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Being an important port city of China and a trade center, Qingdao is well connected to other parts of China and the world and has excellent transportation facilities.

Transportation in Qingdao

Qingdao is an important harbor and trade center of China and has excellent facilities for air, sea, rail and road transportation. The city is located in the Shandong province and is in close proximity with Korea and Japan. The city has number of flights to several international destinations and especially to Southeast Asian nations like Japan, Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong. The Qingdao Liuting International Airport is approximately a little more than 20 km away from the centre of the city. There are also several domestic flights as well that ply to most of the cities of mainland China.

Qingdao as is well known is a port city. One can reach the city through marine transportation as well. The Orient Ferry connects Qingdao with Shimonoseki, Japan, which takes about 40 hours of sea travel. The ferry ride is none the less fun and interesting. Ferries are also used by people to commute from one place to the other as Qingdao is surrounded by sea on the three sides. Qingdao has two principle railway stations the Qingdao Railway Station and the Sifang Railway Station. There are almost daily trains to the major cities of China to and from Qingdao. It is one of the cheapest and convenient means to travel within China.

The city itself has excellent public transport for local commuting. Buses are the best means of commuting in Qingdao as the fares are relatively low and the bus service very efficient. Trolleybuses and environment friendly CNG buses ply in Qingdao on about nearly 200 routes. The city has an excellent road network with numerous highways and expressways. If in urgency and ready to shell out some extra money, then traveling by taxis is also a viable option for people to commute in the city. Commuting within the city is hence not much of a trouble, with the public transportation fairly well-established.