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Qingdao To Do: Bowling

December 31, 2010 in About Qingdao

Going bowling in Qingdao was a fad in the 90′s that spread through China after sweeping Taiwan in the 80′s. Bowling in Qingdao seems to have lost its luster and is now on offer at just a few outlets around town.

It all started with the Haitian Hotel (now closed), passed through the now absent Kitami on Yanji Lu (the site is now the Xinxing Sports Center), and now the sport of kings and working men can be enjoyed at these hotels in Qingdao. Please let us know of any other places in the comments below.

Crowne Plaza Hotel

The bowling center at Crowne Plaza is mostly deserted during the day when rates are cheaper, as most of the places to bowl in Qingdao offer special deals during their down times. The space at Crowne Plaza is posh and elite, chances are you would be the only bowlers there most of the time. It’s rumored that they don’t have much in the way of beer down there and folks have been known to byob. Check with the fuwuyuan first. For more info call 8571.8888.

Grand Regency Hotel

Back in the day when bowling was more popular than bars in Qingdao, the Grand Regency ruled the roost with a huge area on the 3F near the squash courts. Then the bowling center was moved to the space in the parking garage connected to the hotel and kept on rolling as Qingdao’s most popular destination to knock down some pins. Presently it’s still probably the one place in town popular with regular bowlers. For more info call 8588.1818.

Kylin Best Western Hotel

The Kylin towers above Surf Plaza near the Old Stone Man. For people out in the eastern part of Qingdao (in Laoshan district), this is the best choice for bowling. The Kylin is next to the Qingdao International Beer City, site of the yearly Beer Fest. Beer and bowling, a natural combination. For more info call 8889.1888

Gold Marina/Blue Horizon Hotel

This is Huangdao Kaifaqu’s best hotel and the lanes here are fairly new and well maintained. Gold Marina is just west of Jusco next to the Petroleum University on Changjiang Lu in the Development Zone. For those of you on the other side of the bay who wish to go bowling, this is probably your only choice. For more info call 8698.6666

Relevant Links:
Bowling in China Photo on Flickr
Lebowski Fest

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Qingdao Double Star vs. Shanghai 1.02

December 29, 2010 in Events, Sports

The 2010-11 CBA season has started and the Qingdao Double Star Eagles are hoping to improve on last year’s less than stellar performance. The next home game is against the Shanghai Sharks at Qingdao University Arena on January 2. Tickets range from 60 to 200 yuan (RMB) and are available at the venue (enter via south gate on Hong Kong East Road). More Info: 8268-4351. Come check out Yao’s team coached by Bob Donewald, Jr.

When: January 2 (7:30 pm Tip Off)
Venue: Qingdao University Arena
More Info: 8268-4351

Relevant Links:
CBA 2010-11 Schedule and Info (English)
Official CBA website (Chinese)
Official Qingdao Double Star website (Chinese)
Qingdao Double Star 2010-11 Roster (Chinese)
Qingdao Double Star 2010-11 Schedule (Chinese)
Qingdao Double Star on Sina (Chinese)
NiuBBall (CBA news and more)
Shanghai Sharks Official Site

New Year’s Eve Qingdao 12.31.10

December 29, 2010 in Events

The “other” new year is celebrated in Qingdao at clubs and bars around town on the evening of December 31. New Year’s Eve parties in Qingdao will be happening privately and publicly throughout the city. There will also be public fireworks at May 4th Square in Fushan Bay – just like last year.

Cheers Qingdao ~ Happy New Year! Happy 2011!

Here is a very brief list of some of the places where resident and visiting foreigners are likely to be partying with their Chinese compatriots of the night. Please let us know of some of your favorites in the comments below.

Night Trend (aka Ye Chao), Vivi, Angel Bar

All in the Zhonglian Guangchang complex at the corner of Ningxia and Nanjing Lu. Modern clubs with modern sound systems and packed with people dressed to impress on a night on the town.

Q Bar

Upscale bar on the 1F of Shangri-La Hotel. Live band and dancing, sometimes of the pole variety.

Old Jack’s Bar

Across Yanerdao Lu from the Book City, just north of Jusco and Crowne Plaza. Quiet, European pub atmosphere.

La Villa

Quiet option with food, across from the Qingdao World Trade Center.

Club New York

Long standing bar with large live (and loud) band. Should be quite crowded with wine and song.

Lennon

Live band and Beatles/rock and roll theme, also have some nice Chinese dishes and noodles from Steven Gao.

Room Lounge

Small place (name says it all) with a cosy vibe next to May 4th Square. Might be a good place before/after the fireworks there.

