Welcome to Qingdao! Now witness an arrest for proselytizing

In the neighbourhood across the street from us:

“Oppose evil cults and diligently study;
Uphold science not superstition”

We met a newly-arrived American the other day. She’s teaching English studying Chinese at Ocean University. On one of her first days in Qingdao she saw a woman get arrested in a bank for proselytizing (that’s how the Chinese acquaintance who was with her at the time explained it).

She didn’t have any other details, and it could have been one of a number of groups. But the group that stamps these messages on Chinese currency (I received the one below last week) is probably among the top three most-likely-to-get-hauled-off-for-proselytizing-in-China:
For more details about this kind of thing, see:

Pine mice (aka “squirrels”)

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).

The real Chinese nightlife

Nightlife in China, Qingdao-style:
Little groups like this are sprinkled throughout our neighbourhood in the after-dinner hours. I’m sure we weren’t the only one hanging our beer on the wall.