Business Travel

Tips for doing business in Qingdao

The app, the conversation starter and the bar that should be on your radar for a business trip to Qingdao, China

The app: Qingdao travel guide

This app for iOS devices is a great way to discover the city, with tips on where to stay and eat, along with a list of must-see sights throughout the former German colony.


Conversation starter: aviation landmark


Strike up a conversation about Qingdao’s biggest infrastructure project: its new international airport in Jiaozhou. It’s expected to be operational by the end of 2019 and will connect to the city’s high-speed rail and subway systems. The airport is positioned as a regional aviation hub, in particular serving as a gateway to Japan and South Korea.   

After hours: Q BAR

Business toolkit, Qingdao

Wind down with colleagues at Q Bar, a lounge on the first floor of the Shangri-La Hotel Qingdao in the city’s downtown. The bar is known for live music and classic drinks done well, and has a daily happy hour from 6pm to 8:30pm.

Fact file

Central business district: Xianggang Middle Road

Airport to CBD: 30 minutes by taxi

Currency: HK$1 ≈ RMB 0.85

Cathay Dragon flies to Qingdao from Hong Kong 10 times a week