Qingdao: China's sailing city
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Qingdao attracts many tourists due to its seaside setting and temperate climate. Parks, beaches, sculptures, plus unique German and modern architecture line the shore of the city. Here are some highlights of the city you can't miss.
Badaguan Scenic Area
Built in the early twentieth century, Badaguan Scenic Spot was formed in the 1930s through an ongoing construction program. It is called "Badaguan" because its eight roads were named after Qingdao's important roads (now it has ten, as another two roads were later built), and they are Shaoguan Road, Ningwuguan Road, Zijingguan Road, Shanhaiguan Road, Juyongguan Road, Linhuaiguan Road, Zhengyangguan Road, Hangguguan Road, Jiayuguan Road and Wushengguan Road. These form the seaside scenic spot running several kilometers along Huiquan Bay and Taiping Bay.
Known for its garden villas and Western-style buildings, Badaguan Scenic Spot has been termed a "world expo of architecture".
With its year-round blossoms and green leaves, it is perfect for sightseeing at any time, whether on foot or by car.
Spring blossoms at the Badaguan Scenic Spot. [Photo/qingdaonews.com]
Laoshan National Park
Containing the highest mountain along China's 18,000-kilometer coastline, the main peak of Laoshan is 1,133 meters above sea level. Affording spectacular ocean views, it is also famous as one of the cradles of Taoism, as well as for its historic temples. During the summer, crystal water runs through mountain creeks and visitors can find a tranquil sanctum in its forest.
Laoshan National Park in Qingdao. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]