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Clockwise from top left: Qingdao skyline, St. Michael's Cathedral, Qingdao harbour by night, a temple at the base of Mount Lao, and May Fourth Square
Clockwise from top left: Qingdao skyline, St. Michael's Cathedral, Qingdao harbour by night, a temple at the base of Mount Lao, and May Fourth Square
Official seal of Qingdao
Location of Qingdao City (yellow) in Shandong province
Location of Qingdao City (yellow) in Shandong province
Qingdao is located in China
Location in China
Country People's Republic of China
Province Shandong
Municipal seat Shinan District
 • CPC Secretary Li Qun
 • Mayor Zhang Xinqi (张新起)
 • Sub-provincial city 11,067 km2 (4,273 sq mi)
 • Land 11,067 km2 (4,273 sq mi)
 • Urban 3,239 km2 (1,251 sq mi)
 • Metro 5,019 km2 (1,938 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Sub-provincial city 8,715,087
 • Density 790/km2 (2,000/sq mi)
 • Urban 4,587,183
 • Urban density 1,400/km2 (3,700/sq mi)
 • Metro 5,764,384
 • Metro density 1,100/km2 (3,000/sq mi)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Postal code 266000
Area code(s) 532
GDP ¥ 869.21 billion (2014)
GDP per capita ¥ 96,524 (2014)
License Plate Prefix B & U
Coastline 862.64 km (536.02 mi)
(inclusive of offshore islands)
730.64 km (454.00 mi)
(exclusive of islands)
Major Nationalities Han: 99.86%
County-level divisions 10
"Qingdao" in Simplified Chinese
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese 青岛
Traditional Chinese 青島
Postal Tsingtao
Tsingtau (1898–1922)
Literal meaning "Green island"
German name
German Tsingtau

Qingdao (; Chinese: 青岛; also spelt Tsingtao) is a city in eastern Shandong Province on the east coast of China as well as the largest city in Shandong province. Administered at the sub-provincial level,[1] Qingdao has jurisdiction over seven districts and five county-level cities. According to the 2010 census, the built-up (or metro) area made up of 6 urban districts and Jimo City had 5,764,384 inhabitants,[2] while the total population of the sub-provincial city is up to 8.71 million.[3] Lying across the Shandong Peninsula and looking out to the Yellow Sea, it borders Yantai to the northeast, Weifang to the west and Rizhao to the southwest. Qīng () in Chinese means "green" or "lush", while dǎo () means "island".

Qingdao is a major seaport, naval base, and industrial centre. The world's longest sea bridge, the Jiaozhou Bay Bridge, links the main urban area of Qingdao with Huangdao district, straddling the Jiaozhou Bay sea areas.[4] It is also the site of the Tsingtao Brewery, the second largest brewery in China.[5]

In 2007, Qingdao was named as among China's top ten cities by the Chinese Cities Brand Value Report, which was released at the 2007 Beijing Summit of China Cities Forum.[6] In 2009, Qingdao was named China's most livable city by the Chinese Institute of City Competitiveness.[7][8]


  • Other names 1
  • History 2
    • Ancient times 2.1
    • German colonial period and Japanese occupations 2.2
    • Qingdao city planning and development 2.3
      • 1891–1914 2.3.1
      • 1914–1922 2.3.2
      • 1922–1938 2.3.3
      • 1938–1945 2.3.4
    • Post–World War II 2.4
  • Administrative divisions 3
  • Geography and climate 4
  • Demographics 5
  • Economy 6
    • Industrial zones 6.1
  • Transport 7
    • Road 7.1
    • Marine 7.2
    • Aviation 7.3
    • Intercity rail 7.4
    • Public transport 7.5
    • Subway 7.6
  • Military 8
  • Culture 9
    • Architecture 9.1
    • Celebrities 9.2
    • Movies shot in Qingdao 9.3
    • Language 9.4
    • Cuisine 9.5
    • Festivals 9.6
  • Media 10
  • Tourism 11
    • Western part of Shinan district (市南区西部) 11.1
    • Eastern part of Shinan district (市南区东部) 11.2
    • Laoshan district (崂山区) 11.3
    • Other districts of Qingdao 11.4
  • Education 12
    • Post-secondary educational institutions 12.1
    • International schools 12.2
  • Sports 13
    • Stadiums 13.1
    • Olympic Games 13.2
    • Football 13.3
    • Motorsport 13.4
    • Surfing 13.5
  • See also 14
  • References 15
  • Notes 16
  • External links 17

