Qingdao is well connected by air to many Chinese cities, including Beijing (1 1/4 hr.), Guangzhou (2 hr. 45 min.), and Shanghai (70 min.). Tickets can be purchased at the CAAC office (Minhang Dasha) at Xianggang Zhong Lu 30 (tel. 0532/8577-5555; 24 hr.). International destinations served include Hong Kong, Seoul, Fukuoka, Tokyo, Pusan, and Bangkok. Dragonair (tel. 0532/8577-6159) has an office at the Hotel Equatorial, Xianggang Zhong Lu 28, as does Japan Airlines, Xianggang Zhong Lu 76 (tel. 0532/8571-0088). Qingdao's Liu Ting Airport (tel. 0532/8471-5777) is located 30km (19 miles) north of the city; the 40-minute taxi ride costs ¥80 to ¥100. Airport shuttles charging ¥20 depart from the Haitian Fandian (Haitian Hotel), and make a stop at the Equatorial Hotel on the hour between 6am and 9pm. The bus also meets incoming flights.
The brand-new D-series express trains from Beijing take 5 to 5 1/2 hours (6:57am D60, 10:51am D62, 2:58pm D52, 1:05pm D54, 5:19pm D56 and 7:53am D58, 5 hr.; 5:30pm D56, 5 1/2 hr.). The old overnight express train from Beijing (T26) takes 10 hours. A slow overnight train from Shanghai (K29) takes 19 1/2 hours, while the 10:30am D75 train takes 10 hours. Several trains a day connect to Weifang (2 hr.), Zibo (3-4 hr.), Ji'nan (4-5 1/2 hr.), Tai Shan (6 hr.), and Qufu/Yanzhou (7 hr.). Tickets can be bought at the railway station (tel. 0532/8297-5207) at Hai'an Lu 1, 5 days in advance.
The long-distance bus station is in the northern part of town, but the bus station (tel. 0532/4006-916916) just outside the railway station should serve most travelers' needs. Intra-province buses depart from the lot south of the railway station for Weifang (every 40 min. 6:30am-5:20pm; 2 hr. 40 min.; ¥49) and Ji'nan (every 1 hr. 6:50am-7pm; 5 hr.; ¥84-¥113). Purchase your tickets at the little green kiosks. Long-distance sleeper buses depart from the front of the railway station for destinations farther afield such as Shanghai (noon, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm; 11 hr.; ¥200) and Hangzhou (6pm, 3:50pm and 6:30pm; 14 hr, ¥310).
Ferries to Incheon, South Korea, run three times a week (Mon, Wed, Fri). Tickets can be bought at the Qingdao Port Passenger Terminal (Qingdao Gang Keyun Zhan) at Xinjiang Lu 6 (tel. 0532/8282-5001).
Downtown and the German Quarter can be toured on foot, but taxis and buses are more convenient ways to get to some of the beaches and attractions farther afield. Taxis charge either ¥10 for 3km (2 miles), then ¥1.70 per kilometer until 6km (5 miles), when the price rises to ¥2.55 per kilometer; or ¥7 for 3km (2 miles), then ¥1.20 per kilometer until 6km (5 miles), when the price rises to ¥1.80 per kilometer. Kilometer rates for either type of taxi increase by 50% after 10pm. Bus nos. 26 and 301 run from the railway station along the southern edge of the peninsula toward the commercial district on Xianggang Zhong Lu; the fare is ¥1.
A Tourism and Information Service Center (tel. 0532/8296-2000; 8:30am-6pm) is located 200m (656 ft.) to the left when you exit the railway station. They can provide information and direct travelers to sights and accommodations.
Tours & Guides
If you haven't become frustrated enough by other CITS offices around the country, you can give this one a shot. It's is located at Xianggang Xi Lu 73 (tel. 0532/8389-3001; fax 0532/8389-3013). For the latest information on the city and the rest of the province, look for the monthly English-language Red Star magazine, available at most international hotels or on the Internet at www.myredstar.com.
Banks, Foreign Exchange & ATMs -- The Bank of China at Yunxiao Lu 1 (tel. 0532/8286-1234) has an ATM and is open for foreign exchange Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday from 9:30am to 4pm. Another branch at Zhongshan Lu 68 has similar hours. An HSBC ATM is also conveniently located inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel (Yizhong Huangguan Jiari Jiudian).
Internet Access -- If you're traveling with your own laptop, most hotels offer free in-room high-speed Internet connections. There is a small Internet cafe across from the post office on Anhui Lu. It's open from 9am to midnight.
Post Office -- Located at Anhui Lu 5 (8am-6pm) and another in the commercial district at Xianggang Zhong Lu 56 (8:30am-5:30pm).
Visa Extensions -- The PSB office for visa extensions (tel. 0532/6657-3259; Mon-Fri 8:30-11:30am and 1:30-5:30pm) is inconveniently located in the eastern part of town at Ningxia Lu 272. Bus no. 301 runs there from the railway station.