Qingdao, a coastal city in East China's Shandong province, is a regional hub of transportation, trade and finance with a diversified industrial base that includes manufacturing of household appliances, consumer electronics, marine equipment, apparel and textiles, automobiles and locomotives, petrochemicals, and offshore engineering.
National strategies such as local economic and trade cooperation between China and the SCO, the Qingdao Area of the China (Shandong) Pilot Free Trade Zone, and the Belt and Road Initiative have also brought policy benefits and important opportunities for the city's development.
The coastal landscape of Qingdao, Shandong province [Photo/dzwww.com]
The city government is also seeking to build Qingdao into a major player in wealth management, exhibitions, high-tech industries, and marine-related industries. It is striving to become more internationally influential, following in the footsteps of major economic and entrepreneurial powerhouses like Shenzhen.
Qingdao is located on the southeast coast of the Shandong Peninsula, in the east of the Jiaodong Peninsula, and in the frontal zone of the China-Japan-South Korea Free Trade Area.
It borders the Yellow Sea, faces the Korean Peninsula across the sea, and is adjacent to Yantai in the northeast, Weifang in the west and Rizhao in the southwest.
The urban landscape of Qingdao [Photo/qingdaonews.com]
The city has a total area of 11,293 square kilometers. It governs three county-level cities - Jiaozhou, Pingdu and Laixi -- and seven districts -- Shinan, Shibei, Licang, Laoshan, Huangdao, Chengyang and Jimo.
In 2019, it had a permanent resident population of 9,499,800. Its GDP was 1,174.13 billion yuan ($166.19 billion), with a year-on-year growth of 6.5 percent.
Qingdao was the host city of sailing competitions during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the 13th Paralympic Games.
The city has been hailed as the Sailing Capital of China, the Best Sailing City of Asia, the World Beer City, a UNESCO City of Film, a National Civilized City, and one of the Happiest Cities in China.
It has also won a reputation as "the Oriental Switzerland" and "the Chinese City of Brands".
Laoshan Mountain, a renowned scenic spot in Qingdao [Photo/sipaphoto.com]
Qingdao occupies a coastal area of over 12,000 square kilometers, about 1,000 sq km more than its land surface. The city is an international marine scientific research and education center.
It boasts one-fifth of marine research institutions in the country, one-third of high-end research and development platforms at or above the ministerial level, and 27.7 percent of marine science and technology academicians at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering.
The city is home to many European-style historical buildings, including the Guest House, a Christian church on Jiangsu Road, and the Badaguan architectural complex. The coastal city is one of the most popular tourist destinations in China, boasting picturesque views and an exotic atmosphere.
Qingdao is a popular tourist destination. [Photo/sipaphoto.com]