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by Marcus

Qingdao Postcards at Municipal Archives

April 30, 2010 in About Qingdao, Events by Marcus

Just yesterday Qingdao Municipal Archives opened doors on an expansive exhibition consisting of hundreds of historical postcards gathered from around the world over the past several years by local collectors. The postcards picture scenic landscapes, local daily life, historic buildings and monuments in and around Qingdao, mostly during the first half of the 20th century. The collection includes both privately owned postcards and some from the in-house permanent collection.

A few highlights include:

  • Women dressed in kimonos walking through the cherry blossoms of Zhongshan Park and then two large Shinto shrines built during the first Japanese occupation of Qingdao during 1914-1922.
  • A large German eagle epigraph carved in a cliff just below Signal Hill that is no more.
  • Traditional rural life in and around the Jiaozhou Bay area, including the large gates of Jimo which was a large walled-in city for many centuries.

There is also a short video near the entrance which includes footage of a horse race at what is now Tiantai Stadium (where Jonoon football club plays), as well as rural festivals around Qingdao. Unfortunately there are no translations of introductions and background information, but the images alone are a fascinating revelation of a Qingdao that once was. Also, on a side note, it does appear some of the supposed postcards are just copies, but a large percentage are certainly originals.

The Qingdao Municipal Archives is located on 148 Yanji Lu (延吉路148号) just east of the new Jusco/Wanda shopping center. The exhibition will be open daily from 9:00am-5:00pm up until May 31st and is free. View more information on the Qingdao Municipal Archives online.

by Steven

Shot in Qingdao: Chinese Style Divorce

April 30, 2010 in About Qingdao by Steven

Chinese Style Divorce (Zhong Guo Shi Li Hun/中国式离婚) is a 23 episode TV series originally broadcast in 2004 that was shot in Qingdao. It was adapted from the novel of the same name by acclaimed author Wang Hai Ling. The plot tells the story of a married couple who, natch, want to get a divorce. There are not many major landmarks shown in the soap opera but it’s obvious that the locations are Qingdao. However, the license plates on the cars do not show the 鲁 B (Lu stands for Shandong and B for Qingdao) as is standard for cars registered in Qingdao, instead 平 (Ping) is used, perhaps in a nod to the old nickname for Beijing, which is Beiping (北平). At any rate, Chinese Style Divorce has been called “extremely watchable” and is a great tool for learning Chinese while being entertained. It’s also an informative source for some cultural background on modern Chinese life in the meantime. The box set can be purchased online, and the series pops up now and again on TV channels around the dial, from CCTV to QTV. An analysis of the plot and accompanying social themes can be found on the Women of China website by the All China Women’s Federation and a synopsis of the series on the Drama Wiki for Asian language TV.

Watch all episodes of Chinese Style Divorce on Youku.

by Hunter

Tunnel Vision: Qingdao to Xuejiadao

April 30, 2010 in Huangdao by Hunter

Now that the major digging on the tunnel from Qingdao to Xuejiadao is done, it won’t be too long before the trip from one side of Jiaozhou Bay to the other takes just a fraction of the time it takes now. At present, travellers from Qingdao to Huangdao, Xuejiadao and Jiaonan have to go around the northern edge of the bay to get to the Qingdao Economic and Technological Development Zone (called Kaifaqu) or venture across the bay on the ferry often plagued by high winds and fog threatening to shut her down. Scheduled for completion in 2011, the tunnel is China’s 2nd undersea tunnel (the first one connects Xiamen Island to the mainland in southeastern Fujian Province) and cuts the trip from one hour to around ten minutes.

From ChinaDaily.com

Qingdao’s Jiaozhou Bay Undersea Tunnel, running 7.8 kilometers with 3.95 kilometers undersea, links the urban Tuandao district and Xuejia Island of Huangdao District, said Xue Qingzeng, spokesman for the publicity department of Qingdao City Government.

The construction of the tunnel started in December of 2006. The tunnel is scheduled to open to traffic in the first half of 2011, which will help cut travel time from one side of the bay to the other from one hour to ten minutes. The cost of the tunnel is 3.3 billion yuan (about US$485 million).

