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Qingdao Hash House Harriers 5.26

May 23, 2012 in Events

Join the Qingdao Hash House Harriers on May 26, 2012. This marks run number 277 in the history of the Qingdao group of drinkers with a running problem. More details below.

When: May 26, 2012 @ 2 pm
Venue: Meet at Crowne Plaza

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.”

More info from the Qingdao HHH:

Run No. 277 – May 26, 2012

Hare/s: Whores’ Whisperer “Philip” + Gang of 4 = Flowers of 5 :-)

Costs: Run: RMB 10/head for hashers & harriettes; RMB 5/ head for horrors up to 12 years old for bus & beers/water. Dinner is optional and will be at an added cost if you decide to stay.

Meeting Place and Time:
Meet at 2 PM at Hotel Crowne Plaza for a 2.15 PM SHARP hare off! We will walk to the start of the run.

Shi Lao Ren Residents/people going directly: No such privileges this time, please show up at Crowne Plaza at the above mentioned time too!!

Run starts as soon as we reach the start point, approximately by 2.30 PM!

Plan to attend? Please RSVP here.

More Info:
Thanks for giving us the chance to set the trail! I think this time the Gang of 4 or Flower of 5 will lead the trail, and it will definitely have the traits of college students. For the Hashers who will not go to Xiamen, you will feel this run is also very special and different!

Receding Hareline:
WE NEED HARES! Please let Premature Finnish know if you are available to hare a date below, thanks!
Run No. 278 – June 2 – ??
Run No. 279 – June 9 – Fishes for Semen ‘Sheryl” & Horny Hunchback “Dean”
Run No. 280 – June 16 – ??
Run No. 281 – June 23 – ??
Run No. 282 – June 30 – ??

Planned out of town specials:
May 25-27 – Xiamen – 13-14 hashers & harriettes + 1 horror ARE GOING
June – Huangdao (exact dates to be announced)

Want to volunteer for haring? Know someone who wants to hare? Please contact Premature Finnish.


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

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Inside the Liyuan: Qingdao Acoustic Folk 5.25

May 21, 2012 in Events, Music

Inside the Liyuan (里院里): Acoustic Chinese Folk Music at Maizi (Wheat) Youth Hostel in Qingdao on May 25, 2012. Friendly local musicians should be performing from 8 pm. View a map to the venue on Baidu here and on Google below.

When: May 25, 2012
Venue: Maizi (Wheat) Hostel in Pichaiyuan
Location: 35 Hebei Lu / 河北路35号
Tickets: 20 yuan RMB (Students half price)
Info: Tel: 8080.9565, QQ: 574162746

For more info online, check out the Fields of Gold music school weibo.

The hostel is in the refurbished Pichaiyuan area on the western side of northern Zhongshan Lu. Check out a photo of the venue below. See a photo of Pichaiyuan by Chloe Lee. For more info on Qingdao’s liyuan (inner courtyards), check out this post by Marcus from Qingdao Adventures.

insidetheliyuan_acousticfolkliveinqingdao_fieldsofgoldhostelcourtyard

insidetheliyuan_acousticfolkliveqingdao_guitarhassaphoto

Relevant Links:
Hassa Photos
Fields of Gold Music School

Beijing Beatles 5.19

May 18, 2012 in Events, Music

The Beijing Beatles perform at Cape 3 Bar in Qingdao on May 19, 2012. The band is composed of four foreigners based in Beijing singing songs by the Beatles.

The tribute band’s set list includes songs from the early days such as Help!, Can’t Buy Me Love, and I Want To Hold Your Hand, as well as tunes from the later years of the band – standards like Come Together, Hey Jude, and Let It Be. Get more info on the band on their website.

Cape 3 is located along the coast on the Bar Street in Polar Ocean World on Donghai Lu in eastern Qingdao near Shi Lao Ren and the Qingdao Sculpture Park. See Google map below for directions to the venue.

Time: May 19, 2012, 8.30 pm
Venue: Cape 3 / 海角3号酒吧
Address: 59 Donghai Dong Lu, Bar Street Polar Ocean World / 东海路59号酒吧一条街(极地海洋世界内)
Info: 139.6974.7911

Qingdao Live Music The Beijing Beatles Ian Burns

Relevant Links:
The Beijing Beatles

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New Youth: Zhu Xianwei 5.19-31

May 18, 2012 in Arts, Events

Paintings by Qingdao artist Zhu Xianwei will be shown at Prince Henry Hotel in Qingdao from May 19 to 31, 2012. This exhibition is part of the New Youth series of art exhibitions by the Qingdao Contemporary Art Center.

When: May 19 – 31, 2012
Venue: Prince Henry Hotel
Location: 31 Taiping Lu / 太平路31号
Tickets: Free

For directions to the Prince Henry Hotel (near Zhan Qiao and Zhongshan Lu), check the Google map below.

View more images of the artist’s work on Baidu.

Qingdao Artist Zhu Xianwei Art China

Qingdao Artist Zhu Xianwei Art China

Qingdao Artist Zhu Xianwei Art China

Qingdao Artist Zhu Xianwei Art China

Qingdao Artist Zhu Xianwei Art China

Qingdao Artist Zhu Xianwei Art China

Relevant Links:
Past New Youth: Lv Nan

Qingdao Hash House Harriers 5.19

May 18, 2012 in Events

Join the Qingdao Hash House Harriers on May 19, 2012. This marks run number 276 in the history of the Qingdao group of drinkers with a running problem. More details below.

