Art Street in Qingdao, Creative 100 Nanjing Lu

When we first arrived, my friend, Renee, carried a Chinese magazine with tiny little thumbnail images of pottery, shops and cafes that were supposedly here in Qingdao.  Quite frankly, the photos looked too cute so I figured it was just typical stock photos for some other city. But she persisted, showing our non-English speaking driver “We want to go HERE.  Art, pottery, coffee, I’M DESPERAAAATE!!!!”  He kept shrugging his shoulders, shaking his head, made a couple calls and then took us to this small cobblestone pedestrian street off of Nanjing Lu called Creative 100.

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qingdao expat survival guide_creative 100 art

You can find it here:

Creative 100 Nanjing Lu

It’s crazy that after living only 2 hours away in Haiyang for 3 years, I never heard of this place!  We were pretty impressed with the area.  And although there aren’t 100 stores in here (which I believe is the reason for the name) and yeah, maybe it’s no Shanghai or Beijing, for a creative space in Qingdao, this place is awesome and a really nice way to spend an afternoon.

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A converted warehouse, there’s a row of little boutiques, cafes, books, a printer, and pottery stores. The RED STAR Qingdao Magazine office is here as well.

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qingdao expat survival guide_creative 100 art

qingdao expat survival guide_creative 100 art

 

Close to the entrance on the left is Tian Wu Fang Pottery.  Lately they have been open all week long.

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You can hand-build, use the pottery wheel, paint and glaze.  We had a ball!

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If you are looking for a printer, this store is well priced and the people are helpful.  Even if you don’t speak Chinese, just show them what you want.

qingdao expat survival guide_creative 100 artPricing was 5 rmb for color printing on photo paper, A4 or 8.5×11 inch size. They even do printing on canvas.  My friend told me they patiently showed her all the different types of canvas they offer.

 

A stunning and comfortable mix between traditional and modern, Clay is not your average ceramic store.  Their items are modern, unique but simple.  A far cry (and a nice departure) from the typical bright colored floral and dragon designs.

100 Creative Nanjing Lu Qingdao

 

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Horcrux café, Euro-style and very cozy!

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qingdao expat survival guide_creative 100 art

 

Great little bookstore –  Sonospace Bookstore  不是书店  has a café as well.

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Letterpress impressed us the most!

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They have letterpress printing and cotton paper making workshops.  Another fun thing to do with the kids!

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Gotta head home now…IMG_20160302_150724b

 

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See you there!

Jacq from Qingdao Expat Survival Guide

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