It’s finally MAY with blue skies, warm temperatures, and minimal pollution! T-minus 28 days ‘til the kids are outta school and my fellow Ohio-ian abandons me (and Qingdao) to go back to the states (sniff..sniff). Before I get all melancholy, we still got plenty of stuff to explore in Qingdao.
We’ve made our way out to west Qingdao, off of Daxue Lu. The last time we were in this area, we visited contemporary exhibitions at the Qingdao Art Museum. Today, we took advantage strolling around Huangxian lu, an artsy, bubbly area in Qingdao.
The courtyard cafes, book shops, crafts studios and eclectic boutiques give Huangxian lu this casual, young, refreshing vibe.
Charming little shops pop up every couple doors…Ahhh…how this reminds me of my NYC Nolita days!
The cobblestone lane is decorated with blossoming flora, artistic graffiti, colorful chalkboard menus, vine covered brick buildings, and rustic, recycled décor.
Wandering around, sometimes we felt like we were transported to a dreamy, medieval French village…
But no, this is Qingdao, China!
All the different little shops are modestly curated with ranging personalities – from flirty, small town country chic –
to conservative, librarian mystique.
You can even grab a gelato on the go –
or simply people watch at the book stores cafes below…
The former residence of Laoshe museum, if you have time for a quick peek…
Kicking back and relaxing from that crazy long week…
Maintaining that uniquely, local neighborhood spirit – like no other!
Explore Huangxian lu and have fun with your best buddy or lovah’!
Directions: I suggest starting at the cross streets of Longkou lu and Huangxian lu, walking east.
End at Daxue Lu, across the street from the Qingdao Art Museum. Here’s a google map screen shot of the area:
Lost in the right direction,