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Qingdao: Beautiful Beaches and Beer
   
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The seaside city of Qingdao is an ideal retreat for lovers of fresh seafood, beer and quiet walks along the beach boardwalks. Greatly influenced by German culture and blessed with Lao Shan’s spring water, Qingdao is now the center of Chinese beer production and hosts a lively beer festival every August. But you may savor superb beer, gorgeous sea views, and delve into Qingdao’s rich cultural mix at any time.

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Qingdao, Beautiful Beaches and Beer

3 days/2 nights, Extendable tour

Daily Departure



Flight schedule ( economy class, fly with Air China)

Date   Flight No.   Dept. City/ Time            ArrivalCity / Time      Duration
Day01  CA1569   Beijing/0945         Qingdao/1055            1hr10mins

Day03     SC4659    Qingdao/1955      Beijing/2110    1hr15mins


Tour Itinerary

 

Day 01 BeijingQingdao ( B )

Take the morning flight depart Beijing for Qingdao (which means 'GreenIsland', though it is actually a peninsula). As an old port city at the mouth of the Yellow River, Qingdao has a rich and colorful history.
Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport. Then start sightseeing:
Laoshan National park, which is known as the birthplace of Taoism. It is an important shrine for spreading Taoism, known as the 'Second Largest Taoist Monastery in the World'. Grotesque rocks in the mountain resemble all kinds of live creatures.TaiqingPalace, lies to the southeast of the mountain and faces the sea, is a Taoism temple was built during the reign of the first Emperor of the Northern Song Dynasty about 1000 years ago.Visit Qingdao Beer Museum.Tsintao Beer is the best-known Chinese Beer in the world and at home. The museum chronicles the brewery's century-old history through interactive and entertaining displays. Visit Zhan Qiao Pavilion. Visit Zhan Qiao Pavilion. Enjoy Zhan Qiao Pier,which is one of the most famous place in Qingdao, with its unrestricted ocean vistas.Overnight in
Qingdao.


Day02
Qingdao

Free at leisure in Qingdao.
Overnight in
Qingdao.

Day03 Qingdao- Beijing
Free at leisure, till transfer to the airport for flight back to
Beijing.


3/ Hotel Accommodation :

Qingdao Badaguan Jinxiu Garden hotel ( 4 star )

Room type: Oceanview room

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total cost: RMB 3,180 per person
* This tour is extentable, the cost for one night extension is RMB280 per person.

  Price Inclusions and Exclusions

4/ Including feature:
* Return economy class air ticket to Qingdao
* Air tax & airport construction fee

* Return airport transfer by private vehicle

* 2 nights hotel accommodation in Qingdao, based on twin sharing

* Daily hotel breakfast

* Transportation for sightseeing mentioned in the itinerary
* All Admission fees for sightseeing indicated in the itinerary
* English-speaking tour guide
* All hotel government tax and service charges

 

 

 

Exclusions-
* Alcoholic drinks & drinks at mealtime + Optional visits + Personal expenses (e.g.Telephone, laundry)
* Personal travel insurance
* Personal expenses
* Tips for guide, driver, boat crew & hotels' porters
* Meals other than those mentioned above
* Other services not clearly indicated in the Package Inclusion above

Tsingtao

Get around

By taxi

Take one of the plentiful taxis. Usually the base price is ¥7, and the price per kilometer is ¥1.80. You can get across for about ¥39. Also be aware that you will be required to pay any toll fees incurred during the trip. So simply add ¥1 plus any toll fees you may have incurred (most likely not unless you traveled on the Qingyin Expressway) to the meter's reading.

By bus

The bus and trolleybus network is quite well put together and useful once you figure out the routes. Buses 11, 26, 228, and 501 run from the railway station (Shinan Distict) along the coast via Donghai Xi Lu to all the beaches in the modern eastern part of town (Middle Hong Kong Road), where pubs and cafes are located. Many major routes have dedicated bus lanes, that can make taking the bus faster than taking a car during rush hour. Buses 316 and 231 will bring you to the center of the town from the newly renovated station. Regular buses cost ¥1 and the air conditioned ones are ¥2. If you get on a bus that goes really far (out to the suburbs) you need to tell the ticket person on the bus where you are going and it will cost up to ¥6.