Workers Celebrate Completion
[Photo/Xinhua]

Relevant Links:
Original Article on ChinaDaily.com

by Steven

Fancy World at Strawberry Fest 5.02

April 29, 2010 in Events, Music by Steven

Qingdao based band Fancy World plays the Strawberry Festival in Beijing on May 2nd. Taking the Douban Stage at 4:50 pm, Hua Hua, Double L and the rest of the band appreciate your support. Other artists scheduled to appear this year include Pet Conspiracy, Re-TROS, Tang Dynasty, Xiu Xiu, Carsick Cars, and more. Get more news and info on organizer Modern Sky website, Strawberry Festival official website and Strawberry Festival artist profiles (for Douban stage). English info and lineup available here via VPN. Call toll free 400.680.6840 for tickets info.

When: May 02, 4:50 pm
Venue: Tongzhou Canal Park, Beijing / 通州运河公园, 北京
Info: 400.680.6840

by Chris

All China Nash Hash 2010 in Qingdao 9.03-05

April 29, 2010 in Events by Chris

Coming up this September, the Qingdao Hash House Harriers will play host to Hashers from around China for a special All China Nash Hash in Qingdao. The Qingdao Hash House Harriers are a running group that is part of an international tradition that regularly takes place around the world. Someone once said that Hashers are “Drinkers with a running problem” – but really it’s a great reason for everyone to get outdoors and have fun.

More info from the Qingdao HHH website:

All China Nash Hash 2010 in Qingdao
Ok Hashers, we’ve put together a program offers you interesting runs and always enough fresh beer to fill your bellies. The venue that was chosen is a 4 star hotel that has rooms starting at 200 RMB all the way up to 1400 RMB, so everybody should find something. And as a nice bonus, you can also use the pool of the hotel (yes, even if you only booked the cheapest room). On Friday we’ll drink the freshest beer in town right at the famous Tsingtao brewery. Saturday we head out to the Laoshan Nature park which offers enough space and scenery for several interesting trails for all levels and we finish up near the beach. Saturday night we start with a dinner in the main venue and then head next door to get totally drunk. Sunday a nice hangover run in the old town is waiting for you, again finishing near the water.

Tentative program
Friday, 03.09.:
Arrival at hotel. Registration will be at the Haiqing Hotel until 8 pm. Shuttle buses will bring you over to the brewery when you’re ready. Welcome drinks at the original Tsingtao brewery. Then buses back downtown and to hotel. Pub crawl through the town.

Saturday, 04.09.:
Buses leave 10:30 to Laoshan Park. 3 trails available: hard, normal and walkers. Trails will finish on or near the beach. Buses will drive back to hotel around 5:30. Dinner starts at 7, followed by Hash bash in bar next door.

Sunday, 05.09.:
Buses leave 10:30 to old town. 2 (maybe 3) runs available. Normal and walkers. Trail will again finish near the water so that you can hang out and relax on the beach. Shuttle buses will go to airport at selected times.

*Note: Program subject to change

Cost and registration
Register before 01. July: 400 RMB
Register after 01. July: 500 RMB

There will be no payments accepted on the Nash Hash weekend!

To register please contact info@qingdaohhh.com.

Venue and accommodation
Hai Qing Hotel, 11 Donghai Middle Road, Qingdao. Tel: (0532) 8596 9888.
The contact person at the hotel is Meng Fan Yun (Maria) and her phone number is (0532) 8596 9888 – 6384. Her email is mfy6667 @ sina.com. Please mention the “China Nash Hash” so that she knows why you contact her. And please keep in mind, this lady speaks only limited English.

If you prefer other accommodation then try to find something in the new city center near the city government or the Olympic Sailing Center. You might want to try the following hotels: Sanfod Hotel (on Hong Kong Middle road), Sunny World Hotel (on Shantou Road) or if you are looking for another budget place, Home Inn (on Hong Kong Middle Road).

Thanks for reading all this. This information was put online just before Christmas 2009 and there’s still a lot of chances for things to change. We’ve put together this program and information to the best of our knowledge. If you still have any questions now then please contact us. There will be more information coming up online and you can check back here every now and then. We will probably also change the layout of this section later to make it easier to read.

