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Road trip | Inner Mongolia 2021 | Shanghai to Haizhou Bay | Day 1

Road trip | Inner Mongolia 2021 | Shanghai to Haizhou Bay-Yantai | Day 1
Road trip | Inner Mongolia 2021 | Shanghai to Haizhou Bay-Yantai | Day 1
The long trip started and heading north by highway. The road conditions are excellent and not so much traffic.

This is what we have been waiting for and now the trip starts

As usual, we were late for the departure and left around 12 PM and the caravan/car/cargo box have been packed with food, clothes, electronics, toys and all other needed stuffed inside. Caravans storage spaces were quite limited and luckily we had the KIA with a rooftop box so we could fit everything. Preparations have been ongoing for a longer period and Taobao was heavily used now it is time to see how we have managed with packing.

The wife has made a lot of preparations regarding food and commonly used articles for the whole trip. I think we can survive for a longer period without visiting any shop.


Next stop is Haizou bay at evening

Originally we had planned to reach the target Qingdao (760km), and very soon we realized that’s not possible within a reasonable time. On the way, we searched online for a suitable place to stay and many recommendations for Haizhou Bay parking. Decided to take a look too if it is suitable and safe. This place seemed to be really good for a short stay and we decided to stay here for one night. The day already passed and we could hear we are close to the sea. Many restaurants with seafood available and small fun park for the children. The parking lot was packed and needed to maneuver the trailer to find a suitable spot. The music and the sounds lasted until 12 PM but after that it got quiet. Time for nice first night sleep in the caravan.

Short TikTok video and an aerial view of the parking lot

Here is our evaluation of Haizhou Bay beachfront and parking

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Road trip | Inner Mongolia 2021 | Shanghai to Haizhou Bay-Yantai | Day 1
Haizou Bay
The long trip started and heading north by highway. The road conditions are excellent and not so much traffic.
Overall Points
Facilities
Location

Thumbs up

  • Big parking place
  • Plenty of seafood restaurants, and plenty of choices
  • Easy accessibility, no-one asks anything
  • Small fun park for the kids
  • Can play at the sand at the beach, surely needed to be careful

thumbs down

  • Can be very noisy during the evening
  • Cannot swim in the water
  • Rubbish at the beach
  • Toilets look terrible but you can use them
  • No showers
  • Mostly the seafood was frozen and not fresh
  • It is a parking lot, meaning no water or electricity connections

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