Zhanqiao Bridge

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Opening Hours Zhan Bridge: all day;
Huilan Pavilion: Apr. – Oct.: 7:00 – 19:00; Nov. – Mar.: 8:00 – 17:30

Zhan Bridge, also known as Qianhai Zhan Bridge, Nanhai Zhan Bridge, or Grand Pier, is situated at the coastal area at the southern end of Zhongshan Road in Qingdao. Acting as an extension of the road into the sea, it holds a significant place in the city’s landscape, welcoming travelers arriving by train or ship, as it is merely 0.3 miles from Qingdao Railway Station. Often considered a symbol of Qingdao, locals believe that a true understanding of the city cannot be achieved without visiting Zhan Bridge.

Originally constructed in 1891 as a naval pier, Zhanqiao boasts a history as ancient as Qingdao itself. During the Qing Dynasty, the imperial envoy Li Hongzhang visited the area for inspection but encountered difficulty due to the village’s small size, unable to accommodate his large official ship. Consequently, a temporary pier was erected, measuring 200 meters in length and 10 meters in width, marking the inception of Zhan Bridge. This pier served its purpose for decades until the modern deep-water port was established in Qingdao during the People’s Republic of China era, rendering the original bridge obsolete.

In recent years, Zhan Bridge has undergone renovations, transforming it into a renowned scenic spot. Now spanning 440 meters in length and 10 meters in width, the bridge features imposing granite supports and ornamental lotus-shaped lamps that provide both illumination and decorative charm. At the southern end stands the Huilan Pavilion, a Chinese-style octagonal structure that contrasts with the European architecture in the background. This pavilion often hosts small art exhibitions, adding cultural vibrancy to the picturesque setting of Zhan Bridge.

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