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Top things to do in Qingdao

By Teng Mu

August 5

The coastal city of Qingdao — China’s beer capital — is an ideal destination for your summer trip.

The coastal city of Qingdao — China’s beer capital — is an ideal destination for your summer trip.

Qingdao, a beautiful coastal city on the Yellow Sea, attracts visitors with its natural scenery, unique cultural heritage, and delicious seafood. Here are six things you have to experience here.

6. Swim at the beach

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The Golden Beach [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Yu Fangping]
As a coastal city, Qingdao boasts many beaches including First & Second Beach, Shilaoren Beach, and Golden Beach. In summer, people from downtown Qingdao and neighboring cities come to enjoy the beautiful sunshine, gentle breeze and cool seawater.

5.  Climb to the top of Mount Lao

Mount Lao Scenic Area [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Han Bo]
Mount Lao Scenic Area [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Han Bo]
Mount Lao on the coast of the Yellow Sea is the highest peak along China’s
coast, and a great place to view the nearby city in a sea of clouds. Legend says Mount Lao was originally part of the sea, but was changed into a mountain over a long period of time.

Best time to visit: March – Sept.

Entry: 160 yuan/person

Opening hours:

Peak season: 06:00 a.m.~6:00 p.m.

Off season: 07:00 a.m.~5:00 p.m.

4. Have a walk in the old district

Daxue Road in the old district [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Li Qian]
Daxue Road in the old district [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Li Qian]
The old district tells Qingdao’s history. If you are interested in literature, you can visit the former residences of writers and scholars including Lao She, Liang Shiqiu and Tong Dizhou. If you want to relax, Daxue Road is home to Qingdao Art Museum and numerous cafes.

3. Watch a sailboat race

April 29, 2016, International Extreme Sailing Race in Qingdao [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Huang Jiexian]
April 29, 2016, International Extreme Sailing Race in Qingdao [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Huang Jiexian]
Since the 2008 Olympic Games, the Olympic Sailing Center in Qingdao has become a must-visit tourist destination. Every year, races of international or national scale are held here, making Qingdao a world capital of sailing.

Best time to visit: June – August.

Entry: Free

Opening hours: All day

2. Visit the international architectural complex in Badaguan Scenic Area

Badaguan Scenic Area [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Zhang Xuehua]
Badaguan Scenic Area [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Zhang Xuehua]
Badaguan Scenic Area is famous for its collection of international architecture. Besides buildings that look like they could be from around the world, its natural scenery includes a wide range of plants such as crape myrtles, maple trees and cedars.

Best time to visit: All year round

Entry: Free

Opening hours: All day

1. Drink at the Qingdao International Beer Festival

July 29, 2016, the 26th Qingdao International Beer Festival was launched. [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Yu Fangping]
July 29, 2016, the 26th Qingdao International Beer Festival was launched. [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Yu Fangping]
The Qingdao International Beer Festival is an annual event, with this year’s being held from July 29 for 16 days. Taste all kinds of beer from around the world while sampling local seafood and enjoy wonderful performances.

Best time to visit: July – Aug.

Entry: 10 yuan/person during the day and 20 yuan/person at night

Opening hours: 10:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.

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