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Scorpions, Worms and Sea-Horses

Today all participants of the language courses visited a part of the old city of Qingdao where you can get all the food tourists seem to think is special for China: scorpions, maggots, grasshoppers and other insects. They also sold strange sea-food like sea-urchins, starfish, seahorses and really big worms. They kept every “food” alive in some boxes and then mostly fried it on a stick. The only thing that really looked like you could eat it were the very little scorpions, but in the end, only two brave girls of our group tried them. The rest of the group, even our teachers, was too shocked and disgusted by all the crawling worms and strange insects we weren’t able to identify. When we asked our Chinese teachers if they have ever eaten such insects or strange sea-food they just shook their heads and underlined that they would never try it. So these little street salings only seem to sell their food to foreigners who want to take photos of their braveness eaten “real Chinese food”, just like us 🙂
But, for everyone who still wants to try: go for it! It is always fun, especially for those watching your face while eating 🙂

Franzi

Cultural, Qingdao Blogs, Things To Do in Qingdao

Fire Massage

Me, Philipp and Marta decided to try something different and brave the “Chinese Fire Massage” last night, which is basically where they cover you with a few towels and alcohol and then up in flames you go. We went to a really small, intimate place which was recommended by Yifan; there were two people working there and it turned out to be their flat as well, complete with toothbrushes on a shelf in the toilet! (/restroom/WC/politically correct room.) I was the first to try it after seemingly being picked by the guy; although I’m convinced that this was Marta’s doing who, as the only Chinese speaker, wanted to test it out on a willing victim before she had a go herself! After lying down on the bed they began to cover me with the sheets. It was definitely one of those occasions when you’re thinking “what the hell is this going to be like?!” A bit unnerving but fun and interesting at the same time. It actually turned out to be really relaxing, with just a gentle heat relaxing and soothing my 200-pounds-of-sheer-muscle frame. You could hear the flames crackling they were so close to your head, and yet it felt similar to being wrapped in a giant electric blanket. The fire massage lasted for about 20-25 minutes which I think is pretty good value even though it was Y100. Afterwards they put some unknown liquid on your back with a bit of cling-film, and a few minutes later this is far hotter than the fire massage itself! But again we all found it very relaxing and managed to get some sleep (a siesta in Marta’s case and a German efficiency-boosting body sleep regulator in Philipp’s.) Great fun, now we’re going to have to try another one!
Ben & Philipp

 

Qingdao Blogs, Qingdao InternChina Events, Things To Do in Qingdao, Travel, Weekend Trips

Lao Shan Trip

We organised a trip to the Laoshan mountain region this weekend; its a really picturesque nature reserve about 40 minutes taxi drive from Qingdao. There were eleven of us with as much Tsingtao as we could carry, a cheap “Doss” stereo from Carrefour and 200 cups for the beer pong…we were ready.
We booked a house for two nights, which worked out at Y130 each, or only £13! The house was perfectly nice with the usual amenities and the Chinese owner even cooked some food for us on the first night; with local river fish, chicken feet and other traditional dishes. I don’t think she was particularly pleased with us for arriving nearly two and half hours late and having a loud argument with the taxi driver for trying to rip us off, but hopefully she just wrote it off as typical “Laowai” behaviour. The first night it was pouring with rain, so we just ate and then had a few drinks…then a few more drinks…then played beer pong…then played a lot more beer pong; perfect. 😀
On Saturday we did some walking/hiking in the mountains. There was an old temple which was pretty cool to look around, and just a short distance away we saw a monk meditating on an overhanging rock which was both awesome and brilliantly stereotypical! The scenery really was beautiful; after reaching the end of the official path we all climbed over some of the large boulders so we could get a better view, and then just chilled for an hour or so. In contrast to the fog you so often get in Qingdao it was a day of perfect sunshine and clear blue skies, so we were all pretty content to just relax for a while.
When we made it back to the house we simply set up “ring of fire” and got drunk again; perfect. It was really, really funny, and Sophie was particularly pathetic at it, which I think deserves a mention. 😉 Sven definitely made it his personal mission to forget the stresses of the day (soaking up the sun it one of China’s most beautiful regions) and he definitely achieved it!
Brilliant weekend, hopefully many more to come! 🙂
Ben & Philipp

