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Little friends after lunch in the Muslim quarter, Qingdao, China.
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Free Chinese Sidewalk Calligraphy Lessons

Our daughter gets some pointers from a friendly security guard in Qingdao’s Licun Park (李村公园).
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The brushes are made with reused materials: plastic pipe, sponge/foam, plastic water bottle, and a couple small nails.

Pine mice (aka “squirrels”)

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Was passing through the market the other day (the pet section, not the food section, though that’s kind of a distinction without a difference) and saw these… chipmunks? Guy said they were squirrels (“pine mice” 松鼠).
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Happy Mid-Autumn Festival 2015 from Qingdao!

I’ve eaten lots of moon cakes 月饼 over the years, but this is the first time I tried to make one:
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It’s a :cicada. (Purple stuff is not supposed to be showing.) Each preschool class makes them every year.

Happy Mooncake Day!

The Littlest Sword Dancer, Licun Park, Qingdao, China

Last Saturday morning at Qingdao’s Licun Park 李村公园, there was a very little sword dancer:
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Sword dancing 舞剑 is similar to tàijíquán 太极拳, and usually practiced in groups in public by retirees.

Here’s a sword dancing photo gallery from our neighbourhood: Sunrise sword dancing & taiji

Happy dancers in Licun Park, Qingdao, China

One of the fun things about China is the out-of-doors, active, social culture. And ballroom dancing groups in parks or any large, flat, central public place are a happy sight.
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This couple was one of many last Saturday morning at Qingdao’s Licun Park 李村公园

Cheers, in miniature China style

Had a birthday party with some preschool kids, and when we turned around they were doing Chinese-style cheers on their own:
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