On on! in Qingdao in September 2010,

Straydog

Relevant Links:
Official Qingdao Hash House Harriers website

by Steven

Killer King’s Head

April 28, 2010 in About Qingdao, Events by Steven

The King’s Head Pub on Xinyi Lu (tucked away in the Jinhu neighborhood behind Zhonglian Plaza, off Ningxia Lu west of Nanjing Lu) will be host to a Killer Game activity on Saturdays at 2pm. According to the King’s, the game of Killer is easy to learn and encourages communication within a group, thus making it a good chance to make friends and practice language skills. Since the game involves deduction and psychology, it is also a good mental exercise. Beginners and newcomers are welcome, as the game is just for fun and entertainment. Please confirm your attendance by contacting duf.tuf@gmail.com.

Entry fee includes refreshments such as fresh Arabica coffee and tea.

More from the King’s Head:
If you like drama, you will experience the “mousetrap” atmosphere of suspense….
If you like film, you will experience the mysterious outcome as in Identity (2003, Ray Liotta, John Cusack)….
If you like music, you will be immersed in the game’s rhythm….
If you like reading, you will enjoy the joys of “The Da Vinci Code” and puzzles.

Venue: King’s Head English Pub / 国王头像酒吧
Address: 11 Xinyi Lu / 市南区新沂路11号
Tickets: 30 yuan (RMB)
Tel: 138.6485.3857

Image Credits @ wpclipart.com and The King’s Head

by Joz

Jay Chou 7.31

April 28, 2010 in Events, Music by Joz

Chinese singer/actor superstar Jay Chou (Zhou Jie Lun/周杰伦) will tour China this summer, stopping in Qingdao on July 31. The venue is the Qingdao Sports Center, with ticket prices ranging from 180 to 1280 yuan (RMB). Jay is madly popular in China, having released 10 albums in as many years on the scene. Other recent big news involving Jay is that he is starring in the 3D movie Green Hornet, reprising the legendary role of Kato that Bruce Lee played in the original television series.

When: July 31, 8 pm
Venue: Qingdao Sports Center / 青岛体育中心
Tickets: 180/280/380/480/680/880/1280 yuan (RMB)
Info: 8066.8277 / 186.5327.9133

Jay is a boyish looking 30 years old and has been playing piano since he was four years old. He has won 4 World Music Awards and is unique in the Chinese pop star universe in that he writes most of his own songs (music and lyrics) as well as writing for other artists. The handsome idol of countless female fans in Chinese communities around the world is also huge around Asia (especially South Korea) and is known for combining classical Chinese music with Western pop. His tour of China is now underway and is gaining momentum, stopping in Shanghai, Beijing and Tianjin before coming to Qingdao.

Listen to Jay Chou’s music on Myspace.

Jay Chou Live

Relevant Links:
Jay Chou International Fan Club Official Website
Jay Chou Bio and Info in English (Wikipedia)

by Steven

Antidote – Reptile & Retard 4.30

April 28, 2010 in Events, Music by Steven

Coming to the Owl Bar in Qingdao on April 30th, Antidote presents the Scandinavian electro duo Reptile and Retard.

When: April 30, 9:00 pm
Venue: Owl Bar / 猫头鹰酒吧
Location: Olympic Center Bar Street / 奥帆中心酒吧街
Tickets: 30 yuan (RMB) / 票价: 30元
More Info: 136.6886.6600

More info on Antidote from their Neocha page:
The Antidote group now includes 7 full-time members and 10 part-time DJs, with rotating and special guests. We play these styles of music — live electronic, electro, minimal, mash-ups, electro-punk, dance rock, dubstep, drum and bass, synth-pop, 8-bit, Detroit-style techno, acid house, African, Indian, Bhangra, IDM, ghetto-pop, trip hop, industrial, underground hip hop, indie rock/post-punk, etc. Often our mixes include songs we produce ourselves. We don’t play mainstream house or hip hop, and we don’t compromise with our music — no requests!