By cycling

Very few locals in Qingdao cycle because it is illegal on streets and sidewalks. When renting a bike make sure that it is legal to ride your planned route. There are more than 40km of waterfront trails. If you really want a work out, try hiking Fushan or the TV Tower hills as there are some decent mountain bike trails.

See

Landmarks

*   Zhan Qiao (栈桥; Zhànqiáo). The famous pier Zhan Qiao is the iconic symbol of Qingdao. It was extended by the Germans and is a popular tourist station. The famous pavilion that is the logo of Tsingtao Beer was built in 1931 and now houses a small aquarium just renovated. The pier is now lined with individuals selling all manner of things, as well as beggars and opportunities for very small-time gambling.  

*  Catholic church (天主教堂; Tiānzhǔjiàotáng; also known as St. Michael's Church), 15 Zhejiang Road (浙江路15‎; Zhèjiāng), 0532-82865960. M-Sa 8AM-5PM, Su noon-5PM. Built in 1934. Masses held every Sunday. As of November, 2009, the church is closed to tourists for renovations. ¥15.  

*  Protestant Church, 15 JiangSu Road, 0532-82865970. 8 AM - 5 PM. This is a Lutheran Church located in the older part of the city. It was built in 1910, and has an auditorium and bell tower, both of which are open to visitors. The bell is original and was brought from Germany specifically for the church. ¥5.  

*  Zhan Shan Temple, (Situated at the foot of ZhanShan Hill and to the east of TaiPing Hill). 8AM-5PM daily. This temple was built in 1945. It has five halls and a pagoda, with an area of 20,000 square meters. The temple boasts a large collection of skillfully carved statues of Buddha and Buddhist scriptures. There are tens of thousands of people at ZhanShan Temple from the 8th to the 10th of April on the lunar calendar every year. ¥8.  

Parks and nature

*  Xiao Qingdao Park (Little Qingdao Island), 2 Qingyu Road, 0532-82863944. 7:00AM-6:30 PM. This is the island from which Qingdao takes its name, literally, Green Island. The Island was used for military purposes for many years, and it features a lighthouse built by the Germans in the 1900s. The Japanese later built a bridge to the island. Visitors may also tour the botanical gardens and enjoy the views of Qingdao. ¥25.  

*  Baihuayuan Gardens (百花苑; Bǎihuāyuàn; lit. Hundred Flowers Park), 55 Yan'an First Road (延安一路55; Yán'ān Yīlù), +86 532 82862461. 8AM-6PM. Small park with lots of trees, flowers and sculptures. For many years it was the cemetary for foreigners, but the cemetary was destroyed during the Cultural Revolution. It is now a beautiful park with sculptures of writers, artists, and revolutionaries. ¥5.  

*  Qingdaoshan Park (青岛山(炮台遗址)公园; Qīngdǎo Shān(pàotáizhǐ) Gōngyuán; lit. Qingdao Moutain Battery Park Site), (Next to Baihuayuan Gardens), 0532-82962004. 8AM-5PM. This park is the site of the former German battery overlooking Jiaozhou Bay. Visitors can enjoy the park, as well as visit the battery structure and an exhibit on the history of the German military in Qingdao. ¥15.  

*  Zhongshan Park (中山公园; Zhōngshān Gōngyuán), 28 Wendeng Road (文登路28; Wéndēnglù). 6AM-6PM. ¥10.  

*  Xiao Yu Shan Park (literally, Little Fish Hill), 24 FuShan Access Road, (0532-82865645. 7:15AM-6:15PM. A park built in traditional Chinese style in 1983. It has great hilltop views of Qingdao especially during sunrise. ¥15.  

