travel: qingdao & inner mongolia

This week, we’re launching on our trip across the ancient Silk Road. Although this year, we’re unable to go back to China to visit our grandparents, I’d like to still showcase this beautiful route across West China.

Usually, in addition to visiting my grandparents, we’ll choose one or two other places in China to go see while we’re there; so a few years ago, we chose Qingdao and a small region bordering the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region called the Bashang Plateau.

A tiny village in the middle of a swamp.
A tiny village in the middle of a swamp.

Qingdao, known as China’s Sailing City, is both a major port and an industrial centre situated right on the east coast of China in Shandong Province (China has thirty provinces — they’re kind of like the states here in the U.S.). In Chinese, Qingdao means “greenish-blue island,” and that description is entirely true. However, in recent years, Qingdao has had a bad case of seaweed infection where the coastline is covered entirely in nasty, green, slimy seaweed. But don’t let this deter you from visiting the city — once you pass this small layer, you’ll find yourself in lovely, blue water.


Later, we headed to the Bashang Plateau on the border of the Inner Mongolian region. The elevation in the area is fairly high, although the land itself is relatively flat. The culture there is very similar to that of Mongolia (the country) since the region was only in the last century separated into two (Inner Mongolia, in China; Outer Mongolia, the country). Thus, you may be able to experience a small taste of life of the Mongols; we rode horses and tried our hand at shooting arrows, stayed in yurts and ate a bunch of dairy products. The area is covered with vast grasslands, and horses, sheep and cattle roam the plains. It’s certainly a beautiful place — if only I could go to Mongolia next time!



  1. Woooowwww how come I never knew you had done this? Also, where are the stories about you getting /turnt/ (there is def a brand of beer called Qingdao, possibly with a different spelling)?

    PS can you give me directions to Mongolia High School? 😉

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    1. lol there is def a brand of beer called Qingdao from this area, but I’ll save those stories for later 😛
      as for mongolia high school, you just gotta cross the border from Inner Mongolia to Mongolia, and the first high school that you see is it 😉


    1. It was! It’s such a beautiful and awe-inspiring place — if you ever get the chance, you should definitely go! 🙂


  2. I really dig the simplicity of Bashang Plateau. People who live like that are years ahead in wisdom. They are often happier than most modernized people. If you have not seen the documentary HAPPY 🙂 Check it out. It covers places like this.

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    1. Definitely! Despite us having so much technology, it seems we’re never content with what we have. Will have to go watch Happy now — thanks! 🙂

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      1. Just reading your blog I know you will be moved by HAPPY. I watched it on Netflix. Yes, I am not as content with electronics as I am in places I take photos. Beautiful places where the world is slow and relaxing. Songbirds, rushing water, the sound of the breeze, etc.

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  3. This was a brilliant post and I’m currently in Qingdao and would love to visit inner Mongolia! May I ask how you travelled there?


    1. Hey there! Yes, I’ve travelled to quite a few places in China; last summer, I spent two weeks along the Silk Road in China, and that was a lovely experience ( I usually post about my travels on my blog, so if you search for China, you’ll find a number of posts. I’d highly recommend Jiu Zhai Gou – it’s gorgeous!! Thanks for stopping by! 🤗


    1. We traveled along the plateau for two weeks! I go to China every year, so check out some of the other places I’ve been by searching in my blog! 🤗

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      1. I’m interested in travelling to the Hulunbuir area – have you been or do you know any information on it? Also, did you get the tick-borne encephalitis vaccination when travelling to Inner Mongolia as it says it’s one to consider when visiting and I’m not sure whether I’ll need it or not. Thanks in advance!
        Viola xo | A Piece of Viola


        1. I’ve never been, unfortunately. I didn’t get the vaccination when traveling there, and it didn’t seem to be a problem to not get the vaccine, but maybe ask your doctor?

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  4. Gorgeous place! Never been, but I recently discovered Qingdao, and now I hope to return to China some day to visit. Thanks for reposting!

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