A four-day mid-summer rodeo festival at Jimo of Qingdao pushed the city’s enthusiasm to levels dwarfing the heat waves sweeping across much of north China. The festival featured shows by 80 cowboys from 20 countries with millions of people spectating.
It also turned to be a sports and culture fiesta with side events including, among many, motorcycle racing as well singing and dancing shows at night.
While many could argue that rodeo is iconic American culture, local Qindao people would cite tons of ancient stories of legendary heroes fighting on horsebacks on the very ground of their homeland. History and equestrian culture aside, local people simply enjoy the fun and dynamism, core to the city’s vibe.