*  Xin Hao Shan Park (Signal Hill Park), 18 Lonshan Road, 0532-82794141. 6:00AM-9:30PM. This hill was originally used by the Germans as a signalling station, and was later turned into a park. It has lovely landscape and features a revolving tea shop offering a 360 degree panorama of Qingdao. Visitors will also see the Heart to Heart Bridge, where local couples place a heart-shaped padlock on the bridge to ensure that their relationship will last forever. ¥15.  

Museums

*  Qingdao Municipal Museum (青岛市博物馆; Qīngdǎoshì Bówùguǎn), 27 Meiling lu, Laoshan District (崂山区梅岭路27; Láoshānqū Méilǐnglù) (Bus 104, 230, 231, or 301 to Qingdao Museum Stop), 0532-88893336, Tu-Su April-September 9AM-5:30PM, October-March 9AM-4:30PM. This museum includes exhibits of art and antiquities of ancient to modern Qingdao, as well as exhibits on porcelain and calligraphy. ¥30.  edit

*  Qingdao Art Museum (青岛市美术馆; Qīngdǎoshì Měishùguǎn), 7 Daxue lu (大学路7; Dàxué),  ¥20.  

*  Haier Science and Technology Museum (海尔科技馆; Hǎiěr Kējìguǎn), 27 Meiling lu, Laoshan District (崂山区梅岭路27; Láoshānqū Méilǐnglù) (Bus 104, 230 or 231 to Qingdao Museum Stop, in the same building as Qingdao Municipal Museum), 0532-88899855. 9AM-5PM. A separate museum specially geared towards children. ¥20.  

*  Qingdao Underwater World/Qingdao Aquarium (青岛海底世界; Qīngdǎo Hǎishìjiè), (Located next to the #1 beach), Aquarium open daily. Qingdao is host to China's first public aquarium, opened in 1932. Today the "Underwater World" consists of four main areas on both sides of the street connected via an underground tunnel. One highlight is the moving platform that takes visitors in a tunnel through the aquarium, one can look all around and see fish from every angle. Also, do not miss the ever-popular mermaid shows. Be aware, however, that during the day and in the summer it will be packed with hoards of noisy children and tourists. Two of the exhibits do not have air-conditioning. ¥15.  

*  Polar Ocean World (青岛极地海洋世界), An aquarium focusing on polar animals, including polar bears and penguins. Newer and more modern than the Underwater World. It has a well known Beluga whale and dolphin show, as well as a daily large seal exhibition. ¥15 per adult.  

*  German Governor's Residence, (Ask for the Qingdao Guest House). A Bavarian-style castle where Mao stayed as well. Also the observatories on the hills around it are interesting for good views and museum sites.  

*  Qingdao German Prison Site Museum, 25 Changzhou lu, 0532-82868820. 8AM-5PM, April to November; 9AM-5PM, November to April. This building housed a prison built by the Germans. The visit begins with an exhibit of the good and bad sides of German and Japanese occupation, followed by a visit of the cells and torture rooms. The building originally housed German prisoners, but was later used to incarcerate Chinese prisoners under Japanese rule, as well as communist party members under the Kuomintang. The basement recreates the Japanese torture cells, complete with original implements and illustrations. RMB 15.  

*  Qingdao Naval Museum, 8 Laiyang lu, 0532-82874786. 8 AM - 5 PM. A museum with exhibits on the history of the Chinese navy, as well as full-size warships that visitors may tour. RMB 30.  

Other

*  Tsingtao Brewery (青岛啤酒厂; Qīngdǎo Píjiǔchǎng), 56 Dengzhou Road (登州路56‎; Dēngzhōu), 0532-3834337, 9:00AM-5PM. The brewery has some interesting exhibits and the bottling plant is fascinating.Inside the brewery you will see the history of the brewery and how beer was made in the late 19th and 20th century. Of course the ample free samples of beer (especially of the delicious unfiltered or "raw" beer) and free mug are likely to persuade you this place is worth a visit. ¥60.  

