And actually, it IS a rather nice city, with a beach (it gets crazy but still, a beach)
And all kinds of interesting European architecture.
Good seafood and nice people:
But the main reason I wanted to go to Qingdao was because of…the beer…
Qingdao is the home of the eponymous Tsingtao Brewery. Founded by Germans in 1903, Qingdao produces China's best known beer, if not its best-selling (that honor belongs to a beer called Snow), and they offer tours.
What beer lover could resist?
"Tsingtao Beer can give you passion and happiness!"
I think the mural is of the "God of Wine" (and beer). Here he is in the factory garden:
(I do not write these things. I only report)
Inside the brewery, these guys look like they are propped up by their rakes…
Tsingtao was much concerned with environmentalism the year I visited (2009).
And look, beer is good for you!
"Beer filter during the Beginning Time"
And yes, we did get to drink the beer, too!
Outside of the brewery, beer's influence was everywhere:
Qingdao has a big beer festival in mid/late August--one of these years, I'm going to check it out!
Lisa…every other Wednesday...