Qingdao may be one of China's most beautiful and pleasant cities to visit. While famous abroad primarily for its Tsingtao beer, when you visit Qingdao in person you'll quickly understand why it is widely considered China's most livable city. Tasteful modern architecture stands side-by-side with colonial German buildings and cobblestoned streets. Qingdao is also famous for its greenery, with pleasant city parks throughout.
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Qingdao has four distinct seasons. Winters are cool, dry and windy, but summers are glorious. Thanks to Qingdao's oceanside location, summer temperatures are comfortable and rarely exceed 30 degrees. Summer is also the best time to visit for hitting Qingdao's beaches. Spring and autumn can also be nice times to visit. Sign up for Skyscanner's Price Alerts to make sure you don't miss out on a great offer for a flight to Qingdao.
Airlines that Fly to Qingdao Airport
Qingdao Airport is an important airport that is served by many major airlines serving destinations within China and further abroad. It is a hub or focus city for Qingdao Airlines, Beijing Capital Airlines, Shandong Airlines, and China Eastern Airlines. Air China, All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Korean Air, and Xiamen Air offer flights to cities throughout East Asia, with Beijing Capital also flying to Europe, Australia and Canada. Lufthansa is one of the few European airlines flying to the city, with direct flights to and from Frankfurt.
What to Expect When Arriving at the Airport
Qingdao Airport is located about 32 km north of the city centre. Line 7 of the Qingdao Metro is currently under construction and will eventually connect the airport to Qingdao's ambitious and fast-growing metro system. For the time being, however, the easiest way to get from the airport to the city is via taxi or shuttle bus. The drive from the airport to the city centre takes about 30 minutes. Of course, you can also rent a car once you get to the airport.
Qingdao Airport was expanded a little over a decade ago, but it is already operating beyond capacity and plans are underway to eventually replace the airport by a larger international airport. That being said, while Qingdao Airport can get crowded at times, especially at security checkpoints, it does have a decent selection of food and shopping options. However, prices beyond security are notoriously high, so it may be a good idea to eat before you pass through to the airside section.
What to See and Do in Qingdao
Many of Qingdao's historic sites date from its time as a German colony. The Zhan Qiao pier is the city's main landmark and is great for a stroll. Qingdao is also home to China's second largest brewery and the Tsingtao Beer Museum is worth a visit. Xiao Qingdao Park is also a beautiful island and park that the city takes its name from. If you want to visit the beaches head to Luxun Park. Skyscanner can assist you with finding a hotel in Qingdao that is perfect for your expectations and budget.
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