Qingdao – The Chinese “Green Island” and the 2nd edition of this rich challenger event

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER International Challenger China 2017 Qingdao

From 04/17 to 04/23

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 125,000

Past champion: 2016 Janko Tipsarevic

Defending champion Janko Tipsarevic

Entry list: Jordan Thompson (Aus) – Janko Tipsarevic (Srb) – Luca Vanni (Ita) – Blaz Kavcic (Slo) – Quentin Halys (Fra) – Andrej Martin (Svk) – Mathias Borgue (Fra) – Thomas Fabbiano (Ita) – Teymuraz Gabashvili (Rus) – Andrew Witthington (Aus)

THE TOWN: Qingdao (also spelled Tsingtao) is the largest city in eastern Shandong Province on the east coast of China with an urban population of 6,188,100. It lies across the Shandong Peninsula and looks out to the Yellow Sea. It is a major seaport, naval base, and industrial centre. The world’s longest sea bridge, the Jiaozhou Bay Bridge, links the main urban area of Qingdao with Huangdao district. It is also the site of the Tsingtao Brewery, the second largest brewery in China. In 2009, Qingdao was named China’s most livable city by the Chinese Institute of City Competitiveness.

For Lonely Planet: “Combining fresh sea air and dashing good looks, Qīngdǎo (青岛) – the name means ‘Green Island’ – is a rare modern city that has managed to preserve some of its past while angling a dazzling modern face to the future. Its blend of concession-era and modern architecture puts China’s standard white-tile and blue-glass developments to shame. The winding cobbled streets, historic German architecture and red-capped hillside villas are captivating and there’s so much to enjoy in the city’s diverse food scene, headlined by the ubiquitous home town beer Tsingtao. Meanwhile, the seaside aspect keeps the town cooler than the inland swelter zones during summer, and slightly warmer in winter.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Laoshan Scenic Area

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  • May Fourth Square

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  • St. Michael Cathedral 

BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Wu Sheng Guan Holiday Hotel. Very good **** hotel rated 8.8 on Booking and located along Qingdao’s Huiquan Bay which features a business centre, fitness centre and a karaoke lounge. The on site buffet Restaurant serves international cuisine. A 25 mq2 fashion double room costs 65€ per night with free WiFi and parking.
  • The Westin QingdaoExcellent 5 stars hotel rated 8.8 on Booking which enjoys a good postion in Shinan district and offers indoor pool, fitness center and restaurant, and provides free WiFi and parking. The price for an amazing Westin double room with marble bathrooms starts from 94€ per night.
  • Qingdao Seaview Garden Hotel. Opposite the beach front, this ***** hotel, rated 9.2 on Booking. is a European-style property facing the ocean and surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens. It offers an outdoor salt water pool with a large kid’s pool, a kid’s club with beach area and painting classes, 4 dining options and free internet access. We suggest to spend something more to get a deluxe king room (40 mq2) with sea view costs at 190€ per night. Is absolutely terrific!

USEFUL LINKS:

“That’s Qingdao” Tourism Site

Qingdao on China Travel Guide

Choose your hotel in Qingdao

Enjoy your Tennis Trip in Qingdao!!!

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