Qingdao is located on the southwestern tip of the Shandong Peninsula, facing Jiaozhou Bay and the Yellow Sea. The surrounding verdant hills and pine forests inspired its name, meaning "Green Island." Although founded as a fishing village, Qindao was occupied by Germany late in the 19th century. It served as an important port for this country's naval forces until it was reclaimed by China in 1922.
Unique in this land of Taoist, Buddhist and Confucian influence, the city still exudes European charm. Admire the villas that adorn the hillsides, the main street named for Kaiser Wilhelm Strasse and the twin-spired Christian cathedral. This heritage also lives on in the red-tiled roofs of the Old German Quarter and in the world-famous brew that is made from the mineral waters of the nearby Laoshan mountain region.
Blessed with beautiful landscapes, a mild climate and extensive beaches, Qingdao attracts vacationers from all over China.