No 6 Bathing Beach


This is the closest beach to the Old Town, and a great spot come early evening, when the buildings around the bay are illuminated. No 6 Bathing Beach is a short strip of sand and tide pools, next to Zhan Bridge, the pier that reaches into the bay. At the tip of the pier, the eight-sided Huilan Pavilion is a graceful sight, though it's often packed to the rafters.

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1. Huilan Pavilion

0.34 MILES

Lit up at night, this graceful pavilion decorates the end of Zhan Bridge poking into Qingdao Bay. If it looks familiar, that’s because it’s on every…

2. St Michael’s Cathedral

0.49 MILES

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…

3. Tianhou Temple

0.59 MILES

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…

4. 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…

5. Little Qingdao

0.72 MILES

In the shape of a qín (a stringed instrument) jutting into Qingdao Bay, this former island – which lends its name to the city – was connected to the…

6. Qingdao City Art Museum

0.87 MILES

Contemporary works are on display in this compact museum housed in its own architectural masterpiece, a 1930s structure reflecting an eclectic mix of…

7. Governor’s House Museum

0.88 MILES

This museum is one of Qingdao’s best examples of concession-era architecture – the former German governor’s residence constructed in the style of a German…

8. Signal Hill Park

0.89 MILES

This park above Qingdao's Old Town is free to enter from 6am to 7.30am and from 6pm to 8.30pm.