Qingdao: East meets west

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Qingdao is located on the southern coast of the Shandong Peninsula, just across the Yellow Sea from the Korean Peninsula.

This coastal city boasts outstanding scenery and a pleasant climate. With seaports and an airport linking it to the world, Qingdao is one of China's most important economic and logistics hubs.

Old Western-style buildings embellish Qingdao with exotic beauty.

Moreover, it is a renowned tourist resort with gorgeous mountain and sea landscapes. A past winner of the China Habitat Award, Qingdao attracts hordes of visitors every year, particularly during its international beer and seafood festivals in August.

Exotic Beauty

As early as the Neolithic Age, Qingdao was a major center of human life and civilization, home to the rich and colorful Dawenkou, Longshan and Yueshi cultures.

Qin Shihuang (259-210 BC), the first emperor to unify China, visited Qingdao three times during his five nationwide tours. But Emperor Wudi (156-87 BC) of the Han Dynasty (206 BC - AD 220), a former prince of eastern Shandong, was the monarch who visited the Qingdao region most frequently.

With its strategic location easily connecting it to the south of the country via sea, Qingdao has been one of northern China's leading transportation hubs and commercial ports since the seventh century.

An aerial view of the Taiqing Palace on Laoshan Mountain.

Meanwhile, it has always played a key role in defending China's shores. In 1891, the central government of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) set up a garrison in the area and Qingdao has enjoyed city status ever since.

In 1897, Germany occupied and colonized Qingdao on the pretext of leasing land f