Travellers to the Chinese city of Qingdao should take the opportunity to visit its well-known Music Square. This attraction is basically a park on the seaside, located next to the proud symbol of this city, the May 4th plaza. Shortly after the creation of Music Square it hosted numerous musical features and al fresco opera shows with the rolling waters of the vast ocean as a backdrop. Accommodation in the vicinity includes the Copthorne Hotel Qingdao. This appealing hotel in Qingdao offers well-appointed interiors within a conveniently located setting.
Today the Music Square remains an attractive and popular location, which has been integrated as a section of the seaside boardwalk which extends along the coastline of Qingdao. Even today numerous local people congregate here to take part in choral activities and other pursuits. Although Music Square is no longer often used for genuinely musical activities it remains synonymous with classical music. Within the square visitors will notice well-crafted statues of Beethoven as well as Nie Er, who is renowned for having composed the national anthem of the People’s Republic of China.
On the other hand if you are an aficionado of classical music you should take the opportunity to experience the yearly Qingdao Music Festival which includes a number of quality concerts presented by the symphony orchestra of Qingdao.
The highlight of Music Square is undoubtedly the unmistakable Sail of Music which is located at the centre of the plaza. This platform which overlooks the ocean is a device which plays different musical melodies as the visitor steps on the different keys which may be seen on the platform.
Visitors to the city desiring to spend some relaxed leisure hours will also find many other attractive parks and gardens within the city. One of these is Xiao Qingdao Park which contains a number of interesting elements including a lighthouse and an attractive botanical garden. Another appealing feature is Luxun Park which a 2 km long beachfront park that is a delight to visit. In addition to these attractive parks you will also find a number of interesting monuments that will appeal to the avid sightseer; these features make the city a pleasure to explore.
Thanuja Silva is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Auburn Silver. She has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.