Qingdao Passenger Transport Center is situated off of Xingjian Road in Qingdao. About 2 miles from the city center. Shuttles are usually provided to get you to the city center.
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Qingdao, or Tsingtao, a beautiful seaside city, is located in the southeast part of Shandong Province. To the east, a short distance across the Yellow Sea, lie Korea and Japan, making Qingdao an important city for international trade.
For thirty three years, up to 1949, Qingdao was a colony of Germany and Japan. Thus, Qingdao has a great deal of European architecture. This foreign architecture -a remnant of the colonial past- now beautifies this seaside city.
The red roofs, green trees, blue sea, and azure sky form a bright and colorful picture of Qingdao. The city is sometimes known as the Switzerland of the Orient.
Surrounded by the sea on three sides, Qingdao attracts many tourists with its charming seascape. Sights like the Eight Passes Villas, the Zhan Bridge, Wusi Square, Mt. Laoshan, will help you remember Qingdao. Just walking on the sand and listening to the surf breaking on the beach becomes enjoyable.
Tsingtao Beer is known around the world, and the Tsingtao Brewery is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Port of Qingdao. Founded in 1903 by German colonists, it has always been the most popular beer in China, and it has long been the best-selling Chinese beer in the United States. Visitors can visit the brewery's museum and sample their outstanding products.
In cooperation with the Beijing Olympic Games, Qingdao held the Sailing Competition in the Olympic Games.
Xiaoyu Hill is the Port of Qingdao's old town. Boasting many stone houses, villas, and German-build buildings, the Qingdao Guest House (or the German Governor's Residence) is the most popular place to visit. Well-maintained and in wonderful condition, the Guest House contains beautiful antiques, including an antique ivory piano, and marvelous ornaments. The house has hosted many famous visitors, including Chairman Mao.
To get around in the cities, one best uses a taxi or a van: They are very cheap and plentiful. Make sure you talk to the driver beforehand, to check his language skills.
This is a sample itinerary: Drive about half an hour to the Zhan Bridge, the Qingdao landmark. Zhan Bridge is an extension of the road into the sea.
Then move on to Xiaoqingdao Island is a pleasant little peninsular. Viewed from the sky, the island is shaped like an ancient lute, and hence is also called Lute Island.
Head to the May Fourth Square. May Fourth Square (Wusi Guangchang) is a large public square in Qingdao's central business district. The square is a popular tourist destination, and is bordered by the city government to the north, the sea to the south, and residential and commercial buildings on either side. On pleasant days May Fourth Square fills with young couples on the ground and kites in the air.
There are roughly three groups of taxi drivers:
Touts: Stay away from them, you are about to pay a multiple of what
you should pay, walk a half a block and you will find a honest cabbies.
The mechanics: They have build their own taximeter, with all consequences.
The honest cabbie: As the Chinese government is clamping down on mistreatment of tourists, this group is in the far majority( >90%), in fact the more south you go in China, the more honest people get. Make sure they put the meter on, otherwise get out!
Important: If you buy a guide book for the town you are about to visit,
make sure it is of the latest edition available. This as the pace of
construction is enormous: what is here today, might not be there tomorrow!
Make sure the maps in your guide book have "english" as well as "chinese" characters, so you and the cabdriver can communicate by pointing at the map. Cabdrivers only speak chinese.
It pays to compare your cruise line shore excursions here.
Qingdao offers food with distinctive flavors--especially seafood. So take this chance to enjoy the delicious seafood of Qingdao. Also, Qingdao is the home of the famous Qingdao (Tsingtao) Beer. Have a bottle of pure Qingdao Beer right here in Qingdao!
Every large tourist town has at least one or more shopping malls for westerners. Often the only place one can buy larger clothing sizes. Although these malls are fun, please be aware that almost everything is fake and that the bargaining is hard. The quickest way often is to show with bills in your hand, how much you are willing to pay and than walk on. If they than gesture you back finalize the deal. Always stay courteous.
Restaurants are often found in clusters in certain parts of the city, recognizable by very colorful decorations to attract customers. Stroll by and look for restaurants that are patronized by chinese families themselves. Most menu's have pictures of the items served. Seafood in general is kept alive in large tanks. Eating out in China is a feast, with very little etiquette, and in general rather noisy. Enjoy the fun! Only drink bottled water even use that if you have to brush your teeth. Use common precautions when eating out.
The Yuan (or Renminbi RMB).
Occasionally you will be given a counterfeit bill, mostly in a small denomination. Nothing you can do about it, just keep it as a souvenir.
Internet is very well adapted in China, in fact even the more modest hotels have almost all WiFi in their rooms and in the public areas you will find Internet stations. Often for free or at a very modest charge.
Emergency number China: 100
Hong Kong and Macao: 999
There seem not set opening hours for stores, it seems as long as there are customers they stay open.
Chinese New Year (about two weeks long) is the time when all the Chinese are traveling and transportation can be very hectic.
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