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Asia » China » Shandong » Qingdao May 31st 2017

Our last full day in Qingdao. We had decided to visit the Qingdao Brewery and Beer Museum as it would be rude not to, as beer is one of Qingdao's most famous exports. But first breakfast, we headed along Zhongshan Road and headed into Burger King. My friend was sick of dumpling for breakfast, quite funny that the Asian person was sick of Asian food and wanted something Western, whereas I could have happily had dumplings again for breakfast. We just got the breakfast menu with seconds to spare. It wasn't that appetising and would have preferred dumplings. We decided to walk to the brewery as it wasn't too far from our hostel, about 40 minutes walking. I enjoyed the walk although, I think my friend was a bit tired out. It was cool as the ... read more
Tsingtao Beer Museum
Tsingtao Beer Museum
Tsingtao Brewery

Asia » China » Shandong » Qingdao May 30th 2017

The morning began with dumplings for breakfast again. The owner of our guesthouse wasn't impressed when we told him the place we had been to the previous morning, telling us that, that place was number 2 in Qingdao and that the best place for dumplings was just down the street from the hostel. I had really enjoyed the dumpling from the day before, so this place would have to be good to bet them. We had walked past the dumpling place near the hostel quite a few times, it seemed never to shut. If the staff weren't in the upstairs part filling and folding the dumplings by hand, then some other members of staff were working in the basement, producing the filling/or dumpling skins. This place definitely didn't seem very customer friendly as all the tables ... read more
Avocado Burger
Cakes
Cake

Asia » China » Shandong » Qingdao May 29th 2017

We were up pretty early and ready for some breakfast. Qingdao is famous for seafood dumplings and if I remember correctly, there was a place nearby that my friend wanted to try. We headed uphill and came to a place, since everything was in Chinese we presumed it was the place we wanted, since we couldn't tell. There were a few woman inside making dumplings so it seemed to be the right place. We ordered a couple of plates of dumpling, one was definitely a seafood one, and I think the other one was pork. The restaurant was really quite and we were the only people in there. The family that own it were all sitting having breakfast, their meal looked like a real feast. I was starving, so was willing the dumplings to cook quicker. ... read more
German Architecture
German Architecture
Mural

Asia » China » Shandong » Qingdao May 28th 2017

Finally a proper break and a chance to escape Ningbo and explore a new place in China. I took a flight to Qingdao, which was only about an hour and a half. I got a nice view of Dongqian Lake as we took off, however that soon disappeared as we got into the pollution smog. The smog was even worse as we were descending in to Qingdao. I took the bus from the airport into the city. That took a little over an hour. I didn't realise that the stops were announced in English the audio was that bad. I had a quick walk to the place I was staying. The guesthouse was really nice. My friend was already there relaxing so we took some time to catch up since we hadn't seen each other for ... read more
Tsingtao Beer
Veggie Dish
Busy Beach

Asia » China » Shandong » Qingdao February 16th 2014

Introduction Lying on the south coast of the Shandong Peninsula, Qingdao is a city of picturesque red-tiled roofs nestled between green hills and blue sea. The mild climate, the bathing beach, and Mount Laoshan make Qingdao a popular health and holiday resort, particularly in summer when visitors come here in droves for sightseeing and escaping the heat.Qingdao is also an industrial city and a major foreign trade port. Its mineral water, wine, and excellent Tsingtao Beer are world-famous. Among the local arts and crafts, shell carvings are especially popular with tourists. Geographic Location and Natural Environment Qingdao is located at the southern tip of the Shandong Peninsula (35'35' ~ 37'09'N, 119'30'~ 121'00'E). It is characterized by a unique blend of sea and mountains and a pleasant climate. Qingdao has a total coastline (including its isl... read more
Sailing boat
Zhanqiao pier
May 4th squre

