First Snow of 2015.
It is pretty exciting when it snows in Qingdao. Everyone goes outside and snow pictures start flooding our We Chat Moments. Usually, if it does snow, it happens when we are away for the winter break, late January. This year we got snow in November!
Unexpectedly early snowfalls coated Beijing and other northern parts of China. The cold winds that swept over Beijing, originating in Siberia, reached Qingdao a day or two later. Flights were delayed and canceled while residents had to endure the biting cold air. But the Great Wall offered tourists a breathtaking, fairytale-like view — even if the slippery snow didn’t exactly make the ancient monument’s steep steps any easier to climb. We were in Beijing shortly after the snowfall, but we couldn’t face those slippery iced over walls with a baby strapped to us. The following two pictures are from CNN Travel:
Look at that! As much as I would have liked to have seen the Great Wall covered in snow, there’s no way we could have kept our balance with Elijah on us. We wouldn’t want to fall and hurt him. Even though we didn’t get to see that, we did see the beautiful snowfall in Qingdao…
I watched the school kids run out from their classes and build snowmen on the school field above. The sound of them shouting with delight was heartwarming! I stood at my dining room window, sipping hot chocolate, and watching the snow fall… Feeling thankful for all that I am blessed with.
Below left, The view from our lounge after the first round of snowfall on November 24th.
Above right, I didn’t take those two photos. Thanks to my friends on We Chat for those images. You know who you are. I like those shots! The snow has all melted away now, and we haven’t received anymore, but it was beautiful while it lasted.