Located to the south of Zhanqiao Pier, Small Qingdao Island is actually a small peninsula connected to mainland Qingdao by a seawall. Shaped like an ancient Chinese musical instrument known as a qin, the island draws visitors and locals to its natural scenery. Walking paths hug the shores and wind through the interior of the island, past black pines and a variety of flowering plants.
The main attraction on the island is a white marble lighthouse, built by German residents in 1900, that rises 51 feet (16 meters) above the shore. The island is also home to a few small cafes, as well as a smattering of statues and pavilions.
Small Qingdao Island is an excellent place to get away from the crowds and cool off thanks to some sea breezes. You can see the entirety of the park in an hour, but leave yourself time to linger longer.