The 2010 Qingdao International Ocean Festival starts July 24 and will last for just over a month. The celebration of all things marine in our coastal city includes a salute to sailing and activities on beaches around town. The official opening ceremony kicked off Friday night with a banquet at the Shangri-La, followed by a fireworks display downtown. Here’s an audio report with transcript on CRI English about the kickoff of the fest (aka Qingdao International Marine Festival).

Here’s the report from China Daily:

The Qingdao International Ocean Festival is the sole festival that focuses on the ocean in China. It was created in 1999 and has been held in July every year since then. At the opening ceremony, hundreds of boats and nearly 40 yachts will cruise on the blue water in Fushan Bay, Qingdao. The finely built luxurious cruise ship, the Blue Ocean Pearl, is also about to open her mysterious veil and launch on her maiden voyage at the opening ceremony in Qingdao.

Naval military music, air shows, boarding actions, diving performance and other interesting activities will be held during the Qingdao Ocean Festival. In addition, the 2010 Qingdao International Sailing Week, 2010 Qingdao Sailing Expo will also be held during the Qingdao Ocean Festival.

Yu Meng / Liu Nengzhou

Relevant Links:
China Daily Article on 2010 Qingdao Ocean Festival
Qingdao International Yacht Club

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