Zhan Bridge (Zhanqiao)
The Zhan Bridge is a major landmark of Qingdao, originally built in 1891 as a naval pier commissioned under the Qing Dynasty, and a project considered so important at the time that it necessitated a special visit by imperial envoy Li Hongzhang. Having undergone renovation in recent years, it is now a 440 meter (1,444-foot) long and 10-meter (33-foot) wide granite supported scenic attraction.
Qingdao Number One Bathing Beach
This 3.6 hectares (8.9 acres) of magnificent waterfront is considered the largest sandy beach in Asia. The Qingdao Number One Bathing Beach or Huiquan Bathing Beach can rival beaches on Samet Island in Thailand, Hawaii, or Bali. The well-equipped beach has chalets in various colors and shapes, restaurants, ballrooms, bars, and cafe. It is divided into a swimming and non-swimming zones and offers more than 900 showers for guests. July, August and September are the best months to visit.
Golden Sand Beach (Jinshatan Beach)
Golden Sand Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in China, stretching about 3,500 meters (2 miles) long and 300 meters (0.2 miles) wide. As its name implies, its soft, golden sand, blue seawater, attractive reefs makes this beach simply picturesque. One of its reefs is shaped like a frog, appearing and disappearing with the tide, earning it the name Indistinct Stone Frog. However, real marine animals such as crabs, shellfish and starfish also flourish in the water. In fact the water is famous for its ‘three treasures’ – sea cucumber, abalone and crab. The beach is also the venue for activities such as football and volleyball matches, cross-country races, sand sculpture, calisthenics, folk art exhibitions. The Cultural and Tourism Festival is also held each year.
Badaguan (Eight Great Passes) Scenic Area
Badaguan Scenic Area formerly had eight avenues that were named after eight famous passes in China, hence the name Badaguan, which means eight passes. Two more avenues have been added since then but its name remains the same. Badaguan is a famous sanitarium that is also popular for its wide variety of flowers (all blooming in different seasons) and its buildings which reflect the architecture from more than twenty countries, including Germany, Russia, Britain, France, Spain, Switzerland, Japan and others. After the People’s Liberation, the government rehabilitated the entire area, symbolizing Badaguan’s significance as one of the most important sanitariums in China. Many leaders of the Chinese Communist Party and foreign friends of China have stayed here for rehabilitation purposes or simply for pleasure.
Small Qingdao Island
This island is an important resort of the Qingdao Coastal Scenic Area. It lies southeast of Zhan Bridge in Qingdao Bay. For its ocean views, steep outcrops, variety of trees (such as cherries, pomegranates and hibiscus) and relaxing island atmosphere, it is an enjoyable island to visit. At one time†it was an isolated island about 720 meters (787 yards) off shore but in the 1940’s a seawall was built, connecting it to the mainland.
Mount Laoshan is the most recognized mountain off the coast of China. Facing the Yellow Sea, it is located to the east of Qingdao and features significantly in Taoism.
Three lines take visitors to 220 scenic spots including historical and natural points of interests. They are: 1) The Southern Line: Has marvelous landscapes but also sacred Taoist Palaces. The Taiqing Palace which has the longest history of these buildings spanning more than two thousand years was built in the Song Dynasty, 2) The Central Line: The second line mainly focuses on Beijiushui, the mountain that has nine crooks, and its most famous sight, Chaoyin Waterfall, and 3) The Eastern Line: The third line includes the Taiping Palace, the Lion Peak, Huayan Temple, and Naluoyan Cavern which possesses a hole said to be made by the supernatural power of Naluoyan Buddha.
Qingdao Beer Museum (Tsingtao Brewery)
Located on Dengzhou Road, the Qingdao Beer Museum is built on the site of German Beer Company’s Qingdao Branch which was built in 1903. It is the first museum of its kind providing a spectacular showcase of the history and brewing techniques of Qingdao beer to overseas visitors and it is beloved by locals. Since its opening, the museum has received countless domestic and foreign tourists, including both national and international statesmen. It has become a beacon of domestic industrial tourism for Qingdao.