Friday, April 19, 2013

Q is for Qingdao

In June I am going to Qingdao, China for a work trip. How perfect is that to find a letter Q without even having to try! So here's a few facts about Qingdao.

Qingdao is a major seaport southeast of Beijing. It was named China’s most livable city in 2011 and is home to the famous Tsingtao Brewery. There are 8 million residents. During the 2008 Olympics, all sailing events took place along the Qingdao shoreline. There is a strong German influence to much of the architecture because of the German interest in the area in the late 1800s-early 1900s. Due to its proximity to the sea, fresh seafood is in most restaurants.

Do you know how long it will take me to get there? It will take three flights and about 24 hours. You lose a day flying there and when you fly back, you gain it back. So the 24 hours it takes to get back looks like you are gone only about 12 hours. I had better learn how to sleep on a plane because one of the flights is 14-16 hours long. Yikes.


  1. Longest flight I ever took was 10 hours. Miami to Rome. Course it wouldn't have been so bad had I not just come from a work conference in Burbank CA, (to FT. LAuderdale). I had (literally) 3 hours to get home, change, grab a new set of luggage, and head down to Miami.

    It also wouldn't have been so bad if the flight to Italy had NOT been a smoking flight.

  2. Lucky!! I'd love to visit China. If it was for work, then even better!

    Funny that a city of 8m people is one I've never heard of. It kind of boggles the mind!