Unlike in the States where we’ve learned to be more accepting of different body types, in China commenting on someone’s weight isn’t unusual. My Chinese friends explained that these unsolicited “observations” weren’t necessarily an insult or to be intentionally rude. Nonetheless, as an American in China for 9 years, it’s a cultural difference I never understood but begrudgingly tolerated.Continue reading “I got the &@#% Slapped Of Me, Chinese Slapping Massage”
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. Continue reading “Stroll on Huangxian Lu, Qingdao China”