Other names

  • Jiāo'ào: (胶澳): former name during the Qing Dynasty.
  • Qindao: (琴岛, lit. "Stringed Instrument Isle"): additional modern name for the area, refers according to locals to the shape of the coastline.
  • Tsingtao: Postal romanization
  • Tsingtau: German name during the concession period, written in German romanization of Chinese (Lessing-Othmer).
  • Jiaozhou: a historical name which refers to the Jiaozhou Bay.
  • Kiaochow, Kiauchau, Kiautschou: romanizations of Jiaozhou.


Ancient times

Human settlement in the area dates back 6,000 years. The Dongyi nationality, one of the important origins of the Chinese nation, lived here and created the Dawenkou, Longshan and Dongyeshi cultures. In the Eastern Zhou Dynasty (770BC~256BC), the town of Jimo was established, which was then the second largest one in the Shandong region. The area in which Qingdao is located today was named Jiao'ao (胶澳) when it was administered by the Qing Dynasty on 14 June 1891.

German colonial period and Japanese occupations

Sketch map of Tsingtao, circa 1906
Main gate of Chinese munitions depot, taken over by imperial navy, 1898
Administration/commercial building, harbor area, 1912

In 1891, the Qing government decided to make the area a defense base against naval attack and began to improve Qingdao's existing fortifications. German naval officials observed and reported on this Chinese activity during a formal survey of Jiaozhou Bay in May 1897. Subsequently, German troops seized and occupied the fortification.[9] China conceded the area to Germany the following year, and the Kiautschou Bay concession, as it became known, existed from 1898 to 1914. With an area of 552 square kilometres (136,000 acres; 213 sq mi), it was located in the imperial province of Shandong (alternately romanized as Shantung or Shan-tung) on the southern coast of the Shandong Peninsula in northern China. Jiaozhou was romanized as Kiaochow, Kiauchau or Kiao-Chau in English and Kiautschou in German. Qingdao was its administrative center. "The so-called Marktstrasse (Market street) was nothing more than the old main street of the Chinese village of Tsingtao, and the buildings lining it were the former homes of fishermen and farmers. Having sold their property, they resettled their homes and fields in the villages further east."[10] Upon gaining control of the area, the Germans outfitted the impoverished fishing village of "Tsingtao" (Qingdao) with wide streets, solid housing areas, government buildings, electrification throughout, a sewer system and a safe drinking water supply, a rarity in large parts of Asia at that time and later.[11] The area had the highest school density and the highest per capita student enrollment in all of China, with primary, secondary and vocational schools funded by the Imperial German treasury and Protestant and Roman Catholic missions.[11] Commercial interests established the Germania Brewery in 1903, which later became the world-famous Tsingtao Brewery.[12] German influence extended to other areas of Shandong Province, including the establishment of diverse commercial enterprises.

Identified by the German authorities as a strategically important port, Qingdao was administered by the Imperial Department of the Navy (Reichsmarineamt) rather than the Imperial Colonial Office (Reichskolonialamt). The navy based their Far East Squadron there, allowing the ships to conduct operations throughout the Pacific. Beginning January 1898 the marines of III. Seebataillon were based at Tsingtao. Construction of the Jiaoji Railway began on September 23, 1899, and was completed in 1904.[13]

Japanese military currency Siege of Tsingtao10 sen (1914)
Japanese military currency
Siege of Tsingtao
10 sen (1914)

Before the outbreak of World War I, ships of the German naval forces under Admiral Count von Spee were located at central Pacific colonies on routine missions. The fleet then rendezvoused in the Marianas to plan a transit to Germany rather than be trapped in the Pacific by Allied fleets.[14]

