Qingdao attractions

Top Choice Museum in Qingdao

Han Dynasty Brick Museum

Thirty years ago, Zhang Xinkuan was a young army officer laying a road in Hénán province when he noticed the huge granite slabs they were smashing into gravel were covered in exquisite carvings. Thus began his life'…
Top Choice Church in Qingdao

St Michael’s Cathedral

Up a hill off Zhongshan Lu looms this grand Gothic- and Roman-style edifice. Completed in 1934, the church spires were supposed to be clock towers, but Chancellor Hitler cut funding of overseas projects and the plan…
Park in Qingdao

Zhōngshān Park

Within central Qīngdǎo, Zhōngshān Park is a vast 69 hectares of lakes, gardens and walking paths; it's an amusement park for kids and is also the venue of lively festivals in the spring and summer. In the park’s nor…
Museum in Qingdao

Governor’s House Museum

This museum is one of Qīngdǎo’s best examples of concession-era architecture – the former German governor’s residence constructed in the style of a German palace. The building’s interior is characteristic of Jugends…
Brewery in Qingdao

Tsingtao Beer Museum

For a self-serving introduction to China’s iconic beer, head to the original and still-operating brewery. On view are old photos, preserved brewery equipment and statistics, but there are also a few fascinating glim…
Temple in Qingdao

Tiānhòu Temple

This small restored temple dedicated to Tiānhòu (天后), the patron of seafarers, has stood by the shore since 1467. The main hall contains a colourful statue of the goddess, flanked by fearsome guardians. There is als…
Lighthouse in Qingdao

Little Qīngdǎo

In the shape of a qín (a stringed instrument) jutting into Qīngdǎo Bay, this former island – which lends its name to the city – was connected to the mainland in the 1940s. The Germans built the white lighthouse in 1…
Beach in Qingdao

Shílǎorén Beach

On the far east side of town in Láo Shān district, this 2.5km-long strip of clean sand is Qīngdǎo’s largest and has the highest waves in town (decent for bodyboarding); it can be very quiet in the morning too. The ‘…
Church in Qingdao

Protestant Church

On a street of German buildings, this copper-capped beauty was designed by Curt Rothkegel and built in 1908. The interior is simple and Lutheran in its sparseness, apart from some carvings on the pillar cornices. Yo…
Mountain in Qingdao

Tàipíng Hill

Rising up on the northeast side of Zhōngshān Park, Tàipíng Hill hosts Qīngdǎo TV Tower at its summit, connected to the base by a scenic cable car.