Qingdao in April│Coastal Stroll. We simply can’t get enough of Qingdao at this time of the year. It is hard to remember this simple fact during the coldest, and most heavily polluted months, but wow, things get so much more pleasant once the temperature rises and the blossoms come out. Winter is harsh, and many of us really struggle, but spring brings a fresh start, new life, and much happiness. The combination of blue skies, warmer temperatures, and beautiful colors remind us that we love living abroad, and we are blessed to have this opportunity to live life submerged in another culture. It is hard to remind ourselves of this during the gloomy months. On Monday, on our first Monday with Mari, we did a lot of walking along the coast. Elijah slept for over three hours, so we wanted to keep walking while he snoozed. Mariska and I got to enjoy hours of good conversation, and see some amazing new sights. Although I have been to all of the spots that we visited on Monday, it has been a few years, so I really enjoyed revisiting and seeing everything with Elijah.
As you can imagine, I took a ton of pictures, and I have done a couple of posts already, but these are some of the pictures that we took while walking along the boardwalk. If you want to see the other post from Monday, you can link up to them here:
ZhanQiao Pier, Lunch Discovery │Mondays with Mari, and XiaoQingdao Park│Small Qingdao Island.
This is the view of Qingdao from the boardwalk on a sunny Monday morning…
One of the most amazing characteristics of this side of town, and one of the reasons why I love it so much, is that there is a unique blend of German architecture and Chinese temples and signage. I am pretty sure that this is not a sight that can be seen in very many places.
We wandered quite far along the coast and didn’t see very many places where we wanted to stop and get coffee/ lunch, so eventually we turned around, and started to walk back to our original starting point.
Above, that is ZhanQiao Pier – our first venture for the day.
Below, After the Pier we walked towards this interesting looking structure. When we got to it we discovered that we weren’t allowed to enter, which was a pity. It is apparently called the “Sea Palace” but we have no idea what it’s function is.
Another ridiculous shirt spotted!
Above left, there is a distinct mix of traditional and modern on this side of Qingdao. As you can see from the image, this could have been a picture taken in any modern city. Well… three seconds later you see that t-shirt, and then you are reminded you are most-definitely still in China!
Hundreds of Chinese people were down on the rocks. I presume that they were collecting bait, shells, and starfish. We would see them walking with plastic water bottles filled with various little creatures. I understand how this would be pretty exciting for little children, but I’m not sure why the adults do it.
Look at the beautiful buildings and the green trees. The buildings across the road from the oceanside are all unique and interesting. The blossoms make this walk even more spectacular. I haven’t included names for these buildings because I didn’t take the time to note these things. I was simply admiring the architecture as we walked.
Below, across the bay we could see XiaoQingdao Park│Small Qingdao Island and the bridge leading to it. That was our third stop for the day, after coffee, lunch and a looooooong naptime walk.
I love taking pictures of monks, but in the last few years I can never take one of them WITHOUT them looking down at their smart phones. Sorry to sound like an old lady, but it is truly sad how much people are on their phones these days (myself included). Nevertheless, this is still a nice picture of a monk on the rocks along the coast. I was on the main road, and behind some trees, but I managed to zoom in a get a decent picture of him.
Below, this picture shows you how far we walked. To the very left-hand side of the image you can see the Sea Palace and ZhanQiao Pier. We walked further than the Sea Palace, and the picture was taken a couple of kilometers before we ended our afternoon.
We ended off our day outside this building, when a taxi finally agreed to take us home. We waited a little too late to start heading home, and since we live much further along the coast (and Mariska lives pretty far inland), many taxi drivers refused to pick us up. We would flag them down, but when we said our destination they would shrug and wave their hand, shouting in Chinese that it was too far. Chinese taxi drivers don’t like to sit in traffic so they will often do this after about 3pm.
We didn’t mind though, and with Justin getting home early, my classes were covered. We kept walking, trying to get further away from the biggest tourist attractions, and we finally got a ride. The truth was that I wanted to keep walking… but alas, all good things must come to an end. I am really looking forward to our next Monday with Mari!