Beautiful city —Qingdao
Qingdao has beautiful scenery and pleasant climate. A harmonious picture of mountains, sea and city is painted in which one can see the winding coastline, islands and beautiful buildings whose red-roofs are held in the embrace of verdant trees. Many of the European-style buildings used to be home to many famous figures. Qingdao is famous in China for its delicious fresh seafood. The Laoshan Scenic Area has an important position in sightseeing because of its beautiful scenery, natural pearls and exquisite crafts. Qingdao beer (Tsingtao beer), a popular beer brand in the world, is produced in Qingdao, allowing tourists to easily get the freshest Qingdao Beer in Qingdao.
Population: There are seven urban districts (Shinan, Shibei, Sifang, Licang, Laoshan, Chnegyang and Huangdao) and five county-level cities (Jiaozhou, Jimo, Pingdu, Jiaonan and Laixi) under the juris diction of Qingdao. The total area of Qingdao is 10,654 square kilometers which the urban area totals 1,102 square kilometers. The population of Qingdao totals 7,206,800 while the urban population is 2,467,700.
Climate: Qingdao has a northern temperate zone monsoon climate with the characteristics of a marine climate, such as moist air, abundant rainfall and four distinctive seasons. It is neither hot in summer nor too cold in winter. The annual average temperature is 12.7°C. The hottest month is August with an average temperature of 25℃ and the coldest month is January when the temperature averages 1.3℃.
As a coastal open city, a national historical and cultural city and a key national landscape preservation city, Qingdao has been developing in the areas of municipal planning, ecological environment and residential housing by upholding the concept of "beautiful environment and comfortable habitation". Accordingly, it has created a living environment, which is noted for coordinated economic and social development, harmonious coexistence between man and nature, unique city identity, beautiful mountain and sea views, clean environment, complete functions and comfortable life. It has been cited as a national clean city, one of the best tourist cities in china, a national garden city, a model city for environmental protection, and a national model city for water conservation. In addition, it has won the U.N. and national prizes for habitable environment, and the title of a national civilized city.