 

Qingdao Blogs, Qingdao InternChina Events, Things To Do in Qingdao, Travel, Weekend Trips

Lao Shan Trip

We organised a trip to the Laoshan mountain region this weekend; its a really picturesque nature reserve about 40 minutes taxi drive from Qingdao. There were eleven of us with as much Tsingtao as we could carry, a cheap “Doss” stereo from Carrefour and 200 cups for the beer pong…we were ready.
We booked a house for two nights, which worked out at Y130 each, or only £13! The house was perfectly nice with the usual amenities and the Chinese owner even cooked some food for us on the first night; with local river fish, chicken feet and other traditional dishes. I don’t think she was particularly pleased with us for arriving nearly two and half hours late and having a loud argument with the taxi driver for trying to rip us off, but hopefully she just wrote it off as typical “Laowai” behaviour. The first night it was pouring with rain, so we just ate and then had a few drinks…then a few more drinks…then played beer pong…then played a lot more beer pong; perfect. 😀
On Saturday we did some walking/hiking in the mountains. There was an old temple which was pretty cool to look around, and just a short distance away we saw a monk meditating on an overhanging rock which was both awesome and brilliantly stereotypical! The scenery really was beautiful; after reaching the end of the official path we all climbed over some of the large boulders so we could get a better view, and then just chilled for an hour or so. In contrast to the fog you so often get in Qingdao it was a day of perfect sunshine and clear blue skies, so we were all pretty content to just relax for a while.
When we made it back to the house we simply set up “ring of fire” and got drunk again; perfect. It was really, really funny, and Sophie was particularly pathetic at it, which I think deserves a mention. 😉 Sven definitely made it his personal mission to forget the stresses of the day (soaking up the sun it one of China’s most beautiful regions) and he definitely achieved it!
Brilliant weekend, hopefully many more to come! 🙂
Ben & Philipp

 

Zhuhai Blogs

Arrival in Zhuhai

Hello everyone!My name is Dimitrij and I just arrived on Saturday night in Zhuhai.
I am 22 years old and I am from Frankfurt/Germany.
What am I here for? Because I am a student of International Business Administration in Wiesbaden/Germany, I am obliged to make an internship in a foreign country for four months.
I was always fascinated by China, simply because China is unique and so different from Europa. Last year I have been to China for one month, in Beijing and Shanghai, and I decided to come over to China as soon as possible!
So, after I started a research to find an internship, I found the homepage of INTERNCHINA, which was quite interesting. I just applied for an internship here and was lucky to get a very interesting offer consisting of an internship directly at INTERNCHINA (two months in the Zhuhai office and 7 weeks in the Qingdao office), two months Chinese classes in Zhuhai and a HOMESTAY at two different guest families in both cities. This was the perfect combination for me and I decided to do it! I am sure it will be a big adventure!
So here is shortly my first impression of Zhuhai. Leo, the customer relations manager, picked me up from the port and we drove to the apartment, which is next to the office, where I will stay some days, until my guest family is ready to host me. The next day, Sunday the 14 of August, I met Jamie, the general manager, at the beach, where we had a lot of fun. Together with Jamie’s girlfriend Helen, Leo and two other Chinese friends we played Frisbee and pool, chilled at the beach and went to the swimming pool next to the beach. Although they did not recommend me to swim in the ocean, I did it and enjoyed it a lot!
The beach is very cool because you have a nice view on some islands in the ocean (see picture!) and you have a few shops, cafes and cocktail bars along the beach.
Later on we went to a restaurant and had hot pot all together (see picture!). It was very delicious and not very expensive. Yeah, it was really a cool first day in Zhuhai!!
Yesterday was my first day in the office at Intern China. Jamie gave me a good introduction on the activities of INTERNCHINA and the tasks I will work on during my placement. After having lunch together, I went to the school and passed a short test which should show the teacher how ‘good’ my Chinese is. 🙂 At least, I understood something… -.-
But I am optimistic, I am sure I will improve my Chinese during my whole Placement.
So, that’s it for today, see you guys!