More info on Reptile and Retard from their Myspace page:
“They possess dynamics only preceded by a couple of redneck siamese twins fighting over a warm beer. The young Scandinavian electro duo Reptile and Retard have but one cl.. There’s an idiot in all of us, you just have to set it free. Mads DK and Esben Valløe not only saturate your hunger for repetetive beats and aggressive leads. They also provide a full-blown show inspired equally by Jim Morrison and Justice. They promise that their groovy beats will find a way to your legs as the vocals caresses your ears, resembling those tunes of the past. They call it Techno Soul.”

Listen to Reptile and Retard on Myspace.

Relevant Links:
Antidote Asia

by Hunter

What the Fact: Interesting China Facts

April 26, 2010 in About Qingdao by Hunter

China is one of the world’s oldest continuous civilizations, currently viewed as the world’s top rising power, and home to the largest population on Earth. With all of these superlatives, there is no doubt that there are lots of fun and interesting facts about China that you may not have previously known.

Below are lists of fun and interesting China facts compiled from around the web.

By the Numbers:

  • 85% of all U.S. artificial Christmas lights are made in China.
  • 70% of the world’s umbrellas are made in China.
  • 60% of the world’s buttons are made in China.
  • 30% of Chinese adults live with their parents.
  • 20% of the world’s population lives in China.
  • 20% of China’s plants are used in medicine.
  • 9% of Chinese goods sent to the U.S. end up on Wal-Mart’s shelves.
  • 200 million people in China live on less than $1 a day.
  • Mandarin Chinese is the world’s most spoken language with over 870 million speakers.
  • China has only about 200 different family names.
  • 34 children are born every minute in China.
  • 119 baby boys are born for every 100 girls.
  • The number of unmarried young men-called bare branches-is predicted to be 30 million by 2020.
  • If China’s population walked past you single file, the line wouldn’t end because of the rate of reproduction.
  • The largest ethnic group in China by far is the Han.
  • There are about 40,000 characters in the Chinese language; an adult is only expected to know 5,000 of them.
  • About 700,000 engineers graduate annually from schools in China.
  • The number 4 is considered unlucky because it sounds almost identical to the word “death”.
  • Many hospitals and other buildings used by Chinese don’t have a fourth floor.
  • The number 250 means stupid and is often used as an insult.
  • Three of the world’s ten longest rivers have their source in China.
  • China is now the world’s largest apple producer, followed by the U.S. in second place.
  • The world’s largest billboard was 300 meters long and 45 meters high and was in southeast China until it was torn down in 1998 for lack of advertising due to heavy fog.

That Lucky Number 8:

  • The number 8 is considered extremely lucky.
  • There are Eight Taoist Symbols, Eight Buddhist Treasures, and Eight Immortals.
  • In Chengdu the telephone number 8888-8888 was sold for a sum corresponding to USD $270,723.
  • The Hong Kong Bank of China building has 88 floors.
  • People will pay premium rates for an apartment on the eighth floor or with eight in the address.
  • Dates with eights are viewed as especially auspicious for weddings
  • The opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics in Beijing began on the 8th of August in the year 2008 (08/08/08), at precisely 8 minutes and 8 seconds past 8:00 PM, local Beijing time!

Chinese Inventions and Discoveries:

  • The oldest known calendar belonged to the Chinese. It is based on the Lunar Cycle.
  • Ketchup originated in China as a pickled fish sauce called ke-tsiap.
  • The fork had been used in China long before chopsticks.
  • Chopsticks originated from China approximately 4,000 years ago.
  • In ancient China, diabetes was aptly called ‘dissolutive thirst’ due to diabetic patients’ excessive thirst and passing of urine.
  • China invented the first kites which were used in wars.
  • The wheelbarrow was invented by a Chinese.
  • Silk was developed in China and kept a secret for more than two thousands years. Anyone who gave the secret away could be killed.
  • Printing became possible with the inventions of woodblock printing and movable type.
  • Paper currency was first developed in China. Its roots were in merchant receipts of deposit during the Tang Dynasty.
  • Fireworks first appeared in China during the Song Dynasty, in the early age of gunpowder.
  • The guqin is one of the oldest stringed zither instruments from China and has existed since at least the Shang Dynasty.
  • Early Chinese tea culture began from the time of the Han Dynasty.
  • Around 1000 BC the Chinese created an alcoholic beverage which was stronger than 11%, they would mix it with cooked grain in water which resulted in high-alcohol beer.
  • Ice cream was invented in China around 2000 BC when the Chinese packed a soft milk and rice mixture in the snow.
  • Around 202 BC – 220 AD, China began using north-south oriented lodestone ladle-and-bowl shaped compasses (called Sinan) for divination and geomancy and not yet for navigation.
  • Paper was first invented in China in 105 AD. It was a closely guarded secret and didn’t reach Europe until the 8th century.
  • Toilet paper was first mentioned by the official Yan Zhitui in the year 589 AD during the Sui Dynasty, with full evidence of continual use in subsequent dynasties.
  • Fingerprinting was first used in China in 700 AD.
  • The story of Cinderella may not originate with Disney, some say it originated in China around 860 AD.
  • Many historians believe that association football originated in China, where a form of the sport known as cuju may have appeared around 1000 AD.
  • According to a Library of Congress website, the Chinese have used the bristle toothbrush since 1498 AD.

