Two days after Elijah and I arrived back in China, Justin had a seven day holiday. Gotta love the annual Chinese National holiday that takes place at the beginning of October! There’s always at least a full week off work just a month after the new school year begins, and because we are usually away/ busy during the two months of summer vacation, that one week break is really needed when it rolls around. This year it was very much deserved since we had been apart for a month, and some serious quality time was called for. With the weather as pleasant as it is during Autumn – we tried to get out as much as we could on family walks, meals, and a couple of hikes. On a sunny windless morning, we decided that a FuShan family hike sounded perfect.
We usually hike up the back of FuShan (the mountain pictured above) – check out a different hike that we did up the back of the mountain here. This time we thought we would try ascending on the ocean-side of the the mountain since we live on that side now. It is actually a short taxi ride to either side of FuShan, but we like adventure so we opted for a new route.
I took a ridiculous amount of photos of my husband and son – you have been warned – so please forgive me, we had been apart for so long. I tried to thin out these pictures but I’m in love, so this is the best I could do…
We found an odd section of smoothly paved road that leads up one side of the mountain. At a certain point, the road just ends and you have to climb over some rubble and continue climbing the mountain via a rocky path through the trees. It’s not as bad as it sounds though – this is a popular thing to do here in Qingdao, so there are many paths that have been flattened along the way. There are a number of path options, and “forks in the road” so getting to the top could be a new adventure each time!
The view of the ocean, and the coastal area, got more and more amazing the higher we got. This was not something we got to experience when we climbed up the other side of FuShan. On the back of the mountain, the view is mostly of apartment buildings… millions of them!
We really love this hiking backpack, so we have to say a huge thank you to our friends – Peter and Carrie – once again! We love this new addition to our adventures. We have been carrying Elijah in the Ergo for most of our outings, but climbing uphill is not easy with a baby strapped to you that way. This carrier lifts Elijah up and places him in a comfortably viewing position. Peter and Carrie also had a much fancier hiking backpack which they were wanting to sell. They said that it was much more comfortable, but much more bulky, especially for traveling (basically it would be like having another suitcase) so we took this smaller one. We do love this simple hiking/baby backpack so we might need to invest in one of those fancy ones when Elijah gets heavier. Thankfully, he’s barely even 20 lbs (9kg) so he’s not straining daddy’s back too much yet.
This part of the trail got a little complicated so we stopped and sat down on a rock to enjoy our snacks. It was a little too dangerous for Eli to get out of the carrier, so we propped out the “stand” at the back of it, and he sat in the carrier like it was a high chair. This kid is so good! We were definitely not in an area where he could explore since there were slippery rock overhangs all around us, so we were thankful that he was happy to stay in the carrier and eat his snacks.
The view from our picnic spot was awesome.
Daddy acted like a monkey to make Elijah laugh…
On our way down we found an old abandoned building which had almost completely fallen apart. The roof had caved in and most of the walls had fallen over – sounds like typical Chinese building quality to me! Haha, that’s no joke actually, buildings literally fall over here! This is just a random article – Building Falls Over – but we hear stories like this everyday in China.
As you can probably tell, we never made it to the top of FuShan on this hike. We got to a point that seemed a little to rough to be climbed with a baby strapped to Justin’s back, so, rather than risk it, we tried to backtrack a little and find a safer path leading up. We never did, but to switch things up a little, we took a different path back down. All in all, it was a wonderful hike and we knew we’d be back so it didn’t matter that we didn’t go right up to the top.
When we got off the path, we explored the area at the base of the mountain. There was no one around so it was really peaceful. We then walked around the surrounding neighborhood, looking for a Craft Brewery that Justin had found out about. He had already told his work friends, and they had all been, but we were yet to go ourselves. This seemed like a perfect afternoon for some beer tasting, so off to went to Strong Ale Works for a pint of beer.