A city of almost 10 million people and the capital of China’s north-eastern Shandong province, this industrial centre and port city boasts a myriad of attractions for business travellers. For years it was a German concession, and it was during this time that the world-famous Tsingtao beer was founded. It is home to some of China's biggest corporations, such as Haier (domestic appliances), Hisense (electronics) and Liuhe Group (agriculture). The city also boasts the fourth busiest commercial port in China and seventh in the world! This is what makes hotels in Qingdao so popular with business travellers from around the world.
What's available for business travellers in Qindao?
The EU-China Business & Technology Cooperation Fair is held in Qingdao every November. It attracts over 4000 Chinese and 2000 European companies, making it the premier space for fostering strong EU-China business relations. To help facilitate this, Qingdao introduced visa-free 72-hour stays for those flying to Liuting International Airport. Along with the plentiful hotels in Qingdao, this new measure makes it a great place for business travel. There are three main business districts in the city centre, along with a huge Sino-German High-Tech Ecology Park and the Qingdao Economic & Technological Development Zone. Within these are scores of industries, and the headquarters of huge companies like those mentioned in the introduction.
What can I do for leisure after my trade and business events?
There are the Qingdao Beer Museum and the Qingdao Beer Street, both offering a taste of the city's strong European influence after centuries of trade. These are great places to let your hair down after a busy day, or if you just want to get out of your Qingdao hotel. And of course, there are plenty museums if you're looking for cultural or intellectual enrichment.
What if I just want to relax somewhere quiet other than my hotel in Qingdao?
There's plenty to discover when you step out of your Quingao hotel. The Laoshang Scenic Area and Beijiushi River, Small Qingdao Island and Signal Hill Park are all a short distance from the city centre and offer an escape from the hustle and bustle of the three main central business districts. There are also several beaches for relaxing or swimming. For your business and leisure needs, Qingdao has everything: huge trade and industry, great leisure activities and wonderful downtime options.