Asia » China » Shandong » Qingdao January 12th 2014

On August 9, we boarded a 9:15am high speed train from Shanghai to Qingdao for the 23rd International Qingdao Beer Festival that was opening the following day. As we zipped along, the digital readings at the front of the car alerted us to the speed of the train and the outside temperature. With relief, we watched the temperature slowly drop as the train sped along the countryside from 39 in Shanghai to 35 in Qingdao. But the humidity in Qingdao was much worse than Shanghai, so we ended up sweating a lot more despite moderately lower temperatures. After arriving, the first thing we did was stand in a very long, sweltering line to buy our tickets to Beijing for August 13. Knowing our hotel wasn't close to the train station, I didn't want to have to ... read more
Qingdao Beer Festival
Swan on the Beach
Taiping Shan TV Tower

Asia » China » Shandong » Qingdao December 11th 2013

The day was all planned out, Leave RiZhao than get to Qingdao and get to a Starbucks to have a drink and lunch then spend the rest of the day looking at some of the tourist spots the city has to offer. I had only planned on seeing two major tourist sites in this city on the day trip to Qingdao. The May Fourth Square and Saint Micheal's Cathedral. Then depending on the time remaining walk around aimlessly seeing the city before heading back to RiZhao in the evening. A simple plan as it was, it didn't go entirely to plan. That morning, early Tuesday, I had gotten up and dressed making sure that I had all the things I needed for the trip. Me and my travel companions had agreed to meet at the lonely ... read more
the debut
Brownie and Baby Blue hangingout
the lone McDonalds in Rizhao

Asia » China » Shandong » Qingdao December 22nd 2012

Panni stesi ad asciugare per strada, odori pungenti, gabinetti al limite dell'impraticabile, traffico sregolato e rumori molesti: e' cosi' che mi risveglio in Cina, nella vera Cina, quella della costa, culla di una civilta' millenaria che all'inizio di questo nuovo secolo sembra destinata a ricoprire un ruolo di primissimo piano sulla scena internazionale: non posso proprio sottrarmi al "dovere" di andarci a dare un' occhiata e di cercare di raccontare cosa vi succede nella vita di tutti i giorni. Qingdao, nella provincia settentrionale dello Shandong, e' stata per diversi anni una colonia tedesca e qualche suo antico edificio dell'epoca e' stato fortunatamente conservato, donando alla citta', seppur priva degli appetitosi aromi di wurstel e crauti, una certa atmosfera nordeuropea, non sufficiente comunque a giustificare l'appellativo che le vi... read more
Qingdao: la citta' nuova
Beijing: la porta della pace celeste
Confucio

Asia » China » Shandong » Qingdao November 11th 2012

This Friday we headed off from Jinan to QingDao. We had booked tickets through a train ticket agency for Friday morning leaving at 8-45am from Jinan East station on a D train. We had real trouble flagging a taxi down, it took about 10 minutes and we were going to be cutting it fine. We pulled into the car park of the station and I reminded Martin to get his passport out, which is when he realised he had left it in the apartment. You can’t get on a train without an ID card or passport nor can a foreigner stay at a hotel or hostel without one. So much to the bemusement of the taxi driver and initially wondering what the hell we were doing we asked him to take us back to the apartment. ... read more
Hothouses as far as you can see
St Michael's Catholic church
Wedding backdrop

Asia » China » Shandong » Qingdao August 22nd 2012

Zur Krönung meines Aufenthaltes in Qingdao (auch: Tsingdao genannt, die Stadt des Bieres) haben wir einen Ausflug auf den Hausberg Laoshen geplant. Obwohl ich mir vorgenommen habe früh zu Bett zu gehen, habe ich die übliche Türschlusszeit 23:00 verpasst und ich musste die Torwächterin wecken. Das hat unser gutes Verhältnis leider etwas beeinträchtigt aber am naechsten Tag war alles wieder ok. Im Vergleich: die Russen mussten erst eine Stunde verhandeln bevor sie rein durften.. Am Samstag war es endlich soweit, wir sind auf den Mount Laoshen. Ufuf ist zu Hause bei seiner Toilette geblieben. Der Berg wird von einem Tempel verwaltet und ist nur mit einem Eintrittsticket betretbar. Damit auch alles geregelt ist, ist am Fuss des Berges ein riesiger Parkplatz wo alle in Busse Umsteigen muessen. Die Busse fahren sobald sie voll sind zu den ... read more
Auf dem Berg
Auf dem Berg
Auf dem Berg




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