Qingdao - "pearl
on the Yellow Sea"
as a "pearl on the Yellow Sea, " Qingdao (population 7.03
million, area 10,456 square kilometres) is surrounded on three sides
by water, with Laoshan Mountain as a backdrop. Qingdao's red-tiled
roofs and verdant foliage complement its picturesque setting. Its
fine beaches, pleasant climate and popular beer brewery make it
widely appealing to tourists both at home and abroad. Qingdao, which
is the finest aquatic sports centre in Asia, is well known for water
competitions. Thus it is no surprise that the
International Sail-Boating Association judged that Qingdao is capable
of becoming the site of the sailing contest after Beijing won the
bid for hosting the 2008 Olympics.
port of Qingdao in East China's Shandong
Province has become the 16thlargest in the world with a handling
capacity of at least 100 million tons of cargo a year. The port
has navigation routes to more than 400 ports in 130 countries and
regions worldwide. The port's container handling capacity has been
increasing at an annual rate of between 30 per cent and 40 per cent
during the past few years. All the world's top 10 container-shipping
companies do business with the port.