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by Lin Xun

Qingdao Photos: Lin Xun Summer 11

August 30, 2011 in Photos by Lin Xun

Check out a series of photos taken over the summer of 2011 by Qingdao photographer Lin Xun. Born and raised in Qingdao, Lin Xun has another set of photos which can be viewed here. He has also worked with cinematographer Sun Yong on a series of photos of photos. If you have photos of Qingdao that you’d like to contribute, please send us an email.

Qingdao Photos Lin Xun Summer 11 Melons

Qingdao Photos Lin Xun Summer 11 Go Dan

Qingdao Photos Lin Xun Summer 11 La Villa HK Rd

Qingdao Photos Lin Xun Summer 11 Underpass

Qingdao Photos Lin Xun IMC Green

Qingdao Photos Lin Xun Summer 11 Animation

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Qingdao Photos

by Steven

Qingdao Jonoon vs. Chengdu Blades 9.10

August 28, 2011 in Events, Sports by Steven

Qingdao’s first division Chinese Super League football club Qingdao Jonoon (青岛中能) plays at home against Chengdu Blades (成都谢菲联) on September 10, 2011. Check out more details and stats on the Chinese Super League (CSL) and Qingdao Jonoon. Chengdu Blades are in last place in the CSL tables. Come out and root for the home squad at historic Tiantai Stadium near Zhongshan Park in Qingdao.

Who: Qingdao Jonoon vs. Chengdu Blades
When: September 10, 2011 (3:30 pm Kick Off)
Venue: Tiantai Stadium

Relevant Links:
Tiantai Stadium
Qingdao Jonoon Official Website
Chengdu Blades Official Site

by Marcus

The Power Of One Yuan: Bike For Charity 8.28

August 26, 2011 in About Qingdao, Events by Marcus

“The Power of One Yuan” Compassionate Bicycling Charity Event

This Sunday, August 28, 2011, Qingdao’s Giant Bicycle Store is helping to organize a bicycling charity event, and all are warmly welcomed to join.

What is more important than allowing children to grow up healthy?

What is more powerful than compassionate giving?

Lets take our love for biking and transfer it to the greater good, by providing less fortunate children with a chance at good health and more smiles.

Time:
Sunday, August 28th – 8:15 am – 10:30 am

Plan:
8:15 am – Meet at the Giant Bicycle Store at 58 Jiangxi Road (Just north of LPG).
8:30 am – Bike together to the Olympic Center next to Marina City.
8:50 am – Set off for Polar Ocean World (where donations will be collected) along Donghai Road.

Requirements:
Compassionate biking enthusiasts bring along a bike, helmet and shirts will be provided by the sponsors. Please abide by the schedule provided. Before Sunday you can provide Giant with your height and weight and they will help you to prepare t-shirts.

The Giant store’s number is +86 (532) 8587.2858 and they have friendly English-speaking staff willing to help answer any questions.

Relevant Links:
Qingdao Tayao Biking

Qingdao Hash House Harriers 8.27

August 24, 2011 in Events by Qingdao Hash House Harriers

The next Qingdao Hash House Harriers run is August 27, 2011 – meet at Crowne Plaza at 2 pm. This marks run number 238 for the Qingdao Hashers. This will be a partly urban, partly hilly run in the Laoshan district. This week offers a chance to check out DEFA for beer and sausage in the Laoshan neighborhood.

When: August 27, 2 pm
Venue: Meet at the Crowne Plaza, 76 Xianggang Zhong Lu

From the Qingdao HHH official website: “Here in Qingdao, every week the Qingdao Hash House Harriers jog, walk, crawl and run a 60 to 90 minute fun run. They follow a trail marked with flour laid out by “hares” which ends at a “Down Down” circle.”

See more details below.

Qingdao Hash House Harriers Beer

More info from the Qingdao HHH:

Run No. 238 – Saturday August 27, 2011

Hare/s: Lost in Marks and Spencer (Nick), Sean, Angelina. Two virgin hares. It should be fun.

Costs: Usual RMB 10 for bus and beers, dinner is optional and will be an additional cost if you decide to stay.

Meeting Place and Time: Hotel Crowne Plaza at 2 PM for a 2:15 SHARP start. This run will begin at the Kilin Crowne Hotel in Laoshan near the Beer Festival Grounds. There are a number of buses that go there from the Jusco stop: 104, 110, 304, , 321, 501. Laoshan residents, you can go directly to the Kilin Crowne Hotel. Please arrive at 2:40 sharp. To coordinate arrival at the site on the day of the run, feel free to contact Lost in Marks & Spencer on 137.3099.0530.

