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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.
Here’s one that’s been on the desktop for a long time – it’s time to share it. This photo was taken in summertime in Qingdao near Beach Number 2, a place where China’s leaders met, swam, and denounced rightists in ’57. More on that here.
The Number 1 Beach in Qingdao has always been a hot spot. This photo from the 90′s shows the beach when the old changing houses and clock tower were still there. They were pre-white umbrella/awning days when there were wooden ships laying about. The geographic location is here on Google maps. Special thanks to Derek Walter for this photo.
Qingdao Historic Photos: Bygone Days
Many people say Qingdao girls are special… tall, beautiful… What do you think?
Every time someone says that I always smile ^_^ I think most other Qingdao girls are more beautiful than me but I am tall (5 feet 9.5 inches). But most Chinese guys want a girl shorter than them, problem is they are short so it’s not easy for a tall Chinese girl. This is probably one of the reasons I ended up with an American bf. If wearing heels I’m taller than him which he totally loves, but that’s almost unacceptable to most Chinese guys. One ex bf wanted me to only wear slippers and he even wore boots just so we’d be the same height lol.
What or who inspired you to become a model?
My friends would sometimes joke around that I should be a model but I always thought they were just kidding and I never thought I’d really do it. Being a model was only a silly childhood dream which I had dismissed until I met my bf who encouraged me and pushed me to chase my dreams ^_^
Who’s your favorite Chinese model? Model from other country?
李颖芝 (Li Ying Zhi) also from Qingdao is my favorite model I think she’s just perfect! Another favorite of mine, more known as an actress than a model, is Natalie Portman. She graduated from Harvard and said “I’d rather be smart than a movie star” but turns out she’s very much of both. Google image search ‘Natalie Portman Miss Dior’ to see the best photos ever taken of a human being ^_^
What are your favorite places in Qingdao?
On a clear day if you stand in Shi Lao Ren beach you can see a nice city skyline, the Lao Shan mountain and the beach views all at the same time. My favorite place to eat is Kiwi Cafe… the food there is so special, it’s the place I miss the most while here in Philippines.
If you could live and work anywhere in the world, where would you want to be?
Qingdao will always be home and there’s no place like home but it’s my dream to not live and work in one place but many places such as a tall building next to Central Park, a small house boat on the Amazon River and a big farm in the Australian countryside ^_^