Qingdao is a Chinese coastal city, about 3.5 hours, by bus, from where we live. Before visiting we had read: “Qingdao is a great place to visit, work, live, vacation, make friends, fall in love, shop, go to the beach, swim in the ocean, go sailing, and much much more”… This is definitely true!! We really enjoyed being there. It reminded us a lot of Cape Town, because of the hills, ocean breeze, and beautiful colors. Qingdao is one of the top places to live in China, and it is well known for it’s international history and architecture.
We stayed at the “Old Observatory Hostel”, located on Mt. Observatory. The hostel is situated at the top of a hill, and there are panoramic views of Qingdao Bay from the rooftop, and most of the bedrooms.
Outside the hostel…
The entrance hall area of the hostel had a comfy relaxing area. We lay here watching a movie.
The observatory area in the hostel had a telescope.
Surrounding it were couches and pillows. This was a nice chill out area.
On our first evening at the hostel, we sat in the bar/ restaurant area and waited for the “seafood buffet”, that we were told would be served at 6:30pm. We had finished school at 11:15am, and eaten lunch in the cafeteria, however we were starving after the long bus ride. We would have gone out to eat dinner, however we were told that there was a FREE seafood dinner, so we waited, and ordered a plate of cheese nachos to keep us going. I wish that I had taken a photograph of the nachos!! We all stared at the tiny plate as it was put down on the table in front of us!!! For 45 yuan we got about 20 chips, and a few bits of cheese melted over it! It was appalling! Even though we were disappointed, we ate the “nachos”, and hoped that the wonderful free dinner would make up for the shocking nachos! We had ordered beer, and for $3 a person, we were thrilled to hear that it was “free flowing” for 2 hours.
We had to make the most of the free flowing beer, so we played Kings.
At last, the seafood started coming out…
For starters: Muscles and bread.
Round 2: NOTHING….
Are you kidding me… Muscles?! That’s it? We were, once again, disappointed! We would have rather ventured out, to find some food for dinner. We had settled in, and paid for 2 hours of free flowing beer, so we ordered some more food!
The fish and chips were too oily, but at least we got to eat something substantial!
We continued to play Kings.
The atmosphere in the bar was nice.
Zachary: the first victim of “Lick-and-Stick”
Our little corner.
Oh no… More Lick-and-Stick cards!
(For those wondering: If you pick up a “3” you have to wet the card, and stick it to your head. If the card falls from your face, you have to have a drink).
Heather and Zachary.
The following day we went to Starbucks and Papa Johns. It’s been weeks since we had some western food. This wasn’t an issue in South Korea, however now we don’t have a kitchen so we can’t make our own food. We also don’t have a Starbucks in Dongying 🙁 Sad!
In fact, there are barely any coffee shops near to our house!!
Yummy indulgences at Papa Johns!
This shopping area was loaded with great deals.
Zach and Heather went shopping, and we went exploring.
The walk up to our hostel was pretty. There were gardens, and winding pathways.
On Mt. Observatory.
For dinner we went to a big shopping mall, HiSense, and we found all the western products that we have run out of!! Tea, crackers (non-sweetened), hot sauce, mustard, tuna, and some other basics.
This made us very happy!!! 🙂
Ice-skating in the shopping mall.
Looking at maps…
Where should we go walking??