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Shinan raises profile of Qingdao Western Old Town

chinadaily.com.cn| Updated: February 8, 2022

The Shinan district of Qingdao city – located in East China's Shandong province – has being raising the profile of Qingdao Western Old Town.

The process – still ongoing –has taken place ever since 1994 when Qingdao, approved by the State Council, joined the third batch of national historical and cultural cities and the coastal city designated 28 square kilometers of its historical urban area for culture and tourist development.  

The Shinan district is famed for its natural, historical and cultural sites and visitors flock to it often to take in a multitude of vibrant colors: buildings adorned with vivid red roof tiles, lush and verdant trees, clear skies and the piercing blue sea.

Nowadays, the district is revivifying its cultural tourism attractions, to create new hot spots that are being customized to the latest trends in what visitors and locals want.

These days people can't seem to get enough of Qingdao Western Old Town, which is currently undergoing a revamp. In recent years, the old buildings and blocks in Shinan – by being reactivated – have brought dynamic commercial and economic benefits, attracting more than 40 new businesses to settle there.

The Badaguan Scenic Area is an historic residential area known for its European-style villas, overlooking the striking coastline of the district. 

Over the past year, key projects in the scenic area have made rapid progress. Fashion and cultural activities have also been held frequently, including creative markets and a French cultural festival.

Furthermore, the Badaguan Scenic Area · Taipingjiao Boutique tourism service industry agglomeration area was selected as a 2021 Qingdao Modern Service Industry Agglomeration Area.

In addition, the great museums in the Shinan district are mostly to be found in Qingdao Western Old Town, which is lobbying to be included on UNESCO's World Heritage List. It is widely viewed that they will play a significant part in the development of the old town area.