Chinese City Fact: Qingdao

Qingdao or “Tsingtao” as it’s known in the West is a major seaport and industrial centre in Shandong province. With a regional population of around 8 million inhabitants it was awarded “Most Liveable City” in 2009.

Qingdao 2008 141photo © 2008 Ryan Fung | more info (via: Wylio)

Average annual growth has exceeded 16% in recent years and it was one of the first cities to be named as a Special Economic and Technology Development Zone in 1984. A number of high tech industries are based in the city but most people know Qingdao for it’s famous Tsingtao Brewery which exports it’s beer globally. It’s annual beer festival is very popular with tourists.

views of Qingdao photo © 2009 Bridget Coila | more info (via: Wylio)

Architecturally the city is an unusual mix of German and Chinese buildings and some traditional buildings remain in the old city. Redevelopment has been happening fast however and was helped when Qingdao hosted the 2008 Olympic Sailing competitions.

http://www.chinatoday.com/city/qingdao.htm

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