Qingdao is regarded by some Chinese as one of the most beautiful and cleanest cities in China. With a population of around 3.5 million (8 million regional) it is one of the largest cities in Shandong Province.
The name Qingdao means The Blue/Green Island. In 2011, the China Institute of City Competitiveness named Qingdao China's most livable city.
Qingdao's early summer is quite an enjoyable season, although it can be humid near the sea shore. Late summer can become hot, while other places of Northern China start to feel cooler. The climate in late fall and winter can be harsh but snow patches can generally last no longer than a few days. Qingdao is an ideal destination if you want to combine sea-side fun with your trip to China.
The city is relatively clean and orderly and might give the impression of an upcoming wanna-be Singapore.