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Travel Blogs from Tai'an
... as well as a bicycle. My mother informs me that the bike is a good brand. I haven't been able to do much with it yet because I got sick right after it arrived, and then I wanted to buy a helmet and bike lock before I actually took it anywhere (because of the scary traffic). Getting a bike will be a good move because I will be able to explore the city a little bit more and will be able to go to places that are awkward or time-consuming to get to by bus. Talk to you all ...
... Confusius temple.
2hrs driving to 泰安. Tofu feast and watch an outdoor show in 泰山 in the heavy rain.
Stay in a nice hotel tonight. Found out that the hotel was $200/night last night and $900/night ...
A gourmet seafood lunch
Went to 小青島and 中山公圉
Qingdao, 5 hrs on a bus to 濟南(Jinan)
8 types of dumplings for dinner, plus many other dishes. Ducky, my favorite. A big
Flooding in our hotel washroom, The Grand Tower Hotel , horrific experience. We had changed our room.
... Anyway, I enjoy being somewhere that isn't touristy and that hasn't been culturally compromised by westerners. That said, there is a Starbucks on every corner, KFC's and McDonald's abound, and most signs are also in English.
As there is throughout China now, there is a lot of wealth here. Stores like Gucci, Coach, Rolex, etc. are everywhere, and I have seen any number of Bentleys, Rolls Royces, Ferraris, etc. As all of those things are at least double the cost of ...
... the servings are so big. I am able to pay 10 rmb (slightly less than 2 dollars) and get both lunch and supper. For lunch, I usually get rice and two different dishes from a food vendor who sets up outside the shopping centre my school is in. I ended up needing to buy a microwave because I was accumulating so many leftovers. Jinan is the capital city of of Shandong, a province that has developed perhaps the most influential style of cuisine in China. I ...