五四广场 (wu si guang chang/the five four square)
Address; 山东省 青岛市 市南区东海西路
History of 五四广场 (the five four square)
五四广场(the five four square) gets name from the May 4th movement. This park was built for commemorating the May 4th movement. The big red thing is called 五月凤as the May’s wind. The fire red color expresses the May 4th movement’s anti-imperialist and anti- feudalism’s power.
五四广场(the five four square) has a very beautiful view specially at night. If you can visit there before 8 o’clock A.M., you will be able to see a lot of people setting up various stall. Most of them are selling something relative sea like shell pendant, ruby necklace. The most exciting thing is they are cheaper, and you can bargain them. But, be careful most of them especially stones are imitations.
“I think this place is very good for date because it has a very good view and no one will disturb you. I like the night scene the most. It is amazing. In summer, there are a lot of shops that sells some very interesting things “
“I like the night scene very much. This is a very good place for walking. I usually go there with my dogs. The sounds of the sea waves always make me feel at ease”
History of 八大关 (ba da guan)
八大关 (ba da guan) contains eight streets that their names are all from “关(guan)”. Therefore, this area is called “eight big 关 (guan)”. There are many buildings with classic European style. In the early 20 century, after Germany occupied Qingdao, this area became German residential area. The first building named “花石楼 (flower stone floor)” built in 1906, was German commander’s summer hunting house at first. This area has over 200 buildings that contains over 20 styles of building such as Russian, English, French, German, American and Japanese building styles. On the other hand, this is the best one to describe Qingdao’s feature (红瓦绿树 碧海蓝天 red roofs, green trees, emerald green sea and blue sky)
As you see from the following pictures there are many building style. As I said in “history of 八大关 (ba da guan)”, this place is the best one to describe Qingdao’s feature. Also, you are able to enjoy a great number of different buildings’ style. But, If you want to go shopping, I don’t recommend you to go there.
“If you go to 八大关 (ba da guan) in spring, summer or autumn, you will be able to enjoy the view very much. I like this place very much. There are many kinds of trees and many different buildings style. I really enjoyed it when I visited there”
“I like there because it has a really beautiful view. There is a wood bridge near 八大关 (ba da guan) that connect to 五四广场 (the five four square). I enjoyed the trees and buildings and the sea”
History of 中山公园 (zhong shan park)
中山公园 (zhong shan park) is the biggest comprehensiveness park in Qingdao. There are a great number of different trees in the park. Also, there are many events held in this park. The most popular event is the annual灯笼会 (lantern scaldfish) which held in midsummer. 灯笼会 (lantern scaldfish) is an event that There are a lot of natural views able to see in this park. Spring’s cherry trees and summer’s 灯笼会 (lantern scaldfish) are worth to visit.
I think 中山公园 (zhong shan park) has a very beautiful view especially in spring. When the cherry trees in full blossom, all park seems snowing because of the blossoms. I had joined 灯笼会 (lantern scalfish) once at night. It was very good that the lanterns seemed let me into a fairy tale. Also there were a lot of shops which sold lanterns or something related on them. There was a parade in 灯笼会 (lantern scalfish). I really recommend you to visit this park in spring or in summer.
“There are a lot of recreational facilities, I recommend you to visit there with your friends. The views are also beautiful”
“The park has a very good view. There is a copper man walking around the gate of 中山公园 (lantern scalfish), he’ll ask you to take some photos with him. I’ve never tried to do that, but if you are interested in it, you are able to do that. But be careful, he might ask you to give him money for the photos”
History of 啤酒博物馆 (beer museum)
The beer museum (啤酒博物馆) concentrated Chinese beer industry and Qingdao beer’s development. Also, it contains the process of technology, entertainment of beer and shopping. This beer museum is the sole beer museum in China.
In my opinion, the beer museum is really worth to visit. You will be able to see the whole process of producing a bottle of beer and the history of a great number of different beers from different countries. The most exciting thing is that you can taste a cup of beer which is not filtered. But, there isn’t selling drink except beer. So, if you want to visit there with your child, you will have to bring some water.
“There is a small room that when you enter in it, you’ll feel like got drunk. I love that room very much it is very interesting. Also, l like the peanuts offered when you bought beer “
“I think this is a very interesting museum. You can see many different raw materials of beer and also you are able to learn the history of beer. The raw materials of beer is very interesting, there were a lot of things which I had never seen”
History of 栈桥（trestle bridge）
栈桥(trestle bridge)is a kind of symbol of Qingdao. Tourists will be able to see crescent’s city outline throw walking slowly. 栈桥(trestle bridge) had over 100 year’s history. It was built in 1892 by 清 (qing) government for the convenience to carry military essentials. This place was very important for China in that age because this was the only place to carry ordnance materials.
栈桥(trestle bridge)had a good place to see Qingdao’s view. Unlike 五四广场 (the five four square) or some other parks, you have to walk slowly to see every detail. It just a view point present, but a long time ago, it was so important for China. Walking throws it and thinking about the history of it, you will be able to see another view.
