Qingdao, also known as Tsingtao, is famous for being China's beer capital and home to the Tsingtao brewery.
Citizens of most nationalities will need a visa to visit China including American crew members. The number of entries depends on how many times your ship leaves China and enters a non-Chinese port. The Chinese consulate does not like to issue multi-entry visas so provide them with your itinerary when applying for the visa.
Update 2015 - Effective Mar 2015, long-term visas valid for 10 yrs are now available and should cost the same as short-term visas.
Where You're Docked
Cruise ships dock at a Qingdao pier approximately 2 miles north of town. Shuttles are usually provided to get you to the city center.
Money and Tipping
Taxis are inexpensive in China. Most taxi drivers do not speak English so make sure you have your destination written out in Chinese. Also make sure your driver uses the meter.
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Shopping & Restaurants
The city's main street is Zhong Shan Road. Taidong Pedestrian street can be found near beer street. Central Hong Kong Road has shopping centers, department stores and grocery stores.
Try cafes for free Wifi. Facebook is blocked in China.
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