*  Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center. Qingdao was the location of the sailing events for the 2008 olympics. Visitors can see the plaza, lighthouse, and closing ceremonies site, as well as visit the restaurants and bars at the venue.  

*  Qingdao TV Tower, 10 Taipingshan Road, 0532 8365-4020. November - March, 9:00AM-7:00PM; April - October, 8:30AM-9:30PM. Visitors take the elevator to an outdoor observation deck that offers fantastic views of Qingdao. Tea, snacks, and beer are available inside, as are souvenirs and an exhibit on Qingdao's winning bid for the sailing competitions during the Beijing Olympics. ¥40.  

*  Qingdao Eastern Bear Park, 10 Laoshan Road, Qingdao City, 0532-88999666. 9:00AM-5:30PM. A new attraction in Qingdao that houses Asian Black Bears (Dog Bears) among others. The bears are segregated by age, and visitors can feed them the food provided. While the bears are interesting, there are large numbers crammed in relatively small spaces, and appear to be starving. Bear shows take place several times a day and feature bears with chains around their necks being hit by their trainers until they perform tricks, only to receive very small rewards. There is also a lovely park that has a separate entrance and entry fee, in which visitors can take the stairs to the top of a mountain, passing several temples en route. It is worth the walk up, if visitors are ok with contributing their money to the bear habitat. ¥150.  

Do

Beaches

Qingdao has some famous (within China) beaches worthy of visiting. Unfortunately, litter is a problem at all of them, ranging from the occasional cigarette butt to having to wade through a flotsam of trash just to get into the ocean itself. Your experience will vary depending on the tides and the time of year you visit. During summer weekends, Qingdao city beaches are VERY crowded (sometimes upwards of 100,000 people), and slightly less crowded on summer weekdays. Again, these can be packed full of people during the weekends. Bring sunscreen, while you can buy beach toys, food, drinks, and knick-knacks at any of Qingdao's beaches, surprisingly no one sells sunscreen at the beach itself. You can find bathing beaches all along the seaside from the Zhanqiao Pier to the Shilaoren Beach in the eastern suburbs.

*  Laoshan Beach (崂山浴场; Láoshān yùchǎng), (Just at the entrance to Laoshan National Park, about a 30 minute drive east of the city limits,). Surrounded by mountains and visited far less often than its alternatives, Laoshan beach is one of the best in town. Make sure to arrange transportation there and back, because taxis are harder to get there.  

*  Old Stone Man Beach (石老人浴场; Shìlǎorén yùchǎng), Donghai East Road and Haikou Road (东海东路 - 海口路) (Get there by bus 125 or 321). 24 hours. One of the best beaches within easy striking distance of the city. It is cleanish, very long and broad, with the highest waves. Tables, chairs, tents, boats, shower, changing facilities etc. are available for rent. Admission free; Shower and changing is now 10 RMB at the cheapest. In addition, you can store your items in a locker for another 10 RMB + a deposit of 30 RMB..  

*  Beach #1 (第一海水浴场; Dìyī hǎishuǐ yùchǎng), Nanhai Road (南海路) (CNY15-20 in taxi from the center; busses #6, #15, #26, #31, #202, #206, # 214, #219, #223, #228, #231, #302, #304, #306, #311, #312, #316, #317, #321, #501, #604, #605, #801 stop at near by bus stop Hai Shui Yu Chang (海水浴场; Hǎishuǐ yùchǎng)). 24 hours. Clean and full of amusement for children but often crowded. Very basic shower and changing facilities available. Surrounded by restaurants and hotels. Admission free. ¥5 for shower and changing facilities.  

*  Beach #2 (第二海水浴场; Dìèr hǎishuǐ yùchǎng), Shanhaiguan Road (山海关路; Shānhǎiguān lù) (CNY10-15 in taxi from the center; buses #26, #31, #202, #206, #214, #223, #228, #231, #304, #316, #317, #321, #501, #604, #801 stop at bus stop Wu Sheng Guan ([chinese; pinyin]) a bit north of the beach). Quiet beach. Entrance CNY2 in summer, else free.  

