MAY FOURTH SQUARE
Located between Fushan Bay and the Municipal Government, the Square has three parts which are all influenced by a mix of traditional Qingdao features and modern design. The most recognizable feature of the square is the striking “May Wind” Sculpture.
This impressive monument is named after the nationwide protest known as the “May Fourth Movement”, a cultural and political movement started by the outrage of China’s youth regarding the Versailles treaty that had originated in Qingdao. It’s beautiful spiraling design and the bright red color represents Chinese patriotism and national strength.
The square is one of the most popular destinations among locals and tourists in Qingdao. In some beautiful days, young couples will visit the square along with people flying kites in the air.
QINGDAO BEER MUSEUM
Built in 1903 and covering an area more than 6,000 square meters, the Qingdao beer museum was built by Tsingtao Beer Brewery, combining historical treasures with modern design. It is the first and only beer museum in China and one of the first beer museums in the world.
A modern design with a high technical measure, the museum is split into 3 sections; history and culture, a multi-function area and production technology. This is a must-go for beer enthusiasts where they get to experience and learn about one of China’s best breweries.
This imposing German-style mansion was built in 1903, costing around 2.5 million teals of silver. It was first owned by the German governor and later used by Chairman Mao Zedong in 1958. The mansion, now part of Qingdao’s rich history, has thirty rooms with individually unique fireplaces with distinct style.
During the brief period of the German occupation, Qingdao gained its unique European architecture that is noticeable from majestic buildings to the Governor’s mansion. From among the destruction caused during the Cultural Revolution, the Governor’s Mansion is one of the few buildings that was not affected.
MOUNT LAO / LAOSHAN
One of the most culturally significant mountains in China and the birthplace of Taoism, Mount Lao is the second highest mountain in Shandong with its peak reaching 1,132 meters.
The mountain is featured in many legends and traditions in China and is said that Qin Shi Huang and Wu of Han, emperors of China, went up Mount Lao hoping to gain immortality through the mountain’s resident immortals.
In the course of Taoist history, numerous Taoist temples and nunneries were built at Mount Lao. At its peak, Mount Lao housed 1,000 monks and nuns.