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Qingdao, also referred to as Tsingtao, is a key city in the Chinese province of Shandong and is a major seaport, industrial center and naval base. Situated on the western side of Yellow Sea, Qingdao, whose name literally means “Green Island” is one of China’s most important cities and has the highest GDP among any other city in Shandong.
The perfect combination of old and new, Qingdao is one of the rare cases of a city that has evolved into a modern metropolis without sacrificing all of its past and heritage. In fact, there are still remnants of the concession-era, particularly when the city was colonized by Germany, found all over the city – from its cobbled streets and hillside villa to historic German architecture.
Qingdao has established itself as a significant business district as well as a tourist destination. Thousands of visitors – both Chinese nationals and foreigners - flock to Qingdao regularly for either business or pleasure. If you’re visiting Qingdao and would like to make your trip as trouble-free as possible, Bounce is here to help. Through our storage services, you can enjoy your stay in Qingdao without having to worry about your luggage.
Bounce has partnered with numerous businesses located in key areas of Qingdao, particularly around transportation hubs and points of interest in the city. Through these partners, Bounce users can easily store their bags, luggage and other items for hours, days or even weeks! All you have to do is find a Bounce partner near your area, deposit your stuff and set out on your plans for the day.
Top Things to Do
Qingdao has a lot of cool points of interest and hidden gems that are worth exploring. Locals and visitors alike can enjoy the city’s myriad of cultural attractions, shopping spots, and diverse food scene. For an unforgettable Qingdao trip, make sure to include the following places in your itinerary.
Qingdao has plenty to offer in the cultural department, starting with its plethora of one-of-a-kind museums that offer a glimpse into the city’s past, present and future. Here are some of the must-see museums in the city.
Qingdao Museum: A definite must-see when in the city, the Qingdao Museum is a facility for history and arts and exhibits artifacts and works that showcase Chinese artistry. At Qingdao Museum, you will find some historically-significant paintings, potteries, calligraphies and other relics that will leave you in awe. Regardless if you’re a history buff or not, you will surely enjoy learning about Chinese cultural history at this museum. (Bag policy: There are size limits imposed on guests’ bags. To avoid any problems, you may locate a Bounce partner within the area and store your things there during your trip to the museum.)
Navy Museum: Located in Lu Xun Park, facing the Zhan Bridge, this museum gives guests a detailed look into the history and development of the Chinese Naval Forces. Established in 1989, the Navy Museum is the biggest naval museum in China and is home to several items and artifacts related to the Naval Forces, including documents, uniforms, photographs and other relics. (Bag policy: Guests aren’t allowed to bring oversized bags or luggage inside the venue. An alternative would be to deposit your things at a Bounce location nearby.)
Qingdao Beer Museum: One of Qingdao’s top attractions, this museum takes you through the history of the Tsingtao Beer Brewery, the oldest brewery in China. At Qingdao Beer Museum, guests get to view images, antique equipment and other artifacts related to the establishment of the brewery, which took place in 1903 when German immigrants came to the city. Guests of the museum can also observe the brewing process and sample some of the famous beers produced in the facility. (Bag policy: For safety reasons, large bags, backpacks or luggage are prohibited inside the museum. Instead, you can leave your things with Bounce.)
Qingdao has a lot to offer when it comes to shopping; the city is filled with shopping areas and street markets where both locals and tourists can purchase clothes, shoes, bags, souvenirs and other cool stuff. If you’re looking for some retail therapy, check out these Qingdao shopping spots.
Taidong San Lu Pedestrian Street: Arguably the most famous shopping districts in the city, Taidong is instantly recognizable because of the bright night lights and murals surrounding the area. Known as Qingdao’s “walking street,” the area is lined with fast-food chains, outlet centers, shopping malls, and department stores. It also features an outdoor night market where you can shop for a variety of products such as accessories, clothes and so much more.
