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Take a walk along the coast in Qingdao

We have talked about Qingdao(青岛) many times before, so some of you may wonder what does it mean in Chinese. Literally, Qīng (青) means “green” or “lush”, while dǎo (岛) means “island”. Lying across the Shandong Peninsula and facing the Yellow Sea, though Qingdao itself is not an island, it is a beautiful city with offshore islands and a coastline of length around 800 km (500 miles). Taking a walk along the seaside is definitely one of the best choices to spend one or more days in Qingdao. Then what are the places that you may go?
Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center(青岛奥帆中心)

The Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center, also called the Qingdao International Sailing Center, is a sailing marina located on the former site of the Beihai Shipyard by Qingdao’s Fushan Bay (浮山湾). It was constructed for the 2008 Summer Olympics and has hosted multiple Olympic and Paralympic Sailing competitions. Besides enjoying the sunshine during the day, watching the laser light show at night would also be pleasant.

Admission Fee: Free
Opening Hours: Whole day

InternChina - Views of the Olympic Sailing Center
InternChina – Views of the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center

May 4th Square (五四广场)

As a symbol of Qingdao, the May 4th Square is located between the municipal government building and Fushan Bay and it covers an area of 10 hectares (24.7 acres). Named after the nationwide protest May Fourth Movement that started in Qingdao, the square is best recognized by the spiral sculpture entitled “Wind of May”. During the day, it is filled with visitors on the ground and kites in the air. What’s more, with the moist air and soft sea breeze, it is a wonderful place to go for a walk after dinner.

Admission Fee: Free
Opening Hours: Whole day

InternChina - Views of the May 4th Square
InternChina – Views of the May 4th Square

Zhanqiao Pier (栈桥)

In addition to the May 4th Square, Zhanqiao Pier is another historic symbol of Qingdao and it can be regarded as old as Qingdao City. Currently, Zhanqiao Pier is the first stop for many travellers coming by train as it is just about 0.48 km (0.3 miles) from Qingdao Railway Station. At the south end of the bridge is a Chinese style octagon pavilion, called Huilan Pavilion, standing in contrast to European buildings in the background.

Admission Fee: Free for Zhanqiao Pier; CNY 4 for Huilan Pavilion
Opening Hours: Whole day for Zhanqiao Pier; 7:00 to 19:00 (peak season), and 8:00 to 17:30 (low season) for Huilan Pavilion

InternChina - Views of Zhanqiao Pier and Huilan Pavilion
InternChina – Views of Zhanqiao Pier and Huilan Pavilion

No. 1 Bathing Beach  (第一海水浴场)

Reputed for its crystal water, gentle slope, mild waves and soft sand, the No.1 Bathing Beach is situated on Huiquan Bay (汇泉湾). The beach was first built in 1901 by the Germans. At present, the beach covers an area of 3.6 hectares (8.9 acres) and is well equipped with showers, entertainment such as bars and cafes as well as a security monitoring system covering the whole beach to ensure the safety of visitors. During summer, there are many people coming here to swim or simply enjoy the sunshine. For those who are interested, July, August and September is the best time to visit.

Admission Fee: Free
Opening Hours: Whole day

InternChina - View of the No.1 Bathing Beach
InternChina – View of the No.1 Bathing Beach

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