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... can't hide the problems behind a new sailing marina, or a couple nice beaches. The
city itself is too crowded, expensive, and polluted to spend more than a couple weeks.
I followed my heart and and moved down to big sprawling Guangzhou metropolis (yes I know I used another term before, but compared to QD, GZ is looking better!).
More about Guangzhou (Canton) in my next entry!
Most people will know that Qingdao is famous for its beer. Well apart from the beer it also hosted the sailing for the 2008 Olympics and happen to be steeped in history during various periods of occupation by the Germans and the Japanese. A lot of the historic buildings in Qingdao are built in European style and left behind by the Germans. It was a little surreal to walk down the streets of the Badaguan area and you would ...
... stop in Shanghai for a day or so. We will be in Tsingtao for Chinese New Year which will be an experience. Oh and if you wondering who I was referring to when I say we I will tell you that it's me and my girlfriend Jackie , we met while we're working on board a cruise ship and spent the last six months working in hot teaching English. It gets pretty cold up north about -20° in the depths of winter, so most people end up going on vacation in winter that I mean the ...
Mount Lao, or Laoshan remains my favorite attraction here in Qingdao. The Qingdao Laoshan National Park covers 446 sq km and is located about 30 km northeast of the downtown area. It is the highest coastal mountain in China and second highest in Shandong Province, with the Jufeng peak at 1132 m. The park is bordered by 87 km of coastline, which means you gain a beautiful view of the Yellow Sea from nearly every hiking trail.
The mountain is known as one of ...
Nursing a slight Tsingtao hangover (as you do in the beer city), I had a huge breakfast and checked out of my incredibly good value hotel before being picked up by Coria. It has to be said - you CAN spend a lot on accommodation if you want in China, especially for 5+ star in Shanghai, Beijing or Hong Kong. But a very good 4 star in virtually any other city is dirt cheap, at least compared to Australia.
On today's agenda was for Coria and someone else from the office (sorry ...
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I won't spend a lot of time, but to say that while this hotel is some way from the rail station, it's actually only one bus ride along the shore corridor where MANY buses run. I'f you're alone, a cab would be slick. Once finally finding the place, it's tucked away in an almost themed neighborhood, I was jjust thrilled by the architecture, the ability and politeness of the staff (I've stayed in some seriously nasty places in China) and the facilities. The only negative I can list is that the rooms are very small. There is no desk in mine, no table or chairs. However, if you're looking for a resort, why even come to Qingdao? This place is wonderfully clean by Chinese standards, and feels very cool and modern. Additionally the complimentary breakfast was one of the best I've had in this country. Well worth it for $50 a night.
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