History and Randomness:

  • “May you live in interesting times.” – Chinese curse.
  • The dragon symbolized the Emperor while the phoenix symbolized the Empress.
  • Confucianism was the official philosophy throughout most of Imperial China’s history.
  • Many of the guards never left the Great Wall in their entire lives.
  • Chinese astronomers were among the first to record observations of a supernova.
  • Ancient China was one of the earliest centers of human civilization.
  • Archaeological evidence suggests that the earliest hominids in China date from 250,000 to 2.24 million years ago.

*While we tried to include as many unique and well known facts as we could find, there may be some that we missed. If you know of any fun or interesting China facts, please leave us a comment below.

by Steven

Qingdao Fashion Week 5.05-09

April 25, 2010 in Events by Steven

Qingdao is about to get a lot better looking from May 5th to 9th as the 10th annual Qingdao International Fashion Week catwalks through the Qingdao International Convention Center. Check out some photos from last year’s Fashion Week. This year’s show will include a beauty pageant called Beauty of the World. Get ready to see some serious posing at Q Bar in Shangri-La. Anyone know of some other hot spots in town where the models, contestants and fashion entourage might be hanging out?

World Beauty Bahamas Qingdao

Relevant Links:
Qingdao International Fashion Week Press
Photos of 2009 Qingdao International Fashion Week
Brother Sharp Fashionable Beggar

Photo Credits @ World Beauty Congress and efu.com.cn

by Steven

Qingdao Jonoon vs. Jiangsu Shuntian 4.25

April 24, 2010 in Events, Sports by Steven

This Sunday afternoon, Qingdao’s first division Super League football club Qingdao Jonoon (青岛中能) plays at home against Jiangsu Shuntian (江苏舜天), also called Jiangsu Sainty. This is the 5th match of the season for Qingdao Jonoon, with each of the first four ending in a draw. Defender Liu Jian and attacker Aleksandar Rodić are both among the top scorers in the league, each with 2 goals in 360 minutes played this season. Check out more details and stats on the China Super League (CSL) and Qingdao Jonoon, and view a comparison of Qingdao and Jiangsu teams.

Who: Qingdao Jonoon vs. Jiangsu Shuntian
When: April 25, 3:30 pm Kick Off
Venue: Tiantai Stadium

Relevant Links:
Tiantai Stadium on Google Maps

by Steven

Qingdao Photos: Demery ’83

April 24, 2010 in Photos by Steven

Demery ’83 refers to the photos of QIngdao posted on Flickr by Leroy W. Demery, Jr., taken when he was traveling around China in 1983. These photos show a Qingdao that is gone forever, a city on the cusp of major development yet with a solid economic base which in itself was a result of the hard work and ambitions of generations of Qingdao residents. This time period was the historical seam between the official reform drive of the late 70′s and the acceleration of the open door policy of the late 80′s and 90′s led by Deng Xiaoping.

The fascinating follow up by LORD Charles shows the same locations in the Demery set over 20 years later. Both changes and constants can be seen in this amazing side by side comparison, highlighting Qingdao’s amazing transformation since Demery’s visit.

Relevant Links:
Leroy W. Demery, Jr. Photo Set of Qingdao 1983
LORD Charles 2007 Photos of Demery Photo Locations