Posted by: oliviapontet | October 11, 2012

Turquoise island in the China Sea

I spent a few days in the turquoise island Shandong Qingdao commonly known. Many know it for its largest specialty beer Tsingtao, brought here by the Germans during their colonial settlement in the 19th century.

The brewery was not the only German contribution. The entire city is dotted with colonial mansions, and massive architecture that crosses all over the place. It often falls into disuse curious appropriation of Chinese today who seem squatter these oversized or who occupy the ground floor with karaoke bars or corporate houses …

The presence of the sea makes it very pleasant Qingdao: the air is cooler than the interior and relaxed atmosphere reigns in the streets. It is far from seaside French practices and onlookers, tourists and small vendors of all kinds are there. Portions of the beach are also feasible for beautiful walks. The only concern is that the city is extensive. Party “experimental tourism” taking a bus accident, I walked along the coast for three quarters of an hour without leaving the urban fabric! But the reward was there: wide sandy sea shimmering and wish to sand it enough to look out to sea to enjoy the trip!

Qingdao has an average size and its neighborhoods can go on foot. I prefer the old Qingdao and narrow streets in the new neighborhood, richer and shopping but also invaded by tall buildings. Instead the narrow streets near the sea are very lively: small businesses to the street itself, varied and lively market, combining houses the colonial past to contemporary resourcefulness. A real pleasure!

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