Touted as one of the cleanest and most beautiful cities in China, Qingdao has a fascinating history. The Germans leased the port from China at the turn of the 20th century, but quickly lost it to Japan with the onset of WWI. Today, the well-maintained colonial architecture, fresh sea air and well-manicured gardens make this a popular summer resort destination. In the evening, visitors head for the restaurants lining the waterfront to enjoy premium seafood. Another vestige of German occupation, the historic local brewery still produces Qingdao Beer, which fuels the late-night action at the bars and live music venues along Yunxiao Lu.