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I began visiting China in the 1990s – at a time when online photo storage systems had not yet exploded for the masses. So, most of my photos are stored the old-fashioned way in envelopes tucked in boxes in my parents’ garage.
I thought I’d share pictures of Qingdao, China from my visit in 2000 – especially this Bavarian-inspired building that the German governor once used when German troops occupied the area.
Why share images that are nearly a decade old?
Images – no matter when they are published, shown publicly or viewed privately – always tell a story and show people a slice of what life was, or is, like.
And for me, China remains a fascinating and, at times, complicated place.
On a day when you want to find a cool body of water in which to dunk yourself comes one thought: Mapo tofu.
As in: Eating a healthy amount when Seattle-area temperatures are hitting well into the 90s. Seriously.
I know: Many people in the Seattle region are flocking to the nearby Puget Sound, lakes or rivers.
But apparently, some believe (and I get the sense it’s people from Sichuan province) that the dish’s Sichuan peppercorn and chili peppers might actually cool you down.
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Take a close look at this pagoda. You might have seen it before – even if you’ve never traveled to China.
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Published on Nov. 12, 2000 in the San Jose Mercury News
By Brad Wong (Special to the Mercury News)
QINGDAO, China – Say the city’s name to most Westerners and they’ll think of the famous Chinese beer in the green bottle, the one with the pagoda on the label. But this northeast port city on the Yellow Sea has history extending far beyond the century-old brewery built to quench the thirst of occupying German soldiers.
To understand this history, stroll down Zhanqiao Pier, past that famous pagoda, and see where Chinese junks and foreign ships once unloaded cargo in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This is where the city’s traditional and colonial past converges with its socialist and market-oriented present.