After a minor British naval attack on the German colony in 1914, Japan occupied the city and the surrounding province during the Siege of Tsingtao after Japan's declaration of war on Germany in accordance with the Anglo-Japanese Alliance.[15] China protested Japan's violation of her neutrality but did not interfere in the operations.[16] The decision of the Paris Peace Conference not to restore Chinese rule over Qingdao after the war triggered the May Fourth Movement.[17]

Map of Qingdao in 1912

The city reverted to Chinese rule in December, 1922, under control of the Republic of China. However, Japan maintained its economic dominance of the railway and the province as a whole.[18] The city became a direct-controlled municipality of the ROC Government in 1929. Japan re-occupied Qingdao in 1938 with its plans of territorial expansion into China's coast.

Qingdao city planning and development

In 1891, the Qing Government decided to make coastal Tsingtao (Jiao'ao) a defense base against naval attack and started the spade work of improving its existing fortifications. However, Tsingtao was taken over in November 1891 by German troops on the excuse of the murder in the region of a German missionary, which led to the signing, on March 6, 1898, of the Kiautschou Bay concession Treaty between the Qing Dynasty and Germany and the interruption of Chinese endeavors of local urban construction (Li 2005, p. 81). From then on, Tsingtao had been a German colony until November 1914, when the Japanese took the place of Germany.

After the First World War, the Chinese people struggled for the return of Tsingtao, which in 1919 triggered the well-known “May 4th Movement” in connection with Tsingtao sovereignty. On February 4, 1922, Japan could do nothing but sign with the Chinese Government the Sino- Japanese Treaty. China took back Tsingtao on December 10 the same year and opened it up to commerce and trade. The city became a directly-controlled municipality of the Republic of China (ROC) in July 1929. Nevertheless, Tsingtao fell into the hands of the Japanese once again in January 1938 and was taken back once again in September 1945. The city was occupied by Chairman Mao Zedong and his troops on June 2, 1949, shortly before the founding of the People’s Republic of China on October 1, 1949.


The development of Tsingtao urban space during Germany-occupied period (1891–1914). The urban development of Tsingtao originated from the port area in the southern since the occupation by Germany in 1891. The large scale urban construction began in 1898 with the relocation of Chinese dwellers along the coast.[19] With the completion of such series of projects as wharves, Tsingtao-Jinan Railway Line,[20] Tsingtao Railway Station and locomotive works, a city was starting to take shape. The area had the highest schools density and highest per capita student enrollment in all of China, with primary, secondary and vocational schools funded by the Berlin treasury and Protestant and Roman Catholic missions.[21] In the year of 1910, the Germans drew up for the second time the city planning of Tsingtao (Warner 2001, p. 33). As a result, the former urban area was extended for four times highlighted by the emphasis on the development of commerce and trade. Sun Yat-sen visited the Tsingtau area and stated in 1912, “... I am impressed. The city is a true model for China’s future.”[22]


The development of Tsingtao urban space during the first Japan-occupation period (1914–1922). In 1914, Tsingtao was taken over by Japanese and served as a base for the exploitation of natural resources of Shandong and northern China. With the development of industry and commerce, a “New City District” was established to furnish the Japanese colonists with commercial sections and living quarters, which suggested a striking contrast to the shabby houses in the local Chinese zones(Li 2007, p. 133). In the meantime, a number of schools, hospitals and public buildings were constructed, followed by urban streets and intercity highways as well. The urban spatial layout continued to expand northward along the eastern bay area.


The development of Tsingtao urban space during the ROC-ruled period (1922–1938). This period saw the substantial progress of the urban development of Tsingtao. The government engaged itself in mass construction that gave birth to villa districts at the beach and bank groups in CBD. Plenty of public buildings and facilities for the purpose of entertainment and sports were completed. By the year of 1937, the urban population numbered 385,000(Lu 2001, p. 327). Tsingtao consequently distinguished itself as a prominent holiday resort and summer retreat.


