Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Scenes from Qingdao's Taidong Pedestrian Street

Many Chinese cities have at least one large pedestrian shopping street with ample space for people to walk around. Although the streets can have much in common, each one I have visited has its own unique feel due to the retail activities, fashion, advertising, architecture, food, and, of course, people which can be found there.

Below is a series of photos I took one recent cloudy afternoon around the Taidong Pedestrian Street (multiple versions of the English name are in use) in Qingdao, Shandong province. Most, if not all, of the scenes might seem unremarkable to someone who frequents the street. Yet each photo could inspire a story about life in Qingdao or China which could easily exceed the proverbial 1000 words. I'll refrain from writing another +16,000 words, though, and simply share the photos. You can learn a little more about the street, including its night market and artwork, at QINGDAO(nese) here.

Looking down Taidong Pedestrian Street from the top of a pedestrian bridge

people at Taidong Pedestrian Street

wallets on the ground for sale

small chests with British and American flag designs for sale

row of street food stalls

people sitting on a bench in front of a Walmart

people walking by large photos of models

Durian, jackfruit, and other fruit for sale next to a street

shirts for sale. one says 'so what', another says "AUTHENTC WEAR Cluct LIFE GOES ON", and other has a skull

young woman wearing a backpack with fake spikes on it

young woman for a promotion standing next to a Pepsi stand

buildings with large paintings of women

promotion for bottled drinks and other items for sale at a street corner

monk walking on a pedestrian street

little girl walking on the sidewalk

people walking at Taidong Pedestrian Street

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