There is a lot of misunderstanding about China, particularly if your views are formed on the basis of TV news. The giant nation is undergoing a tremendous change as it both seeks to retain its own culture and identity and embrace, or rather shake hands, with the West.
The Muzu (Goddess of the Sea) with a city being built behind her.
On the Chinese mainland it is often difficult to gain an overall impression of this growth - it is really when you are at sea that the true magnitude of the development strikes home.
Here we present a galley of images which maybe demonstrate the old and the new China.
Fushan Bay Coast with a new city being built behind
The Twin Towers of Qingdao
Qingdao street looks very western
A roadside cookhouse/van shuts very quickly when they see our cameras in Qingdao
View from behind of the large towers that dot the Qingdao and surrounding coastal skyline.
Media boat off Eastern Qingdao on a clear day
Downtown Qingdao - with banners draped down the sides of the towers
Seaside apartments which form the fist wall of residence on all the coastal land.
Towing past the Muzu, Qingdao
Qingdao coast - the way it was?
Old town and new town behind.
Further east the development continues unabated.
And the same further east again.