Take a trip to see Laoshan mountain. The scenery is beautiful and although it's gotten a little gaudy like many of the Chinese tourist sites, it's 100% worth the trip. You'll pass along the way little fishing villages and meet really interesting people. If you're lucky the tour will stop at a Taoist temple on the ocean - absolutely breathtaking.
Fondest memory: I loved being the only western tourists in the city. Plus since my friend and I were (and still are) female and were traveling alone everyone went out of their way to make sure everything was ok and to help us out. They even helped us cross the streets, thinking we were completely helpless.
take you time and go around the city,you'll find many european style buildings dated in 1920s.
go to the seaside to enjoy one of China's best seashore.
go to Laoshan mountain east to the city.
Fondest memory: bright sky ,blue sea,fresh air,green trees and the nice buildings.
Fondest memory: Laoshan is unique because it is adjacent to the coast, providing a beautiful sight of mountains and sea. It was fun climbing Laoshan mountain -- the stairs never ended. There were souvenir and refreshment stands all along the way, so it was like shopping while mountain climbing. Most people would get tired when they got to the top. There was a nice waterfall there. There were also lots of people offering sedan chair service for around 30 yuan to those who couldn't climb; many elderlies took advantage of this.
Fondest memory: Qingdao and its vicinity by the Yellow Sea offers a lot of great beach opportunities. There are lots of beaches open to the public for recreation. There are some in town and some on the road to the Laoshan scenic area. The sands here are not very white though. Beach volleyball, swimming, surfing, etc. can be done here.
Favorite thing: Picture from the kitchen balcony of my first apartment in Qingdao. This is the location of the Qingdao International Beer Festival. The place is abandoned for 11 months out of the year only to open for one or two over-indulgent weeks. If you go with some chinese friends, be very careful, when some folks say ganbei (bottoms up) they really mean it. Pitcher after pitcher of every color beer and karaoke to boot can lead to trouble.
Favorite thing: This pavilion at the end of Zhangqiao Pier is a city landmark. It has two floors of paintings, carvings, and other examples of contemporary Shandong arts and crafts.
Visit the beer factory. They do give free samples.
The address is Tsingtao Beer Tower, Hong Kong Road, Central, Qingdao (for information)
Phone: +86-532-5711119 5711991
Favorite thing: Qingdao has got several furniture stores and they are all superb. Inexpensive. Great variety. Reasonable quality.
My favourite thing ? well that was the company, though watching the tropcal fish all excited - can u see the lady feeding them?
Fondest memory: not telling