Qingdao is a Chinese port city in the east of Shandong province. From 1898 to 1919 the city belonged as a colony to the German Empire. The coastal metropolis is known worldwide for its beer called Tsingtao, which has its origin in the German colonial era. On the coast of Qingdao in 2008 the sailing competitions of the Olympic Summer Games in Beijing were held.
Today, Qingdao has about 8 million inhabitants, and especially in the German district (German Concession), one could easily forget being in China if there wouldn’t be Chinese characters and skyscrapers in the background.
Qingdao is one of the few major seaside resorts in the People’s Republic of China with its six beaches, the second of which is the most beautiful.