First Stop Professionals
Make your first stop, the right stop.
Qingdao, which is also the home of F.S. Pros, is located in the southeast of Shandong Province. The city itself is known throughout China for being beautiful and clean (for China) as well as for its beer and beaches.
History: Qingdao is one of the youngest cities in all of China and it spent most its life as a fishing village and a fort, though just outside of that old fishing village is Mount Lao, which is considered to be one of the birthplaces of Taoism. Aside from some legendary history and pilgrims passing through Qingdao history does not begin until it was colonized by the Germans. Though this really is only the small area now know as Old Qingdao and Qingdao proper only started to appear in the 1980's as China opened its doors to trading with western cultures. To emphasize its newness the name Qingdao was only given to the city roughly 80 years ago.
Climates: Qingdao is dry, yes it is surrounded by the ocean, but it is dry. Let me put it this way, cities in Texas see almost double the amount of rain. Qingdao will see roughly 600mm or 23 inches of rain a year. Though that said, it is a humid city and there is always moisture in the air, so fog can be an issue in between seasons. Aside from the dryness, Qingdao has no extremes to speak of. The temperature remains average all year around, never too hot or cold. No extreme storms, nothing that could make you think of Qingdao's weather as anything other than bland. Thogh thanks to the ocean and the mountains that surround the wind can be quite strong and is generally the reason the summer never gets that hot.
Attractions: Qingdao being a young city has very little to see (no matter what the locals tell you.) The beach, the beer and pleasant hikes are what make Qingdao. Mind you if you have never travelled through Europe the colonial architecture will likely appear and areas such as Badaguan all the way to St Emil are dotted with Colonial architecture. If you are looking to see ancient monks and pagodas, Qingdao is not for you, but if you want to get a real sense of what modern China is all about, definitely take a stop by and try the Là chǎo gélí (Stir-fried Spicy Clams) and a fresh, crisp Tsingtao beer straight from the tap.
The number of Non-Chinese: more than 200,000
Qingdao Liuting Airport is located roughly 30 km north of downtown Qingdao on the edge of Chengyang district. Though the new Qingdao Jiaodong International Airport (set to be finished in 2019) will be located in Jiaozhou roughly 35 km west of central Qingdao.
There is one metro line with 3-5 more set for completion in the next 3 years. The ticket price ranges from 2-8 RMB.
There are 2 train stations in Qingdao, Qingdao Station & Qingdao North station.
Bus: The ticket price is usually 1 or 2 RMB.