Laoshan Scenic Area

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Laoshan Scenic Area
4.5
Bodies of Water • Mountains • Forests
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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One of China's most celebrated scenic areas, Laoshan presents a panorama of mountains, cliffs, waterfalls and temples.
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada1,597 contributions
Busy Day at Laoshan
Mar 2021 • Couples
We enjoyed our day at Laoshan but wish the weather was better. We hit a hazy day when we went so the views went in and out. Once at the top you can see most peaks but you might not get the coastal views you are hoping for due to haze and fog some days.

For us we started with Yangkou and hiked up and down in two hours and offered great ocean views and some very claustrophobic inducing walkways (including Mitian Cave). After this we went to Taiqing to take the cable car up (it was open in March 2021) and hiked down which took 2.5 hours. Taiqing had more Taoist areas including a couple of temples, tea gardens and a very uneven walking path. We enjoyed Yangkou more as it had better views in our opinion.

After we finished at Taiqing we realized that there is a bus system that goes throughout the Laoshan Scenic area that is included in the ticket price of 120 RMB. 120 RMB covers entrance at all gates for two days but the cable cars are extra. Taiqing cable car is 45 RMB one way and the rest are 40 RMB one way. Laoshan cola is available in this area but many of the shops were not well stocked when we were here in March. We found the food was not overly appealing so we would recommend you bring your own. Drinks were also double the price in this area.

We would recommend starting at the Laoshan Mountain Tourist Center (Laoshan Scenic Area - Tourist Services Center in Didi). The weather can change quite frequently in the area - we experienced warm weather in Yangkou but got a blast of cold mountain air in Taiqing. We would recommend layers and a good pair of shoes. We went in spring but my wife was constantly bundling up and adjusting layers.

We wish that better information was available online before we arrived in Qingdao so we hope the map we picked up helps you plan your trip! We felt like we missed out on Yufeng and will be back one day as that is where that one really good looking bridge is that we have seen in so many pictures of Laoshan.
Written March 28, 2021
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Asianexpert
Asianexpert160 contributions
Nice day-tour - great senic spots
Jul 2020
We did not expect much when we started our self-organized tour to the Laoshan mountains. Nevertheless, we were pleasantly surprised by the scenic spots, nature and beautiful views. Overall - the area is quite well maintained. At one spot, one can take a cable car to get uphill - which we did. Early July 2020 there were not many tourists there, so the area wasn't very crowded. It's also worth to stroll through the tea gardens. The beaches are nothing special if you have been at other places in Asia or at Sanya. We paid 1200 CNY for the hire of a 7-seater van including driver and guide fee - in total the tour took us about 8 hours.
Written August 6, 2020
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Sillypiggys
Sydney, Australia1,050 contributions
Spectacular in winter!!
Jan 2020 • Family
Snow capped peaks in winter! Perfect time to visit with barely any visitors. Spectacular views from the top! Great for hikers. We caught the 104 bus which starts at Taidong and travels down to the Xianggang West and Xianggang East Road (the West road becomes the East Road) along the coast until you reach Laoshan about 35km away. The cost is RMB3 from Taidong (terminus) to the Tourism Office of Laoshan. You just hop on and the ticket lady will tell you the correct fare to pay her. You need to book your tickets to the Laoshan scenic areas at the Tourism office before entering the park. Cost is RMB120 pp (low season) and RMB90 for students. Peak is RMB150 and RMB105 respectively. We then took one of the private driver’s offer of RMB300 for the day and she took us along the coast to see the Frog Rock, Laozhi statue, a look out to the Tea plantation and then Huayan Temple where we did a hike for a 1.5 hour round trip up the mountain. The temple was only 20mins walk up. We started at 10am and returned to Taidong around 6pm. The bus trip was 1hr in the morning (no traffic) but 2 hrs on the way back (peak weekday traffic). The private drivers speaks virtually no English and will try to take you to tea houses to sample teas and coerce you to buy or encourage you to eat at one of the restaurants. They won’t force you so gently decline if you are not interested. Note: there are no food options other than these restaurants so bring snacks or eat a good breakfast before you head out!!
Written January 9, 2020
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Sonnevy O
Kansas City, MO511 contributions
Scenic drive
Nov 2019 • Couples
A nice drive from Qingdao along the waterfront to the top of the hill where there were some tea rooms available for tasting.I recommend 4-5 hrs to visit this place as there are some areas that we did get to especially the photos spots.Be aware there’s an entrance fee and another fee to the photos hotspots.
Written November 21, 2019
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SagittdviL
50 contributions
Just OK...
Sep 2019 • Business
Unless you are a hiking lover.
Though the organisation provide several transportation for visitor, but you need to keep on changing the shuttle bus & cable car. It may me feel like riding the transport more than seeing & enjoy the scenery.
Written October 10, 2019
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Sak I
Orange, Australia405 contributions
Expensive Trip
Sep 2019
I visited the Taiqing Area. The entrance fee was 130 yuan including all the bus fares in the area. The entrance fee for Taiqing Temple was 27 yuan. I also paid the ropeway fare 80 yuan for a round trip. I expected Laoshan was the best tourist attraction in Qingdao and it was, but it was not worth paying so much money.
Written September 11, 2019
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Furious_Buddhist
Ashburn, VA71 contributions
Natural splendor with a dose of religion
Jun 2019 • Family
The park is beautiful and clean, with breathtaking views of mountains and open ocean. Coming from the US, it is striking how similar it looks to Southern California landscapes. The Taoist temples and the huge statue of Laozi (the founder of Taoism) pointing to heaven and Earth, remind visitors that this park is in China. That KFC next to the temple complex? It is also a symbol of the new China, and its love affair with American-style fried chicken.

Hiking and spiritual growth can be found here, with views that can satisfy both. Take a tram up the mountain if you have less time, and watch for the different rock formations along the way. Overall, it is a very healthy and satisfying place to spend a day.
Written August 28, 2019
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Nick O
14 contributions
Climbing to the top
Aug 2019
There are three 3,000ft plus peaks in the park, The highest one, Jufeng Peak, is closed but one can climb Lingqi peak in the Jufeng region - great views and an easy climb up steps
Written August 10, 2019
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Lawrence K
Hong Kong, China28 contributions
Beautiful place for hiking
Jun 2019 • Solo
This is a very large national park, with interesting rock formations and ancient Taoist temples. There are three main entrances, South, East and North. The South entrance is the one to head for if you just have a day. From there you can see the largest temple in the park, hike up the mountain, take a cable car, and view a waterfall. One can easily spend the whole day there and not see all there is to see.
Written June 19, 2019
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FairyMantra
Singapore, Singapore530 contributions
Very nice scenery
May 2019 • Family
We booked a taxi for one day RMB400 to make a trip to Laoshan Scenic area and city tour in the afternoon. The air is so fresh and the garden is so green almost without any pollution. I'm not sure if joining a tour group locally be fun but It is definitely a nice place to visit at our own leisure.
Written May 30, 2019
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