*  Beach #3 (City Beach) (第三海水浴场; Dìsān hǎishuǐ yùchǎng). Has a "plastic island" so you can swim far away and have a rest before coming back (but it is sometimes exhausting to swim in the waves).  

*  Beach #6 (Muscle Beach). Not very clean. ¥5 for very basic shower and changing facilities.  

International Beer Festival

Qingdao International Beer Festival, held at the end of August every year, is a celebration of Qingdao's brewing heritage. During the daytime, there are official ceremonies that celebrate Qingdao's heritage as well as carnival type rides, food and games. In the evening, the event really picks up as crowds flock to huge tents set up by each beer company with a presence in China. One can sit down and order beer or snacks. The price of food at night during the festival, however, is ridiculous. You cannot find Kebabs for anything less than CNY 10 per stick! One can also watch (or participate in) various performances such as karaoke, concerts, auctions, or comedy. The entertainment itself is tame and bland; 2009s best gig, by far, was a Phillipine cover band imitating Western songs. The International Beer Festival, unfortunately, no longer seems to have much of an international presence save the beer. Much of what you see now can be found at any Chinese carnival, park or civic celebration.

Other

*  Huangdao (黄岛). Providing there isn't persistent fog as is often in the area, one can take a ferry from Qingdao port to the neighbouring district of Huangdao. The city has mostly been built in the last 10-15 years and thus is completely devoid of character. That said, there are plenty of Japanese hostess bars, and a few Western drinking holes too, if you get tired of Qingdao's fare. The ferry prices generally range from 15-30RMB one way, but be advised that if the ferries aren't running the taxi fare is 200RMB+ back to Qingdao.  

*  Seafront walk. Walk along the sea front in the evening from beach 2 back into town to 6.  

Buy

*  Taidong Pedestrian Street (Taidong Buxingjie). The best area for buying stuff. Very "renao" (bustling), especially at night when the peddlers come out and you can buy all manner of trinkets, clothing, household wares, etc. While in Taidong be careful of the Pickpockets.  

*  Central Hong Kong Rd., (The stretch of Hong Kong Rd. between Fuzhou Rd. and Nanjing Rd.). To provision yourself, head out to this area. Carrefour sells grocery, food, and small electronics. It has a KFC. Jusco is part shopping mall, part grocery store and part department store. MyKal is an eight floor department store with a movie theatre on the top and a grocery store in the basement. Sunshine is a department store across from Carrefour that sells upmarket goods. The Hisense shopping centre located behind Jusco has many luxury goods stores, and a grocery store with possibly the best selection of western foods in Qingdao.  

*  Jimo Lu market. Do not miss this market, a great place to buy knock off Gucci, Prada, Louis Vitton as well as local retail goods. Recently refurbished and opening new shops across the street in a new plaza, it will soon become one of Qingdao's most popular retail markets.  

*  Zhong Shan Lu. Recently retrofitted for 2008, still boasts some of the oldest shops in Qingdao.  

Eat

Head to Yunxiao Road west of Fuzhou South Road for a large selection of restaurants of all Chinese varieties ranging from the local Shandong style, to Cantonese and Sichuan. Yunxiao Road is recognized as Qingdao's restaurant street, and serves up a wide variety of mouth watering dishes. Minjiang Road, near Fushou South Road (bordering on Qingdao's restaurant district), has several outstanding restaurants. The area is booming with foods from around the world.

Budget

Small cheap restaurants are found around the city, especially away from the main streets. Basic meals for less than ¥10.

Noodles

Noodle restaurants tend to be cheap, some options are:

Dumplings

Also, dumpling restauraunts tend to be cheap, some options are:

*  Sanheyuan (Ningxia Road Branch) (三合园水饺 (宁夏路店); Sānyuán Shuǐjiǎo (Níngxiàdiàn)), 147 Ningxia lu, Shinan District (市南区宁夏路147; Shìnán Níngxià), 0532-85838085. Expect to pay around ¥30-40 each person.  

