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Qingdao City
Qingdao, best known in the West by its Postal map spelling Tsingtao, is a major city in eastern Shandong province, People‘s Republic of China. It borders Yantai to the northeast, Weifang to the west and Rizhao to the southwest. Lying across the Shandong Peninsula while looking out to the Yellow Sea, Qingdao today is a major seaport, naval base, and industrial center. It is also the site of the Tsingtao Brewery. The character 青 (qīng) in Chinese means "green" or "lush," while the character 岛 (dǎo) means "island." Qingdao is administratively at the sub-provincial level. It was recently named China‘s 9th-most livable city by China Daily.


Culture

Architecture
The unique combination of German and Chinese architecture in the city centre, combined with German demographic roots and a large Korean expat population, gives Qingdao a distinct atmosphere.[citation needed] A larger number of areas in former foreign styles are well preserved. Although the new city area is under large-scale reconstruction, the old city area (especially Taixi) still retains some traditional buildings.

Language
A distinctive local accent known as Qingdao dialect (青岛话, pinyin qingdao hua)" distinguishes the residents of the city from those of the surrounding Shandong province. Due to the efforts by the city government to promote standard Mandarin, most educated people can affect that accent. With reform policies and English teaching, most young citizens have been taught English and many can communicate fluently with foreigners. Business and traffic signs in English are becoming more and more common. Street signs cannot be in foreign languages because of the law, but they typically include pinyin pronunciations which can be memorized more easily by foreigners than Chinese characters.


Cuisine
Seafood is a typical delicacy of the coastal city, divided into two categories: "Great Seafood" including sea cucumbers, abalones, shark‘s fin, prawns, crabs, conch, and some big fish, and "Little Seafood" comprising squid, shrimps, octopus, oysters, razor clams, clams, periwinkles, yellow croakers, etc. Generally, fresh seafood is served in every hotel.

The distinctive cuisine of the area is Lu Cai, the Shandong regional style.


Festivals
  
--China International Afforestation Fair, since 2003
--APEC SMEs Technology Conference and Fair
--China Qingdao Fishing Competition
--Qingdao Bar-Culture Festival
--China International Exposition of electronic home appliances
--China Qingdao Ocean Festival
--China International Maritime Exhibition
--Qingdao International Fashion Week
--China International Fishery Fair
--China Qingdao International Hot Air Balloon Festival
--Qingdao International Beach Festival

Tourism
Qingdao attracts many tourists due to its seaside setting and temperate weather. Parks, beaches, sculpture and unique German and modern architecture line the shore. For more information head over to the Qingdao Information Centre for International Visitors located on Mid-Hong Kong Road(Xianggang Zhong Lu).

Qingdao‘s major attractions include:


--Historical Euro-Asia Area
--Zhan Qiao (Pier, 栈桥)
--Little Qingdao Isle (小青岛)
--Tian Hou Temple (天后宫), Qingdao Folk Museum
--Ba Da Guan (Eight Great Passes, 八大关), the older area of town with some surviving German and Japanese architecture.
--Lu Xun Park, named after Lu Xun (鲁迅), a famous modern Chinese writer and critic, who lived and taught in 1930s.
--Zhongshan Park, named after the style name ‘Zhongshan‘ of Sun Zhongshan (孙文,字中山), a famous modern Chinese politician.
--Xiao Yu Shan (Little Fish Hill, 小鱼山)
--Qingdao Botanical Garden
--Qingdao Zoological Garden
--The twin-spired St Michael‘s Cathedrale, (天主教堂), one piece of the famous Neogothic architecture in Qingdao, designed by German architect Alfred Fräbel, completed in 1934
--Flower-floor (花石楼), the place for previous German governors to fish, hunt or rest.
--Qingdao Underwater World, Qingdao Aquarium
--Governor‘s House (提督府), the office for previous German governors, Former Municipal Government
--Guest House, a classic German Castle
--Signal Hill (信号山)
--Astronomical Observatory Hill (观象山)
--Tuan Dao Shan|Tuan Dao Shan (Dumpling Peninsula Hill, 团岛山)
--Underground World of Chinese Mythology, life-size figures and groups depicting scenes from the Chinese mythology.
--Qingdao Hill Fort ruins
--Qingdao Naval Museum
--The Protestant Church(基督教堂)
--Qingdao Bathing Beaches, there are 6 well-known beaches with complete facilities.

Flourish Eastern Area
--May Fourth Square Coastal plaza with the Wind of May sculpture
--Music Square, famous for the Sail of Music
--Qingdao Seaside Sightseeing Path
--Qingdao Beer Museum, on the site of the old brewery.
--Qingdao International Beer town, the primary site of the annual Qingdao International Beer Festival.
--Tsingtao Brewery, originally founded by Germans and the most exported beer from China.
--Qingdao Sculpture Museum
--Qingdao Etsong Natural Grass Ski Field
Z--hanshan Temple, Qingdao‘s oldest Buddhist temple.

--State-level Mount Lao Scenic Area
--Lao Shan(Mount Lao), 40km east of Qingdao, the most famous Taoist mountain with Taoist retreat - Great Purity Palace (太清宫).
--Jufeng (Huge Peak, 巨峰)
--Nine Waters & Eight Pools (九水十八潭)
--Kang Cheng Shuyuan (Kang Cheng Study House, 康成书院)
--Yangkou (仰口)
--Yakou (垭口)

Outlying Area
--Qingdao Museum
--Stone Old Man (Shi Laoren, 石老人) Sightseeing Garden
--Qingdao Polar Ocean World
--Langya Observation Resort (瑯琊台度假区), located in the previous Qi State, Jiaonan City.
--Great Wall of Qi
--Chanzhi Reservoir, located 10 kilometres to the north of Laixi city, on the middle and upperreaches of the Dagu River.
--Sanlihe Garden, Jiaozhou City
--Jiaozhou Governor‘s Hall, former seat of the present and previous two governments.
--Qingdao Forest Wildlife World




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