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A series of photos taken around Qingdao of various modes of transport, including a Lada taxi and a jeep at the 1st beer fest.
Check out the image below of a Chinese style jeep wagon – in the background is an International Beer Festival banner above the gate of Zhongshan Park. That was for the very 1st beer fest in Qingdao in 1991.
The one below shows a China Post Delivery Bike, complete with canvas pouch. These guys are out along Hong Kong Road in rain, sleet, snow, sun… This one was parked in front of the Hai Bian Ren (HBR) Restaurant near Shangri La Hotel.
Also below, check out a typical rural ride, i.e. a Chinese made motorbike/scooter in a field in Wang Ge Zhuang, Laoshan and a car that leaves no doubt as to where it was made.
Many rush hour shuttles around Qingdao are huge buses delivering workers door to door. One of my favourites has always been a Hino Japanese brand bus that is ripe for renovation and a road trip further with some Merry Pranksters to western Yunnan.
Back in the 1990′s, most Qingdao taxis were Lada cars from Russia. What they lacked in style, reliability, and suspension was made up for in HEAT, strong and plentiful. Here’s a shot of the dashboard from the mid 90′s, somewhere in downtown Qingdao.
Electric vehicles are made by Qingdao based Aucma – here’s one on the grounds of the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center, next to the InterContinental Hotel near Aomen Lu. Battery powered, no emission vehicles might be the boon for Qingdao’s air, how fast do you need to get to Taidong anyway?
Qingdaonese.com is always on the lookout for images of Qingdao, especially ones that help portray life and times of a great city. Please send us your pics of Qingdao!
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The Qingdao Art Museum is at 7 Daxue Lu near the Ocean University campus. The building itself is a work of art with a mix of architectural styles from deco to Greek to traditional Chinese styles. Formerly the Red Cross Society in Qingdao before Liberation, the structure is now on the Qingdao Historical Register. The museum features regular temporary exhibits as well as permanent installations and showcases of particular artists.
Here’s a couple of images showing Qingdao then and now. The first set is of the Strand Hotel across from Beach 1, a tourist hotspot around 1900. Today it is home to office of a real estate development company. The second set shows the Post Office at the Anhui Lu/Guangxi Lu intersection. Most of the buildings on Guangxi Lu are still under construction or yet to be built. Today the Post Museum is at 5 Anhui Lu in this building. For more info about these photos, contact Da Wei.
Qingdao Postal Museum
The hills around Qingdao have great views of the red roofs, green trees, blue sea and sky. There are many vantage points that show off the beauty of Qingdao – this one is from the TV Tower on Taiping Shan. Please get in touch if you would like to contribute your Qingdao Photos.