Oct 18, 2012

Summer vacation: Underwater World

A beach activity for non-beach people

Approaching Underwater World
Underwater World

The opening exhibit of Qingdao’s Underwater World consists of our favorite genre of Chinese museum display: terrible taxidermy. Or, possibly, papier-mâché. Whales, sharks, penguins … all kinds of sea creatures, with lopsided grins and bulging eyes. There were a couple of rooms of this, and then the path led outdoors and to another building.

At this point, we were beginning to regret our entrance fee. But, here’s where it got good. A conveyor belt towed visitors through a giant tank full of sharks, sting rays, and all kinds of fish. It was like scuba diving, but you didn’t even have to move. At one turn, a flat glass ceiling showed off the underside of scads of starfish. We also caught sight of a diver in the water who was feeding the fish.

After the people-mover, there were many more tanks of various kinds of sea life — and plenty of opportunities to buy a plush crab or pearl necklaces — but the conveyor was definitely the best part.

But you don’t have to take our word for it … watch our video!

One more delicious meal, coming up …