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Qingdao: Exploring Qingdao and Beijing in China

In May 2015, I embarked on an unforgettable adventure to China, immersing myself in the contrasting wonders of Qingdao and Beijing. Over the course of seven days, I journeyed through the historical and cultural landmarks of these two captivating cities, delving into the fascinating stories they had to tell. From the picturesque coastal charm of Qingdao to the awe-inspiring grandeur of Beijing’s Forbidden City, this trip was a mesmerizing tapestry of history, culture, and culinary delights.

Coastal Splendor in Qingdao

My journey began in the coastal city of Qingdao, renowned for its stunning beaches, European architecture, and delectable seafood. Strolling along the shoreline, I marveled at the crystal-clear waters that met the golden sand, offering a serene and picturesque backdrop. The city’s unique blend of Chinese and European influences was evident in its architectural wonders, such as the iconic Qingdao Beer Museum and the historic German-built buildings of the Old Town. Exploring the bustling streets, I indulged in mouthwatering street food and savored freshly caught seafood, tantalizing my taste buds with each bite.

Beijing’s Majestic Forbidden City

Leaving behind the coastal charm of Qingdao, I ventured into the heart of China’s capital city, Beijing. The majestic Forbidden City awaited me, its sprawling complex of grand palaces and stunning courtyards transporting me back to the imperial era. As I passed through the gates, I marveled at the meticulously preserved architecture and intricate details that adorned every corner. The halls and chambers whispered tales of emperors and dynasties, providing a glimpse into China’s imperial past. Walking the same path once reserved for royalty, I felt a profound sense of awe and reverence for the historical significance that permeated the air.

Downtown Beijing: A Modern Melting Pot

Beyond the historical landmarks, I discovered that Beijing was a vibrant and bustling metropolis, seamlessly blending ancient traditions with modern innovation. Downtown Beijing was a feast for the senses, with its towering skyscrapers, bustling markets, and lively street scenes. The iconic Tiananmen Square stood as a symbol of China’s contemporary identity, surrounded by architectural marvels such as the National Museum of China and the Great Hall of the People. Exploring the vibrant neighborhoods, I immersed myself in the vibrant street life, indulging in authentic Beijing cuisine, haggling at lively markets, and sipping aromatic tea at traditional teahouses.

Culinary Delights and Cultural Immersion

No visit to China is complete without indulging in its diverse culinary offerings. From the aromatic Peking duck to the savory dumplings, I embarked on a gastronomic journey through the flavors of both Qingdao and Beijing. Each dish carried with it a story and a rich culinary heritage, allowing me to savor the essence of Chinese cuisine.

Throughout my trip, I also had the opportunity to engage with the local culture, witnessing traditional Chinese art forms such as calligraphy and Beijing opera. I explored vibrant markets, haggled with friendly vendors, and exchanged smiles and laughter with locals eager to share their customs and traditions.

My seven-day adventure through Qingdao and Beijing in May 2015 was an immersive experience that left an indelible mark on my soul. From the coastal splendor and European charm of Qingdao to the majestic Forbidden City and the bustling streets of downtown Beijing, each city unveiled a unique chapter of China's rich cultural heritage. Through delectable cuisine, historical landmarks, and warm encounters with locals, I gained a deeper understanding and appreciation for the wonders of China.


  • Rich Culture
  • Historic Sites


  • Crowded
  • Communication


  • Accommodation 3.9/5
  • Food and Drink 3.3/5
  • Service 2.5/5
  • Friendliness 2.3/5

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