Qingdao City (青岛市), which means ‘green island’, is a major coastal city along the Yellow Sea in Shandong Province of northeast China. The city is famous for its seaside scenery, natural conservation and outstanding urban planning. Qingdao City (青岛市) enjoys a high standard of living and is considered one of the most livable cities in China.
Due to its strategic location along the Yellow Sea and close proximity to Japan and the Korean Peninsula, Qingdao City (青岛市) has long traditions of being a major seaport and naval base.
In recent histories, Qingdao City (青岛市) has been occupied by foreign colonial forces, in particular Germany and Japan. German forces seized the city from the Qing Dynasty in 1897 and started the construction of a German settlement there. Qingdao City (青岛市) is one of the very few venues in Asia that participated in World War I when a small British naval force attacked the German colony there in 1914. Today, there are still remnants of western-style colonial buildings in the city that has been transformed into tourist attractions.
Major tourist attractions include the Eight Great Passes (八大关), Tianhou Temple (天后宫), Zhan Bridge (栈桥) and Dumpling Peninsula Hill (团岛山). In particular, the Eight Great Passes is an area of old Qingdao that features colonial German and Japanese buildings. Qingdao City (青岛市) is also home to the world’s longest sea bridge the Qingdao Haiwan Bridge. Qingdao City (青岛市) hosted the sailing events for the 2008 Olympic Games. Its beaches are one of the few places in China that are favorable for wind surfing.
Apart from its rich resources of seafood, Qingdao City (青岛市) is well-known for its Tsingtao Brewery, descended from the Germania Brewery established in 1903. It now produces the world famous Tsingdao Beer that is exported worldwide. A Qingdao International Beer Festival is held annually in the August / September period.
In recent years, Qingdao City (青岛市) has also become very popular among Korean expatriates in China and there are a large number of Korean enterprises based in the city.
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