Located at the southern tip of the Shandong Peninsular, Qingdao has a surprisingly short history. Nothing more than a fishing village at the end of the 19th century, the Qing Government decided to make the area a primary defence base against naval attacks, and planned the construction of a city. Little was done, however, until 1897 when the city was ceded to Germany. The Germans soon turned Qingdao into a strategically important port. The German Imperial government planned and built the first streets and institutions of the city that can still be seen today. The early German pioneers were a thirsty lot too. Qingdao is perhaps most famously known for the Tsingtao Brewery, which the German settlers founded in 1903.
The city reverted to Chinese rule in 1922. Today, Qingdao is a prosperous town and now boasts a skyline similar to the modern architecture of Pudong in Shanghai but with a charm derived from its Germanic roots.
Downtown Shinan District is where most of the Qingdao’s points of interest are including the imposing rail station, Zhanqiao Pier, Zhongshan Lu – the city’s premier shopping street, St Michael’s Church and the charming Protestant Church, and in Xinhao Shan Park, the former Governor’s Residence. Now the Ying Hotel, this grand Germanic mansion once played host to Mao Zedong.
The Qingdao Museum is also worthy of exploration with exhibits of art and antiquities of ancient to modern Qingdao. Being on the coast, Qingdao also boasts some pleasing waterfront areas with clean stretches of sand.
If you are planning a Qingdao holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
Qingdao Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Qingdao.