The development of Tsingtao urban space during the second Japan-occupied period (1938–1945). Japan staged a comeback to Tsingtao in 1938 and started to strive for the construction of the Greater Tsingtao in the following June. Accordingly, they worked out the City Planning of the Greater Tsingtao and the City Planning of the Mother Town (Tsingtao City Proper), even though they had not had the opportunity to realize them respectively. The period in question did not witness much urban progress except for the logical construction of No. 6 Wharf, some Japanese residences and a small number of roads and streets(Lu 2001, p. 339).

Post–World War II

After World War II the KMT allowed Qingdao to serve as the headquarters of the Western Pacific Fleet of the US Navy in 1945. On 2 June 1949, the CCP-led Red Army entered Qingdao and the city and province have been under PRC control since that time.

Since the 1984 inauguration of China's open-door policy to foreign trade and investment, western Qingdao developed quickly as a port city. It is now the headquarters of the Chinese navy's northern fleet. An early example of the open-door policy occurred on 5 November 1984, when three United States Naval vessels visited Qingdao. This was the first US port call in more than 37 years to China. USS Rentz, USS Reeves, and USS Oldendorf and their crews were officially hosted by the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN).

Northern Qingdao, particularly Shibei, Licang, and Chengyang districts, are now major manufacturing centers. The city has recently experienced a strong growth period, with a new central business district created to the east of the older business district. Outside of the center of the city, there is a large industrial zone, which includes chemical processing, rubber and heavy manufacturing, in addition to a growing high-tech area. Numerous local and national service companies, rather than manufacturers, are based in the city's southern district; this, as well as local wind patterns, allows Qingdao to enjoy clean, clear air year round.

Administrative divisions

The sub-provincial city of Qingdao has 4 core districts (区 qu):Shinan, Shibei, Laoshan, Licang, 2 suburban districts and 4 county-level cities (市 shi):

Subdivision Simplified Chinese Hanyu Pinyin Admin.
Land Area
Rate (%)
Permanent Resident
Population ('000s, 2010)
Population Density
Shinan District (city seat) 市南区 Shìnán Qū 370202 30.01 100 544.8 18153.95
Shibei District 市北区 Shìběi Qū 370203 63.18 100 1020.7 16155.43
Huangdao District 黄岛区 Huángdǎo Qū 370211 2220.10 80 1392.6 627.27
Laoshan District 崂山区 Láoshān Qū 370212 389.34 80 379.5 974.73
Licang District 李沧区 Lǐcāng Qū 370213 95.52 100 512.4 5364.32
Chengyang District 城阳区 Chéngyáng Qū 370214 553.20 80 737.2 1332.61
Satellite cities
Jiaozhou 胶州市 Jiāozhōu Shì 370281 1210 68.0 843.1 696.78
Jimo 即墨市 Jímò Shì 370282 1727 58.1 1177.2 681.64
Pingdu 平度市 Píngdù Shì 370283 3166 52.8 1357.4 428.74
Laixi 莱西市 Láixī Shì 370285 1522 58.1 750.2 492.90

Geographically, there are four city proper districts of Qingdao. Shinan is viewed as the old downtown, located in the south of Qingdao city proper, while Shibei is located in the center of the city designated as the new downtown, Laoshan is located at the eastern urban Qingdao, and Licang located further up the peninsula in the outskirts of the city.

Geography and climate

Climate chart ()
Average max. and min. temperatures in °C
Precipitation totals in mm
Source: Hong Kong Observatory[23]

Qingdao is located on the south facing coast of the Shandong Peninsula (German: Schantung-Halbinsel). It borders three prefecture-level cities, namely Yantai to the northeast, Weifang to the west, and Rizhao to the southwest. The city's total jurisdiction area occupies 10,654 square kilometres (4,114 sq mi), and stretches in latitude from 35° 35' to 37° 09' N and in longitude from 119° 30' to 121° 00' E. The populated sections of the city are relatively flat while mountains spur up within city limits and nearby. The highest elevation in the city is 1,133 metres (3,717 ft) above sea level. Of the total area of Qingdao, 15.5% is highland, while the foothill, plain and lowland areas constitute 25.1%, 37.8% and 21.7%. The city has a 730.64 kilometres (454.00 mi) coastline. Five significant rivers that flow for more than 50 kilometres (31 mi) can be found in the region.

