Qingdao is located on the southeast coast of Shandong Peninsula, in the east of Jiaodong Peninsula and in the frontal zone of China-Japan-South Korea free trade area. It borders on Yellow Sea, facing Korean Peninsula across the sea, adjacent to Yantai in the northeast, connected to Weifang in the west and neighboring Rizhao in the southwest. It has a total area of 11,282 km2, administering 7 districts and managing 3 county-level cities. Qingdao has a population of around 3.5 million (8 million regional) and is the largest city in Shandong Province. The name Qingdao means The Blue/Green Island. In 2012, Qingdao was named China's most livable city.
Qingdao is the host city of sailing races of 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and of the 13th Paralympic Games, known as the Sailing City of China, the World Beer City, and one of the Happiest Cities of China.
Qingdao is an international marine scientific research and education center where reside 26 universities such as Shandong University (Qingdao Campus), Ocean University of China, China University of Petroleum. Another 29 universities such as Tsinghua University and Peking University have been introduced into Qingdao.
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. Catholic Church was built in 1910 and has an auditorium and bell tower, both of which are open to visitors. Another landmark is Zhanshan Temple. This temple was built in 1945 and boasts a large collection of skillfully carved statues of Buddha and Buddhist scriptures.
Being a German colony for a while, the city has proudly kept these typical buildings' characteristics which grant it the name of the "Orient Switzerland", a scenery rarely seen in all mainland China. In Qingdao, red roofs, green trees, blue sea, and azure sky form a bright and colorful picture that never let visitors down.