Here’s a night shot of DJ Joshua at the Downtown Bar in Creative 100. The club on the mezzanine level of building 3 in the creative industries park on Nanjing Lu is host to many artists from around the world. When you visit, ask for DJ MIKI and give a shout out from us.
MoneyGram announces a hookup with Qingdao Rural Commercial Banks in an effort to gain more market share where top competitor Western Union is prevalent. If the post office or bank lines are putting you off the yellow money senders, try out the red & whites at Qingdao Rural Commercial Banks in Qingdao.
More from Marketwatch.com:
MoneyGram, a leading global money transfer and payment services company, announced today that it has signed an agreement with Qingdao Rural Commercial Bank (Qingdao RCB). Based in Qingdao, one of the largest cities in the Shangdong province of China, the agreement enables convenient money transfer service access for both urban and rural Qingdao residents, and foreign expatriates sending funds back home to family in Qingdao and nearby cities. Money transfer services are now available at all 330 Qingdao RCB locations.
“Our agreement with Qingdao RCB is another step forward for MoneyGram in China,” said Grant Lines, executive vice president, Asia Pacific, South Asia and Middle East, MoneyGram. “Consumers in both rural and urban areas around Qingdao are now able to conveniently and quickly receive and transfer funds from friends and relatives around the world. Given the increasing need for international money transfer services for our consumers in this region, it is an area where we are happy to have an increasing footprint.”
Formed in 2012, Qingdao Rural Commercial Bank was first established in 1951 as rural credit cooperative. The company is the fastest growing financial organization in Shangdong province and is a nationally recognized brand in China.
MoneyGram Locations in Qingdao
The Paul Collins Beat (aka The Beat) perform live at Downtown Bar in Qingdao on March 14, 2014. Downtown Bar is in Building 3 of Creative 100, the creative industries park complex located northwest of the Nanjing/Jiangxi Lu intersection in Shinan district. Call 134.5524.7795 for more info.
When: March 14, 2014, 8.30 pm
Venue: Downtown Bar
Address: 100 Nanjing Lu (Creative 100) / 南京路100号创意园
Read up on The Beat’s China Tour. Support for the Qingdao show is by Roundeye – check out a video of the “the sexiest, hairiest and loudest band in China!”
Amanda demonstrates the perfect form for using chopsticks during a dinner in Badaguan, Qingdao. Get more info on Badaguan here, and about using chopsticks here. The young lady’s info is not shared, but if you do see her around Qingdao, ask about the Yang Boshi Peanut Challenge (not to be confused with other regular old peanut/chopstick challenges) – the most peanuts lined up in a left to right row, picked up with chopsticks …. the record is 4. Check out more photos of Badaguan (Taipingjiao) in Qingdao.
Only in Qingdao can one go to the beach in March, in a coat, and dig in the sand. Just ask Ethan Gu’s daughter, whose photos were sent in by her baba. The location is the Old Stone Man Beach, known in Qingdao as “Shi Lao Ren“. Check out these other photos from a foreign student Kine at the Shi Lao Ren Beach during Summer. For more on Qingdao and the number 2 Beach (not what it appears, it’s a nice place, really!), check out this CNNgo feature on China’s “Beach Lined City”, that would be Qingdao.
Viva la primavera Qingdao!
Most of your fellow expats have never heard of it. Your Chinese friends know what it is, but chances are they haven’t tried it. There’s not even a Wikipedia page for it (which may not seem that impressive until you consider that there are over 750,000 articles in the simplified Chinese Wiki). Most importantly, you have never had it. So what exactly is Huang Men Ji? (Photos by Justin Cruller)
Put simply, it’s a bowl of chicken and vegetables braised in fermented yellow bean paste (trust me, it tastes much better than it sounds). Like most Chinese dishes, Huang Men Ji gets its name from the way that it’s cooked and the ingredients used. Here’s a breakdown of the name for the linguistically curious:
黄焖鸡米饭 (huángmènjī mǐfàn)
黄 huáng – Stands for 黄酱 (huángjiàng) aka fermented yellow bean paste
焖 mèn – Braised, the cooking method.
鸡 jī –Chicken, the main component of the dish.
米饭 mǐfàn – Rice, the one and only side to serve with the dish.
Many restaurants recommend that you dump the rice in and mix it around to soak up all the liquid, but it’s equally delicious to just eat it with the grain on the side.
For this article, I’ve translated Huang Men Ji as Braised Chicken Stew, since that sounds native and is also fairly accurate. Huang Men Ji is a bit different from your usual stew though. While most stews focus on the thick broth as much as the ingredients, it’s the braised chicken that makes this dish memorable. Braising is one of the best techniques for rendering your proteins as soft as they can be, and the chicken in Huang Men Ji is as tender and flavorful as any I’ve had in China. Another difference is that the savory broth that is in this dish is nowhere near as thick as a normal stew, and is best consumed in combination with the rice.
