Qingdao, an old port city situated on southern coast of Shandong, is a quaint and popular spot. It lies between mountain and sea, a well-chosen coastal port with clear deep waters and a comfortable climate.
For thirty-three years, up to 1949, Qingdao was a colony of Germany and Japan. Thus, Qingdao has a great deal of European architecture. This foreign architecture -a remnant of the colonial past- now beautifies this seaside city.
The red roofs, green trees, blue sea, and azure sky form a bright and colorful picture of Qingdao. The city is sometimes known as the Switzerland of the Orient.