A three-day itinerary for visiting Shandong

(chinadaily.com.cn )| Updated : 2018-09-03

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Qingdao began offering 72-hour visa-free entry for international transit passengers from 51 countries on Nov 16, 2015.

Transit passengers from 51 countries including France, the United States, Italy, Brazil, Australia, South Korea, Japan and Singapore can stay 72-hours within Shandong province after they have entered China via Qingdao International Airport, as long as they have third-country visas and confirmed plane tickets to leave for another country within the time limit.

The below provides a suggested itinerary for a three-day trip in Shandong province.

Day One: touring Qingdao

With white beaches, European-style architecture, well-preserved heritage and the Laoshan Mountains, a sacred site for Taoists, Qingdao has long attracted tourists from around the world.

In the morning you can visit the Badaguan scenic area. Known for its garden villas and Western-style buildings, the Badaguan scenic area has been labeled a "world expo of architecture". 

With its year-round blossoms and green leaves, it is perfect for sightseeing at any time, whether on foot or by car. Built during the late 1800s and early 1900s when Qingdao was a German concession, it is testimony to the city's century-old evolution.


Tsingtao Beer Museum. [Photo/qingdaonews.com]  

If you are a beer buff, then Tsingtao Beer Museum is a must-go in the city, which is home to the world-famous Tsingtao Beer. 

The museum is located at No 58 Dengzhou Road, the "birthplace of Tsingtao beer" where for more than a century Tsingtao has produced its quality beverage for domestic and international markets.

Divided into history & culture of a century and production and multi-media sections, the Tsingtao Beer Museum covers over 6,000 square meters and gives visitors a rare insight into the origins and long history of Tsingtao Beer.

The first floor of the museum's multi-media area gives up to 100 visitors at a time a chance to taste some fresh Tsingtao beer before they browse for souvenirs. The second floor hosts an array of interactive equipment, which is both entertaining and educational.


Laoshan Mountain of Qingdao, Shandong province.[Photo/qingdaonews.com]

In the afternoon, you can visit Laoshan Mountain, which is famous for being one of the cradles of Taoism, as well as for its historic temples. It is only one hour's drive from downtown Qingdao.

The ancient trees, together with plentiful birds and more than 1,000 kinds of flowers in spring and summer, help make Laoshan popular with nature lovers.

One of the most attractive spots is Beijiushui - or North Nine Waters - which flow through many bends, each noted as "a water".

The mountain is also known for its mineral water, which is said to invigorate digestion and circulation - perhaps one of the reasons Tsingtao Beer is so popular.

Laoshan Taoism has a very long history. It exerted a great influence as early as 2,300 years ago.

Taiqing Palace is the oldest and largest Taoist temple on Laoshan Mountain, dating back 2,100 years. Built during the Western Han Dynasty (206BC-AD24), the complex reached its current size - 30,000 sq m with 140 structures - during the Song Dynasty.


Photo taken on May 7, 2018 shows the night view of Fushan Bay in Qingdao, East China's Shandong province. [Photo/Xinhua]

At night, you will want to enjoy the spectacular view of the coastal city. Some of the best destinations are May Fourth Square, Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center and Fushan Bay.

Pichaiyuan is the snack area where you can taste all kinds of traditional Qingdao snacks such as fried dumplings, tofu jelly and shrimp wontons. There are about 40 restaurants in the courtyard on Zhongshan Road in Shinan district.

You can also visit the Qingdao Beer Street on Dengzhou Road in Shibei district, which boasts more than 50 bars and eateries. It is impossible to miss, as the road is painted green.

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