Qingdao is well known for its tourism. Along its 40-kilometer golden coastline, the city is filled with tourist attractions, headlined by the Zhanqiao Pier, the Eight Great Passes, the Olympic Sailing Center, and Mount Lao.
In recent years, more areas of interest are gaining popularity. The Golden Sand Beach in Qingdao's West Coast New Area, the Qingdao Eye Ferris Wheel, the Oriental Movie Metropolis, and the Tourist Town in Tianheng Island have become the newest attractions.
As the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit draws near, many landmark buildings along the coastline in Qingdao begin to light up at night, bringing more splendor to the city's evening view.
The Qingdao municipal government has renovated its old communities to preserve the glamor of European-styled streets and boulevards, cultural relics, industrial heritage, as well as its German-colonial legacy, which left the port city unique architectural charm and distinctively European urban character.
Today's Qingdao has become a popular tourist city, integrating modern cityscapes with old European-styled architecture on the mountain slopes and by the seashore, blue and beautiful sea beaches scattered with red reefs, and 1,132.7-meter-high Mount Lao, the highest mountain along China's coastal line.
The Qingdao Beer Museum, once a German-built brewery, has kept the architectural structure and traditional craftsmanship from a century before.