Yesterday, after lunch provided by our hosts from the Qingdao Killer Whale hockey club, which was delicious and as always consisted of way too much food, and a mini odyssey around the nearby indoor/outdoor shopping mall to buy a beach towel and a tiny bottle of sunscreen (I chose to opt against the whitening version,) I headed to the Shilaoren Public Beach (which roughly translates to "is senior citizen public beach") for a walk along the water. It was a Wednesday around 130 pm and it was packed.
I walked the beach a few times, and put my feet into the water, but the tide was out and I didn't want to put my stuff down so far from the water to swim. I was definitely the only white person there and because of that, got a few funny looks and stares, but it was beautiful and I had no issues.
I didn't see anything too strange, other than naked kids run around on the beach to a way older age than they do back home. Also, Chinese people bring tents to the beach. There are rows and rows of tents along the beach that people change in and use for shade.
I am getting better at haggling too. My cab to the beach was 18 RMB and on the way back the driver didn't turn on his meter and asked for 30 in Chinese when I arrived back at my hotel. I handed him a 20 and left the cab, willfully ignoring his anger and letting him take it up with the hotel staff who know the price and know he was trying to gouge me.