is a picturesque coastal city that lies on the
southern tip of China's Shandong Peninsula, located
in JiaoZhou Bay facing the Yellow Sea. Qingdao,
with an annual average temperature of 12.2°C,
is also a well-known holiday resort in China.
Qingdao has seven urban districts and five county
level cities under its jurisdiction with 10,645
square kilometers of land and a population of
more than 8.7 million. Before troops were garrisoned
here by the imperial court of Qing in 1891, Qingdao
had been a small fishing village.
It became a German concession in 1897
and was occupied by invading Japanese soldiers
when the First World War broke out in 1914. The
famous May 4th Movement was launched in 1919 and
protesters, against the then Chinese government
yielding to Japanese pressure, demanded the recommencement
of sovereignty over Qingdao. The city reverted
to Chinese rule in 1922, but was occupied by Japan
again during the Second World War. After World
War II Qingdao served as the headquarters of the
Western Pacific Fleet of the US Navy.
The USS Alaska, allowed by the KMT,
occupied Tsingtao, China in October 1945. On June
2nd, 1949, the CCP's Red Army entered Qingdao
City; Shandong and Qingdao's municipalities have
been under PRC control since that time.
one of China's most important independent coastal cities
with state planning and budgeting powers including provincial
power in economic management, the city has recently
experienced rapid growth. The Qingdao Economic and Technological
Development Zone (QETDZ), located in Huangdao, along
with the new Central Business District (CBD) near the
Qingdao International Marina & Water Sports Center,
east of May 4th Square and the city government building,
combine to form Shandong's premier coastal business
Mecca. Its major industries include trade, light industry,
pharmaceuticals, tourism and oceanography research.
Qingdao is well known for its European
architecture and attractive coastal landscape.
With its abundance of natural beauty and growing
human resources, the year-round schedule of tourist
attractions and events, coupled with numerous
tourist facilities as well as an extensive public
transportation network, make Qingdao an ideal
tourist destination both at home and abroad.
2008, Qingdao hosted the Sailing Regattas of the 29th
Olympic Games as well as the 13th Paralympic Games and
in 2009 welcomed sailors from the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR
2008-2009). In February-March 2010 Qingdao will once
again welcome the sailors of the Clipper Round The World
Yacht Race. Qingdao is now considered China's Sailing
Qingdao Travel Attractions