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- Trip to Qingdao. 
- 작성일 : 2017-05-09
- 작성자 : Lee Mi gyeong
Hi, Laura. I am Gaeng-ee.
Thanks to you and your team, I went on a trip to Qingdao On March as two nights and three days(Mar 19th ~ 21st).
I had never been to China before, it was first time that I could experience to China. So I and my family (husband and son) were so excited about this trip. But at the same moment I worried about this trip
little bit. Because there is THAAD problem between Korea and China.
And before going, I searched information about trip to Qingdao, some blogers wrote 'the taxi fare is cheap but sometimes taxis overcharge, so be careful!' Also 'with English you can not have talk with
Qingdao people, they can`t understand or speak.' I don`t know Chinese at all. So I seriously worried
about how to communicate.
But I didn`t need to worry about these things at all. The people in Qingdao who I met, they were so
And the taxies, I mentioned before, the taxi fare (basic fare is 9￥) is so cheap compared with taxi fare of Korea. So I only used taxi to move in Qingdao city, they didn`t overcharge at all. The drivers
couldn`t speak English but they were kind.
Before going to Qingdao, I copied maps from traveling book that I borrowed from library. On that
maps, the area names are written in Korean, English, Chinese characters. So, when I was getting in the taxi, instead of saying my destination, I showed the maps. The drivers dropped my family correct spot.
And the language, I couldn`t communicate with most of the residents in English. But the hotel staff
could speak in English pretty good, so before leaving hotel in the morning, I asked information to
hotel staff that I needed to know.
I stayed the hotel 'Holiday Inn Qingdao City Center'. I booked with Agoda website. I reserved about
100,000 won for a night. The room was clean and luxurious than I expected. Other good things are the breakfast. It was high class buffet style. So if someone want to eat as abundant meal in the morning.
I think It can be paradise to them. ^^
And right next to the hotel, t there is 'Carrefour Mart'. So I could go shopping at the mart anytime
But there is no convenience store aside in this hotel. It has small store so I could buy snacks and
beverages but the kinds were not various.
If someone consider about existence of convenience store importantly. I recommend Copthorne Hotel. It is located across the Holiday Inn Qingdao City Center hotel. It has convenience store. In the store I
could see familiar snacks that I can buy in Korea or Japanese convenience store.
I stayed 3days in Qingdao city.
First day, My airplane arrived around 11 a.m. Qingdao Liuting Airport. Then I used the airport bus
No. 701 to Carrefour Mart. When I got off from the bus I couldn`t know the correct direction to hotel. But luckly, two young men took my family to right in front of the hotel. Thank you so much young
I checked in first, I just unpacked my luggages then my family went to 'Jimo Road Market'(찌모루시장) by taxi. This market is famous for selling shoes and bags and wallets so on that copy like luxury
brands products. I bought two small things as presents for other family members. The items are... I can not tell... ^^;;;
Then I went to Pichaiyuan(피차이위엔). This place is called skewered food street. I could see various
kinds of skewered food but most of them are seafood. My son loves seafood. So he tasted grilled
skewered shrimp. He wanted to eat this for dinner again. I took out grilled skewered shrimp and
grilled skewered squid for my husband to hotel. Before coming back to hotel, I went to Carrefour
Mart. I bought other food (spicy stir-fried Tofu and a chicken wing and rice) for dinner.
After having dinner at hotel, at night, my husband and I got feet massage at foot massage shop.
It was located next to hotel left side. I think this is not famous foot massage shop like we can easily
see on the guide book. But my husband was eager to get feet massage. So we went there.
The fee was 80￥ per one hour each person. My husband and I were about to just go out because it
seems like too long an hour for getting massage. They suggested to us 40￥ for 30 minutes. For this
communication we had to use smart phone translation app. They didn`t understand English and I
didn`t understand Chinese. Then they took out smart and brought the smart phone close to my mouth and I caught the meaning then I said to smart phone.
The smart phone certainly smart than human. ^^;;
The massage, it was really good than I expected. I walked much all day long even if we took taxi when we moved. So I felt my body like a big stone. But after getting massage I felt my leg and feet very
Then my family came back to hotel again and took a rest.
Second day, after eating hotel buffet breakfast. My family went to A Polar Ocean World for my son.
It is kind of ocean theme park. In Qingdao, there are two different types of ocean theme park.
But the hotel staff recommend this place to me. We took taxi again.
The taxi also are two types. One is 9￥, the other is 12￥ on basic fare. Taxi colors are different but
it is not important. The standard of expensive or normal is basic fare. (The hotel staff gave me this
information.) 12￥ taxi is better good as sanitation and more like new car and so on.
