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  Learn to sail the Thai waves with Phil Chen. Sea life, capsized boats and awe-inspiring instructors are just some of the thrills that await you.     At first it felt a little like space travel turned upside down. A universe flying by below me – Mars, Jupiter, Neptune, twinkling stars – though, of course, these are not stars or planets but rather colorful jellyfish gliding past my boat. I am in Thailand, near an incredibly long beach, with no tourists in sight, learning to sail at the Hua-Hin Sailing Club between Hua-Hin and Cha-Am. Having arrived the day before via a night flight shuttle from Qingdao and a direct connecting bus to Cha-Am/Hua-Hin, my transition from mere traveller to aquanaut was made complete during a scooter ride from the bus station to the sailing club. Here, I was met by Richard, the owner, who made it clear from the beginning that we wouldn‘t do too much talking, only sailing. “You really only learn it, by doing it and lots of it”, he said. He kept his word and my dreamy astral first impression quickly turned into a hands-on learning experience on the no-nonsense ocean. Every day, following a short explanation, the boat was rigged and my fellow students and I were thrown onto the sea, each with their own Thai instructor. We learned tackling: sailing against the...

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Unlike Sichuan dishes, which have been dominating the Chinese food market for a long time, Shandong cuisine remains underrated and left out of the spotlight. AJ Wang, a Qingdao local, also known as the owner of the fabulous hostel YHA Old Observatory and Sunset Cafe, is attempting to change this. Shawn Tren’s is a newly opened restaurant in the old town near the railway station. The art-deco approach to the cosy décor, creates a soothing aura and allows guests to feel relaxed as they enjoy the simple Shandong dishes. Strongly recommend is the dry-braised Lumpfish, so tender it melts in your mouth, instantly tantalising your taste buds with its rare and rich flavour. The Shandong-style...

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Qingdao prides itself on its beer and seafood, domestically and abroad. However, finding a decent place to try the most authentic local food is a challenge. To begin with, the street food tastes good but the hygiene is very poor. Furthermore, a 5-star hotel provides extremely nice food, but it is too expensive for the average person. You are probably thinking, there must be an alternative that caters for all. There is. It’s Mingjia ( 铭家). As one of the most famous and successful catering services in Qingdao, Mingjia has been serving and satisfying customers for many years. It...

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