Xian Chang (Scene/现场) is the title of an exhibition of 4 artists from Qingdao’s post 80’s generation – Guan Hua (冠华), Li Junhui (李隽辉), Li Haitao (李海涛), and Niu Yulong (牛玉龙) – at 138 Contemporary Art Warehouse from August 13 to 23, 2011. Find the 138 Art Warehouse at 138 Xianggang Dong Lu (Hong Kong East Road) at the corner of Hailong Lu. Exhibition organized by Xiao Xian Noodles, produced by You Liangcheng.
Meet the artists at the opening at 2 pm on August 13.
When: August 13-23, 2011
Venue: 138 Art Warehouse / 138艺术仓库
Address: 138 Xianggang Dong Lu / 香港东路138号
138 Art Warehouse Location on Google Maps
The 2011 Qingdao International Beer Festival will be held August 13-28 at the Qingdao International Beer City near Shilaoren in Laoshan district. This year marks the 21st anniversary of the festival. Keeping with tradition in the Year of the Rabbit, the 2011 Qingdao International Beer Festival official mascot is a cartoon rabbit named Duo Duo (朵朵).
The scene of the beer festival is Qingdao Beer City near the intersection of Qingdao’s Haier Lu and Xianggang Dong Lu. The address for the Qingdao Beer City is 195 Xianggang Lu, Laoshan district, Qingdao (青岛国际啤酒城, 香港中路195号). The Qingdao Beer City has been downsized this year as there is some construction on the grounds, but the city government reports that there will be 17 pavilions for beer drinking covering an area of 30,000 square meters.
Tickets for entrance to the Qingdao Beer City are available at the gate for 10 yuan (RMB) before 3 pm, and 20 after then.
Also, new this year: the participation of Beck and Miller as well as beers from the Czech Republic (home of Budvar). Returning brands made in China include Tsingtao, Budweiser, Carlsberg, Heineken, Kirin and Asahi. Long time Chinese bar beers Tiger and Corona will also be on hand.
As usual at the Qingdao Beer Festival, there will be carnival games, rides, costumed mascots, and vendors using the gaudiest costumes and loudest music at their disposal to attract punters. There will be beer drinking contests as everyone on the grounds imbibes glasses, mugs, and pitchers of beer in a perfect storm of ganbei culture. Combined with drunken public karaoke on big stages with performances by dancers and singers in every tent, this is the perfect place for revelers who, in the words of the late Frank Zappa, “Seek the path to the sudsy yellow nozzle of their foaming nocturnal parametric digital whole-wheat inter-faith geo-thermal terpsichorean ejectamenta”. Previous experience suggests that drinking beer at the Qingdao Beer Fest is an experience worth writing home about.
The opening ceremony takes place on August 12 at Tiantai Stadium. It will be televised throughout China on CCTV and broadcast live in Qingdao on QTV. Tickets for the ceremony are 280 – 2380 yuan (RMB). Performers scheduled to appear include Chinese pop stars Wang Lihong, Chen Huilin (Kelly Chen), former Super Junior star Han Geng, Wang Feng, and CCTV host Da Niu. There will be dancers and singers, capped off by a huge fireworks display. The closing ceremony follows the same typical festival pomp and circumstance and a fireworks show.
Beer City is in the far east of the metropolitan Qingdao area, in Laoshan district right next to the Old Stone Man Beach, aka Shilaoren. Getting to and from the Beer Fest may pose a challenge unless you stay within walking distance. The area around Beer City is usually restricted and some streets are completely closed off. Taxis in Qingdao can be hard to come by during the summer tourist season, and the situation just gets 8 times worse around the Beer Fest. It’s probably best to avoid rush hours if you are trying to catch a cab in the downtown area. Hotels downtown are usually sure fire bets for hiring a ride. Buses along Donghai Lu on the 317 are worth the ride. Other routes that stop near Beer City and Shilaoren are 321, 104, 125, and 304, all of which run along Hong Kong Road and stop near Jusco and Carrefour.
Finding a hotel in Qingdao: from the cheap and cheerful chains like Home Inn and Jinjiang Inn to the top of the line Crowne Plaza, Shangri-la, Intercontinental, Le Meridien and everything in between, find your territory and stake out a place either in eastern Qingdao near Beer City, downtown around May 4th Square, or somewhere in between such as near Qingdao University and the Mai Dao area. For those who’d like to stay on the complete opposite end of town from Beer City but in a very cool old hostel, there are 2 decent options: Kai Yue Old Church Lounge and Old Observatory Youth Hostel, both in the old town. A great place to stay might be near the old Tsingtao Brewery on Beer Street (aka Dengzhou Lu, the ancestral home of Tsingtao Beer), though it’s a bit of a drive from the Beer City. Check out for good deals on flight and hotel packages for the Qingdao Beer Fest. Check out a list of some accommodation options in Qingdao below.