Play with the food!
The smaller ones are called 八带（bā dài）； the one bigger one with the really long tentacles is a 马蛸（mǎ shāo）。(If you’re in China, you’ll need your VPN to see the video.)
When I was I kid, sharks, anglerfish, and octopuses were the coolest things in the ocean. This restaurant has everything but the sharks.
This isn’t the only place we play with live octopuses, but it is the most convenient. This night we were able to see them change colour and squirt ink at us. Homeschool points +1000!
Little friends after lunch in the Muslim quarter, Qingdao, China.
Our daughter gets some pointers from a friendly security guard in Qingdao’s Licun Park (李村公园).
The brushes are made with reused materials: plastic pipe, sponge/foam, plastic water bottle, and a couple small nails.
I’ve eaten lots of moon cakes 月饼 over the years, but this is the first time I tried to make one:
It’s a 蝉：cicada. (Purple stuff is not supposed to be showing.) Each preschool class makes them every year.
Happy Mooncake Day!
Last Saturday morning at Qingdao’s Licun Park 李村公园, there was a very little sword dancer：
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
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.
This couple was one of many last Saturday morning at Qingdao’s Licun Park 李村公园。