A weekend in Qingdao 

After two weeks in Beijing, with language classes in the morning and sight-seeing in the afternoon, we were ready to move on. Beijing was a great place for settling into China, a thriving, bustling city with some beautiful places (highlights including the lake and bridges of the Summer Palace, the Lama temple, renting a boat in Beihai park, and the 798 art district) and much delicious food (including the legendary Beijing roast duck which we sampled on out last night) – but we were excited to take our first sleeper train on Friday night to Qingdao to stay for a weekend with my friend Max who lives there, teaching English.  (more…)