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Qingdao Introduction

Qingdao, a beautiful seaside city, is located in the southeast part of Shandong Province. To the east, a short distance across the Yellow Sea, lie Korea and Japan, making Qingdao an important city for international trade.
For thirty three years, up to 1949, Qingdao was a colony of Germany and Japan. Thus, Qingdao has a great deal of European architecture. This foreign architecture -a remnant of the colonial past- now beautifies this seaside city.
The red roofs, green trees, blue sea, and azure sky form a bright and colorful picture of Qingdao. The city is sometimes known as the Switzerland of the Orient.
Surrounded by the sea o­n three sides, Qingdao attracts many tourists with its charming seascape. Sights like the Eight Passes Villas, the Zhan Bridge, Wusi Square, Mt. Laoshan, will help you remember Qingdao. Just walking o­n the sand and listening to the surf breaking o­n the beach becomes enjoyable.
Qingdao offers food with distinctive flavors--especially seafood. So take this chance to enjoy the delicious seafood of Qingdao. Also, Qingdao is the home of the famous Qingdao (Tsingtao) Beer. Have a bottle of pure Qingdao Beer right here in Qingdao!
The Qingdao Municipal Government recognizes the importance of the tourism industry and has further plans to develop tourism in Qingdao. To enhance the tourism industry, Qingdao now sponsors the Qingdao International Beer Festival, the Qingdao International Sea Festival, Beach Culture Festival, the Sea Affection Festival, and the Summer of Qingdao Festival.
In cooperation with the Beijing Olympic Games 2008, Qingdao will hold the Sailing Competition in the Olympic Games in 2008. This great event brings a great opportunity for this charming city to build its bright future.

Qingdao Traffic

By Air
Qingdao Liuting International Airport (TAO) is located 23 kilometers (19.9 miles) from the center of the city. Flights connect more than 30 large Chinese cities, as well as foreign cities such as Tokyo, Fukuoka and Osaka in Japan; Seoul, Inchon and Daegu in Korea; and Singapore and regional areas like Hong Kong and Macau.
Ticket office CAAC: No. 29, Zhongshan Road, at the portal of Hunan Road, near Zhan Bridge
Airport Inquiry Number: 0532-96567

Shuttle Bus
Bus No. 710 to and from airport and Haitian Hotel (on Hong Kong West Road)
From the airport to Haitian Hotel, the first bus leaves after the first flight arrives and the last bus leaves after the last flight arrives.
From Haitian Hotel to the airport, the first bus leaves at 6:00 and the last o­ne leaves at 20:00. The interval is 1 hour.
Bus fare: CNY 15 per person

Qingdao Coach Station (Sifang Hotel) to and from the airport
From the airport to Qingdao Coach Station, the first bus leaves at 9:00 and the last o­ne at 19:00. The interval is 1 hour.

From Qingdao Coach Station to the airport, the first bus leaves at 6:00, the last o­ne at 18:00. The interval is 1 hour.

The bus fare is CNY 10 or CNY 15.

By Train
Qingdao Railway Station is located at No. 2, Tai'an Road, near the Zhan Bridge (Zhanqiao).

Every day, there are thirty or so pairs of trains operating between Qingdao and other cities such as Beijing (about nine hours), Shanghai (about 19 hours), Guangzhou (about 28 hours), Wuchang, Nanchang, Xuzhou, Zhengzhou, Xian, Lanzhou, Xining, Chengdu, Taiyuan, Dandong, and also cities inside Shandong Province such as Jinan (four to six hours), Heze, Yantai (three and a half hours), Zibo (three to four hours), and Weihai. Except for trains to Zibo, Yantai and Weihai, trains stopover at Jinan.

Tips: You can hail a taxi in the street outside the railway station square rather than in the parking lot because it saves money. It is o­nly a couple of meters to the street. The basic charge is 7 RMB, and adding 1.2 RMB/Km over 4 Kms.

Qingdao Festivals

Qingdao International Beer Festival is a state-level large-scale festival with unique local characteristics. Organized for the first time in 1991, the festival is an annual event that is now in its twelfth year. During the festival, a series of cultural and trade activities will be arranged, including an opening ceremony, large-scale folk art performances, beer drinking contests, artistic float parades, entertainment, economic and trade talks, and a closing ceremony. After more than a decade’s development, the festival has become a jamboree for the citizens, and a beautiful card for the city and is now known to more and more people worldwide.
As the largest beer festival in Asia, millions of domestic and foreign visitors come to take part each year. Last year, the total participants surpassed 2 million, and the total beer consumption reached 520,000 liters (tons), hitting an all-time high.
This year is the 100-year anniversary of the founding of Tsingtao Brewery. QIBF will create a more joyous atmosphere to cater for this celebration.

Qingdao International Fashion Week------Qingdao’s textile and garment industry has a long history. The city, together with Shanghai and Tianjin, enjoys a good reputation in China for textiles. Qingdao International Fashion Week is an important worldwide specialized economic and trade event developed by the city government in light of the city’s traditional advantage in the textile and garment industry, and the present-day global economic development.
The main activities during the fashion week include an international garment and ornament show, an international master designers’ products show & international famous brand investment and trade fair, news briefings, garment design competitions, international fashion forums, college students’ fashion design competitions, and economic and trade talks for international procurement companies.
As an international event, QIFW has drawn the close attention of the industry worldwide. During the previous sessions, more than 700 domestic and overseas companies took part, which involved a total of 2,132 international standard stands, a transaction value of RMB7.45 billion and an investment value of USD 120 million.
The 2003 Qingdao International Fashion Week will feature “fashion, brand and competitiveness” and will create an international platform for information exchange and business cooperation.

Ocean Festival China ------Ocean Festival China will fully exhibit Qingdao’s strength in marine resources, marine science and technology, marine-related industries and marine culture. Since its debut in 1999, the annual event has already exerted a great influence in China.

Centering around the theme of “Embrace the Ocean and Seek Common Development”, the 2003 session will be devoted to carrying forward marine culture, popularizing marine science and technology, promoting the development and utilization of marine resources, and enhancing the consciousness for ocean environmental protection. Many excellent programs will be held among the beautiful and splendid summer scenery where famous scholars, business people and artists mingle. A magnificent opening ceremony, colorful cultural and sports activities, including superb model contests and exciting water events will be arranged for domestic and foreign tourists.

Qingdao Service Telephones

Qingdao Travel agency: 0532-85912029
Traveling consultation center: 0532-82962000
Traveling suit: 0532-85912000
Train ticket inquires: 0532-82975022
Team ticket inquires: 0532-83773833
Plane ticket inquires: 0532-84715777

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