Qingdao, which was once known in the West as ‘Tsingtao’, lies at the southern tip of the Shandong Peninsula in North-Eastern China. The city has seven urban districts and five county-level
cities under its jurisdiction with an area of 10,654 square kilometres.
Qingdao is the fourth-largest port in China and the second-largest city in the Shandong province. A booming industry and an entrepreneurial spirit have launched the city into the 21st century.
All international travellers require visas although Brunei, Japan, and Singapore passport holders are able to enjoy visa-free access to China for up to 15 days.Standard 30-day, single-entry visas can be issued in three to five working days from most Chinese embassies, and must be used within three months of the date of issue. Longer visas are often more difficult to obtain.For further details, consult with your travel agent, China International Travel Service, China Travel Service, or any Chinese embassy or consulate.
View visa requirements from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China
The Chinese currency is known as renminbi (RMB). Credit cards are accepted in major hotels as well as shopping malls.
Here are the most recent exchange rates for some common currencies.
A 15% surcharge including government tax is applicable in most hotels and some private restaurants.
Many mid-range and top-end restaurants include their own service charge that varies between establishments. Officially, tipping is considered inappropriate and is discouraged.
8.30am - 5pm, Monday through Sunday
9.30am - 4pm, Saturday and Sunday
8.30 am - 5.30pm, Monday through Friday
9.30am - 9.30pm or later, Monday through Sunday
Department stores are open 9 am to 9 pm every day. Opening hours may vary.
Visitors entering China are required to complete a health declaration form. Check with
your local doctor about your vaccination requirements.
Shangri-La recommends you drink only boiled or bottled water during your stay. Complimentary bottled drinking water is available in every room.
Dress is generally informal in Qingdao except on business, diplomatic or government occasions when a suit and tie is appropriate.
Winter requires heavy clothing, including coats, hats, and gloves as temperatures can drop to well
below freezing with strong winds. Light clothing is appropriate for spring and summer months.
Qingdao has a seasonal climate ranging from warm during summer – 26°C to 30°C (79°F to 86°F) – to cold during winter – 8°C to 10°C (18°F to 50°F).
Sunny and pleasant
Sunshine with a shower in places
LanguageMandarin, English is widely spoken
Time ZoneGMT + 8 hours
Mobile PhonesGSM 900 / 1800
9 Xiang Gang Zhong Lu, Qingdao, 266071, China
T:(86 532) 8388 3838
F:(86 532) 8388 6868
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