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Qingdao (Tsingtao) is a major Yellow Sea port located on Shantung Peninsula's south coast (northeastern China), at Kiaochow Bay's entrance. The seaport features one of China's most beautiful natural harbours. Qingdao is also a major industrial city , Shandong province's largest city and China's 19th largest by population (around 9,05 million, metro around 6,2 million).
World's longest sea bridge - Jiaozhou Bay Bridge (aka Qingdao Haiwan Bridge) was opened in 2011. It has length 41,6 km (26 ml) and cost to build USD 1,5 billion (GBP 900 million). The seabridge connects central Qingdao City with its Huangdao District (aka Yellow Island) going over Jiaozhou Bay.
This was a small fishing village until early 20th century, when German military forces landed at the port. Port's strategic location led to large-scale maritime trade. Orient Ferry (Qingdao to Shimonoseki ferries) link Qingdao with Shimonoseki Japan. There are also 2 ferry lines connecting Qingdao with South Korea (Incheon and Gunsan).
The seaport is hosts one of the world's busiest cargo ports. It is connected wit hregularly scheduled containership lines with around 450 ports in 130 different countries.
Port's annual cargo shipping capacity for the first time exceeded 100 million tons in 2003. The number of TEUs (containers) then reached 3,41 million. By 2011, the port was ranked world's 6th busiest by total cargo volume (372 million tons). In terms of TEU volumes, the port is ranked world's 8th largest.
The port consist of 4 very large areas - Dagang, Qianwan, Dongjiakou, and Huangdong (serving oil tankers). Port's largest container terminals are Qingdao Qianwan and Qingdao Cosport, The port has a separate terminal serving bulk carriers (iron ore).
On June 13, 2018, the Genting Hong Kong-owned company Star Cruises celebrated the inaugural cruise of its ship SuperStar Aquarius homeported here. The Qingdao roundtrip cruise itineraries visited ports in Japan (Beppu, Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Sasebo). In November 2018, the fleetmate SuperStar Virgo also started its homeport itinerary program from Qingdao with 4-night roundtrips to Japan (Kagoshima, Fukuoka, Nagasaki).
In 2018, the cruise port handled 88 ship calls (drop from 95 in 2017). Port's largest cruise line customers are Costa (ships Fortuna, neoRomantica), Star Cruises (SuperStar Virgo, SuperStar Aquarius), also the smaller Chinese Taishan (former Costa Voyager) and Glory Sea (former Celestyal Odyssey). Also in 2018, a new Chinese brand (Elite Cruises) announced homeport Qingdao deployment.
Since January 2019, to promote local cruise ship tourism, Qingdao’s municipal government provides incentive subsidies of up to Yuan 3 million (approx USD 435,000) per ship. The subsidies are provided to cruise companies that include Qingdao City as call port in their itineraries, also to travel agencies (organizing sightseeing city tours) and ticket- and travel agents operating homeport cruises on rented or chartered vessels. Agencies with over 5000 bookings annually are entitled to Yuan 200 (approx USD 29) subsidy per passenger.
Qingdao cruise terminal
Cruise ships in Qingdao dock at Qingdao Passenger Transport Center (cruise terminal). The cruise ship dock is located approx 3 km (2 ml) from downtown. Bus shuttle service for passengers is provided. The cruise port has 3 berths with capacity to handle world's largest passenger ships.
Port Qingdao as facilities and infrastructure is perfectly suited for homeport (turnaround) operations. Nearby is city's 5-km2 commercial district with numerous hotels and shopping-entertainment options. Shandong Province is currently ranked China's largest source of crew members.
Port Qingdao cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Qingdao, China. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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