Summer in Qingdao

It’s July, which means it’s time for the annual spate of wacky stories from the beaches of Qingdao, Shandong Province.

Last year, the story that got all the buzz was the popularity of full body masks that women were wearing to keep the sun off of their skin. I don’t know about you, but I had nightmares for weeks after looking at those photos.

A woman, wearing a nylon mask, smiles as she rests on the shore during her visit to a beach in Qingdao

This week the big story is the algae bloom that has turned the water along Qingdao’s famous beaches bright green. Once again, these photos published by the Wall Street Journal may induce nightmares.

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As we say in Minnesota, “ISH!”