*  Da Niang Dumplings (大娘水饺; Dàniáng Shuǐjiǎo), Fast food chain specialising in dumplings. Expect to pay around ¥20-25 each person.  

*  Shibei District Branch, 64 Taidong 3rd Rd, Shibei District (市北区台东三路64; Shìběi Táidōngsān).  

*  Shinan District Branch, Hong Kong Middle Road, Shinan District (市南区香港中路; Shìnán Xiānggǎngzhōng).  

Other

If you want something a bit more comfortable than the most basic restaurants, you can try one of the restaurants below where you can expect to pay around ¥20-40 each person:

Mid-range

Dim sum

*  Old Hong Kong Restaurant (香港老饭店; Xiānggǎnglǎo Fàndiàn), 42 Hong Kong Middle Road (Just below New York Club in the Hirun Hotel on Hong Kong middle Rd.), 0532-85978868. Better than average dim sum, clean upmarket atmosphere and decent service. Unfortunately their dim sum menu lacks English, but it is still definitely worth a try. Expect to pay ¥50-75 each person.  

*  Bifeng Tang (港记避风塘; Gǎngjì bìfēngtáng), 158 Minjiang Road (闽江路24), 0532-85776789. until 4AM. Hongkong dimsum and seafood. About average of ¥50 per person.  

Hotpot

*  Laoshan Pao Hotpot Restaurant (老山炮活鱼锅; Lǎoshānpàohuóyúguō), 20 Yunxiao Road (云宵路20), 0532-85784444, Hot pot, seafood. Expect around ¥50 each person.  

*  Tanyutou Hotpot Restaurant (谭鱼头火锅; Tányútóuhuǒguō), 14 Minjiang Road (闽江路14), 0532-85839076. Hotpot. Expect around ¥50 each person.  edit

Korean

*  Minsu Korean Restaurant (民俗酒家; Mínsújiǔjiā), 68 Shanghang Road (上杭路68), 0532-66777308. Korean BBQ. Expect to pay around ¥50 each person.  

*  Xiaobenjia Korean Restaurant (小本家; Xiǎoběnjiā), 58 Shanghang Road (上杭路58). Korean BBQ. Reservation is recommended. Expect to pay around ¥50 each person.  

Other

*  Shanglinyuan Restaurant (上林苑餐饮), 169 Minjiang Road, Shinan District (市南区闽江路169; Shìnán Mǐnjiāng), +86 532 85756188 (shang_linyuan@163.com, fax: +86 532 85756788), Shandong cuisine and seafood.  

*  Yumatou Seafood Restaurant (渔码头; Yúmǎtóu), 24 Yunxiao Road, Shinan District (市南区云霄路24; Shìnánqū Yúnxiāolù), +86 532 85733583. Seafood. Expect to pay around ¥75 each person.  

*  Heavenly Palace Old Mama Restaurant (天府老妈; Tiānfǔlǎomā), 54 Yunxiao Road (云宵路54), +86 532 85764906. Sichuan cuisine. Expect around ¥50 each person.  

*  Lao Chuancai (老转村四川菜馆; Lǎo zhuǎncūn sìchuān càiguǎn), 158 Minjiang Road (On Minjiang Road very near to the intersection with Fuzhou Road), +86 532 85772776. Probably one of the biggest and best Sichuan restaurants in Qingdao. This spot is part of a local chain of average Chinese restaurants. Expect ¥75-100 each person.  

Splurge

*  Haidao Seafood Restaurant (海岛渔村; Hǎidǎoyúcūn), 40 Yunxiao Road, Shinan District (市南区云霄路40; Shìnán Yúnxiāo), +86 532 85973058, Seafood. Expect to pay ¥75-100 each person.  

*  Monnemer Eck's, 173 Jiangxi Rd. (Right on the Jiangxi Rd. Bar strip not far from Charlie's Bar.), 0532-85921096. The closest thing to real German food in the city.  

