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  • Stretching out across the Shandong Peninsula, Qingdao is a major seaport, naval base and industrial center of China’s Shandong Province. Translated as "Green Island," Qingdao is a place with splendid sea views, fresh breezes and great seafood.

    Generally, the best travel activities in Qingdao are cited as follows: swimming in the sea, having a Tsingtao Beer, eating fried clams and climbing Mt. Laoshan.

    If you need a relaxed holiday, Qingdao is an option for you to explore. You will definitely be impressed by the mild weather, beautiful beaches and picturesque mountain views. What’s even better, is that many attractions across the city are free to visit.

    Mount Laoshan

    With its highest peak rising up to 1,133 meters above sea level, Mount Laoshan is situated in Qingdao, on the southeastern Shangdong Peninsula. Facing the Yellow Sea, it is one of China's major scenic resorts and has long held the reputation as China’s most famous mountain overlooking the sea. The mountain is known for its oddly shaped rocks, ancient trees and crystal-clear springs. The entire mountain covers 446 square kilometers (44,600 hectares) and features 218 places of interest, both large and small. There is neither intense heat in summer nor is there severe cold in winter.

    Badaguan (Eight Passes)

    Badaguan, or the "Eight Passes," is a historical street district in the southeast of Qingdao, Shandong Province. The street is famous for combining the architectural styles of different countries. The area is home to several unique flora, including many varieties of trees such as peach, pine and gingko trees. In addition, there are more than 200 villas in the exotic architectural style of more than 20 countries, including Russia, UK, U.S., France, Germany, Denmark, Greece, Spain, Switzerland and Japan. Before the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, the area was home to many foreign consulates and, because of the unique and varied architectural styles in the area, Badaguan is known as the "World’s Architecture Museum."

    May 4th Square

    As a symbol of Qingdao, the May 4th Square got its name in memory of China’s historical May 4th Movement. Located between the municipal government building and Fushan Bay, it covers an area of 10 hectares. The most remarkable structure, located in the center of the square, is the spiral sculpture entitled “Wind of May.” All sorts of fountains are scattered across the square, providing it with some magnificent decoration. The nighttime views here are excellent. With the moist air and soft sea breeze, it is a wonderful place to go for a walk after dinner.

    Zhanqiao Pier

    In addition to the May 4th Square, Zhanqiao Pier is yet another historic symbol of Qingdao. It was built in 1893 and used as a port when Qingdao was still a small village. Since it is very close to the Qingdao railway station, it is the most visited spot in Qingdao. It is 400 meters long with a pavilion called the Huilange Pavilion at its tail-end. The Huilange Pavilion sometimes hosts exhibitions, but most of time it simply sells various kinds of sea products and ornaments. There’s a beach called “the sixth bathing beach” just underneath Zhanqiao Pier where you can enjoy the sunshine and go for a swim.

    Qingdao Protestant Church and St. Emil Church

    The Qingdao Protestant Church, built in 1910, is situated on a small hill, east of Xinhaoshan Park. Although recently renovated, this church still retains most of its original style and charm. Covering 1,000 square meters, it is a typical German castle structure composed of an 18-meter-high main hall and a 39.10-meter- tall bell tower. Visitors can have a birds-eye view of city’s sea scenery from the top of the tower.

    St. Emil Church, also known as the Qingdao Catholic Church, is the largest Gothic-style building in the city. It was designed by a German architect, based on the characteristics of Gothic and Roman architecture. The church is composed of an 18-meter-high nave which can hold nearly 1,000 people, and two 56-meter-high towering clock towers with elegant red spires topped by two gigantic Latin crosses. Built between 1932 and 1934, the church is considered an outstanding masterpiece of 20th century Christian architecture.

    Shilaoren Beach

    ShiLaoren Beach is one of Qingdao’s largest beaches. It was named after a prominent rock shaped like an old man extending into the sea, measuring 17 meters in height. It is said to resemble an old fisherman waiting for his daughter to return from beneath the waves. Lying on the beach, enjoying the sunshine, having a few beers, swimming in the sea, driving a speed boat or taking a walk along the beach are all at your disposal. This is an ideal place to spend an afternoon or warm summer evening.