Check out our guide to life in Qingdao

Qingdao is a major seaport, naval base and industrial city on the south facing coast of China’s Shandong Peninsula. Many westerners know Qingdao best as the home of Tsingtao Brewery, producers of Tsingtao beer, China’s most famous export beer. Although the German colonial period in Qingdao only lasted 16 years (1891–1914), the architectural impact can be seen to this day, with a number of German style buildings still throughout the city centre. Foodies will enjoy Qingdao’s distinct style of cuisine called Lu Cai, along with seafood caught fresh from the ocean. 

Qingdao Fast Facts

Prefecture-level and Sub-provincial city 
Settled – 4,100 to 2,600 BCE 
Population – 9,046,200

Qingdao Weather

Hottest Month August (26 °C avg)
Coldest Month January (-1 °C avg)
Wettest Month July (73.9 mm avg)
Windiest Month April (18 km/h avg)
Annual Rainfall 259.8 mm (per year)

10 Things to See and Do in Qingdao

Tsingtao Brewery Museum

The world-famous brewery offers tours, informative displays, beer tasting and snacks. 

Qingdao Aquarium

Marvel at the variety of marine life on display at this established seaside aquarium.


Qingdao City has three public beaches where you can enjoy water sports and sunbathing. 

Zhanshan Temple

This active Buddhist sanctuary includes a bell tower, stupa, Buddha and prayer halls.

Mount Lao

Take a hike or cable car on Laoshan, a mountain regarded as one of the “cradles of Taoism”.


German style architecture, beautiful scenery and plenty of beachside activities to enjoy.  

Lu Xun Park

Dedicated to famous writer Lu Xun, this park perfectly blends natural and cultural elements.

Naval Museum

Naval history buffs will enjoy the exhibits and artefacts, submarine, plane and ship tours. 

Yangkou Scenic Area

Ride the cable car to the scenic area for ocean views and large inscriptions in the rockface.   

May Fourth Square

Take a relaxing seafront stroll around this square with grassy areas and huge sculpture. 

Cost Of Living

Cinema 60 6.85 12.52 124.78
Water 2 0.23 0.42 4.18
Beer in a bar 19 2.17 3.96 39.51
Beer in a shop 4 0.46 0.84 8.35
Coke 3 0.34 0.63 6.27
Meal at a cheap restaurant 18 2.05 3.75 37.43
Meal at an average restaurant 35 3.99 7.30 72.79
Meal at a high end restaurant 85 9.70 17.73 176.77
Gym per month 200 22.83 41.72 415.92
City bus 2 0.23 0.42 4.18
Monthly utility bills (electricity, heating, water, rubbish) 430 49.08 89.69 894.23
Loaf of bread 6 0.68 1.67 12.48

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