Badaguan Scenic Resort
Badaguan Scenic Resort
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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AJ @ CK
Beijing, China106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
I think some people seem to misunderstand what this area is, so let me be clear: it is a few residential streets. That's it. The Chinese name for the area ('scenic resort') is perhaps misleading to tourists from overseas. The shady streets, quiet atmosphere and the German architecture is what makes this area lovely to wander around and take a few photos.

There are a couple of cafe/restaurants though, including the lovely Garden Cafe (pictured), and a fun succulent museum if you're a plant-lover.
Written September 7, 2020
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KMC
Qingdao, China31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
The old street lamps, the tree-lined avenues, the silence, and that nostalgic feeling upon seeing so many old German homes, reminds me of my time in Germany. I visit this area almost every weekend. Improvements are being made yearly, and efforts to convert derelict homes into quaint cafes have been mostly successful.
Written March 19, 2022
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cdemma
Melbourne, Australia66 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Family
This is the best place in Qingdao to have a stroll or rest if you have a couple hours or afternoon to spare. You can walk along the streets admiring the buildings or find the park and sit down nex to the pond listening to the birds. However, only one building is open to visitors and watch out the always present groups taking wedding photos.
Written September 30, 2014
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Amy L
Hangzhou, China543 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Solo
I really expected this to be like the French Concession area of Shanghai... lovely shops and cafes, with at least one German restaurant featuring a nod to history. Nope. Tree-lined streets and one popsicle vendor.
I really didn’t get the appeal and just felt like I wasted time going there.
Maybe if it hadn’t been so very, very hot and very, very humid; or if I hadn’t been so hungry with no sign of food, it would have been a pleasant stroll to see trees... but, I doubt it.
The beach isn’t even enough of a draw to bring me back.
Written August 19, 2020
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jameshuang
Taipei, Taiwan2,007 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
Badaguan Scenic Area (八大觀景區) is located east of Qingdao railroad station / south of Qingdao Zhongshan Park (青島中山公園). It is about 4.8 km (3 mi) by car from the railroad station. This historical mansion area is situated near the coastline of Qingdao. The name Badaguan came from the original 8 streets inside the area which are Zijingguan Road (紫荊關路), Ningwuguan Road (寧武關路), Shaoguan Road (韶關路), Jiayuguan Road (嘉峪關路), Hanguguan Road (函谷關路), Zhengyangguan Road (正陽關路), Linhuaiguan Road (臨淮關路), and Juyongguan Road (居庸關路) . Today it has two later added roads: Shanhaiguan Road (山海關路) and Wushengguan Road (武勝關路). All the roads are named after great military forts of the ancient Great Wall.

We took the No. 3 subway to the Zhongshan Park station and walked for less than 10 minutes to the beginning of Ningwuguan Road (甯武關路). We were now in the Badaguan area. We walked on the sidewalk with the foreign style mansions along the road. It is a quite unique place to have houses with the different styles of Germany, US, UK, France, Russia, Denmark, Spain, Japan, Greece, Switzerland, etc. Some of the buildings were converted to nursing homes, hotels, restaurants and vacation houses. Each house has its own yard and garden with a fence. Public gardens and rest areas were covered by trees, flowers and grasses. There are some houses open to public, and we visited the navy blue color Princess House (公主樓) first. It is a three story Danish rural villa which was a gift for a princess by the prince. Its garden has some large music instrument artworks and fairy tale figures from the storybooks we read when we were children. You can see the layout of original setting inside the building. Our 2nd visit was the newly opened (2017) Spanish Villa (西班牙風情館) on the opposite side of Princess House. It is a total different environment; we saw pirates, bullfighting and some music instruments inside the villa. Next is the key and most well-known building in Badaguan – the Huashi House (花石樓) which is at the south end of Badaguan overlooking the ocean. This five-story building looks more like a castle than a house and used only natural granite to sculpt the entire exterior walls. This house is famous not only because of its unique outlook but also because of famous residents who have stayed here. Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石, the President of the Republic of China between 1928 and 1975) and two famous Chinese communist high-ranking officials - Chen Yi (陳義) and Dong Biwu (董必武) - have stayed here for a short time. The last popular building we visited was the Butterfly House (蝴蝶樓) - a Qingdao Film Museum. The name of the location came from the actress of movie "Peach Blossoms after the Robbery" (劫後桃花) which was filmed here in 1935. Inside we saw some ancient filming equipment, pictures of the actor / actress and the films shot in Qingdao.

