With a charming seascape, colorful scenery and gorgeous ocean-views, Qingdao is sometimes referred to as the 'Switzerland of the Orient.' Located on the southern coast of China's Shandong Province, this spectacular slice of Chinese paradise is considered by many to be one of the country's top cities-both for travel and for studying abroad.

Qingdao's strategic location right on the Yellow Sea, just west of South Korea and Japan make it an ideal port city-a role which its inhabitants have gratefully accepted. In fact, one of the area's largest exports is beer. The Tsingtao factory has been producing China's most famous beer since 1903!

Pleasant Weather

Students studying here almost universally agree that the weather in Qingdao is ideal for a study abroad destination. Winters are fairly mild, although snow and blustery weather is occasionally seen. The average temperature for the months of December, January, February and March is in the low 40s.