Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Qīngdǎo

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 Qīngdǎo

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…
Taoist Temple in Tài'ān

Dài Temple

This magnificent Taoist temple complex is where all Tài’ān roads lead, being the traditional first stop on the pilgrimage route up Tài Shān. The grounds are an impressive example of Song-dynasty (960–1127) temple co…
Confucian Temple in Qūfù

Confucius Temple

Like shrines to Confucius throughout China and Asia, this is more museum than altar. The heart of the complex is the huge yellow-eaved Dàchéng Hall (大成殿; Dàchéng Diàn), which in its present form dates from 1724. Cra…
Museum in Qūfù

Confucius Mansion

Next to Confucius Temple is this maze of living quarters, halls, studies and further studies. The mansion buildings were moved from the temple grounds to the present site in 1377 and vastly expanded into 560 rooms i…
Historic Site in Pénglái

Pénglái Pavilion

About 75km northwest of Yāntái perched on a bluff overlooking the waves, the 1000-year-old Pénglái Pavilion is closely entwined with Chinese mythology and the Taoist legend of the Eight Immortals Crossing the Sea. T…
Cemetery in Qūfù

Confucius Forest

About 2km north of town on Lindao Lu is the peaceful Confucius Forest, a cemetery of pine and cypress covering 200 hectares bounded by a 10km-long wall. Confucius and more than 100,000 of his descendants have been b…
Historic Site in Wéifāng

Shíhù Garden

This Ming dynasty courtyard home belonged to Ding Shanbao, a Jiāngsū merchant who at one time owned half the town. In 1885 he restored the property as his private residence and put the focus on its garden, considere…
Park in Yāntái

Yāntái Hill Park

This quaint park of stone paths, leafy gardens and ocean vistas is also a museum of Western treaty port architecture. Wolf-dung fires burned continuously along the smoke terrace above, beginning in the 14th-century …
Park in Qīngdǎo

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…