Tsingtao beer and Mt Lao
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We visited an old mansion used by Chiang Kai-shek, the leader of China KMT party before KMT's retreat to Taiwan in 1949. The house is now famous for being used as backdrops for wedding photos. We saw busses with brides/grooms getting ready to have their photos taken. The garden of the mansion was full of sets used for wedding couples. It's quite amusing. The mansion was located near the water, for easy escape, supposedly. We walked toward the beach, and saw many vendors selling various things. A young vendor was selling wind chimes made of seashells. They were hung on a tree, and looked real pretty. I stopped to take photos, and the vendor talked to me because he was interested in my cameras. He looked to be in his 20's, but knew of the Mamiya camera I was using and asked me many questions about the camera.
We then went to visit Tsingtao (the old German influenced spelling) beer factory and took a tour of the factory. We were able to taste pre-filtered beer which is not sold anywhere. Of course we were also able to sample some other beers which were sold all over the world.
In the afternoon, we drove to Mt Lao to see one of the famous Taoist temples there. Mt Lao has many interesting rock formations, and is really very pretty, since it is right next to the sea. There were many beautiful views along the coast. It would have been nice to actually hike up the mountain, but our tour did not do that. We stopped by a tea factory store on the way back to the city. After a demo of how to make proper tea, we all sampled several varieties, and of course bought some to take home. The Mt Lao green tea was pretty famous too.
Do you know part of the 2008 Olympics (the sailing portion) is going to be held in Qingdao? So we found many places selling 2008 Olympics souvenirs already in our hotel, amazing.
We had early dinner, since we had to get up early (4:30am) to catch our next leg of the journey by plane.