Oct 18, 2012

Summer vacation: Bathing Beach No. 2

A quick dip in the sea

Qingdao bathing beach No. 2

(It’s a balmy 79 degrees here in Luzhou, so it feels appropriate to still be talking about our August beach vacation. Bear with us as we slowly catch up to the present, won’t you?)

Tsingdao beer was the primary attraction when choosing our summer vacation destination, but we were also interested in the prospect of visiting the seaside. Both of us grew up on the coasts of the US, and from time to time we miss the roaring waves. The Yangtze is wonderful, but it’s not the same.

The men
The men gathered around an intense card game.

Beach No. 2 is the nicest beach within Qingdao city limits. It’s much bigger than Beach 6, there are ample changing facilities/showers, and the sand feels clean. And while it’s plenty popular, it’s not too crowded.

As some well know, I am not overly fond of sand, and Peter and I both need to be careful in the sun. But this was our one chance this summer to go for a dip in the sea, so I took it. (Peter was happy enough just to stand on the dry side of the waves.) The water was clear and refreshing, and the sandy bottom felt well-maintained; there was a happy absence of slimy and/or jagged rocks for feet to find. I lasted about a minute or two before I started remembering that I was sharing that body of water with other sea creatures — not that I saw any, I’m just really squicked out by the idea of bumping into fish.

But I achieved swimming in 2012!

After my swim, I dried off in the sun while Peter snapped photos of people who actually liked the beach, and then we called it quits on our second (and, spoiler alert, final) beach visit.

Photorgaphic proof: We're at the beachPhotorgaphic proof: We're at the beach

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