Assigned to volunteer in Weihai and wondering what to do when you aren’t in the classroom teaching English to cutie Chinese kiddos? Good thing there are tons and tons and tons of things to do there.
If you didn’t know, you’ll only be teaching part time as an ILP volunteer — which means you will have lots of free time to really explore your city. You’ll also have weekends off giving you even more time to explore. And if you’re in Weihai, we have excellent news; this coastal city has a long list of things for you to check out, and the bus system makes it really easy to get around.
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As a head’s up, the ILP program has been in this Chinese city for a long time and some of the largest ILP groups call Weihai home. What does that mean for you? There are lots of past volunteers to thank because they’ve done the work of finding the coolest things to do in Weihai (here are just a few ideas):
There are beaches in China? Yep. There are a few beaches to choose from, but volunteers typically head to International Beach for a day of swimming, beach volleyball, tandem bikes and cafes. Castle Beach is just a 20ish walk from the school and is also a fav spot (how could it not be … it’s dreamy).
Past head teachers suggest going here at the beginning of your semester abroad because you can learn all about the history of Weihai — the British Weihai museum and the Sino-Japanese come highly recommended. Just take a ferry over and spend a day at the zoo, hiking, riding cable cars and museum hopping on LiuGong Island.
Lions, ligers, hyenas and monkeys — oh my. ILP volunteers should plan on spending around 3-4 hours at least to make sure you see allllll the animals.
China loves night markets, and the one in Weihai is especially rad. It’s open every night around 5-6 PM. Try food from the street vendors (look for the yummy pizza-looking bread and lots of fresh fruits) and some shopping; just make sure you bargain.
Fish Kiss Bath
Feel like being pampered? Do it for cheap in Weihai. Think about having little fishies nibble at your toes, or get your hair washed, massaged and conditioned for around $3. A full body massage will cost you less than $15 and lasts for over an hour. Yes, please.
Hang out downtown and get the Instagram picture that you need on your feed. Happy Gate is a huge “frame” that gives you a beautiful view of the ocean, plus it’s a cool part of town just to hang out at. There are also lots and lots of parks around here — a favorite is Haishan park (look for the giant playground).
Lazer Tag, Roller Skating, KTV, etc.
Weihai has some huge malls and movie theaters, so think about catching a movie after class, or go laser tagging with your whole ILP group. You can also go roller skating or try KTV (the Chinese version of Karaoke — it’s crazy fun).
Lots of the local parks have little get togethers at night — the park right across the street usually has lots of dancing groups you can watch or join — there’s also basketball, soccer, badminton and ping-pong.
Seriously, that’s just a few things you can do after class one day (there are lots more). We also have a list of our favorite vacation spots near Weihai for when you need a weekend getaway or don’t want to travel too far on one of your ILP vacations … did we mention you also get vacation time? Check out some pictures of where you can go on vacation and get a little more info about International Language Programs by clicking that button below (because we know you wanna come spend a semester volunteering abroad in China):