Immortals and the port city of Weihai
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Today was a day of long drives. We again left the hotel about 8am and after about 3 hours drive (with a rest stop of course) arrived at the coastal town of Penglai. Penglai is the name of the eastern paradise in Chinese folklores. The water here was the Yellow Sea, and a little to the west, the Bo Hai Sea. There were some islands but we could not see them due to poor visibility. We haven't yet saw any blue skies yet, but at least it was partially sunny here. After lunch we went to the Penglai Pagoda area, and walked around the various temples, one of which was for the buddha, but the rest were for more Chinese heros/immortals. There was one for the goddess of childbirth, one for measels, a big temple for Mazu, and the tallest one for the 8 immortals. There were statues of the 8 immortals at a feast, some drunk.
We had 3 more hours of drive to get to our destination for the night, Weihai, which is another port city by the Yellow Sea in the northern part of the Shangdong peninsula. It is home to more than 2 million people, and is supposed to be one of the more desirable places to live in China. Indeed, I haven't seen too much of the city yet, but our hotel Heqing Hotel is at a great location with beautiful coastal views, fishing boats in the harbor, Liugong island in the distances, and other small islands nearby.
Dinner at the hotel was one of the best we have had on this trip, various seafoods including shrimp, crab, fish, sea cucumbers, shell fishes whose English names I did not know, (very tender) beef with green peppers, vegetables and fruits. One of the last dishes was a noodle soup dish which we thought we couldn't possibly eat, but it was so good that we all ate it! Dinner was served by the most attentive waiters, who changed our plates and napkins many times during our meal.
The internet usage at the business center was the cheapest on this trip, at only 10RMB per hour.