Pigeons over Qingdao

From a popular path on Fushan, one of Qingdao’s local mountains.
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Qingdao, from half-way up Fushan

Half-way up one of the many paths on Qingdao’s Fushan mountain.
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We do this hike with our 4-year-old, but it’s tricky in spots. The dirt roads are actually really slippery and steep in places, and that makes it tedious (and a little dangerous) for the little people.

Graves on Fushan, Qingdao, China

Our friends were recently apartment shopping. All the best deals were near this local mountain. But the husband’s father wouldn’t let them buy near the mountain because it’s covered in graves.
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In addition to the thousands of graves sprinkled all over the mountain, the local authorities have created a formal graveyard and erected communal areas for burning paper offerings to the ancestors, rather than have every family burn paper at each grave on the mountain. We pass multiple fire hazard signs every time we hike here. Tomb Sweeping Festival is next weekend.

Similar: A Fushan grave, one week after Tomb-Sweeping Day

Spring blossoms, Fushan, Qingdao, China

From our first local hike of 2016:
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Chinese market millers

Several truck bed millers are regular features of Qingdao’s Licun traditional market.
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City sidewalk chestnuts

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Chinese New Year has appeared in our local markets

Chinese New Year decorations have appeared at our local traditional market:CNY_decorations_market
For more photos from this market during the build-up to Chinese New Year, see:

[Photo Gallery:] It’s Fú Time! Get ready for Chinese New Year