The pier was especially built for the Qing dynasty army in 1892 and was originally 200 metres long and 10 metres wide. After the German invasion it was used for freight transportation and extended to a length of 350 metres in May 1901. A light rail was laid on top of it in September 1931 and it was further extended to its present length of 440 metres. An octagonal pavilion called the Billowing Back and Forth Pavilion (Huilan Ge), stands at the end of the pier and was constructed in 1930. It features on the label of Tsingtao beer. When you walk along it, you'll see many people selling sea shells, corals and starfish as well as people searching for sea life in rock pools.