This was one of the earliest zones being approved as state-level development zone in October 1984. The zone now has a population of 300,000.
It is on the west bank of the Jiaozhou Bay and, to give it its full name, the Qingdao Economic and Technological Development Zone (QETDZ), is about 24 kilometers to the city proper directly across the sea.
The Zone accesses downtown Qingdao through the 66-kilometer expressway that runs around the Jiaozhou Bay and by means of sea routes.
The Port of Qingdao is one of the largest five foreign trade ports of China. It was first built in 1892 and now has 15 wharves with 73 berths, 31 of which are capable of handling 10,000-ton. It has trade exchanges with over 450 ports of more than 130 countries and regions in the world.
QETDZ is 53 kilometers away from Qingdao International Airport.
The zone is served by the Jiaozhou-Huangdao Railway and the expressway around the Jiaozhou Bay.
The QETDZ specializes in electronics, household electric appliances, building materials, petrochemicals, machinery and pharmaceuticals and is, in effect, a series of zones working together.
Source: Chinese Business World