Its been a while since I was in China, but looking back through the photos brings back all the great memories I had forgotten.
The day before was pretty tiring. We got lost on the walk back for a looong time.
But, we made it back to the hostel. Partied with the other travelers and locals all night long with plans to soak up the sun the next morning on Qingdao's beaches. We befriended two Chinese girls the night before and they invited us to a beach down the coast.... This not within walking distance--But! We didn't realize that. So, down the hill, we went walking on morning three!
At least we got to start by walking downhill!
This cute little girl was determined to get somewhere.
I had my camera by my side, but managed to get a nice shot.
Costco, you ain't got nuttin'.
Tourist shot of the friends:
Besjan can sport any look:
Typical fruit stand in China. Although there are many more types
of fruit. Not a clue what any were, they tasted pretty delicious though.
Keychains with live fish in them. Guaranteed to at least make it home!
We had to walk maybe 2 miles to make it to the water. We though we were in the right place, but we totally weren't.
Took a lot of pictures anyway
There were a few key indicators that this was not the correct beach:
Besjan testing the local sidewalk wares. Including Harry Potter glasses.
This wizard doesn't need a broom to fly.
So after a good amount of wandering we flagged a taxi and hopped in. The driver was really nice and told us a lot about the area we were driving through on the way to the other beach. On the way there, we saw the upper-class part of town. It has lots of German architecture, but also a lot of modern stuff. Wealthy politicians and business men and the like.
Passed the rich residential area was coast with sculptures and such. Took this photo from the cab window. Its cropped, I'll be honest, but its nice none the less
We made it to the beach! And I'm only posting this one. We all looked pretty funny with our farmers tan's and pasty white skin (all the Chinese were jealous).
Hamza and I explored further down the coast, to a green algae patch and lots of people collecting things.
Looking back, this is what you see:
Further down the beach got rocky and cliffy and sharp real fast. We were barefoot and continued on anyway.
Maybe some other beach pictures later
But Dinner! We went with our two new friends down the street and found a restaurant that specialized in Sichuan style dishes. We got a big fish in a broth and lots of spicy stuff. Was goooood. Not sure why I'm wearing the bandanna, but it awesome so whatever!
The rest of the evening is censored, because none of us compose ourselves very well when innebriated.
But Peter and I made it to sunrise. It was 1000x's worth it staying up. One of the most memorable day/night/morning of my life.