Plan to attend? Please RSVP here

More Info:
This will be a partly urban, partly hilly run in the Laoshan district. After the run there will be drinks and a special dinner at the newly opened DEFA beer and sausage bar and restaurant. DEFA will provide the grilled meats. This will be a great chance to try out this new contribution to drinking and eating in the Laoshan neighbourhood.

Receding Hareline:

We have hares for the entire month of September. Excellent!!:

Run No. 239 – September 3: Whore’s Whisperer (Philip)
Run No. 240 – September 10: Horny Hunchback (Dean)
Run No. 241 – September 17: Out of town special at Huadong Wineries – Straydog (Chris) and Wuimin
Run No. 242 – September 24: Well Hung Jury (Steve) and Pleases the Court (Sarah) This will be a “Run Your Ass Off” hash: Long and fast.

Planned out of town specials:

September: Huadong Winery Tour in Beizhai – 9.17

October: Sausage Fest at DEFA, Jimo, date/details to be announced

Want to volunteer for haring? Know someone who wants to hare? Please contact our Hare Raiser “Well Hung Jury”.


On On !!
Well Hung Jury & Team
Hare Raiser/Trail Master – Qingdao Hash House Harriers

Relevant Links:
Qingdao Hash House Harriers Official Website
Crowne Plaza Qingdao Website
Qingdao HHH on Facebook

by Steven

Tan Xiaotang: Hisaishi 8.26

August 24, 2011 in Events, Music by Steven

Tan Xiaotang (谭小棠) and ensemble perform the songs of Joe Hisaishi at the Qingdao Grand Theatre on August 26. The group will be playing compositions by Hisaishi including HANA-BI, Summer, Madness, Ballade, and more. Purchase tickets at the venue or by calling 400-610-3721 (Mandarin speaking).

When: August 26, 7.30 pm
Venue: Qingdao Grand Theatre / 青岛大剧院
Location: 5 Yunling Lu, Laoshan district / 云岭路5号
Tickets: 100-580 yuan (RMB)
More Info: 8066.5555

More background info on Tan Xiaotang:

TAN Xiaotang was born in Beijing, China in 1979. He started piano at five and was placed first at the Chinese Hope Cup Piano Competition at the age of twelve. Having scored the highest of all applicants, he entered the piano department of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China in 1998. There he studied under Professor Yang Jun who himself is a famous pianist and teacher. TAN Xiaotang was awarded a number of scholarships while studying at the Central Conservatory of Music and was also highly regarded in numerous piano competitions and concerts. After graduating at the top of the class in 2002, TAN Xiaotang went on to graduate school at the Central Conservatory of Music by special recommendation. In the same year, he won 1st place in the Golden Bell Award Piano Competition, one of the most prestigious competitions in China. In 2003, he enrolled in Hochschule des Saarlandes für Musik und Theater in Germany to pursue his dream to become a successful pianist and has been studying under Professor Thomas Duis since then.

He has also had the good fortune of being tutored by Mr. Ugorski and Mr. Fou Tsong, both of whom are prominent pianists. He has had a busy schedule, performing with various orchestras both in China and in various other countries, specifically in France, Germany and Poland. He is highly appraised for his outstanding techniques and his magnificent expressive performances by critics and audiences alike. Most recently, he won first place in the piano section at the 2nd Sendai International Music Competition held in June, 2004.

In December of 2005, he won first place in 9th Grand Prix Animato Rencontre Internationale Des Jeunes Pianistes in Paris, France. Tan has performed recitals and concertos with China National Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of China National Opera, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra and Morocco Philharmonic Orchestra.

Relevant Links:
Qingdao Grand Theatre

by Steven

Music Square

August 23, 2011 in About Qingdao by Steven

Qingdao’s Music Square is a seaside park adjacent to the new Qingdao centerpiece monument and symbol of the city, May 4th Square. When it first opened there were often musical shows and open air opera performances on the plaza with the ocean as backdrop, though now it serves mostly as a scenic area and a part of the coastal boardwalk that spans along Qingdao’s coast.

There are occasional gatherings of choral groups under the large white covering towards the north end of the square but for the most part the name of the square is now more symbolic than descriptive.

Music Square features a bunch of statues including ones of Beethoven and Nie Er, the composer of the PRC national anthem. The square is a popular tourist attraction and is usually crowded during the summer and on holidays. Views of Qingdao’s changing skyline on one side and the sea on the other make Music Square an attractive destination in Qingdao.

