Qingdao is a complete traveler's paradise with picturesque settings, relics of the Chinese civilization and the modern British and German past as well as stylish symbols of modern China. The port city of the Shandong Province, keeps any tourist rapt with attention owing to the splurge of nature it enjoys. On one hand, here one will find the hillside and on three sides the city is surrounded by the sea. These natural settings render the city a tranquil feel, which is perhaps unmatched to any other city of China. The city for thirty long years served as the colony for the British and the Germans. Owing to this fact, Qingdao even today resembles a lot with the European countryside.
In Qingdao one will find shining beaches to spend leisure time at,
as well as mountains, which will give you a unique trekking
experience. The Huiquan Bathing Place, also called the first bathing
place is one of the most visited tourist spot of Qingdao. The
bathing place does not require any fee for visit and is open all
day. It is located in the Huiquan Bay that is famous for its mild
waves, soft sands and crystal clear seawater. People who wish to be
amidst relatively lesser crowds can choose to be at the Golden
Beach. The Small Qingdao Island is another place, which is worth
exploring when in Qingdao. Being an old port city, Qingdao is well
versed in the art of sailing. The city in August 2008 will be filled
with sails of yachts from all over the globe as they participate in
the first Olympic Games hosted by China.
Qingdao literally means the 'green island'. The city is an ideal
place for people longing to trek amidst beautiful waterfalls and
riches in green. A must visit place of Qingdao is Mt Laoshan, the
beauty of which is at its peak during the months of May to October.
Trekking here is going to be altogether a wonderful and divinely
experience. The Eight Passes Villas Scenic area is another place
which should not be missed when in Qingdao. It is also known as the
Ten Thousand Country architecture Garden and features foreign villas
and paths. The city is also home to several beautiful churches and
temples, which too add to the serenity of the region. Amongst some
of the famous churches and temples is the Lutheran church, St.
Michaels Cathedral, FaHaiSi temple, ZhanShan temple and Residence of
the German Bishop among other sites. Other places of interest in
Qingdao are the Forest Fun Park, Garden of the Joyous Sea (Hai Fang
Yuan), Rain Forest Valley Ecological Garden, Sculpture Park and many
more. The city is also home to various Museums like the Qingdao
Naval Museum, Haier Science Museum and Qingdao Sculpture Museum