The Switzerland of the Orient, Qingdao City lies in the southeast side of the Shengdong Province. It is one of the largest industrial cities and port cities in China. It has an area of 10654 square kilometers and a population of about seven million people. The city is open for tourism and trade. For thirty three years up until 1949, Qingdao China was a colony of Germany and Japan. To the east of Qingdao which is a short distance from the Yellow Sea, there is Korea and Japan, making Qingdao an important city used for international trade. Therefore, Qingdao has a great deal of European architecture. This foreign architecture now beautifies this seaside city.
Qingdao City has some first class harbors set up with international transportation links. Ocean going ships with over 10,000 tons can load and unload at the harbor. The Huangdao Wharf is a large oil wharf that can be used by oil tankers of 200,000 tons. The rail, road, and transportation facilities are also perfect.
Qingdao City is an important base for light industry and for the textile and chemical industries. Also, machine building has grown in importance. The output value of the rubber industry ranks second in the country and its profit margins ranks third. In the field of electronics and household electrical appliances there are a series of brand names and high quality products have been developed and large enterprise groups have come into existence.
Qingdao City is a seaside city with beautiful beaches and beautiful mountains. Laoshang is a mountain area that covers about 400 square kilometers is a well known scenic area. The hot spring in Jimouri, the mausoleum of 500 martyrs in Tianheng, the Nanlan Relic in Laixi, and the Gucheng Relic are the areas premier attractions. The special local made products include beer, wine, embroidery and shell pictures. The weather in Qingdao is usually mild with four distinct seasons with the most pleasant seasons being spring and autumn.
The Qingdao Municipal Government recognizes the importance of the tourism industry and has further plans to develop the tourism industry in Qingdao In order to enhance the tourism industry, Qingdao now sponsors The Qingdao International Beer Festival, The Qingdao International Sea Festival, Beach Culture Festival, The Sea Affection Festival, and The Summer of Qingdao Festival.
Qingdao offers food with a distinctive flavor especially when dealing with seafood. Take the time to enjoy the delicious seafood of Qingdao City. Another colonial legacy is the brewery which provides beer labeled with its former name, Tsingtao. Qingdao beer is sold worldwide and is regarded as the country's best beer.
Qingdao is the home of the eponymous beer, safe swimming beaches, beautiful cathedrals, and so many sea food restaurants that you will not know which way to turn Qingdao is a great travel destination. Surrounded by the sea on three sides Qingdao attracts many tourists with its charming seascape. Sights such as the Eight Passes Villas, The Zhan Bridge, Wusi Square, and Mount Laoshang will help you to remember Qingdao. Just walking on the sand and listening to the waves break will be enjoyable.