Qingdao, the alluring harbour city – Day 2

Qingdao Polar Ocean World

Qingdao Polar Ocean World

Compared to the attraction-packed Day One, our second day was simple and short. We woke up pretty late, and started off our late morning with a visit to Qingdao Polar Ocean World (青岛极地海洋世界). Like the name suggests, it’s a place for all polar animals alike, from my favourite penguins to big polar bears. Though it is not exactly the kind of tourist attraction I would like to visit, it never hurts to reminisce childhood once again. :P

Qingdao Polar Ocean World (青岛极地海洋世界)

Our tour around the place started with a scene where two grey seals fighting for reasons unknown. Cool. There were also the polar bears that looked like they didn’t bathe for years, one of which was looking depressed while prowling between the two exits of their enclosure. While zoos like these bring us a step close to wildlife, it somehow hurts a little to see them kept captive in their enclosure for life.

Depressed polar bear

Depressed polar bear

Moving on, there were the cute little penguins that were waddling their fat bodies around. Pure cuteness to me, lol. Then there were the ever-hungry white whales that never fail to fight for the pieces of raw fish fed by interested visitors. However, I didn’t really want to pay 50 RMB just to feed them a few pieces of raw fish.

Cute penguins

Cute penguins

Feeding the hungry white whales

Feeding the hungry white whales

Lastly, we passed by a group of kids feeding milk to koi-like fishes. Fishes that drink milk huh. We also had our turn to feed some raw fish to the grey seals swimming in the open. I was busy feeding them while Tiantian was busy taking photos of their hungry and sad faces, haha. Did that sound sadistic? :X

Feeding milk to fish??

Feeding milk to fish??

Pitiful face :O

Pitiful face :O

By the time we finish touring the open exhibits, we were in time for a performance by the polar animals. While I don’t exactly support the training of animals to do acrobatic stunts for entertainment’s sake, it was pleasing to see the strong rapport between the trainers and animals. If only we can read the minds of these animals… Nevertheless, the backflips by the dolphins were stunning. :D

Gliding on water

Gliding on water

Dolphins backflipping high up in the air

Dolphins backflipping high up in the air

Japanese Buffet @ Dozo

After our tour at Polar Ocean World, we stopped by one of Tiantian’s recommended Japanese buffet restaurant, Dozo Gourmet Food Gallery, which was just within the vicinity. My first impression? High class. So were the food, the quiet ambience, and even the design of the dishes. There wasn’t much sushi available, but we had a spread of dishes such as unagi, sashimi, beef, lamb chop, abalone, etc. No wonder Tiantian said that it was the ideal dating location for many girls. Hmm…

Sashimi

Sashimi

Unique sushi

Unique sushi

Yummy unagi

Yummy unagi

Tempura

Tempura

Pear juice in an interesting glass

Pear juice in an interesting glass

Walking by the sea

It’s always good to do some walking after a heavy lunch. Like a true Qingdao-ian (is there such a term?), we threaded along the rocky shores to a piece of large rock closer to the deep sea, in a bid to feel the sea breeze and do some photo-taking. Yet, just as we reached, the tides were coming in and the water level by the rocks raised from toe-level to knee-level in a matter of minutes. We would probably be shouting SOS on the large rock if we had been slightly slower. :X

Rocky shores

Rocky shores

Trying to navigate through some big rocks.. Hmm..

Trying to navigate through some big rocks.. Hmm..

After our near encounter with high tides, we had a stroll along the windy walkways near the sea. Similar to Southern Ridges, the walkway is a 40km route connecting the parks and beaches along the coast. There weren’t much people, except for a few that were walking their dogs or playing with their kids. If I have enough money, staying here would definitely be one of my options.

Walking along the windy seas of Qingdao

Walking along the windy seas of Qingdao

Walking along this quite route was such a bliss. Like two little kids, we also climbed up a mini cliff where we spent some time admiring the panaromic view of the coast. The past 2 days were enough to convinve me that this city is a romantic place to be. Right Tiantian? (:

Up the cliff!

Up the cliff!

Enjoying some time on the cliff

Enjoying some time on the cliff

Lying down. Fishing.

Lying down. Fishing.

Karaoke & Shopping

Our short walk ended at a KTV near Qingdao Olympic Sailing Centre, where we happily spent the rest of our afternoon singing our favourite songs. The facilities were much better than those in Singapore – they even had disco lights and cha-cha sticks available for karaoke accompaniment. But my sore throat and flu was killing me then, bleh…

After a simple dinner in a food court, we spent the rest of the night doing some shopping in big departmental stores. Partly to experience the crowd too since one of them was having an anniversary promotion. :S

This is part of the “Qingdao, the alluring harbour city” travelogue:
Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3

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