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Check out this vintage photo of an “Old Outside” shagging a ride on the back of a minibus in Qingdao. Tales of this curly haired giant Deadhead hitching through Taidong are recalled by seasoned Qingdaonese bus riders from the 90′s. Note the lack of cars on pre Millennial streets. Click image to enlarge.
The kind folks at La Villa do an excellent job of keeping the Qingdao bistro stocked with beer. The brew is made with equipment put together by the same team at Strong Ale, a Qingdao original craft brewery renowned for delivering better beer in the town of Tsingtao. Here’s a shot of getting ready for some new nectar.
Visit La Villa on Hong Kong Road between Shandong Lu and Yan An San Lu, just 100 meters west of Shangri-La Hotel. Check out Strong Ale Works on Daxue Lu just north of Dongfang Hotel near the original Yushan campus of the Ocean University of China.
Around 1991-92, there was just a small group of Westerners in Qingdao, probably around 20 or so, mostly “foreign teachers and experts”, back before malls, cell phones, and private cars. We’ve shown photos from their time in QD previously – here’s one from Qingdao Textile Institute teacher Derek Walter: Jimo Lu / Zhongshan Lu area of Old Town circa 1992 (before Jimo Lu aka 901 Market was moved inside to its current location). If anyone else has images from Qingdao’s past, please get in touch to contribute.
Qingdao Sculpture Park is near the Qingdao Hyatt Regency and Shi Lao Ren/Old Stone Man in Laoshan district off Donghai Lu. The Park stretches downhill to the sea, along the alternately sandy and rocky beach. There’s also an indoor exhibition space at the far west of the park. The Zhongshan suit statue (last image), made by Qingdao artist Sui Jianguo, is now gone although the box frame still stands. Send us your photos: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.