The 2020 ISSFAL Biennial Congress will take place in in Qingdao, China.


Qingdao is roughly 560 kilometers from Beijing with an average travel time of one hour and 10 minutes by air and five hours by high-speed train.  It is 683 kilometers from Shanghai and takes about one hour and 25 minutes by air.

There are also frequent direct flights to and from Qingdao to the Republic of Korea and Japan.  The city’s current airport (TAO) is connected with 61 domestic cities and 16 overseas cities, with more than 3000 flights arriving and taking off each week.  A new international airport is expected to be complete by 2019 with over double the current airport's capacity.

There is shuttle bus transferring visitors from the airport to downtown Qingdao where visitors could either take bus or Uber and local taxi to final destinations.

To the east of the city, a short distance across the Yellow Sea, lie Korea and Japan, making Qingdao an important port for international trade. A wide range of vehicles can facilitate trips to and from the city, including direct flights, bullet trains, long-distance buses and ships. The urban transportation is good due to the developed public buses, taxis, ferryboats, sightseeing boats and metros.

Liuting International Airport          Qingdao Railway Station          North Railway Station         Metro

Qingdao has implemented the 72-hour visa-free transit policy to facilitate citizens of some countries and regions to enjoy a visa-free stay up to 72 hours when taking an international transfer via Liuting Airport. As of January 1, 2019, it will be extended to the 144-hour visa-free transit.
Read details about 72-Hour Visa-Free Transit & 144-hour Visa-free Transit in Qingdao

Facts and Figures, via Wikipedia:

Qingdao, in China’s eastern Shandong province, is a port city of skyscrapers, parks and beaches bordering the Yellow Sea. It's known for its beer, a legacy of the German occupation (1898-1914). The Tsingtao Beer Museum celebrates the namesake brewery, founded here by Germans in 1903, and the Qingdao International Beer Festival is major event. There's also German-style architecture in the old city center.

Area: 4,273 mi²

Metropolitan area: 1,938 mi²

Weather: 70°F (21°C), Wind S at 9 mph (14 km/h), 83% Humidity

Local time: GMT + 8


Population: 9.046 million (2014)