Music Square Qingdao Photo Copyright Alexandra Nosach

Music Square Qingdao Photo Copyright at Alexandra Nosach

Relevant Links:
Music Square on Google Maps

Image Copyright @ Alexandra Nosach, except main image @ spueredich

Qingdao Photos: Alexandra Nosach

August 20, 2011 in Photos by Alexandra Nosach

Check out a series of photos of Qingdao taken by Alexandra Nosach. She visited Qingdao in the summer of 2011 and took photos of beach algae swimmers and cleaners, lights shimmering in Qingdao Bay near Zhan Qiao, and tourists at rest and play. Contact the photographer here. All Rights Reserved by Alexandra Nosach. If you have photos of Qingdao that you’d like to contribute, please send us an email.

Qingdao Photos Alexandra Nosach Lu Xun Park Bicycle

Qingdao Photos Alexandra Nosach Beach Number 1 Algae

Qingdao Photos Alexandra Nosach Powerboat Huiquan Bay

Qingdao Photos Alexandra Nosach Beach Algae Clean Up Hardhats

Qingdao Beach 1 algae swimmers

Qingdao Photos Alexandra Nosach Night View

Qingdao Photos Alexandra Nosach Seashore Pavilion

Qingdao Photos Alexandra Nosach Lu Xun Park Algae Huiquan Bay

Qingdao Photos Alexandra Nosach Statue Pose

Qingdao Photos Alexandra Nosach Night Water

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Qingdao Photos

by Steven

2011 Qingdao International Sailing Week 8.20-9.04

August 19, 2011 in About Qingdao, Events by Steven

Check out the 3rd annual Qingdao International Sailing Week. The events and activities include matches, boat exhibitions, and educational displays (forums, courses, and more) on sailing, Qingdao, and the Olympics at the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center. Major regatta events include the Mayor’s Cup (August 29 to September 4) and Lushang Cup (August 18 to 24).

Get more info including course maps of the regattas from the Qingdao International Sailing Week official site.

Last year the Mayor’s Cup Qingdao International Sailing Regatta went from Qingdao to Dalian. For 2011, the regatta goes from Qingdao to Weihai and back (including a stop in Rushan). More info on the Mayor’s Cup here in a pdf download (including rules, schedule and course routes). The 2011 Lushang Cup Qingdao International Regatta will stay closer to Qingdao – download the rules, prize monies, and course maps here.

Relevant Links:
Qingdao International Sailing Week

by Steven

Qingdao Expat BBQ 9.17

August 19, 2011 in About Qingdao, Events by Steven

The Qingdao Expat Group hosts the annual Family Welcome BBQ at the Hotel InterContinental on September 17, 2011. Please purchase tickets in advance, no sales at the door. Non-refundable tickets include a BBQ with free flow of imported red & white wine, beer, coke, sprite, orange and apple juice.

Dress is summer casual, BBQ dinner begins at 5.30 pm. Activities include Kids’ Art Corner with compliments of YCIS International School, face painting and more. There will be an after party at Rumba in the hotel from 9 pm on. One 50 yuan (RMB) voucher comes free with each adult ticket purchase. Register via email starting from September 1. Check out the Qingdao Expat website for more info on this community group.

When: September 17, 2011 (4 to 9 pm)
Venue: North Gardens, InterContinental Hotel (青岛海尔洲际酒店)
Address: 98 Aomen Lu / 澳门路98号
Tickets: Adults & children over 12: 200 yuan (RMB), 6-12 years: 100, under 6: Free
More info: info@qingdaoexpat.com

Relevant Links:
Qingdao Expat
Qingdao InterContinental Hotel

Qingdao Hash House Harriers 8.20

August 17, 2011 in Events by Qingdao Hash House Harriers

The next Qingdao Hash House Harriers run is August 20, 2011 – meet at Crowne Plaza at 2 pm. This marks run number 237 for the Qingdao Hashers. This week the drinkers with a running problem are going to the Sifang area to stay as far away as possible from the Qingdao Beer Festival.

When: August 20, 2 pm
Venue: Meet at the Crowne Plaza, 76 Xianggang Zhong Lu

From the Qingdao HHH official website: “Here in Qingdao, every week the Qingdao Hash House Harriers jog, walk, crawl and run a 60 to 90 minute fun run. They follow a trail marked with flour laid out by “hares” which ends at a “Down Down” circle.”

See more details below.

