Qingdao Travel Guide

Activities & Events

Beaches

Qingdao has some wonderful beaches worthy of visiting. Unfortunately, litter is a problem at all of them, ranging from the occasional cigarette butt to having to wade through a flotsam of trash just to get into the ocean itself. Your experience will vary depending on the tides and the time of year you visit. During summer weekends, Qingdao city beaches are very crowded (sometimes upwards of 100,000 people), and slightly less crowded on summer weekdays. Again, these can be packed full of people during the weekends. Bring sunscreen, while you can buy beach toys, food, drinks, and knick-knacks at any of Qingdao's beaches, surprisingly no one sells sunscreen at the beach itself. You can find bathing beaches all along the seaside from the Zhanqiao Pier to the Shilaoren Beach in the eastern suburbs.

Laoshan BeachSurrounded by mountains and visited far less often than its alternatives, Laoshan Beach is one of the best in town. Make sure to arrange transportation there and back, because taxis are harder to get there.
Old Stone Man BeachDonghai E Rd and Haikou Rd ( - )Hours: dailyPrice: Free; Shower and changing 10 at the cheapest. Locker additional 10 + 30 depositOne of the best beaches within easy striking distance of the city. It is cleanish, very long and broad, with the highest waves. Tables, chairs, tents, boats, shower, changing facilities etc. are available for rent.
Beach #1Nanhai Rd Hours: DailyPrice: Free. 5 shower and changing facilitiesClean and full of amusement for children but often crowded. Very basic shower and changing facilities available. Surrounded by restaurants and hotels.
Beach #2Shanhaiguan Rd ( Shnhigun L)Price: 2 in summerQuiet beach.
Beach #3 (City Beach)Has a "plastic island" so you can swim far away and have a rest before coming back (but it is sometimes exhausting to swim in the waves).
Beach #6 (Muscle Beach)Price: 5 basic shower and changing facilitiesNot very clean.
International Beer Festival

Qingdao International Beer Festival, held at the end of August every year, is a celebration of Qingdao's brewing heritage. During the daytime, there are official ceremonies that celebrate Qingdao's heritage as well as carnival type rides, food and games. In the evening, the event really picks up as crowds flock to huge tents set up by each beer company with a presence in China.

One can sit down and order beer or snacks. The price of food at night during the festival may be beyond budgets of some.

One can also watch (or participate in) various performances such as karaoke, concerts, auctions, or comedy. The entertainment itself is tame and bland.

The International Beer Festival, unfortunately, no longer seems to have much of an international presence save the beer. Much of what you see now can be found at any Chinese carnival, park or civic celebration.

Other
HuangdaoProviding there isn't persistent fog as is often in the area, one can take a ferry from Qingdao port to the neighbouring district of Huangdao. The city has mostly been built in the last 10-15 years and thus is completely devoid of character. That said, there are plenty of Japanese hostess bars, and a few Western drinking holes too, if you get tired of Qingdao's fare. The ferry prices generally range from 15-30 one way, but be advised that if the ferries aren't running the taxi fare is 200+ back to Qingdao.
Seafront walkWalk along the sea front in the evening from Beach 2 back into town to 6.

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