Qingdao will keep you busy all day and all night if you want. A large expat community supports a surprising number of bars and nightclubs, which should help you unwind from a long day of lounging on the beach, trekking up a mountain or taking in a few museums.
Bars & Clubs
The nightlife in Qingdao clusters around the "Central" part of town—the newer business district in the east. Shangri-La Lobby Lounge and Club New York have live music and curiosity might force you to check out the Beatles-themed Lennon Bar, pasted with paraphernalia. The best place to find out about Qingdao's daytime and nocturnal happenings is to pick up a copy of the English-language city-mag My Red Star or Qingdao community website Qingdaonese.
Museums & Galleries
The sea itself is a kind of museum (and art gallery for that matter), but to see the ocean bottled up and on display you can head to the Museum of Marine Products (it sounds like a seafood restaurant and it kind of looks like one, too, with tanks full of edible exhibits) or Qingdao Underwater World. The Navy Museum features some rusty boats with some interesting history and a tour of Tsingtao Brewery Museum offers free beer and a commemorative mug (if you pay the RMB 50 entrance fee).
The Qingdao Beer Festival (usually held in August) is one of Qingdao's claims to fame. It's usually two weeks long and features lots of drinking in tents and musical performances (by you if you're into K-TV). Tsingtao flows freely, but international beers are represented as well. Sampling and drinking competitions are highlights, but the whole thing is really your chance to see China's beer-drinking culture at its best/worst. The festival attracts visitors from all over China and beyond so be sure to book your Qingdao accommodation well in advance.
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