Walking along the Qingdao Seaside Boardwalk, we always see a large number of varying transportation methods. Most of these contraptions are simply a fun way to ride up and down the shore, and although we haven’t yet hired one, I am sure that soon we will. Above you can see two examples of these. The one on the left is round, with a big rotating wheel on each side. It has a lever in the middle which controls the motor. There is no pedalling necessary, and it turns around pretty quickly. The one on the right is pretty nifty too, but this one require some work. Both people have to pedal to keep it going – Team work is required for that one.
Creepy looking carriages
Now these ones are just plain creepy looking!!! They have a motor inside them and they appear to be walking and pulling the people in the carriage. They are tiny but super weird looking.
Something for everyone
As we mentioned before, this is similar to the Pedal Hopper that we did in Denver, Colorado. Except, we noticed that this one does have a motor and all the people sitting on it can drink without pedalling. How lazy – The whole point of these things is the fun in trying to keep it going while you are having a few beers at the same time. The Chinese have gone and made it into simply a moving bar, with pedals for show. I guess many of you may disagree with me though, and this may be an improvement!
There are not only people moving around on the land, but all around the ocean surrounding the boardwalk too. Sailboats whizz by frequently, and the Chinese folk seem to love running over to take pictures when this happens.
Another popular activity here, especially amongst young couples, is riding a tandem bicycle along the boardwalk. The bikes can be hired for a certain period of time, and they are pretty cheap.
As well as offering ferry and sailboat tours from here, there are multiple companies hiring out jet skis. If you are young or inexperienced, someone will hop on the back and take you for a ride.
One man street cleaner
No, not really a mode of transport, but I had to include it because I had never seen such a small street cleaner. In fact, in China, I have NEVER seen one of these at all. Make no mistake, whoever is using this will probably be driving it home as well. We see all kinds of crazy things on the road here!
For the brave souls, there is horse riding available too. The lady above was petrified but she did well, and managed not to fall off. There is a guide directing the horse, but he keeps cracking a loud whip. That sound alone is enough to make anyone on a horse nervous because it almost makes you think that the horse is going to take off galloping!
… For the kids
And for the younger (or less brave) folk there are fake horses. Like the creepy creatures pictured earlier, these are powered by a motor so all you need to do is sit and enjoy the ride. The “horse” is really tiny, but still, something about these motor powered rides and the noises that they make is just odd!!
If you want to move around in style, you get one of these!!
As you can tell, there are many ways to get around the seaside of Qingdao, China. The majority of people on the boardwalk are walking, sitting, flying kites, or just enjoying the atmosphere, but if you do want a more entertaining way to spend an hour or two, there are a number of options.
If all else fails, you could just take a stroll… pants are optional!
Happy Friday Everyone!!