China’s Sailing City of Qingdao has been one of the highlights of the Clipper Race route for the past seven editions, with crew to once again enjoy its famous warm welcome when the city features as a Host Port for a record eighth consecutive time in the 2019-20 edition of the race.
Every year over 15 million people visit the coastal city located on the Shandong peninsula in Jiaozhou Bay, attracted by its intriguing mix of history and culture that make Qingdao so fascinating.
Qingdao’s ideal location has seen more and more people take up the sport of sailing every year, with many also inspired by the city’s strong sailing history. As well as hosting the Clipper Race since 2006, Qingdao was also the stage for the sailing events during the 2008 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games.
There is also plenty to do away from the water; the shopping and commercial areas include the old city centre Zhongshan Road which has hundreds of shops, the emerging shopping and entertainment zone Taidong District, and the new metropolis centre Hong Kong Zhong Road, where the big shopping malls such as Jusco, Carrefour and Mykal are located.
For traditional shopping, try Qingdao Culture Market at Changle Road, where there are lots of independent small shops selling antiques, second-hand books and artworks.
For nightlife in Qingdao, there are numerous bars, restaurants, tea houses, clubs and KTVs (karaoke bars), with Lennon Bar and New York Bar proving to be great hits with crew in the past.
Qingdao is not only famous for Tsingtao Beer but also for seafood, particularly its steamed seafood dumplings. And there is no better place to sample the culinary delights of Qingdao than in the little seafood restaurants along the shorefront or around Laiyang Road.
Visitors can also enjoy the Qingdao landscapes. It was one of the first National Scenic Resorts created by the State Council in 1982 and the scenery of the Zhanqiao Pier, Luxun Park, Little Qingdao Isle, Xiaoyu Hill, Badaguan, the seashore and the May Fourth Square make up the famous sights of Qingdao.