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- Well worth the visit even if you are not a beer drinker!! Interesting background on beer and beer brewing in China. The tour ends with a walk through the brewing process and a sample beer.Written July 26, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- The museum is clean and has a fairly detailed history of when it was constructed and who lived there. The Germans were very busy when they were in Qingdao and this museum touches on their impact with city design, architecture, beer and sewer systems.
In addition to the German governor's who lived here the museum goes through the history of who else has resided here including Mao Zedong, Ho Chi Minh and other foreign dignitaries.
You cannot take pictures of the interior and not all the signs and displays are translated to English. The key figures in photographs have English names displayed.
The closest metro is Hall of People and the entry cost is 13 RMB.Written March 27, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- We were passing Museum on the way to Small Qingdao Island 🌴. It was closed and reconstruction ongoing or finalising new main building. Boats 🚤, submarines, airplanes ✈️ and many army artefacts outside and inside. For adults and small boys to enjoy 😉 naval military sideWritten March 7, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Situated outside of QD, the museum is reachable by public transportation. But it takes a good while to get there.
The architecture of this museum is that for the New China typical gigantism style: not very welcoming.
On the other hand, the artifacts are well displayed, the visitors are well guided through the ages and epochs.
I visited it twice. In the meantime, I saw a lot more museums in China - with more exciting architecture (i.e. NIngbo!)Written October 11, 2019
- This place gave me the creeps. I came in the morning and was the first tourist to enter the museum. I'd agree with the previous reviews that this is NOT the place for the faint hearted as they did display some black and white photos of German soldiers beheading Chinese criminals. And, unfortunately there is very little in English.
Going through the prison is what gave me the heebeejeebees. I'd walk in the prison. No one else was in the building and no one else came in with me. Silence. Then, all of the sudden these "people" (wax figures) appear out of no where!
Going through the dungeon also gave me the creeps as the Japanese invented "water boarding" as a form of torcher. Also the death chambers are located on the same floor.
It was free when I visited.Written January 29, 2012
- This temple, I guess is no longer consecrated due to the fact that photos are allowed throughout, and there are no visible monks, makes a nice backdrop to what is effectively a cheap arts and crafts market. No entry fee but worth a quick look if you are passing .Written March 5, 2015
- Every time i go to travel,i away writ a post card and sent to my friends, Qingdao posts museum is very big, also have a area to you to write post card, in front of the museum also have mailbox it is very convenience. the thing that i want to express it that this place is so beautiful, you just walk around, you can feel there lifestyle is very relax, every single street can be a painting, the shop around museum also worth to visit, Qingdao is so worth to visit if you slow down your pace of life .Written November 21, 2016
- If you've been to Beijing and Shanghai, you're probably familiar with their respective urban planning museums. This one in Qingdao is quite new and possibly more impressive than its counterparts in Beijing and Shanghai. In the middle of the museum is the biggest 3D model of a city I've ever seen. In many ways, this museum explains modern Qingdao better than the Qingdao Museum. I would combine the two, using the Qingdao Museum as a guide to everything up to the German occupation and using this Qingdao Urban Planning Museum to explore recent history and the future of this seaside city. The museum is free but is mostly in Chinese with little English. However the excellent 15 minute short film they show does have English subtitles.Written June 22, 2017
- Having been to be beer museum three times I was pleased to see that there was also a wine museum available in QIngdao. 50 RMB seemed relatively cheap compared to other tourist sites and our visit was worth the cost. The museum is well done and offers a range of information in both English and Chinese (something that should not be taken for granted in China). You can learn about the history of different wines including the growth of the wine industry in China. We were encouraged to visit thriving vineyards in other parts of Shandong Province and to find out more about Chinese wine. The tasting session at the end was sadly limited to the museums own wine (which was at best drinkable). It would have been fun to be taught how to sample wine properly but I guess this is China, not the French Loire Valley! The beer museum is a short walk away and also worth a trip.Written October 2, 2014
- This museum is a little bit rusty and in need of some more descriptions and care and facilities. That being said it was great to be able to walk in the two naval ships parked there. Great view of the harbor as well.Written April 14, 2017
- I think they claim to be the largest collection in China if not the World. Had many nice shells but not the museum quality I would expect. Worth a visit if you have time, wouldn't suggest unless love shells, wouldn't substitute for a different activity.
Staff was friendly and helpful.Written April 29, 2018
- Placed on seaside surrounded by outside gallery connected with seaside path close to Shilaoren beach. Very good chance to have a look inside when walking 🚶♀️ from downtown to Shilaoren beach 🏝Written March 5, 2020
Frequently Asked Questions about Qingdao
- These places are best for specialty museums in Qingdao:
- Qingdao Beer Museum
- Qingdao Site Museum of the Former German Governor's Residence
- Navy Museum
- Qingdao Museum
- Qingdao Germany Prison Museum Site
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