ZhanQiao Pier 栈桥 is at the southern shore of Qingdao off Zhongshan Road. This now 440 meter long and 10m wide strip stretches into the sea and was the first wharf at Qingdao. At the south end of the bridge is a Chinese style octagon pavilion standing in contrast to European buildings in the background. It is called Huilan Pavilion. ZhanQiao Pier is viewed in the eyes of many as the official symbol of Qingdao as it was made famous by being placed on the label of the Tsingtao Brewery beer bottles and the front of cans. Whether travelers come to Qingdao by train or by ship, Zhanqiao, a landmark of the city, welcomes them at their first stop in this beautiful coastal city. The locals say that you can not know the real Qingdao if you have not gone to the Zhan Bridge (pictured below). Zhan Bridge has many other names such as Qianhai Zhan Bridge, Nanhai Zhan Bridge and Grand Pier. Located at the coastal area at the southern end of Zhongshan Road, it is an extension of the road into the sea.
Even this is the very same area where Elijah was born, we have never come back here with Elijah. In fact, I only realized this as we were in the taxi heading towards Zhongshan Road. This was our first stop, on our first “Monday with Mari“. Our driver dropped us just across the road, but as we approached the pier we were quite surprised at how many people were out there on a Monday morning. We had evidently forgotten that we are in China, and there are just so many people here that there are never no crowds… just small crowds, large crowds, and crowds that you take one look at and then head straight home again.
While walking on Zhan Bridge, you can see No. 6 Bathing Beach, pictured below, to your right.
Across the water you can see the Sea Palace, which is a dome like structure.
When we reached the end of Zhan Bridge we were quite disappointed to find a large blue barricade blocking off entrance to Huilan Pavilion. Due to all the people on the bridge, we had not seen the barricade in the distance. To get some photos, I leaned around the “wall”, which the Chinese people thought was just genius!
We walked back along Zhan Bridge to take a few pictures of ourselves in front of Huilan Pavilion.
Mariska bravely poses as random strangers stop to stare at her. I’m sure that she is now on a few of their cameras too!
There I am with Elijah.
And, below, that’s me in front of Huilan Pavilion back in 2011 when Justin and I first visited Qingdao.
We were living in a different Chinese city at that time – you can read more about that visit to Qingdao here.
On our walk back to the main road, we admired the buildings and beaches to our right. We took Elijah out of his stroller, and after that all of our attention was on him. Mariska is a wonderful friend because, among other things, she is very attentive. She pushed the stroller while I made sure Eli didn’t dive into the ocean.
We enjoyed our visit to ZhanQiao Pier, but it was a pity that the pavilion was closed. Still, we are happy for blue skies and warm weather. Next up we took a long stroll along the boardwalk, in the direction of the Sea Palace. More on our first Monday with Mari coming later this week.
Admission Fee: Free for Zhan Bridge
CNY 4 for Huilan Pavilion
Opening Hours: 24 hours for Zhan Bridge;
07:00 to 19:00 (peak season), and 08:00 to 17:30 (low season) for Huilan Pavilion
Recommended Time for a Visit: One hour
Bus Route: 2, 5 , 8, 25, 26,231, 301, 304, 305, 307, 316, 501, 801