Qingdao is in the Shandong province of Eastern China with a population of close to 8 million. The city’s name Qing (青) in Chinese means “green” or “lush,” while dao (岛) means “island.”
Qingdao is a beach town with a relaxed atmosphere. It hosted the sailing events of the China 2008 Olympics and therefore has a large marina. The town is crammed full of coffee shops, restaurants and small bars along with lots of shopping areas, including a very cheap and lively night market. The city is divided into two parts, the old and new; the old has lots of interesting buildings of German architecture as well as some churches..
The teaching team here is very close and most weekends everyone meets up to spend the day at the beach, climb the local mountains or have a picnic in Zhongshan Park, which also has a sizable zoo.
Of course, Qingdao is also home to its famous brewery and Beer Street, giving the city a relaxed and entertaining vibe not found anywhere else in China.
- Population: 9 million
- Public Transportation: 1 international airport, 1 high-speed railway station, 4 subway lines, 1 international ferry terminal (to Japan & Korea), hundreds of bus routes, taxis
- Language: Mandarin, local dialects
- Climate: Temperate, four distinct seasons
- EF Flagship School opened 2001
What Makes Qingdao Unique?
- The city is considered a major seaport and is home to the world’s longest sea bridge, the Naval Base Bridge
- Qingdao is also home to the famous Tsingtao (pronounced “Ching-dow” – don’t ask us why!) Brewery. This beer is known for its cheap cost while maintaining taste. Visit the brewery to learn more about the beer-making process and get free samples
- The sailing events for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing were held in Qingdao. There are several annual sporting events held here as well
- The International Beer Festival, held annually in August, draws enthusiasts from all over the world in celebration of hops, ale and all things brew
- The city has some of China’s most unique international architecture, thanks to Germany’s occupation of the city during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Take a walk during your teaching English breaks and experience this amazing city