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Escorted Tour - Qingdao Overview

Qingdao's strategic location at the mouth of a natural inlet on the south coast of the Shandong Peninsula has long made it attractive to foreign powers.Today, Qingdao, which has retained much of its Teutonic architecture, remains one of China's more charming and relaxing cities. With its year-round mild climate, Qingdao also hosts many fairs and festivals throughout the year, the most famous of which is the annual Qingdao International Beer Festival, held the last 2 weeks of August and attracting upwards of a million visitors. Summers see the town packed with Chinese visitors, making spring and fall better times to visit if you hope to avoid the crowds. In recent years, thanks to its vaulted position as host city to the water sports events of the 2008 Olympics, Qingdao has also seen many new hotels, restaurants, and faster connections to major cities. The Olympic Sailing Centeris on the far eastern bay, with views of the central business district's sleek and glossy buildings, the international image of Qingdao broadcast worldwide during the XXIX Olympiad.

Renowned Qingdao Tourist Attractions
Qingdao Yingbinguan

Built between 1905 and 1908 in the style of an old fortress with Tudor motifs, this magnificent building, the former residence of the German governor general, looks like it leaped from a Grimm Brothers' fairy tale. In 1934, the house became a hotel and is now a museum. Visitors can see the office where Mao Zedong slept during his month-long summer vacation in July 1957. Much of the stained glass, dark woods, and plush furnishings have survived, including an exquisite green marble fireplace with ornamental tiles in the study and an original 1876 German grand piano. There's an audio guide for ¥30 available at the information center to the left when you enter the house. The information given is pretty general, but includes facts like the height and length of the windows in the atrium.

Badaguan Scenic Area

Badaguan Scenic Area is a famous picturesque sanitarium area in China, located in the east of Qingdao city, Shandong Province. This place used to have eight avenues that were named after eight famous passes in China. Thus, it was named Badaguan, which means eight passes. Since 1949, two more avenues were built in the area and there are now actually ten avenues. However, its name still remains the same.

Mt. Laoshan

With its highest peak rising 1,133 meters above sea level, Mt. Laoshan is situated 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 the No. 1 Famous Mountain on the Sea. The entire mountain covers 446 square kilometers and has 218 places of interest, big and small.

It is a famous Taoist mountain boasting both mountainous and coastal scenery. Among all the well-known mountains across China, it is the only one on the coast. It has a coastline of 87.3 kilometers, with 13 bays and 18 islets nearby. Rambling along a stone-planked path on the mountainside, you will be touched by both huge tides on the sea and lush pine trees and misshaped rocks on the shore, and will thus feel broad-minded and relaxed. Legend has it that some 2,500 years ago, the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty (221-206BC) came here hoping to meet immortals, and later so did Emperor Wudi of the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD), giving a mysterious air to Mt. Laoshan.

At the peak of Taoism, there were nine palaces, eight Taoist temples, and 72 nunneries that housed nearly 1,000 Taoist priests and nuns on the mountain. At present, the Taiqing Palace is the largest and oldest among the preserved Taoist establishments. First built in the early Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), the palace has a history of nearly 1,000 years and features a simple architectural style. It is surrounded by countless scenic spots and is the center of the entire tourist area.

Recommended Tours:

Qingdao Leisure Day Tour
Destination:Zhan Qiao Pier / May Fourth Square / Xiao Yu Mountain / Tsingtao Beer Museum / Eight Great Passes area
See the top sights in Qingdao and discover why this charming seaside resort is routinely voted one of China's most livable cities. As you stroll along the waterfront, your guide will tell you about the history of this strategic port and former German colony. Survey the old city from atop Xiao Yu Shan Park, admire the colonial architecture of the Eight Great Passes and find out how China's most popular beer is made at the Tsingtao Beer Museum.

2-Day Classic Qingdao & Lao Shan Tour
Destination:Xiao Yu Shan Park / Zhan Qiao Pier / Eight Great Passes / Granite Mansion / May 4th Square / Taiqing Palace / Lao Shan
The city on the Yellow Sea, Qingdao is famed throughout China and the world for its German heritage and local Tsingtao beer, enjoyed against a backdrop of blue seas in one direction and mountains in the other. This 2-day tour takes in the best of Qingdao's German-influenced architecture along the waterfront including the Eight Great Passes and Granite Manor, before heading inland to explore the Taoist peak of Lao Shan and the ancient taoist complex, Taiqing Palace.

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