A seaside city with a beautiful crescent-shaped harbor opening onto the Yellow Sea, Qingdao has long been one of the top Chinese getaways—with a twist. Thanks to the fact that Qingdao was annexed as a German territory in 1897, the old city seems to have been transported from Germany, with baroque facades, soaring church spires, a castlelike governor's mansion facing the harbor, and the world-famous Tsingtao Brewery.
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