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As we had the first week off before beginning teaching,
Adrian, Christian, Katrin and I thought that it shouldn’t be wasted so we
packed up our bags and set off for Qingdao which is one of Shandong’s more
touristy destinations. Its also on the coast so theres was a beach there too.
Due to the fact that we currently live in the middle of
nowhere Adrian and I caught the town bus to Weifang and then met Christian and
Katrin at ...
... seafood is the speciality in Qingdao (and beer, Tsingtao!- but thats another story!). I tried oysters, muscles, clams, cockles, sea snails, octopus, and loved all of them, who knew i wasn't that fussy after all! Managed to spend couple days sight seeing before starting work, Qingdao is very pleasant, it is the home of Tsingtao beer, and it is sold everywhere. There is a street called Beer street, where you can buy a BAG of beer for 30Yuan, ...
... of German settlers during the late 1800's. In fact, the beer here is well known since it was part of the German heritage – we tried some and it is very good!
Again we had a glorious weather day. We didn’t spend much time exploring the city, though we walked along the business district and discovered a very quaint long alley full of street food vendors barbequing squid, ...
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 ...
... from the window and the music in the car. Before entering Qing Dao city we cross the longest bridge over the Yellow Sea, that is around 35 km. But we cannot see much as it is already dark. We reach the hotel at 9 pm and go straight to dinner before unloading our stuff. Tonight we can relax as tomorrow we plan to spend the whole day sightseeing and enjoying beer. Have a nice beer dreaming!