Feeling & Bund No. 1

Just 2 of the many disco style clubs in Qingdao; both promised to be packed at midnight on New Year’s Eve.

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Qingdao Bars and Clubs

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Rockin’ New Year’s Eve 12.31

December 29, 2010 in Events, Music

Rock out New Year’s Eve with Qingdao musicans at Creative 100 on December 31. Bands include Fancy World, Mr. Cat, Firehouse, Lazy 1st and many more.

When: December 31, 9 pm
Venue: Creative 100, 100 Nanjing Lu / 创意100南京路100号401
Tickets: Advance 20 yuan (RMB), Door 30 / 门票: 30元, 预售20元
Info: 138.5421.8850

Relevant Links:
Creative 100 Official Website
Event on Douban (Chinese)

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The Nutcracker 1.06

December 29, 2010 in Arts, Events

The ballet The Nutcracker will be performed at the Qingdao Grand Theatre by the Russian National Ballet Theater on January 6. Tickets are available from the theatre and online (Chinese) with business and family package discounts. The Russian National Ballet Theater was founded in 1878 and now features dancers from the upper ranks of ballet companies and academies of Russia, including those in Riga, Kiev and Warsaw. The company will be performing 3 Tchaikovsky ballets in Qingdao from January 3 to 6 including Swan Lake on January 3 and 4 and Sleeping Beauty on January 5.

When: January 6, 7.30 pm
Venue: Qingdao Grand Theatre / 青岛大剧院
Location: 5 Yunling Lu, Laoshan district / 云岭路5号
Tickets: 180-680 yuan (RMB) / 180-680 元
More Info: 8066.5555

The Nutcracker Qingdao Grand Theatre Russian Ballet

Relevant Links:
Qingdao Grand Theatre Official Website (Chinese)
More Info on Qingdao Grand Theatre

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Sleeping Beauty 1.05

December 29, 2010 in Arts, Events

The ballet Sleeping Beauty will be performed at the Qingdao Grand Theatre by the Russian National Ballet Theater on January 5. Tickets are available from the theatre and online (Chinese), with business and family package discounts. The Russian National Ballet Theater was founded in 1878 and now features dancers from the upper ranks of ballet companies and academies of Russia, including those in Riga, Kiev and Warsaw. The company will be performing 3 Tchaikovsky ballets in Qingdao from January 3 to 6 including Swan Lake on January 3 and 4 and The Nutcracker on January 6.

When: January 5, 7.30 pm
Venue: Qingdao Grand Theatre / 青岛大剧院
Location: 5 Yunling Lu, Laoshan district / 云岭路5号
Tickets: 80-680 yuan (RMB) / 80-680 元
More Info: 8066.5555

Relevant Links:
Qingdao Grand Theatre Official Website (Chinese)
More Info on Qingdao Grand Theatre

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Swan Lake 1.03-4

December 29, 2010 in Arts, Events

The ballet Swan Lake will be performed at the Qingdao Grand Theatre by the Russian National Ballet Theater on January 3 and 4. Tickets are available from the theatre and online, with business and family package discounts. The Russian National Ballet Theater was founded in 1878 and now features dancers from the upper ranks of ballet companies and academies of Russia, including those in Riga, Kiev and Warsaw. The company will be performing 3 Tchaikovsky ballets in Qingdao from January 3 to 6 including Sleeping Beauty on January 5 and The Nutcracker on January 6.

When: January 3-4, 7.30 pm
Venue: Qingdao Grand Theatre / 青岛大剧院
Location: 5 Yunling Lu, Laoshan district / 云岭路5号
Tickets: 180-680 yuan (RMB) / 180-680 元
More Info: 8066.5555

Swan Lake Russian Ballet Qingdao Grand Theatre

Relevant Links:
Qingdao Grand Theatre Official Website (Chinese)
More Info on Qingdao Grand Theatre

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New Year’s Cocktails at Q Bar 1.01

December 29, 2010 in Events

Q Bar in Qingdao’s Shangri-La Hotel will host a New Year’s Day party with a live string quartet, house band, dancing, raffle, & more. The adults only event is on Saturday night the 1st so if you’ve already recovered or are still going from the night before, check out the Q Bar. Cocktails at 7.30 pm.

