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About Qingdao

Qingdao is a dynamic port city in China. With a population of 9 million residents, it was voted the Most Liveable City in China. Qingdao welcomes you with a breath of sea air and serves the best beer in Asia too! Famous tourist attractions in the city include Loashan Mountain, the Golden Beach and the Qingdao Beer Museum.

Cheap flights to Qingdao are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to be intrigued by this modern city. Qingdao is home of the Qingdao Liuting International Airport (TAO), which is located 40 minutes from the city centre. Qingdao Liuting International Airport serves a multitude of airlines – including Dragonair, Air China, China Southern Airlines and Lufthansa. Connecting flights depart from Cape Town and Johannesburg. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Qingdao is approximately 18 hours and 50 minutes.

Why visit Qingdao

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Beer

If you’re a lover of beer, then you’ll love that Qingdao is home to China’s second largest brewery. Make sure to take a tour and enjoy the unique Asian flavours.

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Beaches and Surfing

Qingdao is a beach lover’s dream come true. The beach is pristine, the water is clear and over Monsoon season, the waves are just perfect for surfers to enjoy.

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Architecture

Qingdao’s buildings are a fantastic mix of old-German styled architecture, new-age modern designs and a touch of Chinese influence. The city’s unique look is a definite must see.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country China
Currency Chinese Yuan Renminbi
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.54 CNY
Language Mandarin, Qingdao Dialect and some English
Hub Airport Qingdao Liuting International Airport (TAO)
Time Zone GMT +8
Travel Adaptor Type A, Type C and Type I

Best time to visit Qingdao

Qingdao is famous for its summer breezes and beautiful beaches and is often the preferred summer vacation city for Chinese locals. The weather in this city is influenced by the Monsoon season, but as it is a coastal city, the effects of winter are not as harsh as they are for the rest of China’s inland cities. Whereas the hottest months of the year are between June and August, the weather is quite pleasant for most of the year.

Weather & Climate in Qingdao

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall levels (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C -3°C -2°C 2°C 8°C 13°C 18°C 22°C 23°C 19°C 14°C 6°C 0°C
High °C 3°C 7°C 12°C 18°C 23°C 27°C 30°C 28°C 25°C 20°C 12°C 5°C
Rainfall (mm) 20 10 30 30 60 110 160 35 150 90 20 20

Overview

Qingdao is a modern metropolis, with fresh smells of the ocean air and a well-preserved past. Take some time to travel the city and soak up all of its unique sights. During the summer months, Qingdao becomes home to China’s sea lovers and it’s easy to see why. The Golden Beach has been voted the Number One beach in all of Asia and shows off with its crystal water and clean, uncluttered beachfront.

The green and majestic Mount Laoshan is a definite place of interest to explore your inner Zen as you soak up its beauty, walk its trails and cool off at the Longtan Waterfall.

Along the city streets of Qingdao, admire the old German-styled architecture then look up on the next corner to find modern skyscrapers that tower above. Qingdao is home to the world’s longest sea bridge, and also boasts of Tsingtao, its world famous beer.

Visa & Customs

South Africans need a valid visa to enter China and all its cities. To apply for your visa, you should complete a Chinese Visa Application form. You will also need a valid passport with six months left on it, two black pages in it, and two passport photos. There are also things like bank statements, proof of residence and some other documents that you will be required to submit. The process takes four days and the visa is valid for three months from the day of entry.

The Chinese Embassy in South Africa: 972 Pretorius Street, Arcadia 0083, Pretoria, South Africa

Tel: +27 012 431 6500 Fax: +27 012 342 4244

Health & Safety

Before your trip, make sure that all your vaccines are up to date. These include Hepatitis A and B, as well as Typhoid. Qingdao is considered a relatively safe city with residents listing petty crime as a problem. It is, however, not recommended to walk around alone in the city after dark, but if you’re in a group of people or are in a crowded part of the city then there would be no need to worry.

Cost of Living

ITEM CAPE TOWN JOHANNESBURG QINGDAO
Meal inexpensive restaurant R90.00 R100.00 R50.00
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught) R22.00 R20.00 R6.00
Cappuccino (Regular) R19.00 R20.00 R44.50
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R35.00 R35.00 R28.00
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