Between a mountain and the sea

Blessed with both sea and mountains views, Laoshan district in Qingdao city, East China’s Shandong province, is a popular tourist destination. During this year’s May Day holiday from May 1 to 4, the district received 208,000 visitors, up 69 percent compared with the same period last year.

Laoshan district is named after Laoshan Mountain, and it is also a coastal district since it is near the Yellow Sea.

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The natural beauty is stunning, and it is also known for its Taoist culture, with Taiqing Palace the oldest and largest Taoist temple on Laoshan Mountain.

Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) writer Pu Songling visited Laoshan Mountain in 1672 and wrote a novel called The Taoist of Laoshan Mountain.

A wall which is said to be the prototype of the wall the Taoist passes through in Pu’s novel is still visible in Taiqing Palace.

The district, which recently held a tourism promotion event in Qingdao, has been working consistently over the past few years to showcase its efforts to develop holistic tourism in the area.

In 2017, a series of governmental institutions related to tourist development were integrated into a district-level tourist development committee, and it was made the Laoshan’s cultural and tourist development committee in 2018.

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