Qingdao Things to Do

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    the brewery, founded 1875 by the german settlers

    by globetrott Written Apr 16, 2009

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    This brewery was founded in 1875 by the german settlers and still today the beer is produced there according to german recepees and laws ( Reinheitsgebot). Germania-beer was the original name of that beer, but nowadays it is called Tsingtao and every bottle and can has a inscription in chinese and also in latin letters.
    There is an interesting beer-museum and you will get a glass of beer to taste at the end of the guided tour. There is a shop as well for souvenirs, beer-cans, glasses etc.

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    Quingdao / Tsingtao - a "german Hongkong"

    by globetrott Written Apr 16, 2009

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    Quingdao with 8 million inhabitants of nowadays was based on the former german colony of Tsingtao, that was founded in 1874. The germans had signed a treaty for 99 years with China like Great Britain did for Hongkong, but with the beginning of WW I this part of China was occupied by the Japanese troops and the treaty was suspended.
    So even though the germans had to leave in 1914 you will find a lot of german influences still nowadays, including the famous brewery, a german bakery, a lot of german inscriptions and lots of houses built in the style of german architecture.

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    St. Michael church

    by globetrott Written Apr 16, 2009

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    St. Michael Kirche is the catholic church of Quingdao / Tsingtao, a giant church built in 1875 in the very centre of the city, in the middle of a large square. It is a pity that this church was locked already and we had just a short stop there and were not even allowed to leave the bus, so that is why my pics are not really very good.
    b.t.w. this church is not on the official sightseeing-tour that is offered by the local tour-operators, but it was anounced in the preview for this tour onboard of our ship, so they decided to adapt the tour after our protests - read more about it in my local-customs tips !

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    Zhan4 Qiao2 Pier & the lovely pavillon

    by globetrott Updated Apr 22, 2009

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    This great pavillon was built at the end of a 400 meters long pier at the beach of Quingdao / Tsingdao and in german it has the funny name "Pavillon der zurückgeworfenen Welle".
    It looks really great especially when it is lighted at night and while walking there you will pass by a lot of local people selling see-shells and other souvenirs. From the pavillon you will have a great view of the city and in case that you like to see some exhibits like giant shea-turtles, sharks etc. step inside the pavillon - read more about it and see some pics of the exhibits in my next tip !

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    The "maritime museum" inside the pavillon

    by globetrott Written Apr 16, 2009

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    Inside of the pavillon you will find a small museum and some souvenir-stands, where you will be able to buy sea-shells and souvenirs and when stepping up you will find some real interesting exhibits of fish like the moon-fish, sharks, turtles and a lot more. The entrance-fee for this museum is just 4 YÜAN, that is equivalent of 0,40 euros

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    the temple on the hill

    by globetrott Updated Apr 22, 2009

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    This temple looks quite new and you will find it in the old part of Quingdao / Tsintao, surrounded by the luxury villas dating back to the time of the german Crowncolony of Tsingdao. It is a pity that we came there when it was dark already, and the building was closed already, but at the other hand were were lucky to see it lighted and also the view was great with the city all lighted.

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    some more details of "Little Fish Mountain Park"

    by globetrott Updated Apr 22, 2009

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    "Little Fish Mountain Park" is the name that I found in VT for this park with the pagoda on top of a hill and around of the pagoda you will find various works of art and mosaiques. In my last photo you might see the little fish that gave the name to the whole area in one of the various works of art around the pagoda.

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    german remains

    by globetrott Updated Apr 19, 2009

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    Between 1874 and 1914 Quindao / Tsingdao was a german crown-colony and they even had their own german stamps. Architecture was strongly influenced by german architects and in a certain way that stayed the same also after 1914, even the modern buildings of today have a "german touch".
    Still nowadays you will find german schools in Quindao and a german bakery.

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    the protestant church of Quingdao /Tsingdao

    by globetrott Updated Apr 22, 2009

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    the protestant church of Quingdao /Tsingdao
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    The protestant church of Tsindao was built between 1908 and 1910, during the periode of the german crowncolony and still today you can read the exacte dates written in german at the entrance-gate. We were able to enter the church and we even could listen to a chorus of local people practicing, that was really a great adventure.
    You are able to step up the tower, but I did not because the time was rather short.

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    the modern city

    by globetrott Updated Apr 22, 2009

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    Quingdao is a lot more than the small area that we saw in our short citytour, that took us mainly to the brewery and the old town, the former german crowncolony of Tsingdao. But of course Quingdao is a modern city with more than 1 million inhabitants and we also saw a lot of skyscrapers and modern buildings in the distance from the ship and from the piers.

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    Lao Shan Mountain trip

    by yangzhigong Written Jul 12, 2007

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    Lao Shan is the most famous seaside mountain of China, there is lot of taoism tample in the mountain, and an old fairy named "Lao Shan taoist" is well known by all Chinese people. When you get to the top of the mountain, look at the sence of the bay, you must think that you are just in a wonderland.

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    Bridal photos on the beach.

    by Regina1965 Updated Mar 7, 2012

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    On one of our walks by the ocean/beach we saw a lot of couples taking bridal photos. It surprised me to see so many of them together so I asked our tour-guide. He said that it is a tradition here to take the bridal photos before the wedding. That is very different from the western world where the groom is not supposed to see the bride in her wedding gown before she walks down the aisle.

    But this was so lovely watching and everybody seemed to be having so much fun :)

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    Tsingtao Beer & Zhanqiao Pier

    by DSwede Updated Jun 20, 2007

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    Temple in the water

    If you look at other entries, you'll find directions on how to get to the brewery. However, what few of those entries show is that after you tip a few down, you can visit the water temple that is iconalized on the top of the beer bottle label. If you don't believe me, grab a beer and wander the old city beach and look at the temple first hand.

    C-trip.com "At full tide, the billowy surf rolls against the beach, the breakers sending up a fountain of spray. With the ebbing of the tide, appear the brown reefs and yellowish sand, a time for tourists and locals to gather conches and other seashells"

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    Governor House

    by MikeAtSea Updated Jul 11, 2009

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    The Governor House is located at the foot of Signal Hill, and is known locally as "Guest House". It is one of the many impressive villas in the Qingdao area. At the time of German colonization, it served as the Governor's official residence, and the building is accordingly built with flamboyant ornaments, graceful lines and bold colors aping its counterparts back in the Kaisers' Germany.
    In one of the rooms one can also see a bed in which Mao slept when he was visiting the city - quiet amazing is that the bed had to be extended - since Mao was so tall!

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    Qingdao Beer Museum

    by MikeAtSea Written Jul 11, 2009

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    Qingdao Beer Museum
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    Tsintao Beer is the best-known Chinese Beer in the world and at home. It has become one of the major exports of Qingdao internationally. The local residents are proud of their brewery, and have constructed a museum that offers samples of their beer. The museum chronicles the brewery's century-old history through interactive and entertaining displays.

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