Friday, November 25, 2005

Qingdao, the City of Charm

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Introduction to Qingdao City of Charm

Qingdao is a wonderful coastal city that lies at the southern tip of Shandong Peninsula. Located in Jiao Zhou Bay facing the Yellow Sea, Qingdao is also a well known holiday resort in China.

The city has five urban districts and seven county-level cities under its jurisdiction with an area of 10654 square kilometers and a population of 6.84 million. The annual average temperature is 12.2C.

Before troops were garrisoned there by the imperial court of Qing in 1891, Qingdao had been a small fishing village. It became a German concession in 1897 and was occupied by Japan in 1914. The city reverted to Chinese rule in 1922, but was occupied by Japan again during the Second World War Today it is one of the most important open coastal cities and one of the independent cities with state planning and budgeting powers. It has provincial power in economic management. Its major industries include trade, light industry, tourism and oceanography research.

The uniqueness of the city consists in its architecture and an attractive urban landscape. With its wealth of natural and human resources, its wear-round schedule of tourist festivals and events, coupled with many tourist facilities and an extensive transportation network, Qingdao has become an ideal tourist destination both at home and abroad.

The city

Major tourist attractions include the Zhanqiao Pier (also know as Rainbow on the Waves),Xiaoqingdao Isle, Bathing beaches, Shilaoren (The Old Man of Stone) National Holiday Resort, International Beer City ,Ocean Park, Badaguan Scenic Area (renowned for the Architecture Museum), Zhanshan Temple, German-style Catholic Church, Christian Church, Zhongshan Park, Luxun Park, Navy Museum, Xiaoyushan Park (the most famous one of ten hill parks), Sightseeing TV Tower, various commercial centers and bazaars, etc. Indeed a popular resort ideal for sightseeing and shopping.

Attractive Places in Qingdao

These are some recommed attractive places in Qingdao...

Xiaoqingdao Isle

Xiaoqingdao Isle, which has an area of 0.0012 square kilometers, lies off Qingdao Bay. The white lighthouse on the isle is 15.5 meters high. Its light reflected on the sea makes quite a spectacle at night, known as Floating Light of the Isle.

Zhanqiao Pier

Zhanqiao Pier, built in 1891 and located in Qingdao Bay, is regarded as the symbol of Qingdao. At the southern end of the 440-metrelong pier is a typical Chinese octagonal pallion called Huilan Pavilion from which you can watch the dashing waves of the sea. At the northern end is a bank park with a flower garden. A Perfect place to enjoy the sea and relax

Luxun Park

Built in 1929, Luxun Park is located in Huiquan Bay. It got its present name in 1950 in memory of the distinguished Chinese modern writer Lu Xum. The park is a perfect combination of traditional Chinese garden art and natural beauty.

Bathing Beaches

Qingdao boasts many fine sand beaches along its long winding coast. There are altogether seven beaches in the urban area. Number One Bathing Beach, also called Huiquan Bathing Beach, is 800 meters long and is equipped with sharkproof nets and all the necessary facilities. Number Mao and other senior government officials. Number Three Bathing Eeach of 400 meters long is located on the east end of Taiping Cape near the convalescent area. Number Six Bathing Beach, also called Zhanqiao Bathing Beach, is close to the city center. Another bathing beach at the Shilaoren National Holiday Resort is as long as 2,600 meters.

Badaguan

Badguan (Eight Passes) is named after the eight passes of the Great Wall. Located in the city center, the passes are planted with trees of various blooms in different seasons, such as peaches, crabapples, pine trees and ginkpoes. This area is known for its many villas, and with more than 200 different styles of Western architecture, it is also called the Architecture Museum.

Zhongshan Park

Zhongshan Park, located on the scenic Huiquan Bay, is the largest park of the city which covers an area of 800 thousand square metres. It consists of the oriental cherry path, Chinese peony garden and other precious plant gardens. It was given its present name in 1929 in memory of Dr. Sun Yat-sen

Hill Packs

There are altogether ten hill parks in Qingdao in which you can have a bird’s eye view of the city. The green trees, the blue sea and the azure sky set off the beauty of the city.

Huiquan Square

Built in 1992, this square is situated in the middle of Wendeng Road, with an area of 13.43 hectares. The southern square has a large music fountain 100 meters long and 30 meters wide, which was built to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the city. A 36.5-meter-high sculpture made of steel and glass symbolizes 365 days in a year.

The Catholic Church

Situated on Zhejiang Road, this church was originally named Saint Emil Church built by the Germans in 1934 with an area of 2,470 square meters. This grand building, which is 60 meters tall, has become an important landmark of Qingdao.

The Vhristian Church


This castle-style church, built in 1910, is made up of a bell tower and an auditorium which has a seating capacity of 1,000.

Zhanshan Temple

Situated at the foot of Zhanshan Hill and to the east of Taiping Hill, this temple was built in 1945. It has five halls and a pagoda, with an area of 20,000 square meters. The temple boasts a large collection of skillfully carved statues of Buddha and Buddhist scriptures.

Qingdao Museum

The museum has a rich collection of Chinese painting and calligraphy, poottery and porcelain, and other valuable historical relics, among which are some Paleolithic & Neolithic articles and relies and relics of Northern Wei Dynasty. All the collections here reveal the history of Qingdao.

Navy Museum

The Chinese Navy Museum is located close to Luxun Park on Xiaoqingdao Bay. Visitors are offered a rich display of naval vessels such as submarines and destroyers, weapons including state-of-the-art missiles and indoor exhibitions featuring the history of the Chinese Navy.

Marine Products Museum

Qingdao Marine Products Museum, established in 1930, lies in Luxun Park. It is compsed of an aquahibition hall shows some rare samples.

Mount Laoshan

Noted for the Highest Mountain on the Sea, Laoshan soars to 1,133 meters above sea-level, and is characterized by its precipitous cliffs and streams running through the rocks. As a Taoist sanctuary, the mountain is known as a Fairyland. It is chronicled that even Mount Taishan pales beside Mount Laoshan in the East Sea. Throughout the ages, Chinese imperial rulers have dispatched envoys to Mount Laoshan to search for the elixir of life. Men of letters also left their inscriptions here. Taoism spread to the mountain during the Western Han Dynasty and has since maintained its influence throughout the dynastic age. It is also called the Second Monastery of the Taoist Quanzhen Sect. It had nine palaces, eight temples and seventy-two convents in its heyday. The Taoist monks of Laoshan are well known. Its fantastic rocks and caves, waterfalls and the roads around its peaks are true wonders. For this reason, it is designated by the state as one of the most important scenic sport in China. There are three ways leading to the mountain with different views.

Mount Tianzhushan

Mount Tianzhushan in Pingdu city is well-known for the rare inscriptions of the Wei Dynasty. It is popular with tourists interested in Chinese calligraphy.
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