The most popular activity in Badaguan is wedding photography; we saw at least a dozen of couples along the roads and near the ocean even though it was a foggy and occasional raining day. We also went to the No. 2 City Beach nearby and enjoyed the wind and the open seas beside those beautiful buildings, roads, trees and flowers. You need to walk a lot, so wearing comfortable shoes is essential. Water and a hat are recommended.
Written July 29, 2018
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SOH KIEN PENG
Singapore, Singapore6,668 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Couples
I like Qingdao's architectural landscape which showcases an array of the traditional Chinese oriental styled temples, pagodas, pavilions, pier, gardens combined with the uniquely European Gothic, Medieval, renaissance and modern architectural styled churches, sanitarium, mansions, castles, sculptures, TV Tower, parks. Both styles harmoniously strengthen the touristy value of this beautiful seaport.

The German occupied Qingdao for less than 20 years but it had miraculously transformed the primitive oriental fishing village into a dynamic beautiful European city of the Far East. While we condemn the exploitative nature of the German colonialists, the `contribution' injects a new plethora of architectural fresh ideas into this part of China.

Badaguan Scenic Resort is one of that German `contributions' of a concentrated picturesque sanitarium originally meant to serve the interests of the imperialists and their families but today, it is one of the best spots for wedding photography and a resort for the politicians to meet foreign dignitaries and for leisure and relaxation in Qingdao.

The name `Badaguan' is a Chinese word which means the `Eight Passes' referring to the eight passes in ancient China. It also refers to the eight avenues in this resort area though currently there are ten avenues.

The whole resort area borders from the Second Bathing Beach to the Third Bathing Beach. I was staying at a hotel at Huiquan Square and I woke up on an early morning and took my stroll to the second beach and visited this resort area. The coastline was awesome and the resort area was quiet and serene on that early morning with the many cypress trees planted along the avenues.

I visited a beautiful pond and a garden but I was attracted by the scenic beach coastline that runs parallel to the resort. From the beach, I could see the impressive granite castle building of Huoshilou. The castle was once the sanitarium resort where General Chiang Kai Shek came here for relaxation with his family before his Kuomintang army was defeated by the communists and he fled to Taiwan.

Not all the architectural designs of the mansions here were impressive and as most of these mansions are privately owned, admission for tourists is prohibited. It would be ideal if some of the mansions especially those near the coastline are open for public viewing. The view should be spectacularly mesmerizing when one stands at the upper high floor of the mansions looking beyond the azure sea horizon and appreciating the beauty of the scenic coastline of Qingdao.

But for that quiet moment in the morning, a stroll to this resort is equally relaxing and rejuvenating.
Written November 3, 2015
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Dingos8baby
Pacifica87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Friends
The castle where Chiang Kai Shek and Soong Mei Ling briefly lived is fascinating, and the beach area and boardwalk are wonderful. Also a stop at Imeroui, which is a bar/coffee shop/B & B is very nice. White lights illuminate it at night, and two big trees grow from floor to ceiling in the bar/café area, the staff is lovely, and they have stuffed bears and more for sale. Lots of handicrafts for sale in the beach area too, as well as shells and cotton candy.
Written October 19, 2017
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Miffylover888
Marina Bay, Singapore26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Couples
Perhaps we visited during the low season so we felt very relaxing and peaceful when we just randomly walked along all the streets in this area. The two major buildings - Princess Tower and Huashi House look great. Must also take a walk along the beach nearby (thought it's very windy and cold during winter).
Written December 28, 2015
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HeatherBallantyne
Tauranga, New Zealand256 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Solo
Badaguan is an area built by Germans - you can only get into a few buildings - but it is a nice place to walk around and relax. Look at the architecture and realise you are still in China. Visit the German prison and the Government Guest house (used to be the German governors mansion) for a bit of early Qingdao history. Also there are two cathedrals that both survived communism. all within walking distance of the beach.

Entry fees to the buildings are minimal. A great restaurant in the basement of the mansion.
Written September 3, 2014
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Mei L
Singapore, Singapore527 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Couples
Entrance into the villas themselves is either restricted or ticketed. We didn't actually get to enter the villas as there were long lines of tourists all waiting to enter the villas as well (we visited on a regular weekend). Otherwise the tree-lined streets surrounding the villas make for a nice respite and a pleasant walk. Be prepared to walk back into town too once you get to Badaguan as taxis are practically nonexistent.
Written November 3, 2013
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