In Chinese, “dao” can mean “to arrive.” Here in Qingdao, the arrival of spring (now warming into summer) accompanied a transition in our own China adventure, as life became more and more familiar and comfortable.

The winter ocean and most famous pagoda in Qingdao's

The winter ocean, silhouetting the most famous pagoda in Qingdao’s “Old Town.”

 

Qingdao's Catholic Church, built by Germans at the turn of the century. Qingdao's Catholic Church, built by Germans at the turn of the century.

Beginning just before the end of the 19th century, Qingdao spent several decades under German control, producing unlikely sights like these churches (Protestant on the left, Catholic on the right).

 

This deity, in Qingdao's Tianhou Temple, is a protectoress of those who live by the ocean.

A more traditional deity, in Qingdao’s Tianhou Temple, is a protectoress of those who live by the ocean.

 

Trying to get our mouths around a cotton candy appetizer before this winter lunch.

Trying to get our mouths around a cotton candy appetizer before this winter lunch.

 

Impressing the locals with my gong fu.

Impressing the locals with my gong fu.

 

And strolling through one of China's most ubiquitous sights (or sites).

And strolling through one of China’s most ubiquitous sights (or sites).

 

Abandoned fishing boat on a Qingdao beach.

 

Wintry Qingdao beach.

Even in March, Qingdao’s famous beaches beckoned with ribbed sands and abandoned fishing boats.

 

Late-afternoon skyline.

Qingdao’s modern business district has its own beauty, especially where it meets the sea.

 

Our favorite seaside sculpture.

 

With spring came legions of kites, flying here over the impressive sculpture in May 4th Square.

With spring came legions of kites, flying here over the impressive sculpture in May 4th Square.

 

Gardens outside a traditional Xishuangbanna town.

 

A different breed of dragons than those at the Forbidden City. A different breed of dragons than those at the Forbidden City.

Musicians and children also began to venture outside.

 

Forsythia

And blossoms.

 

Cherry blossoms.

Lots of them!

 

Blossoms on Fu Shan, the mountain behind our house.

 

More blossoms on Fu Shan.

 

And finally, the green took over.

Finally, the green took over. We’ve especially been enjoying it at Lao Shan, a nearby mountain with a network of tumbling streams and jagged peaks.

 

Lake at Lao Shan

 

Waterfall at the top of Bei Jiu Shui (

 

Lao Shan ridge with peaks

 

More falls at Lao Shan

 

Late afternoon light by the lake

 

Parental visiting at Lao Shan

My parents came just at the right time, helping us cap off our transition from winter to spring (and now summer) in Qingdao!

 

One thought on “Spring Dao

  • May 10, 2009 at 8:23 pm
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    Hi,

    Love your photos. I was in Qingdao with my family last month, and we had a great time.

    I see that you took a photo of the sculpture with two feet and two hands holding a ball. I am very interested to learn who the artist who created that sculpture is. Do you happen to know?

    Thanks,

    Webster

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