Fly To Qingdao, China
Qingdao, formerly known as Tsingtao, is a major city of Shandong province in eastern China, and has a population in excess of 3, 5 million people. Qingdao is an important seaport and industrial centre. Internationally it is perhaps best known for its brewery, which produces Tsingtao Beer. It is also home to Hisense, a major electronics company, and hosted the sailing events of the 2008 Olympic Games. Qingdao attracts many tourists because of its favourable climate and seaside setting. It is regarded by Chinese as one of the most beautiful and cleanest cities in China – they call it “China’s Switzerland”.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders do need a Visa to visit Qingdao, China. A single entry Visa costs R250 and takes 4 working days to issue, but the process can be sped up if you pay an additional fee. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after you return.
- The South African Embassy in the People’s Republic of China is situated near Nongzhan Bridge in Beijing. 5 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Beijing, 100600. Phone: + 86 10 8532 0000. The South Africa Consulate-General is located in Shanghai at 27th Floor, Room 2705/5, 222 Yan An Road East, Shanghai. Phone: +86 21 5359 4977.
See and do
In 1899 the Germans acquired Qingdao on a 99-year lease, but in 1914, as part of World War I, the Japanese occupied the city. They continued their occupation after the end of the war, but were eventually forced to return the city to Chinese sovereignty in 1922. During the colonial period, the Germans left a distinct mark on Qingdao’s architecture that can still be seen in the city centre and the train station.
Qingdao has six beaches, the best of which is Shílaorén, in the east of the city and south of Fushan Mountain. It is a gorgeous 2, 5km strip of clean sand and seashells that can be reached by bus or taxi.
Near the No 1 Bathing Beach is the Eight Passes Area, which is well known for its exclusive spas and guesthouses, scattered in lush wooded areas off the coast. No 2 Bathing Beach is cleaner, quieter and more sheltered than No 1 Bathing Beach.
The well-known pier Zhàn Qiáo, at the southern shore of Qingdao, off Zhongshan Road, is the iconic symbol of Qingdao and a popular tourist destination. The 440m pier was the city’s first wharf when it was constructed in 1891, and was made famous by being placed on the label of Tsingtao beer bottles.
Qingdao Liuting International Airport – TAO
The Qingdao Liuting International Airport is the main airport serving the city of Qingdao. It is located about 32km from the city centre and in 2011 it was the 16th busiest airport in China, with more than 11 million passengers passing through it. There are various airport shuttle buses to various locations throughout Qingdao, as well as a taxi service between the airport and Qingdao’s central business district. Both shuttle buses and taxis take about 40 to 50 minutes between the airport and the CBD, depending on the route taken.
Battery chargers are available near every boarding gate and the entrances of the Departure Lounge. There are free-of-charge charging cables for more than 20 mobile models including Samsung, Motorola and Nokia.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. For items lost or found within the airport terminals, contact Qingdao Airport Baggage Inquiry Office on 0532-8378 8361 (international) or 0532-8378 8317 (domestic).