“I like this place because I can see Qingdao’s beautiful sea, a great number of sea gulls’ flight and many boat’ slide from there. It’ll create a very beautiful painting when these views are matched”
“There are a lot of shells sold in a very cheap price at there. If you want some shells, I recommend you to visit there”
History of 第一海水浴场 (the first bathing beach)
A hundred year before, there was the place where flash men stopping their ships and basking their nets. After Germany occupied Qingdao, this place became a bathing beach. It has over 10th locker rooms made of woods and quips some rescue ships and some entertainments. Every summer this place will hold 20 thousand of people.
This is a very good place to swim. You can stay there whole day if you want. As I said before, there will be full with people in every summer which means there will be very crowded. Even though, still this is a good place to spend your summer days.
“There are so many people there in summer. You can enjoy ridding motorcycle on the sand. But be careful, there was a jellyfish”
“I like this place but usually there are so many people there. You can do a lot of interesting playing like sailing a boat”
History of 第二海水浴场 (the second beach)
After emancipated from war, a lot of Chinese leaders, chemists, artists, and foreign president had visited this place. 毛泽东 liked swimming very much, when he stayed in Qingdao in 1957, he visited there 5 times!
I think this place is also beautiful. Different from 第一海水浴场 (the first bathing beach), there aren’t so many people. Most of the visitors are leaders of China or other countries. Of course you can visit there. Because there are less people, you will be able to enjoy your privet time more!
“This place is less people than 第一海水浴场 (the first bathing beach) and it is clearer. It also has a beautiful sea but the sand is harder”
“I’m not usually visiting there because sometimes some company will bag this place and you can’t enter in. However, this is a good place for spending summer”
History of 极地海洋世界 (Qingdao polar ocean world)
The total investment sum of 极地海洋世界 (Qingdao polar ocean world) was 2 trillion dollar. It had finished in July 2006. The main head of this aquarium is the show and display of sea animals. 青岛极地海洋世界(Qingdao polar ocean world) is a synthetic service center for vacation that contains rest, entertainment and shopping.
I like this aquarium very much. I saw a great number of different fish. There were so beautiful. The most exciting thing was that there was an elevator and I could see a lot of fish swim over my head. Also, the dolphin’s show was very excellent. There was very beautiful and clear inside the aquarium.
“I like this place very much because there are a lot of good restaurants like clozo or 蟹之国 (xie zhi guo). Also I really enjoy visiting the really big sea dogs”
“I love this place. I really enjoyed the show of whales and dolphins. It was so good. Some lucky spectators can play with the dolphins and in the end they will kiss you”
History of 英伯尔池典 (ying bo er)
This is the place where you can enjoy sauna and bath house. This is a serves center for vacation and entertainment. The owner of the building is Korean, so there are a lot of Korean foods.
This is my favorite place. It really good for relax. The bath house is very clear. Interestingly, there is a seawater bath, that the water inside the bath is salty. The sauna rooms are fantastic. There are four different rooms which have different effect to your body. I love this place and I really recommend you to visit there.
“I like the sauna rooms very much. I really relaxed in there. Also the washing room was cool. I like the seawater bath most”
“I love there. The foods were very good. If you go to the third floor, you’ll be able to see a very beautiful view if the weather is good”
崂山（北九水）(lao shan mountain, North nine wather )
History of 崂山 (lao shan mountain)
崂山 is the main mountain of Shandong peninsula. This mountain’s height is 1132.7 meters and the main peak is called 巨峰 (ju feng). 崂山(lao shan mountain) has the highest peak coastline in China and it gains the name of the most famous mountain on the sea (第一名山the most famous mountain). There is an archaism “泰山虽云高 不如东海崂” it means that 泰山 (mount taishan) is higher, but it is not as good as 崂山 (lao shan mountain). Spring, summer and autumn are all the good season to visit the mountain.
I love this mountain. I remember that I saw a great beautiful view when I went there. You’ll be able to see a great number of different flowers and trees. Also you’ll have different feeling when you see the sea at peak of the mountain. If you’ll visit 崂山 (lao shan mountain), I recommend you to visit 北九水 (a part of the 崂山). You’ll be able to see very clear and beautiful water (actually river).
“The view is fantastic. I like rivers the most. Also I enjoyed the local food. It sells a lot of local snack, I didn’t buy it but they looked very good”
“I recommend you to visit there in spring, summer and autumn, but not in winter. I like the autumn most because I can see the trees’ color change”
Ranking of places of interest in Qingdao
Where do you like the most?
NO.1 八大关 (ba da guan)
NO.2 崂山（北九水）(lao shan mountain, North nine water)
NO.3 五四广场 (the five four square)，栈桥 (trestle bridge)，第一海水浴场(the first bathing beach)，极地海洋世界 (Qingdao polar ocean world)
No.4 啤酒博物馆 (beer museum )，中山公园 (zhong shan park)，第二海水浴场 (the second beach)
NO.5 英伯尔池典 (ying bo er)
Where do you want to visit the most?
NO.1崂山（北九水）(lao shan mountain, North nine water)
NO.2 英伯尔池典 (ying bo er)，极地海洋世界 (Qingdao polar ocean world)，栈桥 (trestle bridge)
NO.3八大关 (ba da guan)，啤酒博物馆 (beer museum )
No.4 五四广场 (the five four square)，第一海水浴场 (the first bathing beach)，第二海水浴场 (the second beach)
NO.5中山公园(zhong shan park)