Qingdao has a temperate, four-season, monsoon-influenced[24] climate that lies in the transition between the humid subtropical (Köppen Cwa) and humid continental (Köppen Dwa) regimes, but favouring the former. Winter is cool to cold and windy, but generally dry, with a January average of −0.5 °C (31.1 °F). Summer is generally hot and humid, but very hot days are rare, with an August average of 25.3 °C (77.5 °F). Due to its proximity to the coast and being on a peninsula, it experiences a one-month delayed spring compared to most inland areas of China,[24] and the annual diurnal temperature variation is only 6.3 °C (11.3 °F). Conversely, autumn is milder than inland areas in Shandong. The water temperature peaks at about 25 °C (77 °F) in late August, with swimming possible two months on either side. The annual mean temperature is 12.6 °C (54.7 °F).

During the summer months, the beaches of Qingdao are afflicted by massive algal blooms. The decomposing algae release large amounts of hydrogen sulfide gas, which gives off the odour of rotten eggs. The blooms of sea lettuce, which are partially caused by seaweed farming in Jiangsu Province, led local officials to declare a "large-scale algae disaster" in 2013.[25]


By the end of 2006, Qingdao was estimated to be the home of about 8 million inhabitants, of which around 3 million reside in the Qingdao urban area. Another estimated 5 million live in other cities under Qingdao's jurisdiction. The annual birth rate is calculated around 76,507, with a birth rate of 10.15 per year per thousand, and a death rate of 6.32, both calculated on an annual basis. Living standards are among the highest of leading Chinese cities due to the strong export economy and relatively high family wages.

Qingdao is home to 38 Chinese ethnic minorities, which account for 0.14% of the city's total population.

There is a large Korean community in Qingdao. By 2009, there are approximately 100,000 Koreans working, studying and living in Qingdao, which makes Qingdao the second in terms of Korean population in China, following Beijing which has about 200,000 Koreans.[27]


Qingdao TV Tower

An important region in Eastern China, Shandong Province has seen substantial change in its economic landscape in recent years. Much of this development has been concentrated in Qingdao.[28] Qingdao has seen rapid development. With an annual growth rate of 18.9 percent in 2006, the city's GDP reached 42.3 billion, ranking first in Shandong Province and tenth out of China's top 20 cities.[28] GDP per capita comprised ¥52,895 (US$7,616) in 2008. The GDP has grown steadily at an average pace of 16% annually. In 2006, Qingdao was ranked one of six "golden cities" by the World Bank, out of 120 Chinese cities assessed on factors including investment climate and government effectiveness.[28]

Internationally, Qingdao is perhaps best known for its Tsingtao Brewery, founded by a German-British joint venture in 1903 that produces Tsingtao beer, the best-known Chinese export beer. It is also home to Haier, a large white goods manufacturer, and Hisense, a major electronics company. In 2002 guitar manufacturers Epiphone opened a factory in Qingdao.[29]

In 1984 the Chinese government named a district of Qingdao a Special Economic and Technology Development Zone (SETDZ). Along with this district, the entire city had gone through amazing development of secondary and tertiary industries. As an important trading port in the province, Qingdao flourishes with foreign investment and international trade. South Korea and Japan in particular made extensive investment in the city. Approximately 80,000 South Korean citizens reside there. Construction proceeds at a relatively fast pace in Qingdao.

In terms of primary industry, Qingdao has an estimated 50,000 acres (200 km2) of arable land. Qingdao has a zigzagging pattern coastline, and thus possesses an invaluable stock of fish, shrimp, and other sea resources.

Qingdao is also home to a variety of mineral resources. Up to thirty different kinds have been mined.