Zhongshan Road: Once the most prominent shopping spot in Qingdao (before Taidong was established), Zhongshan Road is a stretch of road that’s filled with an array of shops. Located in Old Town, Zhongshan boasts hundreds of stalls where you can shop until you drop. The area also houses the renowned Parkson Department Store and Fada Department Store.
Hong Kong Middle Road: For some upscale shopping, head over to Hong Kong Middle Road, which houses two of the city’s biggest shopping centers – Carrefour and Jusco. In the area, you will also find Hisense Plaza, which features luxury brands such as Gucci, Prada and Louis Vuitton, and the recently opened Marina City Center, which features brands such as Zara, H&M and Hush Puppies.
Qingdao offers a variety of styles of food to cater to all kinds of palettes. With the melting pot of cultures in the city, it’s only right that the local dining scene is also diverse. Whether you’re looking to eat local or international flavors, you won’t run out of options in Qingdao.
Shandong cuisine: Due to its proximity to the Yellow Sea, Qingdao’s local cuisine, known as Shandong cuisine, mainly features seafood ingredients such as prawn, fish, scallops, crabs, lobsters, and sea cucumber. One of the prime seafood spots in Qingdao is Yiqinglou Seafood Restaurant, which offers some of the best seafood dishes in the city. In fact, the restaurant has held the distinction of “First Class Restaurant” for over a decade now. Other noteworthy seafood eateries in Qingdao are Blue Wave Gulf Restaurant, Qingdao Seafood Restaurant, and Old Sailor’s Seafood City.
Halal food: Qingdao has a rather large Muslim population, which is why halal restaurants that serve traditional Muslim food are prominent in the city. A good place to have halal food is Muslim Ma Family Hot Pot Restaurant, which is known for its healthy food made from beef, mutton or seafood and is prepared according to Islamic food traditions. Other halal eateries in the city are Niu Dawan Qinzhen Restaurant, Dongbula Restaurant and Qinghai Muslim Restaurant.
Vegan-friendly restaurants: Vegetarians and vegans coming to Qingdao need not worry because there are plenty of plant-based restaurants in the city. Among the popular ones is Nature Lin’s, a two-story restaurant that serves Chinese style vegan dishes. Other well-known vegetarian and vegan joints in Qingdao include Da Ai Tang, Miao Ji Xiang Vegan Buffet, Pure Food and Qing Su Fang.
How much does luggage storage cost in Qingdao?
The price for luggage storage in Qingdao is just $5.90/bag for the entire day.
Where are there luggage storage locations in Qingdao?
There are multiple locations all around Qingdao which can be booked through the Bounce platform including near Zhanqiao pier, Underwater World, Qingdao German street and many other areas.
Is it safe to store your bags in Qingdao?
Yes. Every bag is tagged with a security seal and comes with the $5,000 Bounce Guarantee. Every location is required to uphold tight security precautions. You may be asked to show ID and you will be required to use a credit card to book through Bounce in advance. With hundreds of thousands of bags stored, you can count on Bounce to handle your baggage in Qingdao.
Are there storage lockers in Qingdao?
Yes. There are storage lockers and many other luggage drop off points in Qingdao. Bounce has multiple locations throughout Qingdao where you can conveniently store your luggage with full security and the $5,000 Bounce Gurantee.
Where are the best places to stay and eat while in Qingdao?
The most popular restaurants to visit are Seaside Palace, Bai si tu DEFA Zur Bierstube, and Qing dao ke ji da xue nan yuan can ting. Additionally, the highest ranked hotels within Qingdao are Hyatt Regency Qingdao, Tiyuzhijia hotel, and Shangri-La.
Where are the best parks and nature attractions in Qingdao?
Qingdao offers several scenic parks including Signal Hill Park, May Fourth Square, and Li cun gong yuan.
Where can I find tourist information and guideposts in Qingdao?
You can find local tourist information at Ticket Office, Cruise Ferry Terminal, and Qingdao tourist information center.
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