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Beijing to Qingdao by bullet train
By MUDDIEDKNEES | 4/13/2008 12:42:21 AM

Originally, we were planning to fly (round trip tickets for 2 cost around RMB 2400, highly discounted at, but I decided to take the new bullet train called China Railway High-speed (CHR) 2.

The train takes around 5 1/2 hrs. Compared to the 1-hr something flight, it still takes much longer, but is much more convenient and comfortable. Considering that you don't have to check-in an hour in advance and take two 40-min taxi rides to and from airports, the train option is actually very attractive. Currently, the main Qingdao train station is under renovation, so they use the Sifang station, which is around 20 mins away. However, most Chinese cities, including Qingdao and Beijing, normally have conveniently located train stations.

The premium train seats cost us less than RMB1400 (round trip for two). The seats were wide as airline business class seats and were super comfortable. The food can be slightly expensive and the choices not so good, so bring food with you. A quick stop at our favorite fast food place right before the train ride was all we needed.

Qingdao Sangrila Night Club
By SHIVAH | 2/12/2008 4:54:16 PM

One of the most interesting things I found in Qingdao was the night life. At the Shangrila Hotel on Hong Kong Middle Road on Wed. nights there is a "Salsa Night".

A live Columbian Band plays live music! I was amazed at how well people danced salsa! The atmosphere was happy and the people were very friendly. There is no cover charge and the dancing is incredible! The drinks are good too! it's a must see!

Travelling from the Airport to City Centre
By GHOST | 10/14/2007 7:24:58 AM

There's really no need for getting expensive private taxis from the airport into town. There is a very good and reliable airport shuttle bus service that leaves every 15 minutes for only RMB 15 (as of Oct 2007).

You will find the ticket booth for the buses as soon as you exit the airport building - can't miss it! Destinations are written in English and Chinese. There's two routes, but most people will want the one going into town, ending at the Haitian Hotel. From there you can easily catch a taxi on the street to your final destination.

The other alternative is the regular taxi service. Ignore the people who approach you inside the airport (mutter 'bu yao' and walk with purpose to the nearest exit door). Go outside and you'll see the taxi rank - they are metered taxi's. However, you will need your destination written down in Chinese as the taxi drivers generally only speak Mandarin.

Taxis into the city centre will cost you around RMB 80-100, with another RMB 15 for the expressway if used. There are no surcharges for the airport or for luggage. There are 2 types of taxi. The meter starting price is often displayed on the rear passenger window: RMB 7 or RMB 10 (the latter generally being a nicer, more comfortable taxi).

Finally, always get a receipt (fa piao) as it lists the taxi licence number if you should have any cause for complaint or leave something behind.

Car Rent in Qingdao
By GRACELD | 3/16/2006 7:54:58 PM

There is a company in Qingdao provide car rent service for foreigners. They can pick you up at the airport, it costs $20. And also you can rent a car for a whole day, traveling among scenic spots, it costs $45. Their email is

I offer you cheaper and excellent homtel in Qingdao
By QTONY | 2/24/2005 11:13:46 AM

if you come to visit Qingdao and want
find a cheaper and excellent homtel
there, just write me a line to
or call 0532-2767379
we are very friendly and nice owner.
just let me know what apartment you need, no agent fee.

Qingdao Beer Festival
By PRVNK | 1/30/2005 5:36:51 PM

The prices go up in Qingdao during Chinese festivals esp Beer festival.

If you have a chinese friend get them book you a hotel.
I got a good hotel near the beach area for 230 Rmb as my chinese friend called and made a reservation.

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