Qingdao's wind power electricity generation performs at among the highest levels in the region.

Industrial zones

  • Qingdao Special Economic & Technological Development Area
  • Qingdao Free Trade Zone
  • Qingdao High-tech Industrial Zone
  • Qingdao University Industrial Zone



The total lengths of operational highways is 14,326 km (8,902 mi), including 700 km (430 mi) Expressways. At the present, the traffic mileage is more than 6.02 billion km (3.74 billion mi) per year. There are a total of 1,145 km (711 mi) of roads in the Qingdao area, with nearly 500 km (310 mi) of expressways. These National Trunk Highway System (NTHS) Expressways begin or pass through in Qingdao.[30] Expressways that begin in Qingdao are in Bold:

Spur Route: G2011 Qingxin Expressway (Qingdao-Xinhe, Pingdu, Shandong)

These provincial expressways begin in or pass through Qingdao. Expressways that begin in Qingdao are in Bold:

Other than Expressways, there are also National Highways that pass through or begin in Qingdao. National Highways that begin in Qingdao are in bold:

In June 30, 2011, the longest bridge over water opened in Qingdao. The bridge, Haiwan Bridge, is 26.4 miles (42.5 km) long and connects Qingdao to an offshore island, Huangdao. It would easily cross the English Channel and is almost three miles (4.8 km) longer than the previous record-holder, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in the American state of Louisiana. Haiwan Bridge is supported by more than 5,000 pillars and costs about 10 billion yuan which is about 1.5 billion dollars. The bridge was designed by the Shandong Gausu Group and the construction lasted for four years. Haiwan Bridge cut the commute between the city of Qingdao and the sprawling suburb of Huangdao by 30 minutes. At least 10,000 workers toiled in two teams around the clock to build the bridge, which was constructed from opposite ends.[31] On the same day, the Jiaozhou Bay Tunnel opened.The tunnel brought much convenience to people by supporting public buses and making transport between the two areas more convenient.


The Orient Ferry connects Qingdao with Shimonoseki, Japan. There are two ferry lines connecting Qingdao with South Korea. The New Golden Bridge II operates between Qingdao and Incheon, and the Blue Sea Ferry operates between Qingdao and Gunsan.[32]

Qingdao hosts one of the world's busiest seaports. Cooperative relations have been established with 450 ports in 130 countries worldwide. In 2003, the annual cargo handling capacity exceeded 100 million tons for the first time. The number of containers reached 3.41 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) of cargoes.[33] By 2011, the port had become the world’s sixth-busiest by Total Cargo Volume, having handled 372 million tonnes of cargo in that year. It is the 8th in the world in terms of TEUs (Twenty Foot Equivalent Units).[34]


The Qingdao Liuting International Airport, 23 km (14 mi) away from city centre, is served by 13 domestic and international airlines, operating 94 routes, 12 of which are international and regional. In 2011, Qingdao Liuting International Airport was the 16th busiest airport in the People's Republic of China with 11,716,361 passengers. A new civil aviation airport with much larger capacities will be built in Jiaozhou District.[35]

Intercity rail

Qingdao railway station

Qingdao's railway development was picked up during the late 1990s. It is at the beginning of the Jiaoji Railway. Qingdao's city proper has some major railway stations, Qingdao Station, Sifang Station,[36] Cangkou Station, Great-Seaport Station, etc.

D and G series High speed trains travel on the Jiaoji High Speed Railway and reach speeds of 200 km/h (120 mph) on the Jinan-Qingdao Section.[37] Services go to Beijing, Shanghai, Hefei, Jinan and Tianjin.[38]

Domestic rail lines connect Qingdao with many cities in China including Beijing, Lanzhou, Chengdu, Xi'an, Zhengzhou, Jinan and Jining.