Many Huang Men Ji restaurants serve nothing but this one dish, the same way that many dumpling joints sell dumplings and not much else. There are generally four levels of spiciness available, from 不辣 (búlà) aka Not Spicy to 爆辣 (bàolà) – literally, Explosively Spicy. At certain locations, you can get extras like potatoes or mushrooms thrown in the pot for a few yuan.
Huang Men Ji is originally from Jinan, the capital of Shandong Province, and has only become popular over the past several years. Recently, Huang Men Ji restaurants are popping up all over China, but the best that I’ve had in Qingdao is at the little strip above the underground walkway immediately to the west of Carrefour. Huang Men Ji restaurants are generally BYOB, and since nothing goes better with this dish than a cold bottle of Tsingtao, make sure you drop by the 7-11 before you head out.
黄焖鸡米饭 Huang Men Ji Mifan
Address: 香港中路 Hong Kong Middle Rd., Directly west of Carrefour
Hours: Seven days a week, 11 am – 8:30 pm – But be forewarned, they only make a certain amount each day, and if you show up after the lunch rush, you might be out of luck.
Price: Small – 17 元, Large – 23元, Extras – ~3 元 per veggie
Good morning Hashers!
Our next run is a very special one and there will be a separate email going out to the participants of the Jimo Hot Spring Run later as well. If you really still want to join then please contact us and we see what we can do (no guarantee for discounted tickets though).
Here’s some info about what else is coming up in the next weeks so you can plan and practice:
- 01. March: Run 368. It looks like this will be another mountain run over in the Shilaoren area. Good exercise and lots of fresh air.
- 08. March: Run 369. This is the Jinan Run and we will take a train at 8 in the morning to get to Jinan. There some QD Hashers have a trail for us that will show us some of the good sights that Jinan has to offer (I was told that there are quiet a few of them). After the run we’ll have a good dinner and then take the train back to QD in the evening. Arrival back here is around 10:30 PM. Overnight stay is optional. Info on the train and other details will be sent out soon.
- 15. March: Run 370. CROWNE PLAZA STAIRCASE RUN. One of our highlights and always a good event. We’ll start in the parking garage and then run to the top floor. Around 40 floors or steps and steps and more steps. We collect money from all runners and then donate it to a local charity.
- 22. March: Run 371. No hare for this run yet. If you would like to help out a bit and prepare a run then please contact us.
- 29. March: Run 371. Our new arrival ‘The only gay in the village’ will set a trail for us. Normally he runs extreme races of many many kilometers (don’t want to write the length and scare you) but for this trail he promises to keep it “reasonable”. Whatever that means… Let’s hope it’s still in the double digits…
There you have it. Contact us if you have questions. See you on one of the upcoming runs. Cheers and on on,
On On !!
Well Hung Jury “Steve” & Team
Hare Raiser/Trail Master – Qingdao Hash House Harriers
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/QdHHH – Drinking club with a running problem
Global Hash Trash: www.gthhh.com
The phrase Lao Tsingtao refers to 老青岛 in the Qingdao local dialect meaning “old Qingdao”, i.e. someone who is native to or very familiar with Qingdao, or something that is very historical and representative of the city. Check out the eponymous group on our site here.
Qingdao’s collection of turn of the century architecture remains evidence that this city was once a German concession/colony on the Yellow Sea. The title shot shows both famous churches in Qingdao, the yellow Lutheran Church (look for the clock tower) on Jiangsu Lu and the double spire Catholic Church on Zhejiang Lu just off Zhongshan Lu (original downtown Qingdao) to the left (only one spire is visible).
Check out the honey bees being kept near the tower at Zhan Shan Temple. Zhan Shan is the largest Buddhist temple in the city and retains a semi rural location in the middle of the green belt around Zhongshan Park and Qingdao Botanical Gardens.
Mom and pop shops operate out of family ground floor flats in lieu of a 7-11 or Hao Yi De. This one is near the COSCO Institute (Jiangxi Lu gate) in the Ba Da Hu neighborhood.
Bicycles in Qingdao circa 10 BC (“Before Cars”). This shot is from the mid 90′s, about 10 years before cars became common in Qingdao and bicycles were still the main form of private wheeled transportation.
Photos by ceramic artist Derek Walter, who previously taught English at the Qingdao Textile Institute and Qingdao Mariner’s College in the early 90′s. He’s better known as the Laowai Who Shagged A Minibus on the way to class.