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Tsingtao beer and Mt Lao

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map of the seaside mansion area

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.

A bride going to the castle

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.

mfmcp1982 says:
RE: Olympics souvenirs...I bought an official 2008 Beijing Olympics keyring in Beijing in August 2004!
Posted on: Apr 28, 2008
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map of the seaside mansion area
map of the seaside mansion area
A bride going to the castle
A bride going to the castle
The granite castle sign
The granite castle sign
A horse inside the castle. The cas…
A horse inside the castle. The ca…
The living room of the castle.
The living room of the castle.
View from 3rd floor of the castle,…
View from 3rd floor of the castle…
Standing in front of the bridal ar…
Standing in front of the bridal a…
Some props in the garden for weddi…
Some props in the garden for wedd…
More wedding photo props
More wedding photo props
Another bride and her photographer…
Another bride and her photographe…
The seashell windchime display at …
The seashell windchime display at…
The Tsingtao beer factory we went …
The Tsingtao beer factory we went…
Display of all sorts of Tsingtao b…
Display of all sorts of Tsingtao …
Part of the factory tour, an old s…
Part of the factory tour, an old …
A lab in the factory tour complete…
A lab in the factory tour complet…
A wall exhibit inside the factory …
A wall exhibit inside the factory…
Another exhibit showing how the ba…
Another exhibit showing how the b…
An exhibit showing how they were c…
An exhibit showing how they were …
An exhibit showing how the old sty…
An exhibit showing how the old st…
Old style beer storage
Old style beer storage
Tasting the pre-filtered new beer …
Tasting the pre-filtered new beer…
Modern beer making at the factory
Modern beer making at the factory
Modern bottling at the factory
Modern bottling at the factory
A strange house in the factory wit…
A strange house in the factory wi…
Restaurant and sidewalk by the oce…
Restaurant and sidewalk by the oc…
The long pier, which was used long…
The long pier, which was used lon…
The shore by the pier, full of  ti…
The shore by the pier, full of t…
View of Qingdao from the pier
View of Qingdao from the pier
View of Laoshan mountain from its …
View of Laoshan mountain from its…
The entrance to the Laoshao Taiqin…
The entrance to the Laoshao Taiqi…
About to enter the Taiqing palace …
About to enter the Taiqing palace…
Some local tourists in Taiqing pal…
Some local tourists in Taiqing pa…
A sign saying this is a place full…
A sign saying this is a place ful…
One of the incense burners in Taiq…
One of the incense burners in Tai…
View of Mt Lao from Taiqing palace…
View of Mt Lao from Taiqing palac…
A candle inside one of the Taiqing…
A candle inside one of the Taiqin…
The queen mother, also known as …
The "queen mother", also known as…
The wall where the Chinese ghost s…
The wall where the Chinese ghost …
Quan-Yue Temple worshipping two re…
Quan-Yue Temple worshipping two r…
a quiet view in the Taiqing palace…
a quiet view in the Taiqing palac…
A map showing there is a lot more …
A map showing there is a lot more…
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