Public transport

Qingdao's public traffic owns 5283 large and medium-sized buses, CNG buses as of 2012.There are also 136 trolleybuses as of 2012. There are 260 bus routes and 3 trolleybus routes as of 2012. All of these buses and trolleybuses can be accessed using the Qingdao Public Traffic IC Card (Qin dao Card 琴岛卡), which uses radio frequencies so the card does not have to physically touch the scanner. Non air-conditioned busses cost 1 yuan, The volume of road passenger transport approaches 0.8 billion per year. The Public Transport Brand of 'Ri-Xin Bus (日新巴士)' is also known in China.

There are a number of taxi companies in Qingdao including Yiqing Company, Zhongqing Company, Jiaoyun Company and, Huaqing Company.


After getting the approval from the State Council, the government announced on 18 August 2009 that Qingdao is ready to spend more than 29 billion yuan ($4.2 billion) before 2016 on its subway construction. Construction of 54.7 km (34.0 mi) of subway line will be completed before 2016 with a total investment of 29.2 billion yuan ($4.3 billion). Metro Line 3 will be the first line in function and is planned to open in 2015. In the long term, the city plans to build eight subway lines in downtown and some suburban districts, which account for 231.5 km (143.8 mi) in future.[39]


Qingdao is headquarters of the North Sea Fleet of the People's Liberation Army Navy.



Qingdao retains many buildings with a German architectural style

There is a large number of German-style buildings in Qingdao city centre, remarkable considering the German colonial period only lasted 16 years (1898–1914). The unique combination of German and Chinese architecture in the city centre, combined with German demographic roots and a large Korean expatriate population, gives Qingdao a distinct atmosphere. An old saying described Qingdao as a city of "red tiles green trees, blue sky and blue sea." This saying indeed gives a picture of birdview of Qingdao. A larger number of areas in former foreign styles are well preserved. Although the new city area is under large-scale reconstruction, the old city area (especially the western part of Shinan District) still retains many traditional buildings.

Skyscrapers in Qingdao


Other notable people include:

Movies shot in Qingdao

  • The Great Wall (长城)2016
  • Underdog Fight (硬汉)2008
  • Underdog Fight II (硬汉 II)2013
  • Ocean Paradise (海洋天堂)2010
  • Beauty Remains (美人依旧)2005


During the city's colonial days, German was the official language and rigorously taught and promoted. Since the demise of Germany's colonial empire during World War I, the German language is virtually dead here and left little impact on the local languages. A local accent known as Qingdao dialect (青岛话, pinyin qingdao hua) distinguishes the residents of the city from those of the surrounding Shandong province. Due to the efforts by the city government to promote standard Mandarin, most educated people can speak that dialect in addition to their native dialect. With reform policies and English teaching, some young citizens have been taught English and many can converse with English-speaking foreigners. Business and traffic signs in English are becoming more and more common.


Seafood is a typical delicacy of the coastal city, divided into two categories: "Great Seafood" including sea cucumbers, abalones, shark's fin, prawns, crabs, conch, and some big fish, and "Little Seafood" comprising squid, shrimps, octopus, oysters, razor clams, clams, periwinkles, yellow croakers, etc. Generally, fresh seafood is served in every hotel.

The distinctive cuisine of the area is Lu Cai, the Shandong regional style.


Festival in Qingdao in 1913

The Qingdao International Horticultural Exposition 2014 is the biggest international fair that has been held in the history of the city. Other important festivities include:


Qingdao previously had a large German community and a German garrison, so three German newspapers operated in Qingdao.[40] German papers included Deutsch-Asiatische Warte (T: 泰東古今鑑, S: 泰东古今鉴, P: Tàidōng Gǔjīn Jiàn;[41] weekly newspaper published until 1906, included Die Welt des Ostens, Altes und Neues aus Asiens drei Kaiserreichen, a cultural supplement),[40] the Tsingtauer Neueste Nachrichten and the Kiautschou Post (a daily paper published from 1908 to 1912, referring to the Kiautschou (Jiaozhou) Bay concession). German publishing in Qingdao ended after World War I and the beginning of the Japanese administration.[41]

A 1912 publication of the United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce said that the Tageblatt für Nordchina of Tianjin was read in Qingdao, and that major newspapers from Shanghai were also read in Qingdao.[42]


Qingdao attracts many tourists due to its seaside setting and temperate weather. Parks, beaches, sculpture and unique German and modern architecture line the shore. The central tourist information is called Qingdao Information Centre for International Visitors and located on Mid-Hong Kong Road (香港中路 pinyin: Xiānggǎng Zhōnglù).