When: January 1, 7.30 pm
Venue: Q-bar, Shangri-La / 香格里拉大酒店内炫吧
Address: 9 Hong Kong Middle Rd / 香港中路9号
Tickets: 200 yuan (RMB) / 200元
Info: 8388.3838

New Year Day Q Bar

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Q Bar at Shangri-La

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Jean-Francois Maljean 1.01-03

December 29, 2010 in Events, Music

Pianist Jean-Francois Maljean/尚马龙 performs in Qingdao at the Olympic Center Theater on January 1 to 3. Maljean attended Berklee School of Music and is known for mixing jazz and new age sounds with a pop music approach. He’s even covered Kitaro. Now he’s becoming popular in China – check out the video for the Shanghai Expo song Better City, Better Life with Shang Wenjie/尚雯婕 and complete with Smurfs, the theme for the Qingdao shows. Get more information about Maljean on Myspace.

When: January 1-3, 7.30 pm
Venue: Qingdao Olympic Grand Theater
Location: Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center
Tickets: 100-1280 yuan (RMB)

Relevant Links:
Jean Francois Maljean Official Website
Tickets Website (Chinese)

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Berlin Symphony Orchestra 1.02

December 28, 2010 in Events, Music

The Berlin Symphony Orchestra (renamed Konzerthausorchester Berlin in 2006) will perform in Qingdao at the Qingdao Grand Theatre hosted by the Sy Theater group on January 2. The Orchestra was founded in East Berlin in 1952 and should not be confused with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra founded in 1967 in West Berlin. For more info (Chinese) from SY Theater, check out their blog on Sina.

When: January 2, 7.30 pm
Venue: Qingdao Grand Theatre / 青岛大剧院
Location: 5 Yunling Lu, Laoshan district / 云岭路5号
More Info: 8066.5555, 8383.1883, 8382.0333

Relevant Links:
Event on Douban (Chinese)
Berlin Symphony Orchestra/ Konzerthausorchester Berlin

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Qingdao Double Star vs. Fujian SBS 12.26

December 28, 2010 in Events, Sports

Qingdao has a reputation as a great place to live and/or travel, but anyone who spends time here and is interested in sports should know that the pro teams are just pretty disappointing. Remember the soccer scandal of 2010 for corruption in games 2007-2009? One of the main teams involved was Qingdao Hailifeng, who purposely scored on their own net at the behest of their own coach. The Qingdao Double Star basketball team hasn’t (yet) been found to be cheating, but they do end up at the bottom of the league more often than not. China’s latest basketball info resource NiuBBall.com comments on Qingdao’s 2010-11 season start and why it’s been disappointing. Check out the recap from them below on Qingdao’s latest game, a win at home against Fujian. The victory raised their record to 2-4 and snaps a 4 game losing streak for Qingdao. The next home game for the Eagles in on January 2 against the Shanghai Sharks. Come out and cheer our home team against one of the league’s better teams, which is partly owned by Yao Ming and coached by Bob Donewald.

The recap from NiuBBall
QINGDAO 113 – Fujian 99

The only reason why Shanghai isn’t running away with the early season trophy for “biggest letdown” is because Qingdao, entering their home game against Fujian, was sitting smelly at 1-4 — inexcusable in the eyes of this space because in addition to having two very niu American imports, Charles Gaines and Dee Brown, they’re also rocking the third Asian import, Jordanian Zaid Al-Khas. Can’t count out that Qingdao is a dope place to live/visit as another reason why this team should be playing better, either.

Not sure if it was a sign of a turnaround, or just good timing (Fujian stinks), but Double Star broke a four game losing streak and got their second win of the year. Gaines, as he does every so often, exploded for 46 points and Brown had 19 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals. At home against arguably the worst team in the league, we’re going to wait another round or two before we say something good about this team.

Relevant Links:
CBA 2010-11 Schedule and Info (English)
Official CBA website (Chinese)
Official Qingdao Double Star website (Chinese)
Qingdao Double Star 2010-11 Roster (Chinese)
Qingdao Double Star 2010-11 Schedule (Chinese)
Qingdao Double Star on Sina (Chinese)

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Free The Birds 1.15

December 28, 2010 in Events, Music

Seminal Beijing rockers Free The Birds appear in Qingdao at Redstar on January 15. Expect a large and enthusiastic crowd as the band formerly known as Ziyo returns to Qingdao for the 3rd time in as many years. One of China’s hottest bands, Free The Birds should not be missed by music fans in Qingdao. Listen to the band on Myspace.

When: January 15, 8 pm
Venue: Redstar, 100 Nanjing Lu, Rm 401 /红星南京路100号401
Tickets: 50 yuan, Redstar 40, Students 30 / 门票: 50元, 红星卡40, 学生 30元
Info: 8388.2269

Relevant Links:
Free The Birds on Douban
Free The Birds (Ziyo) on Myspace

Photo Credit @ Janjanski