We checked out of the hotel at 10 and walked to the subway, which brought us directly to the southern train station. Taking the train in Beijing is not like other train stations I have seen so far. It had several floors and we had to pass a security check first. Next was to find a ticket desk to register my passport. There we had to wait in a queue for 15 minutes (that part is pretty normal for a German train station as well though, with the difference that you don’t wait with 20 people but 200). Then picked up some breakfast and went to our “gate”.
Some more waiting there until we could board the train (after another passport control). But once in the train, everything was very convenient. Only reserved and comfortable seats and a train going 300 km per hour.
We passed some big cities on the way.
After 5 hours, we arrived in Qingdao, the first impression was that it was cooler than Beijing (probably about 25 degrees) but very humid.
Meng booked a nice hotel beforehand so we took an Uber taxi there. They also spoke German at the reception,which was a bit surprising. And we met Khan here, we knew each other from Norway, so it was very nice to meet again.
This was the second time that the hotel bed is super hard. Seems to be normal in China. I kind of like it but I can imagine that this is not for everyone. After moving in, we started looking for a dinner place. First we checked in the area but then we went by taxi to a very lively area of the city, which was well known for its sea food restaurants.
We chose one, which was very popular apparently and started ordering. This can take a while in China. Often you choose many different dishes and write you order down on a piece of paper. That’s what we did and also added a pitcher of a good local beer. When our food arrived, it didn’t fit on the table, so we had to pile it up.
Lots of different mollusks: sea water snails (which we picked out of the shell with tooth picks), grilled oysters and abalone, something like small scallops with rice noodles and small boiled muscles. All spicy and with different tastes than I am used to but very good nonetheless. As the starchy dishes, we had grilled potatoes and tasty grilled bread. One of the weirder experiences today were a cold jellyfish salat, which was unexpectedly good. The jellyfish absorbed the garlic dressing and had a rather firm texture. The other one was grilled silk worm pupae. When you bite on them, the soft inner part with a consistency of curd cheese oozes out and doesn’t taste like much. The problem was the hard shell, which was not very nice to chew. So these, I don’t have to try again.
All in all a great dinner with these lovely girls:
We all ate a bit too much and had to take a walk after dinner. In China, the stores are open basically all the time so we checked some of them on the way.
Then back to the hotel and another good day in China was at its end.