots in the old urban area such as the former German Governor’s Office and German Style Street are frequently visited by tourists.
It would be regret if you do not visit Mount Laoshan in your trip to Qingdao, which is the highlight of the city with magnificent peaks, fantastic cliffs and clear streams and waterfalls. Located in the eastern part of Qingdao, Mount Laoshan is known as the “First Mountain on the Sea” with a summit 1,133 m above sea level. Meanwhile it is a famous Taoism sanctuary with 9 palaces, 8 temples and 72 nunneries. Mount Laoshan also provides water resource for the world’s famous Tsingtao Beer.
Qingdao is the hometown of Tsingtao beer, which has a history as long as the city’s. People like Tsingtao beer for its good quality and taste. Every year, “Qingdao International Beer Festival” will be held, which opens on the second Saturday in August and lasts for 16 days. There are many performances and recreational activities during the festival. Maybe the most exciting thing, I think, is that you can taste various kinds of beer.
In the city, there are more than 200 bars in different styles, including the European Bar and South Korean Bar, artistic bar, movie bar, music bar and disco bar, etc. In December each year, a festival will be held to demonstrate the bar culture. There are also many other famous local festivals, such as: “Qingdao Ocean Festival” from late June to mid July every year, and “Qingdao Cherry Festival” from the beginning of April to the first half of May in Zhongshan Park every year.
Qingdao, leading other cities on the Shandong Peninsula, is also known as the Capital of Sails. It is a copartner city of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, hosting the sailing events. Mr. Henderson, Chairman of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), commented that: “Qingdao is one of the most beautiful cities in Asia, qualified enough to host the Olympic sailing competition. I believe Qingdao can be the best sea venue for sport event in Asia”.