*  Zijing Shandong Restaurant (紫晶鲁菜馆; Zǐjīnglǔcàiguǎn), Shandong cuisine. Claims to be the first restaurant in Qingdao to specialise in Shandong cuisine. Has both traditional dishes and modern ones. Expect around ¥125 each person.  

*  48 Minjiang Second Road, Shinan District (市南区闽江二路48; Shìnán Mǐnjiāngèr) (Buses 217, 222, 228), +86 532 85652888.

*  113 Fengshan Road, Licang District (李沧区峰山路113; Lǐcāng Fēngshān), +86 532 87631111.

Drink

Tsingtao is China's best-known brand of beer. The brewery was founded by Germans during colonial times. Every August there is a beer festival (check the listing in the "Do" section). Many European breweries participate. One of the neatest things about Qingdao is the ability to purchase fresh from the factory draft beer almost anywhere. You will often see kegs sitting outside most restaurants and snack stores. The beer is sold by weight (asking for "yi jin" gives you 500g, or half a litre), this will be served to you in a plastic bag! There are also numerous beer gardens where you can sit and drink from glasses, one glass of fresh beer ("san pi") only costs an incredible ¥1.5. The Tsingtao "san pi" is some of the best Chinese beer you can get. Don't worry, it's served cold.

Qingdao's nightlife scene continues to evolve. The Jiangxi Rd. strip located downtown near Hong Kong Middle Rd. continues to have more and more bars. There is also a new development called Zhonglian Plaza (中联广场) located at Nanjing Rd. and Ningxia Rd, that offers many large Chinese-style clubs. KTV (karaoke) is very popular activity amongst the locals. There are a few western style club/discos in the Hong Kong Road area close to the Jusco. Thanks to the very large Korean expat population, there are many Korean style bars or hofs as they are known in Korea. These are definitely worth a try if you've never been to Korea, or if you have and you like soju. Most of these bars can be found in the Hong Kong Gardens area.

*  Le Bang (乐邦), (Technically on Chengyi 1 Rd north of Hong Kong Rd., the official address is 2 Zhangzhou 2 Rd. Gate B. It's on the side street next to SOS), +86 532 85935279. 6PM to whenever the last paying customer leaves. A good first stop for travellers in the area is , a French expat bar. On Friday and Saturday nights there is an all you can drink ¥50 happy hour from 10PM-11PM. During weekdays there is always some kind of daily drink special. There are often French/continental nights. Drinks start at ¥15 and food starts at ¥25.  

*  Feelings Club, 83-85 Hong Kong Middle Road (Across the road from Xinjiazhuang bus stop), +86 532 85932929. 8PM to late. A large dance club that is often the most popular among Chinese, music there is strictly techno. Ladies should watch out as it is not called "Feeling" Club for nothing.  

*  SOS, 71 Hong Kong Middle Road (A 5 minute stumble west of Feelings Club on HK Road), +86 532 85969898. 8PM to 2AM. Formerly a part of the Shanghai Babyface chain. Name has changed but still the same Chinese techno loving, glow stick handling and dice rolling crowd, but often not as busy. ¥40 and up.  

*  Club New York, 41 Hong Kong Middle Road 2nd Floor (Go further west from SOS past Fuzhou Road), +86 532 85725666. There is a live band almost every night, that plays cover songs. The atmosphere is definitely more western oriented than other places. Drink prices are expensive at ¥40-50, although foreigners planning a lengthy stay are nearly always offered a free VIP card for permanent half price drinks.  

*  Freeman (自由人), 163 Jiangxi Road (Jiangxi Road near Hong Kong Middle Road), +86 15853211877. 6PM-2AM. Laid back western style bar, with plenty of different kinds of booze available and good service. ¥20 and up.  

*  Charlie's Bar, 167 Jiangxi Road (Jiangxi Road near Hong Kong Middle Road), +86 532 85897919. 6PM-2AM. Very similar to Freeman, but not as big and a slightly weaker selection. ¥20 and up.