If to identify a landmark of Qingdao, the Zhan Bridge should rank pretty high on the list. Not only for its unique history of being built by the Germans and maintained as a military pier for half a century until 1949, but also for the unique recreational value it provides to people local and visiting.
The over 1,440-feet extension of steel and concrete into the sea offers a hearty stroll under the sun and sea breeze, by the end of which one could enjoy an endless view of the ocean blending in the sky. Exceptionally mind-opening and inspiring, thus taken to heart by local people as an icon.
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