Qingdao's major attractions include:

Western part of Shinan district (市南区西部)

Photographs of Historic Euro-Asian Area
Hua Shi Lou in the Eight Great Passes 
Former site of the headquarters of the German Administration 
The Evangelical Church (Evangelische Kirche) (基督教堂) 
The pier on the seafront 
A view of Qingdao 

Eastern part of Shinan district (市南区东部)

Laoshan district (崂山区)

  • Lao Shan (Mount Lao, Lauschan, 崂山), 40 km (25 mi) east of Qingdao, the most famous Taoist mountain with Taoist retreat – Great Purity Palace (太清宫).
    • Jufeng (Huge Peak, 巨峰)
    • Nine Waters & Eighteen Pools (九水十八潭)
    • Kang Cheng Shuyuan (Kang Cheng Study House, 康成书院)
    • Yangkou (仰口)
    • Yakou (垭口)

Other districts of Qingdao


Post-secondary educational institutions

Old Main Building of Qingdao University of Science and Technology

Qingdao is home to a large number of higher education institutions. Ocean University of China, formerly called Ocean University of Qingdao, is the most important university of maritime sciences in China. In addition, the Qingdao University, the Qingdao University of Science and Technology as well as the Qingdao Technological University have also been integral parts of higher education in Qingdao for decades. Other institutions include:

Shandong University was located in Qingdao from 1909 to 1936. A new branch campus of the university is under construction in Jimo.

International schools

  • Korean International School of Qingdao
  • Qingdao MTI International School
  • Qingdao Amerasia International School
  • Qingdao No.1 International School
  • Qingdao Oxford International College
  • Yew Chung International School of Qingdao


Qingdao has long been a hub of professional sports in The People's Republic of China.


Olympic Games

Along with Beijing's hosting of the 2008 Summer Olympics, Qingdao was the host city for the Olympic Sailing competitions which took place along the shoreline by the city. These events were hosted at the Qingdao International Sailing Centre and held in Fushan Bay, near the city's central business district. A hotel and an international broadcasting centre were built.


Qingdao Jonoon F.C. (previously named Qingdao Hainiu Football Club) was founded in 1993. It is one of the founding members of the second-division of Chinese professional football league. They got the championship in their first season in 1994 and were promoted to the Chinese Jia-A League. In 1995, they finished 11th (out of a total 12 teams) and were relegated from the top league. Only one year later, after finishing as runner-up in the second-division, they returned to the top league. They have been part of Chinese Super League from its inauguration in 2004.


The IZOD IndyCar Series has signed a contract with the Qingdao city council to hold an IndyCar race in Qingdao in 2012. The race was supposed to take place on a 6.23 km (3.87 mi) street circuit[43] but it has been cancelled.[44]


Qingdao is one of the few cities in northern China where surfing is possible. The best surfing season is during the typhoon season (June–October). The south oriented beaches of Qingdao are the most appropriate to receive swells. Shinan and Laoshan districts are reported to have the best wave and wind orientation.

See also


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  • Walravens, Hartmut. "German Influence on the Press in China". In: Newspapers in International Librarianship: Papers Presented by the Newspaper Section at IFLA General Conferences. Walter de Gruyter, January 1, 2003. ISBN 3110962799, ISBN 9783110962796.
    • Also available at (Archive) the website of the Queens Library – This version does not include the footnotes visible in the Walter de Gruyter version.
    • Also available in Walravens, Hartmut and Edmund King. Newspapers in international librarianship: papers presented by the newspapers section at IFLA General Conferences. K.G. Saur, 2003. ISBN 3598218370, 9783598218378.


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External links

  • Qingdao Government website (Chinese)
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