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TsingTao in Qingdao

Qingdao Travel Blog

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I got into Qingdao yesterday afternoon... and I had the window seat!  *waaaaahhhh*  I don't like window seats, but as the flight was pretty full, I didn't have a choice.  Since it was only an hour, no food, just drink.  I'd fallen asleep during the flight and the landing woke me up!  The airport was standard, and I took a bus to the center of town.  Then I took a taxi (and, man, did I ever get jacked!  60RMB for something that should've been only about 20-25.  Live and learn.) to the hotel.  On the way, the driver had me talk to someone and that person said that the driver said the hotel wasn't good and I should choose another one.  Well, I didn't know another one, and as the driver was scamming me, I wasn't about to take his word for it.
Now THAT's a bottle of beer
 

The hotel is right by the beach, but I don't have the ocean view.  I'll review the hotel later.  I ate dinner in the hotel restaurant after tearing myself away from the Internet- HuffPo and Countdown.  Some seafood and Chinese cabbage later, it was time for more Internet. 

Today was the reason why I came to Qingdao- to tour the Tsing Tao brewery.  I was on my own, no tour but signs were in English.  At the end, I got a free glass of raw beer.  It did throw me for a loop like in Plzen, but it was good.  But I also had significantly more in Plzen too...  Lunch was a restaurant on the street.  I picked out a crab and what looked like small clams, and a pitcher of beer.  I had asked for a small beer... I got a pitcher.  Oh boy.  But the food was good.

From there, back to the hotel for a nap, then to take a walk to the beach and the pier.  The wind, the waves- and the chatter of Chinese.  Then to hike up to a Catholic Church I couldn't enter... then back to the hotel for some Daily Show, Colbert Report and Countdown.
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Not quite worth the money
Using CTrip.com, I booked a room in this hotel for two nights. I know that getting a lower rate with CTrip when the board at the front desk quotes ra… read entire review
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