The Pharmacists Tower│Zhanshan Temple. In a previous post, we showed you Zhanshan Temple, which we visited on a Monday with Mari. Justin and I visited this temple a couple of years ago, when we lived back in Dongying, and coming to Qingdao was similar to a resort weekend getaway! Oh how funny it is to think how times have changed, and so has our perception of life around us. China will do that to you! Before heading home, Mari and I decided to check out a slightly separate portion of these temple grounds, known as “The Pharmacists Tower”. Behind this tower was a small hill, with stairs leading up to an old dilapidated pagoda. I left Eli with Mariska and ran up there to take a peek of the spectacular views from the top. When Justin and I had come to this temple in 2013, the stairway was blocked off so we couldn’t go to the top.
Surrounded by mountains on three sides and facing the sea on the other side, the Zhanshan Temple is situated in the eastern section of Qingdao City. It is the only temple in downtown Qingdao and also the newest one in China. Encircled by beautiful natural scenery and the vast sea, the scenic area is a superb place for sightseeing in urban Qingdao. From the pagoda there were views of the entire temple grounds, the mountains, the city and the ocean. Since there was no one up there, I enjoyed a few moments of completely peace.
Eli goes sightseeing, and gets stared at more than the sights. This old man perfectly depicts what the Chinese folk do. They bend over, lean in, and stop for a while to get a really good look at this fair, blue-eyed child. The locals seem to find it hilarious that Elijah loves to eat Boazi. You can read more about our son’s obsessions with these steamed meat-filled buns HERE. Those things are delicious, so we can’t blame him for being crazy about them!
There was some sort of gathering or festival going on in the main area of the temple, and I presume that these elaborate ribbons were put up for that event. They could also just be an everyday thing, because here in China, the more color and ribbon you have… the better!
When I got back to little man and Mariska, it was time for us to start heading back to Laoshan, ie. our side of Qingdao. Not wanting to climb in a taxi outside the temple (the taxi drivers see white faces coming out of a popular tourist sight and dollar signs up up in their heads), we walked a few blocks away from this area. After a quick coffee at Bruno Melody House and an impromptu 23 Month Photo Shoot, we climbed into a taxi and braved the 4pm traffic. Back at our apartment, we ended up lighting a fire, and enjoying another braai together. Us South Africans and Texans sure can’t resist a bbq, and anytime that the weather is good and we are together… We want to braai!
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