Qingdao Metro Excitement
On Sunday morning, after an amazing stay at the Shangri-La for our school’s Winter Wonderland Gala, we took the subway. Seriously, that’s it… that’s the whole point of this post. hahaha. We took the subway! The Qingdao Metro has been A LONG TIME COMING! In fact, when we first moved to Qingdao, we were told that “soon there will be a subway”. Well folks, that day has finally arrived and we are super duper freaking excited.
The first line opened a few months ago, but we didn’t care too much about it. We didn’t even take it anywhere since it don’t go anywhere really beneficial to us. On Sunday morning though, the second line opened, and there was a stop right outside the hotel!
We were as excited as little kids on Christmas morning!!
This transportation development is HUGE for us because there are so many place we want to go, but often we don’t because of heavy traffic and the cost of taxis. Having the freedom to use the subway, means that even trips right across the city will only cost a few yuan. Amazing!
Chinese Security Checks
China loves putting these security checks into all their bus, train and metro stations. Basically, you have to scan all of your bags, just like you do at an airport. It is really quite silly to me. But what do I know?! Maybe other some part of China are so dangerous that this is a necessity, but trust me, this is not needed in most parts.
We put our bags through the scanner, rolled our eyes, and then got back to feeling excited 😂
What Line are You on?
We CANNOT wait to get around with the Metro. We have already discussed ten things that we want to go do. I think that next year is going to be filled with lots of new family adventures and outings.
Line 2 (the red line above) goes pretty close to where we live, but not quite close enough to be considered convenient. It is the third line, which is opening in January, that is REALLY going to make us excited. That line will have a stop a short walk from our apartment gates, and it will go up towards Justin’s school. He will therefore take the metro to school every morning, and home every evening.
Our first subway joinery took us to a friend for some final farewells. My friend, Catherine, is leaving Qingdao (in fact, she left TODAY) so we went to say goodbye and pick up a few items that she wanted to give us. Eli got a trampoline and a new scooter – What a blessing! Whenever friends leave, we are always given boxes of things, and we are always grateful. Of course, I know that someday it will be our turn to leave and we will give and sell things in the same way. Thinking about that is both scary and also exhilarating!
The husbands stand in an empty apartment, chatting by the window… (I love this picture)
This sweet friend is loved by so many here in Qingdao, and she is definitely going to be missed. We took in one last view from her apartment, enjoyed a good few laughs, and then got in as many hugs as we could before leaving.
Bon Voyage Cat!
We were initially planning to take the metro all the way over to our side of town. However, after our pick-up, the stay in the hotel, and my photo shoots the morning before, we had more stuff than we could carry! Cat’s husband kindly offered to drive us home.