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China’s Sailing City, with its abundance of natural beauty, talented human resources, three central business districts, and the new Blue Silicon Valley along with the Economic and Technological Development Zone (QETDZ) located in Huangdao, continues to attract tourists and international businesses from around the globe.
In 2014, QingdaoQingdao (青岛; 青島; QīngDǎo; TsingTao) is a picturesque coastal city that lies on the southern tip of China’s Shandong Peninsula, located in JiaoZhou Bay facing the Yellow Sea. With an annual average temperature of 12.2°C, the Sailing City is also a well-known holiday resort in China. Qingdao has six urban districts (ShiNan, ShiBei, LiCang, LaoShan, ChengYang, and HuangDao) and four county level cities (Jimo, JiaoZhou, PingDu, LaiXi) under its jurisdiction with 10,645 square kilometers of land and a population of more than 8.7 million. Before troops were garrisoned here by the imperial court of Qing in 1891, it had been a small coastal fishing village. Qingdao became a German concession in 1897 and was occupied by invading Japanese soldiers when the First World War broke out in 1914. The famous May 4th Movement was launched in 1919 and protesters, against the then Chinese government yielding to Japanese pressure, demanded the recommencement of sovereignty over the region. The city reverted to Chinese rule in 1922, but was occupied by Japan again during the Second World War. After World War II Qingdao served as the headquarters of the Western Pacific Fleet of the US Navy. After the end of the war with Japan on September 2, 1945, the U.S. Marines were ordered to participate in the occupation of certain areas of China primarily to assist Chiang Kai-shek’s government in the surrender and disarmament of Japanese troops. In October 1945 the USS Alaska, allowed by the Kuomintang, occupied the city which at that time was called Tsingtao. The 6th Marine Division, under the command of General Lemuel C. Shepherd (later Commandant of the Marine Corps), was ordered to carry out the mission in the Tsingtao-Chefoo area. The 6th Marine Division was deactivated on March 31, 1946 and the Tsingtao command size was sized down to become a reinforced brigade. In May, 1947, after more reductions in force, the command became Fleet Marine Force, Western Pacific (“FMFWesPac”). Some Marine units remained in Tsingtao until early May, 1949. Tsingtao was also the headquarters of the Western Pacific Fleet of the US Navy from 1945-1949 and the Marines provided security for the naval facility in the northwest part of the city. On June 2nd, 1949, the CCP’s Peoples Liberation Army entered the City; Shandong and local municipalities have been under PRC control since that time. As one of China’s most important independent coastal cities with state planning and budgeting powers including provincial power in economic management, the city has experienced rapid growth over the last decade. Qingdao’s Port is the second-largest such facility in China and handles imports of more natural rubber, cotton and crude oil than any other port in the country. The Qingdao Economic and Technological Development Zone (QETDZ), located in Huangdao, along with three Central Business Districts (one near the international marina & water sports center, east of May 4th Square and the city government building, the other in Shibei District near the city library and archives, and a third in Laoshan District near the international convention center) combine to form Shandong’s premier coastal international business Mecca and Blue Silicon Valley. Qingdao’s major industries include trade, light industry, home appliances, petrochemicals, vehicles, textile processing, food processing, machinery, pharmaceuticals, tourism and oceanography research. Qingdao is well known for its European architecture and attractive coastal landscape including mystical Mount Lao. With its abundance of natural beauty and growing human resources, the year-round schedule of international events and seasonal tourist attractions – coupled with extensive public transportation networks and beach resorts – make the city an ideal tourist destination for both domestic and international travelers. In 2008, Qingdao hosted the Sailing Regattas of the 29th Olympic Games as well as the 13th Paralympic Games and in 2009 welcomed sailors from the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR 2008-2009). In February 2014 the sailing city will once again welcome the sailors of the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race.
hosted the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, International Sailing Week (青岛国际帆船周), SINO CES (中国国际消费电子博览会), International Beer Festival (青岛国际啤酒节), and World Horticultural Exposition (青岛世园会), with the first Metro Lines coming in late 2015.