Grand Mercure Qingdao Airport
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On Sept 16 our good friend from Holland asked if we ...
... a way! Don and I left Bruce and Jennie on a street corner and with the help of a card the ship had provided we found our way to an ATM. The Bank of China machine was located on a street corner inside a telephone booth sized room. Once inside, the door locked for security. It took my card with no problem, but only dispensed 100 yuan at a time. I had Don squeeze into the booth with me to assist as I had to withdraw money 16 times to get enough for ...
Qingdao (pronounced "Zhing Dow") is a mixture of old of new. Old Qingdao is dirty and gritty. The new city is clean and shiny since it was built for the sailing events of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and it has many new skyscrapers. This is also an important Chinese Navy port - five submarines and various other ships were in port with us.
This area also has an ...
... with my Russian pals. It turns out if you're a woman or foreign here you'll never have to pay for a drink so I was quids in as I tick both of this boxes. The bars were nothing all that special but I spent no money all night which is pretty great. I'm also getting pretty adept with chopsticks. I ate a big fat scotch pancake style thing with them the other day, winner. ...
Today we start with our usual scheme: 7-8-9 meaning rolling at 9 am. We are taking a bus to see the old city around the pier. The houses look similar to Europe. This town including the beer factory is built by Germans. After visiting the pier we go for lunch in the heritage restaurant in Jiang Ming Fan Zhaang where we enjoy the traditional music played alive in the place. During the lunch they are selling paintings ...