If you are in the U.S. and you know of Qingdao, it’s probably because of the beer that goes by that name. Lesser known to Westerners is that Qingdao is a popular tourism destination in northeastern China, with gorgeous beaches and wonderful mild weather.
I recently went to Qingdao, and was surprised by just how many beach options there are for tourists. Here are a couple beaches in Qingdao that you might consider visiting if you are taking a trip to China.
Possibly the most impressive beach is ShiLaoRen, which means “the Old Stone Man” in Chinese. It is named after some big rocks that some say look like a fisherman. The sand there is soft and golden, and on the warm day when we were there, it was the perfect temperature for relaxing in the sun and splashing a bit in the water.
There is also a beautiful boardwalk at ShiLaoRen, that goes all the way along the shore. If you’re in the mood for exercise, you could follow the boardwalk along the beach and see it from different perspectives. There are informational boards along the boardwalk that give some history about the area, too. Early in the morning, there are people running on the boardwalk, and there are bikers, skaters and walkers throughout the day.
One of the most popular beaches is the Bathing Beach Number 1, possibly because it is named Number 1. It draws huge crowds during the summer, but we were lucky to go there on a day when it wasn’t insanely crowded. It is the location of the Qingdao International Beer Festival, so beer connoisseurs might consider timing their visit to coincide with this event.
The Bathing Beach Number 1 is surrounded by parks and cinemas, restaurants and hotels, and lots of other stuff to do. This wasn’t my favorite beach because of how many people were there (I tend to like less crowded beaches, empty ones if possible), but it is certainly located in a bustling area with lots to see and do.
There are many other beaches along the coast of Qingdao, and it would be difficult to find time to see all of them. I would suggest picking a couple beaches that you want to see the most and spending more time there instead of trying to see all of them. This way, you will have more time to relax and will not be as frazzled.
Source: My trip to Qingdao