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“Take a stroll, enjoy the views and a fantastic sunset” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Small Qingdao Island

Small Qingdao Island
Qinyu Road, Shinan District, Qingdao 266002, China
0532-82863944
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Ranked #20 of 284 things to do in Qingdao
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Take a stroll, enjoy the views and a fantastic sunset”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Calm, relaxing, quiet and serene sum this place up. It is small. The entrance is easy enough to find. The long walk past the naval museum backgate is interesting. The lighthouse reminded me greatly of being in the UK. There are some interesting historical features including an old missile silo and tracks, I think they may have been added by the Chinese fleeing an invasion or by the Japanese occupiers. Signage is sparse. It is a great place to lose yourself in thoughts.

Visited February 2015
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Qingdao, China
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“Lovely look at Qingdao”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Nice and calm island which gives a new perspective on Qingdao. Enjoy the view and a short stroll in the early morning!

Visited November 2014
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Qingdao, China
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“It is a small island”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

The entrance to Small Qingdao Island is beside Luxan Park, a China National Park, the park is inviting but be aware, the rocks beside the ocean are rugged and crossing them without athletic style shoes is not wise. Although taxis go out to the Island, most people walk from the main road. The admission is CNY 10. Several seafood restaurants are located beside the walk out. The word island is something of a misnomer since the roadway/ causeway is built on dirt and rock built up to connect the mainland to the island. This is also true of Maidao Island, on the east end of the city.

For some exercise and a scenic walk, this is a nice trip. It can be done in an hour. Benches are located with scenic views. On a clear day, there are photo ops for shooting the city, the beach area and the statue of a woman playing a lyre. be aware the sun will be on the back of the statue in the afternoon so for best shots, a morning visit is appropriate. The lighthouse itself is surrounded by trees and there is no unobstructed photo access. It does present some nice through the trees style shots in the fall and winter. There's also a path between the rocks in a sort of grotto that would be nice for some HDR photos.

A good view of the Chinese Naval Museum's ships, planes, and artillery is available from the side of the island toward the mainland. A visit to the museum can be combined with a trip to Small Qingdao Island. The entrance to the museum is about 50 meters west of the Luxan park and Small Qingdao Island entrance. The city wraps around most of the island. The main road is serviced by at least a dozen bus routes. Googling "Qingdao Bus Routes" will produce a page that allows one to enter the address of your location and the address you're going to. The page will tell you which bus routes service your destination.

If you have kids with you, be aware serious falls are possible for persons not following the paths.

Visited December 2014
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“a nice walk”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This was better when it had a fantastic cafe - there is a light house and great views of Qingdao from the water. go to the naval museum right beside it first as the entrance is on a different street but the exit is right on the entrance to the walkway to the island.

Visited September 2014
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“Small entrance fee, one of the prettiest views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

For a really small entrance fee you can pass a long pier and walk around a small island in front of Qingdao with a lighthouse. The park is nicely decorated, you will see pretty flowers and trees as well as some nice pieces of art (a statue with a lyra, that is really enchanting) During summer you can enjoy cold beverages and lie around in the sun. I highly recommend this island, the small fee is absolutely worth it and you can walk to Lu Xun Park from there. (Which is also really nice ^^)

Visited March 2014
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