Hidden gems in Qingdao
1. Xiaoyushan 小鱼山
The Little Fish Mountain or Little Fish Mountain Park is a unique little park in the Western part of Qingdao’s Shinan district. The park combines classical garden style construction with traditional Chinese architecture. From the peak of the Little Fish mountain visitors have an amzing view of the Huiquan Bay area. Personally, I would recommend you to come here at night time to see the sparkle of Qingdao with all its skyscraper iluminated in bright neon light.
2. Fushan – Mount Fu
Given its size and location in the middle of town, calling the Fushan a hidden gem might be a little exaggerated. Despite being part of the famous Laoshan Mountain Range, the Fushan has, however, not received as much tourist recognition as its counterparts. Therefore, there is only little to none tourist development around the mountain. On the contrary, visitors will experience raw nature and a rough climb with an amazing view awaiting them at the peak. Clearly something that can hardly be found inside of any other major Chinese cities.
To those visiting Fushan I recommend bringing a flashlight to be able to explore the long underground bunkers left behind by the Germans during colonial times.
3. Lotus Garden in Zhongshan Park
Qingdao is an incredibly lush city. Apart from countless parks and the Fushan with its surrounding forest, there is also the huge Zhongshan Park near the City center. The vast 75 hectare park and it’s approximately 20,000 cherry trees are a major tourist attraction every year. Less known is the beautiful lotus garden located in the western corner of the park. There is a romantic little pagoda right in the middle of the lotus pond – clearly an excellent place you can bring your loved one to during a nice evening stroll.
4. Lennon Bar
Located on Zhuhai Road, the Lennon Bar is a combination of Chinese restaurant and Western bar. Locals love the bar for its quirky style of decoration, the good food, and the great but reasonably priced selection of beers. As a special treat to all visitors, a live band is performing every evening.
5. The Hezhe Kitchen Restaurant 赫哲灶台酒店
Hidden in a small street close to the Wanda Plaza, the Hezhe Kitchen Restaurant is one of InternChina’s all-time favorite restaurants. It is literally one of the best Dongbei restaurants in Qingdao (Dongbei being China’s northeast) and known for its socialist-inspired decoration, which has been carefully preserved throughout decades. Food is served on authentic crockery from the Mao-Era and portraits of Marx and Engels can be found all over the Restaurant.
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