The weather of late has been depressingly grey and stuffy, so it was a nice surprise to find myself in the West side of town yesterday when the weather took a turn for the better. I started out exploring Ocean University‘s (海洋大学）old campus. The German influence is obvious and the campus is incredibly beautiful, but unfortunately less used. I hope they keep it around – it’s a wonderful place to walk around, but with China you never know.
I’m pretty sure caged birds don’t sing in China.
You can see the old Governor’s mansion from the school’s track.
After I finished with the university I headed up the road to Xiaoyushan Park (小鱼山公园）to take in the breathtaking panoramic views of the city. It’s a tiny park, but for less than 2USD it’s definitely worth taking an hour out of your day to visit. I’d almost forgotten how beautiful the city really is – it’s much dirtier up close, and less green – so it was nice to get a fresh perspective, especially with the soft ocean breeze complementing the views.
The main attraction of the park is a temple (not pictured here) that, according to Chinese tradition, has been reconstituted as a hawker’s den, home to women surprisingly intent on selling paper weights shaped like bottles of beer.
An overview of Western Qingdao.
And from a mosaic depicting Chinese history we have…the country’s forgotten elf king.
Overall it was a great day, and as with all great days, it ended with a bit of shopping. The best thing about China is all the great stuff you can find if you know where to look and keep your eyes open – and yes, I’m speaking in shades of metaphor here. So clever!