Laoshan Scenic Area
Laoshan Scenic Area
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One of China's most celebrated scenic areas, Laoshan presents a panorama of mountains, cliffs, waterfalls and temples.
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tjlovetotravel
Singapore, Singapore149 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
I was there on my own without any guided tour and it was an exploration and perhaps will visit again next time if I am still fit. I took a bus to the tourist office and brought a bus ticket and there are 2 different route or tour bus you can take, all in Mandarin so was a small struggle. Took TaiShan option and the bus ride to the main station was beautiful & scenic. CNY 100 did not include the 2 ways cable car but was told it was included, very misleading. If you decide to trek down, it will take about 3 hours. The cable card ride cost extra 45 each way.
Best to consider to stay 1-2 nights at this area to enjoy seafood and explore the area leisurely. It seems there is a restriction for cars to enter this district in Qingtao
Written 27 March 2024
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ashley
Capalbio, Italy18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
This was an incredible experience. If you have 5 hours in Qingdao and want the best bang for your buck, definitely head to Laoshan. Read the other reviews to find out why you should go. Read this review if you’ve decided to go and are planning your trip.

Here are some warnings:
* This hike is not a hike. It’s a CLIMB. You will be going up and down stairs for two hours. And not indoor stairs. The stairs are slanted, broken, narrow, often crowded, and sometimes icy.
* Check the weather. It’s cold up there. Wind chill is not your friend. The hike will warm you up, but even then your fingers will be icicles. I recommend bringing a jacket that lets you slip your hands in the sleeves, if not gloves.
* If you can’t arrive at the shuttle station ( / ticket booth / tourist info office) by 1pm, go do something else. It will be (with NO lines, taking the cable car) an hour before you get to the top of the mountain. The cable car closes at 4:30, and the last shuttle leaves at 5. You probably COULD do it in two hours, but you’ll want to take a million pictures, read the signs, and enjoy the scenery.
* Before you buy your shuttle ticket, make sure the cable car is working. The shuttle ticket salesperson can tell you this.
* You will probably need your passport to get a shuttle ticket. I didn’t see that in any other reviews, and felt lucky I had it on me.

Suggestions:
* For your first visit, do Jufeng. Trust me.
* Don’t miss Xiantian bridge. The map is a little unclear, but that’s how you get to Zhaixing Pavillion, which was my favorite part of the journey. It’s definitely worth the extra steps (if you’re not running late).
* From the cable car, you’ll walk up to Zhuque Stone. You’ll be a bit exhausted and you’ll face a difficult decision. Clockwise or counter-clockwise? If you plan on doing the whole thing, go clockwise. It’s (slightly) more gradual at the beginning, but still a challenge.
* Dress for success. Wear shoes with good tread and layers for heat adjustments.
* There are two places to buy water on the loop.
* The signs say “toilet.” There are no “toilets” on the mountain. Ladies, you’ve been warned. There is also no running water, so bring hand wipes or hand sanitizer.

If this sounds like gloom and doom, I apologize. It’s an incredible hike, but I’m hoping at least one person can learn from my mistakes. 🙃
Written 17 March 2024
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bcheong
Shanghai, China45,917 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Business
The drive from the city to laoshan is an hour and the drive up the mountain is longer than that due to the weekend traffic jam. Not worth it for what you see - construction everywhere, dirty beach, crowds. If you must come, avoid the weekend
Written 3 June 2023
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada7,320 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Couples
We enjoyed our day at Laoshan but wish the weather was better. We hit a hazy day when we went so the views went in and out. Once at the top you can see most peaks but you might not get the coastal views you are hoping for due to haze and fog some days.

For us we started with Yangkou and hiked up and down in two hours and offered great ocean views and some very claustrophobic inducing walkways (including Mitian Cave). After this we went to Taiqing to take the cable car up (it was open in March 2021) and hiked down which took 2.5 hours. Taiqing had more Taoist areas including a couple of temples, tea gardens and a very uneven walking path. We enjoyed Yangkou more as it had better views in our opinion.

After we finished at Taiqing we realized that there is a bus system that goes throughout the Laoshan Scenic area that is included in the ticket price of 120 RMB. 120 RMB covers entrance at all gates for two days but the cable cars are extra. Taiqing cable car is 45 RMB one way and the rest are 40 RMB one way. Laoshan cola is available in this area but many of the shops were not well stocked when we were here in March. We found the food was not overly appealing so we would recommend you bring your own. Drinks were also double the price in this area.

