AnneMarie and Andrew

Annemarie and Andrew – Trekking Asia

Ferry from Qingdao


Posted on Jul 2, 2014

Buying Tickets If you want to take the ferry to Japan from Qingdao you can buy the tickets a few days in advance from the ticket office which is near the International Finance Centre. That is about 5 miles (8km) from the port itself and the railway station, plus they add a bit extra to the prices. The ferry for South Korea has a ticket office next to the passenger terminal. We booked our ticket at the passenger port on the day of departure, around 9am. The boats seem to run with almost no passengers so don’t worry about late booking. Because we bought tickets directly from the port they were slightly cheaper and we paid 1,400 RMB for first class. At the time of boarding at 4pm it looked like tickets could still be purchased. We were due to sail at 8pm, but didn’t leave until 12:30am and between 8pm and 10pm a fair few people were still boarding. Currency Only Japanese Yen is accepted on board. No credit cards or other currencies! At the passenger port in Qingdao is a currency exchange counter, but be warned, they only stock ¥10,000 notes, which cost us 620 RMB. You’ll need to buy currency in multiples of ¥10,000. Food Food is about ¥600 per dish and drinks can be bought for ¥150-200. There are a number of restaurants on board. Hot water is provided for free. The restaurant opening and closing in announced on the tanoy system. All announcements are in Japanese and Chinese only, but the opening times of the restaurants are on the notice boards. The timings are very precisely enforced. You select your meal from the menu outside the restaurant and input the code into the machine just inside the main door. Drinks can be bought from vending machines on floor 5 next to the shop and near the information desk. Cabins We paid for first class and got a 4 person cabin with only the two of us in it. In fact only 2 first class cabins are in use on this whole deck. The cabin is reasonably large, we have a window, a table with teapot and cups, a TV and a washbasin. A little wash bag was provided in our cabin. It contained some shampoo, a bar of soap, a shower cap and a small towel. Wash Rooms The toilets are down the corridor as is the onboard onsen, a Japanese style washroom. You get undressed, then wash yourself whilst sitting on a little stool. Shampoo and shower gel is provided beside each wash area. After washing you can relax in the large bath....

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Qingdao, China to Shimonoseki, Japan

Qingdao, China to Shimonoseki, Japan


Posted on Jun 30, 2014

We had picked a hotel in Qingdao which was ideally situated between the train station and the passenger port. This is a little bit away from the tourist area and the nice, German parts of Qingdao but only 15 minute walk from the train with our bags and only a 15 minute walk to the port. The hotel was OK, a little tired looking but clean and comfortable. We arrived mid afternoon on a Sunday and the ferry ticket office was closed. So we wandered into town for a few hours. The next morning we had to buy tickets for the ferry to Japan. It departs every Monday and Thursday from Qingdao. The ticket office was 5 miles away on the other side of Qingdao, but on the day of departure tickets can be bought from the port. The ferry terminal was easy to find and buying the tickets was also pretty simple. Because we bought the tickets at the port rather than from the ticket office there was no commission added, so we bought first class tickets for the same price as we expected to pay for second class. First class would get us a cabin to ourselves, whereas second class would have meant sharing with up to 6 other people. Also in the port was a currency exchange booth to buy Japanese Yen. This was excellent because online we’d read that the banks wouldn’t exchange Chinese money into Japanese money. Only Japanese Yen is accepted on board the ship so we were very relieved. That afternoon we arrived at the port at 3pm to find it full and a line of police standing guard at the door. We went to change our remaining Chinese money but the desk only hands out ¥10,000 notes, about £58. We had enough to buy one note, but not two. The majority of the people were getting on the South Korean ferry. Once they had left the police disappeared to. I guess the dodgy people go to South Korea! Feeling relieved that Japan must be very safe I could now relax and wait for our ferry. There were only 30 people waiting to board the ferry to Japan. We started to board at 4pm and we were immediately shown to our first class cabin. We had 4 beds, a washbasin, lockers and a seating area near the window with a table, teapot, cups and a TV. A Japanese couple had a cabin down the corridor and apart from them the rest of first class, which was the entire floor, was empty! Cool. We pretty much had an entire floor to ourselves. We...

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