"Qingdao - seaside colonial town" Top 5 Page for this destination Qingdao by hooiluangoh
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Tsingtao beer is not just a brand. It comes from Qingdao (Tsingtao was a spelling before Hanyupinyin was introduced). Somehow the name sticks. It's like Peking instead of Beijing.
And to those who know how Qingdao is written in Chinese, do not be misled. This city is not an island or on an island AT ALL. When one mentions "Dao" in Shandong, it can be an island, or more likely a peninsula (ban dao).
This town/city (whatever you want to call it) is one of the best in Northern China in terms of living standards and air quality.
But just over 100 years ago, it was only a fishing village. The Chinese government (Qing dynasty then) must have realised its strategic importance because in 1891 they started to develop some kind of defence around the area. However, in 1897, Qingdao and its surrounding (called Jiaozhou collectively) became a "concession area" of the Germans who, in 15 years (salute to you Germans!!) developed its port, built the railroad, threw in a beer factory(Tsingtao - you got it right!) and generally turned the place into a German town. Once initiated, the process has never turned back since.
But the road was not smooth. The Japanese invaded China, they robbed Qingdao off the Germans in 1914. And somehow with the defeat of Japan in WWII, Qingdao returned to its motherland in 1949. It was kinda a twist of fate. I would imagine if the Japanese did not do this, Qingdao would have been a German city until year 1997 (99-year-concession, like HongKong).
In sum, it does not boast history like many other Chinese cities. It is more like Hong Kong, Macao and Shanghai for that matter, all were "fisihing viillage turned phoenix", thanks to the colonial powers.
At present it's beyong dispute this is the most economic vibrant city in Shandong province, surpassing its inland provincial capital Jinan.
Besides Tsingtao, Haier, an up and coming electrical item brandname, also comes from here. And and in 2008 Olympics, the sailing competition will be held here.
The sea is so blue. The air is clear.
The coastline is so walkable. 40KM long wooden footpath awaits you.
During summertime, the bathing beaches are open to public for a swim.
The sea water is clear (though the crowd and the swimmers sptting into the sea make me think otherwise, sometimes)
And lots of shellfish are farmed here, including the priced abalone and sea cucumbers.
The authorities put efforts in making the city look green, and of course the weather is conducive.
Boat trips are available. They take you to numerous spots (depending on the ticket you buy) so you get a good view of... more travel advice
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