Depending on whom you ask, this park, Qingdao's largest, is either a civic showcase or a gaudy nightmare of cheap-jack ... More
Depending on whom you ask, this park, Qingdao's largest, is either a civic showcase or a gaudy nightmare of cheap-jack vendors. Regardless, there is no denying this park's wealth of diversions. A Buddhist temple, a tea house, a chairlift ride to the top of Taiping Hill, and a sci-fi looking TV tower are some of its more noted man-made attractions. Despite its popularity, escape from the crowds is easy on its fan of tree-lined paths. Try to time a visit during spring when the cherry trees put on a blossom show.
Once inside the large gates, having paid a small fee, you are usually greeted with a man-made, colourful display for a festival or season.
The park has different areas, offering trees, shrubs and flowers. On the whole the gardens are maintained quite well. There's no escaping the stalls of cameras, small gifts etc, but you can buy drinks, ice creams and snacks.
The other sections of the park hold a zoo and many rides to enjoy. Most of these do require additional payments. All in all, it's a green haven in a busy city.