A 30 year Sister State relationship exists between Shandong Province and South Australia and Adelaide and Qingdao have had a highly regarded 15 year cooperative city relationship.  South Australia and Shandong Province established Sister State Level Relations in 1986. Adelaide and Qingdao established their Friendly Cooperative City status on the 29th of March 2000. In May 2014, the Adelaide City Council formalised the “friendly co-operative” relationship to a “sister city” relationship with Qingdao.

2016 is the 30th Anniversary of Shandong and South Australia Sister State Relationship and 15th Anniversary of the Qingdao and Adelaide City relationship:

South Australian businesses have  an advantages over other international competitors due to the highly regarded cooperative city relationship and the increased frequency of important delegations between Qingdao and Adelaide illustrates the eagerness of both cities to strengthen our sister city and sister state relationships holistically through education, business, sports, the arts and tourism.


  • Qingdao is a beautiful coastal city that lies at the southern tip of the Shandong Peninsula. The city is sometimes known as the Switzerland of the Orient. Located in Jiaozhou Bay facing the Yellow Sea, Qingdao is also a well-known holiday destination in China.
  • Qingdao is comprised of 7 districts: Shinan, Shibei, Sifang, Licang, Chengyang, Huangdao and Laoshan. There are also five county-level cities: Jiaozhou, Jiaonan, Jimo, Pingdu, and Laixi.
  •  Today it is one of the most important open coastal cities and one of the independent cities with state planning and budgeting powers with its own provincial power in economic management.
  • Located in the temperate semi-humid continental climate zone, it is a well-known summer resort. The average summer and winter temperatures are 25℃ and 1.3℃ respectively with an annual average temperature of 12.2℃. The hottest day of QD in 2015 was August 4, with August having a monthly average high of 31°C and low of 24°C
  • Many geographical, political and economic factors make Qingdao the most strategic “beach-head” for those seeking to do business in China. The Adelaide/ Qingdao relationship can be utilized as an entry point for other business and interest groups looking for long term business opportunities in China.

Culture & Lifestyle

  • Qingdao and Adelaide have a close relationship through their location and lifestyle. Both are coastal and modern cities with a love for the beach culture, wine, festivals, sports, seafood and beer with strong cross-cultural exchange and economic links.
  • Qingdao sometimes known as the Switzerland of the Orient and as a scenic tourist destination as an affluent, modern and cultural city.
  • Qingdao dining centres around locovore seafood and Shangdong cuisine  and a variety of Korean, Japanese and Italian restaurants.
  • August is the high season of Qingdao – as national and international tourists flock to the Marina to enjoy spectacular views and a taste of luxury.
  • Qingdao is an immensely popular destination for tourists : Badaguan Scenic Area or “Eight Passes”, the Zhan Bridge, Wusi Square, Zhanshan Temple, Tsingtao Brewery, Zhanqiao Pier, May 4th Square, Beer Street and the Ancient Taoist temples in Mount Laoshan and Laoshan Taiqing Palace. Laoshan is believed to be the birthplace of Taoism
  • Qingdao was the host city for the Sailing Regattas of the 29th Olympic Games in 2008 and the 13th Paralympic Games. Prior to the Games, the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) declared the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Centre the best in Olympic history. Recent activities at the Qingdao Olympic Centre include the “Mayor’s Cup” Round Islands Regatta, Qingdao International Optimist Regatta, Qingdao International Regatta, City of Miami Food & Wine Festival, Volvo Ocean Racing, Maserati Car Showcase, ISAF Awards, German Food & Wine Festival, the Clipper Around the World Yacht Race Awards and the Extreme Sailing Series Awards.
  • The annual Qingdao International Sailing Week and Qingdao International Marine Festival at the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center including the ‘Mayors Cup’ and the Qingdao Interntational Sailing Regatta.
  • The annual Qingdao International Beer Festival, takes over the entire town of Qingdao and is city wide includes venues in the city’s 5 districts and county level cities including: Shinan, Shibei, Licang, Huangdao, Jimo, Chengyang, Jiaozhou, Laixi, Pingdu, ChengShiYangTai and Beer City in Laoshan district. The main venue – Beer City in the Laoshan district usually attracts 3-4 million Chinese and overseas visitors each year.
  • Qingdao will for the first time host an ATP China International Tennis Challenge from 8th -14th August 2016. The Qingdao leg of the ATP China International Tennis Challenge from 2016 to 2020.
  • ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao 2014, one of the world’s most influential Olympic-class sailing events, was held in Qingdao.
  • Qingdao has many annual events such including the  Qingdao Temple Fair, Radish & Rice Dumpling Fair, Chinese Lantern Festival, Oriental Cherry Fair, Qingdao International Hot Air Balloon Festival, Chinese Cultural Fair, Qingdao Books & Cultural Festival Daze Mountain Grape Festival September and Mid-Autumn or Moon Festival.
  • Shangdong cuisine.
  • The Olympic Sailing Marina is Qingdao’s prized waterfront location and known as the ‘jewel of Jiaozhou Bay’. Qingdao is known as one of China’s most beautiful holiday cities attracting luxury seeking tourists from all over China as well as Japan and South Korea.

International Rankings & Statistics

  • Qingdao has a population of 8.715 million, Shandong Province 96 million.
  • In April 2016, Qingdao joined the elite club of China’s first-tier cities.
  • Shandong is the second wealthiest province in China.
  • Qingdao is rated in the top ten liveable cities in China
  • Qingdao is one of the five economic ‘dragon’ cities in China.
  • Qingdao is the wealthiest city in Shandong Province which has the second highest GDP of China’s provinces.
  • Qingdao is located in eastern Shandong province about 670 kilometres southwest of Beijing.
  • Qingdao is selected one of China’s top 10 brand cities
  • One of 5 Chinese Cities with Economic Autonomy at the Provincial-level


  • Qingdao is suggested as an entry point due to its reputation and central location to Tianjin, Beijing, Shanghai, Jinan and Seoul. All these locations are only one hour flight from Qingdao.
  • Qingdao Liuting International Airport links the city with over 47 cities across China and also offers direct flights to regional and international destinations such as Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Singapore, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Paris and more. Flight times to adjacent cities:
    • Beijing – 1:00 hour
    • Shanghai – 1:00 hour
    • Seoul – 1:00 hour
    • Busan – 1:30 hour
    • Fukuoka – 1:30 hour
    • Osaka – 2:00 hours
    • Guangzhou – 2:30 hours
    • Tokyo – 2:40 hours

Trade, Industry & Services

  • Qingdao is one of the top ranking cities in China for foreign investment due to its location, port, special economic status and highly developed economy. A strong electronics industry dominates in this coastal city. Electronics, together with petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, machinery manufacturing, building material and goods. Other major industries include trade, light industry, tourism and oceanography research. Home to some of China’s most famous companies, including Haier, Hisense, Aucma, AK-47 Vodka, Tsingtao Beer and Huadong Wines.
  • Minerals and resources, education, tourism, agriculture, creative industries, agriculture and other business related opportunities have been identified particularly for Australians in the booming coastal city of Qingdao, Shandong Province
  • Qingdao Port is mainland China’s 2nd largest major trading port. Qingdao links more than 450 ports in over 130 countries and regions
  • Qingdao is the biggest industrial base in Shandong Province – Hisense, Haier
  • Shandong is the biggest industrial producer and one of the top manufacturing provinces in China
  • Shandong is China’s biggest gold producer
  • Shandong is the biggest industrial producer and one of the top manufacturing provinces in China