We would recommend starting at the Laoshan Mountain Tourist Center (Laoshan Scenic Area - Tourist Services Center in Didi). The weather can change quite frequently in the area - we experienced warm weather in Yangkou but got a blast of cold mountain air in Taiqing. We would recommend layers and a good pair of shoes. We went in spring but my wife was constantly bundling up and adjusting layers.

We wish that better information was available online before we arrived in Qingdao so we hope the map we picked up helps you plan your trip! We felt like we missed out on Yufeng and will be back one day as that is where that one really good looking bridge is that we have seen in so many pictures of Laoshan.
Written 28 March 2021
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Asianexpert
Asianexpert157 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
We did not expect much when we started our self-organized tour to the Laoshan mountains. Nevertheless, we were pleasantly surprised by the scenic spots, nature and beautiful views. Overall - the area is quite well maintained. At one spot, one can take a cable car to get uphill - which we did. Early July 2020 there were not many tourists there, so the area wasn't very crowded. It's also worth to stroll through the tea gardens. The beaches are nothing special if you have been at other places in Asia or at Sanya. We paid 1200 CNY for the hire of a 7-seater van including driver and guide fee - in total the tour took us about 8 hours.
Written 6 August 2020
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Sillypiggys
Sydney, Australia1,747 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Snow capped peaks in winter! Perfect time to visit with barely any visitors. Spectacular views from the top! Great for hikers. We caught the 104 bus which starts at Taidong and travels down to the Xianggang West and Xianggang East Road (the West road becomes the East Road) along the coast until you reach Laoshan about 35km away. The cost is RMB3 from Taidong (terminus) to the Tourism Office of Laoshan. You just hop on and the ticket lady will tell you the correct fare to pay her. You need to book your tickets to the Laoshan scenic areas at the Tourism office before entering the park. Cost is RMB120 pp (low season) and RMB90 for students. Peak is RMB150 and RMB105 respectively. We then took one of the private driver’s offer of RMB300 for the day and she took us along the coast to see the Frog Rock, Laozhi statue, a look out to the Tea plantation and then Huayan Temple where we did a hike for a 1.5 hour round trip up the mountain. The temple was only 20mins walk up. We started at 10am and returned to Taidong around 6pm. The bus trip was 1hr in the morning (no traffic) but 2 hrs on the way back (peak weekday traffic). The private drivers speaks virtually no English and will try to take you to tea houses to sample teas and coerce you to buy or encourage you to eat at one of the restaurants. They won’t force you so gently decline if you are not interested. Note: there are no food options other than these restaurants so bring snacks or eat a good breakfast before you head out!!
Written 9 January 2020
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Sonnevy O
Kansas City, MO515 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
A nice drive from Qingdao along the waterfront to the top of the hill where there were some tea rooms available for tasting.I recommend 4-5 hrs to visit this place as there are some areas that we did get to especially the photos spots.Be aware there’s an entrance fee and another fee to the photos hotspots.
Written 21 November 2019
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SagittdviL
50 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Business
Unless you are a hiking lover.
Though the organisation provide several transportation for visitor, but you need to keep on changing the shuttle bus & cable car. It may me feel like riding the transport more than seeing & enjoy the scenery.
Written 10 October 2019
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Sak I
Orange, Australia424 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
I visited the Taiqing Area. The entrance fee was 130 yuan including all the bus fares in the area. The entrance fee for Taiqing Temple was 27 yuan. I also paid the ropeway fare 80 yuan for a round trip. I expected Laoshan was the best tourist attraction in Qingdao and it was, but it was not worth paying so much money.
Written 11 September 2019
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Furious_Buddhist
Ashburn, VA75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
The park is beautiful and clean, with breathtaking views of mountains and open ocean. Coming from the US, it is striking how similar it looks to Southern California landscapes. The Taoist temples and the huge statue of Laozi (the founder of Taoism) pointing to heaven and Earth, remind visitors that this park is in China. That KFC next to the temple complex? It is also a symbol of the new China, and its love affair with American-style fried chicken.

Hiking and spiritual growth can be found here, with views that can satisfy both. Take a tram up the mountain if you have less time, and watch for the different rock formations along the way. Overall, it is a very healthy and satisfying place to spend a day.
Written 28 August 2019
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