We started the day with a Chinese version of a crepe for breakfast. This is popular street food here and very different from the French version. It is a thick dough, spread thinly on a hot plate, an egg is spread on top, then they add chopped spring onion, herbs, a crunchy piece of bread, salat and spicy sauce. Folded up and put in a paper back, it looks like this:
Really good stuff and a big portion for breakfast. It costs about 70 euro cents.
Then we went to Meng’s University, with the beautiful name Ocean University of China, by uber taxi. It had a really nice campus with lots of trees and classical building.
We took a long walk here and went to a viewing point close by, with a great view over the coast.
It was almost lunch time so we went to a hot pot restaurant close by. We ordered one which was split in the middle with a milder mushroom soup and a hot chilly soup. Because of a special offer, we got extra meat.
It looks more than it was because it was cut very thin but still a lot! We mixed our own sauces at a small sauce buffet started boiling the different ingredients,which were, besides of the meat, mushrooms and spinach. Then you pick what you like from the soup. This is one of the things, everybody should try when being China.
We were all very stuffed when we left the restaurant. Next stop was the Qingdao Beer Museum. We went there by bus, which was an experience by itself. You pay one Yuan when entering the bus (two, when the bus had air conditioning), then you will get an interesting ride in Chinese traffic. The busses seemed to have the right of way almost in every situation. Impressive where they managed to squeeze through.
Then we walked to the beer museum. Qingdao beer is the biggest beer brand in China, so this is an important part of the city.
The brewery was founded by Germans in 1903, during the occupation and had an interesting history (too long to describe here). It was funny to see the old bottle labels.
The street outside of the museum was full of restaurants (and cars of course):
So many people were just walking here. It was a nice spot but very crowded. We walked to the end point and took some pictures. The cool wind from the sea was very pleasant after the hot day. I also had to take some selfies with random people again. It is a strange experience when people always stare at you because you look different. But I don’t mind. It is only because of curiosity.
A picture of the beach, a bit further away:
Then we took a bus back to the hotel and stopped for dinner on the way. We ordered fried asparagus and dumplings. I was ingenuous enough to mention that I should try sea cucumber to Meng. So I got a sea cucumber in rice porridge. This was something.. Like a ten centimeter long piece of black and soft cartilage with a fishy taste. One more thing I couldn’t eat..
Then back to the hotel, shower, writing this blog and sleep. Tomorrow evening, we should be in Shanghai. Qingdao was a really nice city and definitely worth a visit.