Ba Da Guan (the eight passes) is a major tourist-attraction close to the coast of Qingdao. It's made up of eight streets named after the eight great military forts of the ancient times. Along the streets are many classic European houses built when Qingdao was a German protectorate (1897-1914). Its atmosphere is unlike any other place in China, with large, grassy lawns, wide streets, and minimal traffic. Many of its residents are retired Communist Party and military officials.
Ba Da Guan is bordered on the west by #1 Beach on on the east by #3 Beach. Hua Shi Lou, a stone, Russian-built home, is located on #2 Beach in Ba Da Guan.
Ba Da Guan must be one of China's great centers for wedding photography. On nearly any day one can see tens of newlywed couples being photographed along Ba Da Guan's shoreline and greenspace.