- Slower going on the back roads, but also much prettier.
- The back roads around LinYi are gorgeous! Instagram!
- Stopping for lunch at a dusty roadside “restaurant”, on offer: steamed buns, some veggies and frozen meat from questionable origins – I think we’ll go veggie. Nice people though!
- Made it to the seaside town of LianYunGang, looking for dinner on the restaurant strip.
- Walking down the strip and being hailed from both sides is fun for a while… it always baffles me how people can think we managed to get this far without speaking or understanding a lick of chinese.
- There’s only so many “hullo! lookie lookie” you can take in one day. I’ve now reached my quota.
- No such thing as a menu here, everything is in large fridges, freezers and tanks, and you’re supposed to point at things you think you would like to eat and also tell them how to make it.
- Yum, yum, dry hot-pot for dinner – one of the only restaurants that had a menu, which made it a no-brainer and clear winner for us!
Day 3 of our road trip was spent recovering from the road and discovering the city of Yantai. We’d heard that the beaches of Yantai are much nicer than Tsigdao, and with that in mind, after a relaxed breakfast in a cafe we sought out the beach and proceeded to spend half a day there drinking beers, attempting to fly a kite and generally entertaining the locals with our strange behaviour and appearance. The boys even decided to go for a swim, which I thought was pretty wrong, judging the brownish hue of the sea water, but, boys will be (smelly) boys!
Yantai is definitely worth a stop-over if you are in the area. The beaches are quite nice and the city itself has some interesting architecture. Yantai was not much more than a fishing village up until the late 19th Century, when it became a treaty port for the British. During the early part of the 20th Century when Germany was controlling large parts of Shandong province, Yantai also fell under German rule, only to be handed over to the Japanese after WWI. The result being that the city is made up of a mixture of colonial European and “contemporary” Asian buildings. It has to be said, as with all “restored” architecture in China, everything looks a lot newer than it has any right to look, but nonetheless it is still interesting to see the various styles in a Chinese setting.
Towards the end of the day we made our way up to the highest point in the city where there was a lighthouse and watched the sunset. We found a nice little restaurant for dinner down one of the streets that could have been the main bar street (two pool clubs on one street, had to be) and ended up in one of the two open Chinese bars where we continued our good work of entertaining the locals by playing drinking games.
I suppose you’ve heard of the saying “start the day with beer, end the day with beer”, no…? Actually, I just made that up, but I think it could catch on.