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Good Morning Qingdao

12 Nov 2005: Qingdao, Shandong Province

I am back in Qingdao again, staying at the same old Shangrila Hotel Qingdao. It has been 15 months but Qingdao looked pretty much like yesterday. But the team who was with me on the last trip had been completely disbanded. 

This morning, I jogged to the May Fourth Square (五四广场), a large public square in Qingdao’s central business district. The square was named after the nationwide protest May Fourth Movement that started in Qingdao. The most recognized icon at the square is the huge, bright red spiral “May Wind” (五月风) sculpture. The fiery red color fully manifested the anti-imperialism movements and anti-feudalism patriotism key spirits and soaring national strength.

The square is a popular local and tourist destination. A pleasant morning like today attracted families and young couples to the seaside front.

Not sure why the man displayed these fishes and marine lives. For sale?

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Good Night, Qingdao

12 Nov 2005: Qingdao, Shandong Province

These are the two ladies working on the Qingdao assignment with me – Alice and Laby. Both of them came from Beijing; Alice’s boyfriend is a lawyer and she told me that she planning for her marraige soon. Could not believe it, but Laby is already married with a five year-old  daughter.

We were celebrating the conclusion of our assignment. Again, we had naturally picked a restaurants next to the sea. As for the drink? Yes, you guessed it right – none other than the Tsingdao Beer, freshly made at the brewery here!

CHEERS!   

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20 Aug 2004: Qingdao, Shandong Province

This is the team whom I had been working together in China since May this year. Angel is a Hong Konger and her husband is a pilot; Liz comes from Guangzhou and loves to read; Priscilla is an independent lady from Shanghai with highly contagious laughters; Tony looks serious but is a very trusty and loyal friend in time of need; Martin is fun loving and receives his friends with an open heart (besides him is his demure and petite girlfriend, Sally) and lastly Eva, the youngest in the team but sometimes, she surprises you with her maturity.

Despite some diversities in our background and “slight” age difference, we are closely knitted and cohesive as a team – during work and in leisure. When they heard that JL is leaving Qingdao tomorrow, they specially hosted a farewell dinner for her here at this restaurant. Over the last few years, I have worked with many Chinese here, but this is certainly the team whom I enjoyed most working with and sharing fun. 

Thank you, my friends, for the nice thought!

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Qingdao Bay

22 Aug 2004: Qingdao, Shandong Province

Qingdao (青岛) is a picturesque coastal city lying on the southeast tip of Shandong Province. To the east across the Yellow Sea is Korea and Japan. Its strategic location makes it an important city for international trade.

Qingdao Seashore Scenic Area

The Qingdao Seaside Sightseeing Path (青岛滨海旅游步行道) starts from Tuandao in the west , then goes through Xiling Gorge, Taiping Road, Luxun Park, Nanhai Road, Huiquan Road, Shanhaiguan Road, Huanghai Road, Taipingjiao First Road till Sixth Road, Donghai Road, Hong Kong East Road and ends at Old Stone Man. The total distance covered is 40.6 km! That’s why Angel needed a map…

Located in South of Qingdao, the Qingdao Seashore Scenic Area is a tourist attraction that integrates mountains, seashore scenery and beautiful bays. Today is a bright Sunday morning; some brought their pets for a walk….

Several vendors were peddling lovely seashells and corals along the beach. Liz patiently kneeled by the pail to select a few seashells.

 

Walking along the Binhai Sidewalk and Seaside Sightseeing Path is an enjoyable and relaxing experience. Each segment of the walking path offers a different and refreshing views.

Our stroll ended with a view facing the famous Donghai Hotel (青岛东海大酒), located at seaside with grand sea view. This was the hotel we would have chosen to stay for leisure or holiday. But its location at Huiquan Road was simply too far away and inconvenient from our office. 

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Happy Birthday Priscilla

24 Aug 2004: Qingdao, Shandong Province

It was Priscilla’s first birthday in Qingdao. We called for a birthday celebration at the Jin Hai Jiao Restaurant (金海角度假村) located right next to the sea. Joining us was Li Jian and his friend in Qingdao. Seafood should not be missed in Qingdao and the BBQ seafood at Jin Hai Jiao is fresh and well flavored. Plus a glass of cold Qingdao beer? Heavenly! And the cost of the dinner was very affordable. 

Surprise, Priscilla! We have a brithday cake for you. And the toughest thing was lighting up the candles in the wind

Finally, we crowded round the cake to keep the candles alighted in the breeze while we sang our blessing to the birthday girl.

We had so much fun that none of us wanted to kill the night by going back to the hotel. Priscilla had a brilliant idea: “Why don’t we go to karaoke and sing our hearts out!” Her birthday wish was promptly granted.

I remembered that night, one of the songs which we enjoyed tremendously was Cai Qin’s The Forgotten Time (<被遗忘的时光>), a song played in the 2002 Hong Kong movie, The Internal Affairs (无间道) :

是谁在敲打我窗     是谁在撩动琴弦
那一段被遗忘的时光     渐渐地回昇出我心坎.
是谁在敲打我窗     是谁在撩动琴弦
记忆中那欢乐的情景    慢慢的浮现在我的脑海
那缓缓飘落的小雨,     不停的打在我窗
只有那沈默不语的我,  不时的回想过去

Perhaps, subconsciously, we all hoped that this memorable moment would not slipped away so quickly as the forgotten time

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