After asking about ocean park, the hotel staff asked me that I want to call a taxi. So I said "Yes." But
the 12￥ taxi arrived in front of the hotel. So I said to taxi driver and the hotel staff that I don`t want
to take expensive taxi. Then the staff and the driver talked something each other. Then the driver said to me he only would get 20￥. It would take about 20 minutes, so I thought it is reasonable fare.
I took that taxi. But when we came back to hotel I used 9￥ taxi. I only needed to pay 14￥.
Surely it was expensive12￥ taxi.
When I arrived in front of the A Polar Ocean World, public security officer pointed to ticket box that
is like big container box. So I bought tickets at there. In there, first, there were 5 young women who
look like early 20`s. But nobody could speak in English. Then they radioed another person. So I had to wait about 10 minutes. After arrived another young lady, I could buy tickets. I could choose tickets
that can see 1 spot or 2 spots or 4 spots. Each one had different price.
I bought tickets that can see two spots. One is for only aquarium, the other is for main building that
can see dolphin show and sea animals and feeding milk to carps. After watching all these, my husband I talked together just watching only main building is enough. Before coming out, there was place that can ride water duck. So my son and husband rode water duck.
The entire atmostphere of ocean park is like 20years ago in Korea. But my family was satisfied with
this park even though it was expensive ( I spent over 700￥ only for tickets).
At ocean park, I bough sea animal dolls for my son and for presents to others. After coming back to
near the hotel, I dropped by hotel for a moment and left dolls then my family went to Yang-gwang
department store. I walked from hotel to department store. It took about 10 minutes. I went there
because I missed Korean food. Chinese foods are very greasy to me, so I wanted to eat Korean
된장찌개. But in the department store. I couldn`t find 된장찌개. There were several kinds of 돌솥비빔밥. So, instead, I just ate pineapple fried rice with my son.
After lunch I was planning to go Qingdao beer museum. But next to food court there was 2.000.000
ball play park. Originally that place was ice link but they made ball park temporarily. My son wanted to play there, so son and I played together but my husband just watched outside and waited for us.
Over 4 p.m. I went to Qingdao beer museum by taxi, and arrieved almost 4:30 there. But the museum closed already. It close 4: 30 on week days . I didn`t know that so my family could just see the beer
street. But the souvenir shop was opened, at there, I bought beer and honey peanuts for presents.
Then. by taxi, I came back to near hotel, I went to 'Carrefour Mart'. I bought dinner food and snacks
for presents (Oreos and pies) and Darlie toothpaste. I bought 5 Darlie toothpastes, but only one is for me. Now I`m using this, I regret that I bought just only 1. ㅠㅠ
After shopping, we had dinner at hotel room and took a rest.
Third day, my airplane time was 12: 40. So my family woke up early in the morning.
Then after having hotel buffet breakfast, we checked out.
My plan was that first, I buy the bus tickets ahead and leave luggage there, I quickly drop by
May fourth square(5.4광장). This place is not far from bus stop. I just can walk only around 10 minutes.
But I only knew that we had to get on the airport bus in front of the Copthorne Hotel. And near there, there is bus ticket box.
But near Copthorne Hotel I had to wander for finding ticket box more around 30 minutes. But after
asking to Copthorne hotel staff, I could find bus ticket box. Then I worried about if I went to squre,
I might miss the plane, so my family decided to just go to the airport without going anywhere.
But there was weird thing. I surely bought airport bus tickets. But the bus is not the same bus that I
took first day. At the same time, same place, the real airport bus, No.701 bus came. But nobody got
on. The bus just went without passenger. Because the all the passengers got on the bus that I got on. I think No.701 bus belongs bus company but bus that I got on that goes to the airport, that bus
belongs for hotel or just other one. I think the transportation system is not clear.
말도 안 통하는 관광객이 뭘 아나요. 타라면 타고, 가라면 가고, 그저 시키는 대로 할 뿐.... ^^;
At the airport the fright was delayed one hour for taking off and on the air near Busan, the fright was delayed again one more hour. I had to see Geo-je island and Yangsan. Because many airplanes was landing that time. So I could arrived two hours later than I was supposed to.
People say 'There is no place like home (집 떠나면 고생이다)'. When I came back from trips I always
feel so much tired. But at the same time, I always feel satisfaction that I made good memories with my family.
So again, I really appreciate giving free round fright tickets to me.
By virtue of this chance, I could make good memories. ^^