Qingdao Hash House Harriers Beer

More info from the Qingdao HHH:

Run No. 237 – Saturday August 20, 2011

Hare/s: Pleases the Court, He Jie, special advisor: Well Hung Jury

Costs: usual RMB 10 for bus and beers, dinner is optional and will be an additional RMB 25-35/head if you decide to stay

Meeting Place and Time: Hotel Crowne Plaza at 2 PM for a 2:15 SHARP start. We will take bus number 210 from the bus stop opposite Jusco. Get off the bus at Sifang (四方) out in the farthest reaches of Sifang. The ride takes about 40 minutes. For hashers who want to go direct, plan to meet the hares at Sifang bus stop at 2:45 sharp. If you will come directly, please RSVP or call WHJ at 13864233658 or Pleases the Court at 15866857292.

Plan to attend? Please RSVP here

More Info:
This is the anti-Beer Festival run. This run will be located in Sifang, as far from the beer festival as possible and will be as different from the beer festival as possible. No loud music, no dog meat skewers, no girls with long black eyelashes and impossibly short pants (sorry boys), no fat Dongbei men singing loudly with no shirts on (sorry girls). What will we have in store: several beautiful, quiet parks, hills, sex (naked men and women at any rate), religion, false trails, a good beer stop, more hills, confusing trail markings, pompous lectures about historical and literary topics, good food at the end: all the elements of a good Pleases the Court-Well Hung Jury combo trail.

Receding Hareline:

Run No. 238 – August 27: Lost in Marks and Spencer (Nick), Sean Marling and Angelina (virgin hares)
Run No. 239 – September 3: DESPERATELY NEED Hares!
Run No. 240 – September 10: Come on guys!!
Run No. 241 – September 17: Out of town special at Huadong Wineries – Straydog and Wuimin
Run No. 242 – September 24: We NEED Hares!

Planned out of town specials:
September: Huadong Winery Tour in Beizhai – 17th Sept.
October: Sausage Fest at DEFA, Jimo, date/details to be announced

Want to volunteer for haring? Know someone who wants to hare? Please contact our Hare Raiser “Well Hung Jury”.


On On !!
Well Hung Jury & Team
Hare Raiser/Trail Master – Qingdao Hash House Harriers

Qingdao Hash House Harriers

Relevant Links:
Qingdao Hash House Harriers Official Website
Crowne Plaza Qingdao Website
Qingdao HHH on Facebook

by Steven

Han Guoliang & Wang Guan 8.19

August 17, 2011 in Events, Music by Steven

Han Guoliang and Wang Guan perform in Qingdao at the Qingdao Grand Theatre on August 19, 2011. Han (flute) and Wang (harp) are accomplished musicians from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and have toured around the world. Tickets are from 40 to 100 yuan.

When: August 19, 7.30 pm
Venue: Qingdao Grand Theatre / 青岛大剧院
Location: 5 Yunling Lu, Laoshan district / 云岭路5号
Tickets: 40-100 yuan (RMB)
More Info: 8066.5555

Relevant Links:
Qingdao Grand Theatre
Han Guoliang Official Website

by Steven

Iva Nikolova 8.17

August 17, 2011 in Events, Music by Steven

Iva Nokolova performs a solo violin concert in Qingdao at the Qingdao Grand Theatre on August 17, 2011. She will be accompanied by Dalibor Cikojević on piano for a program including works by Mozart, Bach, Sarasate, Massenet, and Schumann. Tickets on sale at the venue or purchase online.

When: August 17, 7.30 pm
Venue: Qingdao Grand Theatre / 青岛大剧院
Location: 5 Yunling Lu, Laoshan district / 云岭路5号
Tickets: 20-100 yuan (RMB)
More Info: 8066.5555

More info/bio on Iva:

Iva Nikolova, born in Bulgaria, took her first violin lesson at the age of 5 and made a concerto debut at the age of 10. She began her violin studies with Trendafil Milanov and Alexander Serafimov at the National School of Music Lyubomir Pipkov in Sofia, then carried on studying under Viktor Liberman at Utrecht’s Hochschule in the Netherlands, Josef Sivo (Vienna High School of Music) and Alexander Arenkov (Vienna Musical Conservatory) where she graduated with distinction in 1995.

Iva has won prizes from a number of national and international competitions including the First Prize and Grand Prix of the International Violin Competition Andrea Postacchini in Fermo, Italy in 1997. As a soloist, Iva has performed with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sofia Soloists Chamber Orchestra, the Sibiu Philharmonic Orchestra, the Moravia Symphony Orchestra and other symphony and chamber formations.

Iva has been a concertmaster of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Graz Opera Orchestra. She has also played in Wiener Symphoniker Orchestra and has been engaged by the Radio Orchestra in Munich. Iva is currently first violin section principal in Bruckner Orchester Linz, which she joined in 2009.

Relevant Links:
Iva Nikolova Tour in Shanghai
Qingdao Grand Theatre