Qingdao Tourist Attractions, Sightseeing, & Key Cultural Spots - Exploring International RootsFew places in mainland China are more likely to make northern Californian's feel at home than the city of Qingdao, located in the northeast province of Shandong. The Sailing City's wooded hillsides, separated by winding roads, are wreathed in moody fog. The foothills descend gently to the sea, sheltered beaches meander for miles, and tourists can eat what is arguably some of the best seafood in China. Although the Central Business District (CBD) has gone modern, Qingdao has not lost its finely tuned sense of catering for tourism, travelers and backpackers alike.
Positioned at the tip of the Shandong Peninsula where it dips southward into the Yellow Sea, Qingdao was chosen by the Beijing Olympic Coordinating Committee to host the 2008 Olympic Sailing Regatta. The comparatively mild temperatures of this seaside city offer a welcome reprieve from the summer furnaces of Nanjing, Beijing, and even Shanghai.
Qingdao (青岛; 青島; TsīngTǎo) translates to "Green Island," and while it is not entirely surrounded by the ocean, it is an island of relaxed living bathed in fresh sea breezes where the rich and famous from around the world still come to play.
Qingdao is an old port city that knows boats and sailing. Commercial trade has existed for centuries and has become the lifeblood of the city. In August 2008, these same waters of the surrounding FuShan Bay were filled with the sails of yachts from all over the world as they participate in the first Olympics ever in China.
TsingTao Old Town: Filled with European history & Gothic/Roman architecture that depicts the city's international past.
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