Qingdao Old & New
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Approximately 3 Hours
Visit Tianhou Palace -- a place where local residents worship the sea goddess. Built in the 15th century, the palace is one of the very few remaining structures from pre-German Qingdao. It is also a Chinese folklore museum with plenty of artifacts on display. Visit the former German Governor's Residence. This beautifully maintained building provides a good overview of the benefits Qingdao gained from the Germans and the prominence of this venue ever since. It is a lovely mansion on the outside and plenty of original century-old furniture, artifacts, and historical photographs are on display inside. Your next stop is at the state-of-the-art Olympic Sailing Center. Qingdao hosted the sailing events at the 2008 Summer Olympic in Beijing. The center is located about two miles along the coast from downtown Qingdao. It was officially opened two years before the Olympics. Test events were conducted throughout the years and it is still active now as a major venue for sailing events in China.