Fly to Qingdao via Qingdao Liuting International Airport, the main airport serving the Eastern side of China. It is 31 kilometres away from the city centre. Handling more than 5 million passengers annually, Qingdao Liuting International Airport boasts world-class amenities that cater to all kinds of flyers. One highlight worth mentioning would be the battery chargers widely available around the airport, catering to over 20 different models to ensure everyone stays connected to their loved ones far away. This thoughtful gesture by the airport shows us how much they believe in providing a well-rounded experience, positively influencing people's mindsets of the city. Information counters are located at 4 different spots, while a general inquiry hotline is available 24 hours!
Make your way to the main city on one of the three luxurious airport buses or by taxi. The buses each have a different route and stop at various fixed landmarks. As such, tourists could also use this bus as a sightseeing bus, with each landmark being announced on board, all for just a flat fee! Given the vast distance of the city centre from the airport, taking a taxi could be costly - although the starting rate of just 7 may be affordable for those visiting places near the airport.
Overlooking the Yellow Sea, Qingdao is a major seaport of trade and a naval base for the Chinese Army. Also, the climate here is a little different from the other inland cities of China, with spring arriving a month later in Qingdao. Located opposite the straits of Korea, Qingdao also is home to a large number of Koreans. Its zigzag coast makes it popular with many fishmongers, as the seas are abundant with fish and other shellfish.
Attractions in Qingdao include its beautiful beaches and ports. Even for the locals, visiting the Qingdao beaches is a must in the summer. The most impressive beach, Shilaoren beach, which means 'old stone man', is named after a nearby rock that looks like an old man waiting for his daughter to return. Nearby is Zhongshan Park, a scenic spot where Japanese cherry blossoms bloom in spring. Visit the Little West Lake and Sun-Wen Lotus Pond for photo-taking opportunities.
Creative 100 is an art space where you can sip Chinese tea, attend a concert or shop for trinkets. Or visit the iconic red May Wing in May Fourth Square where, on a pleasant day, you will find young people flying kites.
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