My 5: Cool Spots Around Qingdao, China.

Views over Qingdao from Xinhao Shan Park Shandong Province China

1. August 2009. Qingdao is a truly beautiful Chinese city that consistently pops up in online articles ranking the Top Ten Cities In China For Foreigners. Seductively perched on China’s east coast, Qingdao offers decent beaches and is framed by several ranges of handsome mountains. Signal Hill Park (Xinhao Shan Park) is one of ten […]

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My 5: Lennon Bar – Qingdao, China.

Exterior Lennon Bar Qingdao Shandong Province China

1. August 2009. I remember reading about Lennon Bar long before S and I had even arrived in Qingdao on our great summer China trip of 2009. I think it may have been Lonely Planet that tipped me off to the city’s Beatles themed bar with an in-house live band treating customers to fab four […]

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My 5: St. Michael’s Cathedral – Qingdao, China.

St. Michael's Church Qingdao Catholic Church Shandong Province China

1. August 2009. Architecturally speaking the Chinese city of Qingdao is quite unique thanks to its tumultuous history of German occupation in the late 1890s. But while being invaded and colonized by the Germans can’t have been much fun for Qingdao locals, the whole chapter did at least leave the city with cobbled streets, European […]

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My 5: Number One Bathing Beach – Qingdao, China.

Number 1 Bathing Beach Qingdao Shandong Province China

1. August, 2009. I’ll never forget my first beach experience in China way back in the summer of 2009. S and I were in the midst of an extensive tour around Shandong Province and had really fallen for the charming coastal city of Qingdao. It was proper beach weather during our stay with high temperatures […]

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My 5: What To Eat – Tongli Water Town, China.

Hot crispy bread Tongli Water Town China

Reading from China? This My 5 contains YouTube videos, which can only be viewed with a VPN! 1. December 2018. So it turns out exploring Tongli Water Town’s canal streets can be hungry work! But be warned, many of the restaurants and cafes are overpriced tourist traps. There are some beautiful eateries to be found […]

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My 5: Happy Farming Hall – Tongli Water Town, China.

Happy Farming Hall Tongli Water Town Suzhou China

1. December 2018. My day wandering around Tongli Water Town had been an eventful one that had literally teleported me back to the days of ancient China. Picturesque canals and cobbled streets? Yup! 600-year-old Ming Dynasty shopping lanes? Uh, huh! Wrinkled old Chinese folk sittin’ doin’ nothin’? You know it! Another key part of the […]

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My 5: Tongli Water Town Part II, China.

canal street Tongli Water Town Suzhou China

Want to get the full perspective? Before reading this, why not dip into my article Tongli Water Town Part I. 1. December 2018. I’m glad I got to see Tongli Water Town in the off-season. A friend told me the summer crowds here are horrible, so I made sure to appreciate the empty streets and […]

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