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Qingdao, China
(From 2013 to now)

Qingdao is a major sub-provincial city in eastern Shandong province, China. Located on the western shore of Yellow Sea coast, Qingdao is a major nodal city on the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road arm of the Belt and Road Initiative that connects East Asia with Europe, and has the highest GDP of any city in the province.

Qingdao 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, straddling the Jiaozhou Bay sea areas. It is also the site of the Tsingtao Brewery, the second largest brewery in China.

Climate

Qingdao has a temperate, four-season, monsoon-influenced climate that lies in the transition between the humid subtropical and humid continental regimes, but favouring the former. Winter is cool to cold and windy, but generally dry, with a January average of −0.2 °C. Summer is generally hot and humid, but very hot days are rare, with an August average of 25.4 °C. Due to its proximity to the coast and being on a peninsula, it experiences a one-month delayed spring compared to most inland areas of China, and the annual diurnal temperature variation is only 6.3 °C. Conversely, autumn is milder than inland areas in Shandong.

Tourism

Qingdao attracts many tourists due to its seaside setting and temperate weather. Parks, beaches, sculptures and unique German and modern architecture line the shore. The central tourist information, the Qingdao Information Centre for International Visitors, is located on Middle Hong Kong Road.

Economy

An important region in Eastern China, Shandong Province has seen substantial change in its economic landscape in recent years. Much of this development has been concentrated in Qingdao. Qingdao has seen rapid development.

Internationally, Qingdao is perhaps best known for its Tsingtao Brewery, founded by a German-British joint venture in 1903 that produces Tsingtao beer, the best-known Chinese export beer. It is also home to Haier, a large white goods manufacturer, and Hisense, a major electronics company.

In 1984 the Chinese government named a district of Qingdao a Special Economic and Technology Development Zone. Along with this district, the entire city had gone through amazing development of secondary and tertiary industries. As an important trading port in the province, Qingdao flourishes with foreign investment and international trade. South Korea and Japan in particular made extensive investment in the city.

History of Exchanges

History of Exchanges
Sep. 2012 Meeting for discussing mutual cooperation between two cities
Mar. 2013 Officers of Investment Attraction Bureau of Qingdao visits Daejeon city
June. 2013 MOU between Daejeon and Qingdao
Feb. 2014 MOU in the area of Economic Cooperation
Oct. 2015 Qingdao Delegation participates in the Innovation Forum held in Daejeon
July. 2019 Qingdao Delegation visits Daejeon to discuss mutual cooperation in the area of economy and investment