While their names sound similar, these two cities in northeast China are totally different. Qingdao’s challenging coastal waters attract legions of windsurfers. Now sailing has become part of the elementary school curriculum. And the owner of an area youth hostel can regularly be seen leading a parade of novice sailors down to Qingdao harbor.
There's also an active music and art scene, that's attracted both local and international talent.
Nearby is Laoshan Mountain, one of the ancestral homes of Taoism. No cut-off jeans or fashionable haircuts here. Instead, chanting monks repeat rituals that date back an estimated 1,300 years.
Qinhuangdao is considered a “small” city by Chinese standards, given it is home to “only” 700,000 people. The history of this city is also connected to the sea, for this is where the legendary Great Wall meets the Bohai Bay. With that comes both elaborate history and complicated mythology. But often it is difficult to tell where one ends and the other begins.
I was the Series Producer/Writer, as well as Producer/Director of selected segments. It would never have been possible without the help of Co-Producer Jiang Weihui. The Coordinating Producer was Julie Jinwen Dai. The series was narrated by Chris Verrell.
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