Chinese Festivals, Cultural, Qingdao Blogs, Qingdao Nightlife, Things To Do in Qingdao

Qingdao Beer Festival 2011

I think everyone had another great weekend here in Qingdao! Although that’s pretty standard really 🙂
This Saturday was the opening day of the “21th” Qingdao International Beer Festival, so we felt obliged to attend, and it turned into such a funny day! At first we spent our time sampling expensive German Pauliner beers, which were really good but at Y30 for a small bottle, unlikely to keep us entertained for very long. The beer fest really came into its own when we entered the Tsingtao tent; Qingdao’s very own, it had about five different types for Y20 each, including a “wine beer” which is just about the weirdest thing I’ve ever had.
It was such a strange but hilarious scenario as we seemed to be the unofficial guests of the entire event, with randomers continually photographing us from all angles as the token foreigners. This carried on pretty much all day, only being interrupted once in the hours we were there by a “famous” former LA Lakers basketball star who shall remain anonymous, mainly because not one of us had a clue who he was. A crazy English-speaking Chinese guy took it upon himself to keep refilling our glasses with free beer and the “Gambei’s” began! Great fun, and at one point Benedict managed to get the whole crowd clapping away as he triumphantly added more empty pitchers to the giant stack on their table(he’s about 1000 foot tall.)
A few more beers followed in the Tiger tent where some Karaoke was going on, and Martin managed to get himself on stage in front of hundreds with a Chinese female singing duo…
After Martin had left the crowd stunned with his Beyonce-esque routine (yeah…) we finally settled in the Heineken tent, and I was literally dragged by another random Chinese guy to their table! Aside from “ni hao” and “xie xie” I don’t speak a word of Chinese and none of them any English, but “gambei” managed to get us through the situation as they filled my glass three or four times. Luckily everyone came over eventually and we all ended up drinking with them for at least an hour or so- crazy! Chinese people are so hospitable and loud when they’re drunk, it was a brilliant memory and I’m sure there are some classic pictures hanging about! And then we went to a club until 4, I ate street food under a motorway and we all lived happily ever after. The end =)
Ben

 

Eating out in Zhuhai, Things To Do in Zhuhai, Travel, Weekend Trips

Trip to Macau

Hello everyone, my name is Nicolas, I am just finishing my internship with Intern China.
I’m writing this post to relate my trip to Macau. The experience was very good. Macau is located next to Zhuhai, you just have to walk thru the border. It is a good opportunity for Intern in Zhuhai, one of the cities where Intern China is based, who wants to go out of mainland China. First, after you pass the border, there is an information desk where you can take a very good map of Macau which is in fact 3 different islands connected together. Just with that, you can plan your entire trip there. Macau was a Portuguese colony until 1999, before returning to China, so it is quite different from other Chinese city. You can see the big influence of Portuguese in a lot of the buildings which make you feel a little like in Europe but with a Chinese touch, it is very special. There is a lot of historic place to visit like different church, some museum, park, etc. All of the place you can visit is well explain and illustrated in the map and some brief historic information is also available. Just in the street, there is a lot of tourism and the people are really nice and helpful. It is really nice to walk on the old center of Macau with all the Portuguese building; there is a very good atmosphere. When the night is coming, the city is changing completely with all the light of the numerous casinos and hotels. You can fell that you are in a king of an Asian Las Vegas. There are a lot of casinos, some of them worth a visit. It is very special and unique feeling to be in a city with a completely feeling at day and at night. Also, I found that it is possible to visit a lot in 2-3 days compare to Hong Kong which needs much more time to visit and to have the impression that you really visit the city.

Things are more expensive then in China, specially the hotel. I personally stayed in the Regency Hotel which is quite nice and is one of the more affordable (comparing to a lot of other one). There is a lot of different restaurant, activity and attraction.

I truly suggest you to visit Macau if you have 2-3 days and you feel you don’t have enough time to go far or to visit a huge city. Macau has different charms that can please a lot of people.

I wish you a great time in China!

Nicolas