When: May 19, 2012 @ 1.45 pm
Venue: Meet at Crowne Plaza

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.”

More info from the Qingdao HHH:

Run No. 276 – May 19, 2012

Hare/s: Too F***ing Fast “David” & Hop On Hop Off “Cynthia”

Costs: Run: RMB 10/head for hashers & harriettes; RMB 5/ head for horrors up to 12 years old for bus & beers/water. Dinner is optional and will be at an added cost if you decide to stay.

Meeting Place and Time:
PLEASE NOTE FOR THIS RUN: Meet at 1.45 PM at Crowne Plaza for a 2.00 PM SHARP hare off! We will take bus # 610/321/375/382/606/313/110 whatever, to No. 2 Middle School, SongLing Lu.

Shi Lao Ren Residents/people going directly: Please show up at the run start above NO LATER THAN 2.20 PM!

Run starts as soon as we reach the start point, approximately by 2.30 PM!

Plan to attend? Please RSVP here.

More Info:
The Hares say: This “LIVE” trail is also brought to you by the letter T and R for the Trail Runners and by Q and H for the Qingdao walking Harriettes. Possibly also by the number 15 – F in hexadecimal.

Significant features for the Trail Runners will be Tombs, Trash and Trail, Rubbish, Remains and Rock – depending how often the hares get lost, doing a Live Trail is often a gamble – a lot of narrow trail, lots up, up and down, down, lots of turning left and right, lost trail, and a few dogs (sorry, we’ll avoid as many as possible).

For the walkers, far more h & q: horses, questions, hair, quarries, headstones. Of course, the walkers do more talking, so they don’t appreciate narrow trail, and HoHo has some long stretches of path in mind that are wide enough for conversation. Any walker who fancies walking the runners route will need footwear that copes with the dry dusty slippery stuff and will wish they had started earlier.

There is a Beer stop!!! 2FF took an hour to run his intended trail, which was quite a bit different in detail from the previous one, so it might end up being called ‘long’. Finish is currently planned to be south side of Qingdao Grand Theatre, dinner venue is provisioned for!

Receding Hareline:
WE NEED HARES! Please let Premature Finnish know if you are available to hare a date below, thanks!
Run No. 277 – May 26 – Whores’ Whisperer “Philip” + Gang of 4
Run No. 278 – June 2 – ??
Run No. 279 – June 9 – Fishes for Semen ‘Sheryl” & Horny Hunchback “Dean”
Run No. 280 – June 16 – ??
Run No. 281 – June 23 – ??
Run No. 282 – June 30 – ??

Planned out of town specials:
May 25-27 – Xiamen – 13-14 hashers & harriettes + 1 horror ARE GOING
June – Huangdao (exact dates to be announced)

Want to volunteer for haring? Know someone who wants to hare? Please contact Premature Finnish.


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

Qingdao Hash House Harriers 5.05

May 5, 2012 in Events

Join the Qingdao Hash House Harriers on May 5, 2012. This marks run number 274 in the history of the Qingdao group of drinkers with a running problem. More details below.

When: May 5, 2012 @ 2 pm
Venue: Meet at Crowne Plaza

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.”

More info from the Qingdao HHH:

Run No. 274 – May 5, 2012

Hare/s: Yellow Submarine “Sean”

Costs: Run: RMB 10/head for hashers & harriettes; RMB 5/ head for horrors up to 12 years old for bus & beers/water. Dinner is optional and will be at an added cost if you decide to stay.

Meeting Place and Time:
Meet at 2.00 PM at Crowne Plaza for a 2.15 PM SHARP hare off! We will take bus no.104/125/304/321/501 to the start of the run Qingdao Daxue Dong Yuan bus stop on Hong Kong Road

Shi Lao Ren Residents/people going directly: Please plan to be at the run start no later than 2.45 PM!

Run starts as soon as we reach the start point, approximately by 3 PM!

Plan to attend? Please RSVP here.

More Info:
Hare says: Do we have a walker to set trail? If not, no problem, I will improvise a trail that will be great for them too. We’ll finish somewhere for dinner. I have a pretty good idea where we’re going, but it could always change. Be warned and be armed all ;-)

Receding Hareline:
Please let Premature Finnish know if you are available to hare a date below, thanks!
WE NEED HARES FOR ALL OF MAY! Please let Premature Finnish know if you are available to hare a date below, thanks!
Run No. 275 – May 12 – ?
Run No. 276 – May 19 – ?
Run No. 277 – May 26 – ?

Planned out of town specials:
May 25-27 – Xiamen
June – Huangdao (exact dates to be announced)

Want to volunteer for haring? Know someone who wants to hare? Please contact Premature Finnish.


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

GADA 5.04-05

May 1, 2012 in Events, Music

Check out the GADA (Go Anywhere Do Anything) rave party at the Downtown Bar on May 4 and 5, 2012.

DJ Miki and DJ Phil founded GADA and have been organizing events at bars/clubs in Qingdao since 2008. DJ Miki will be spinning European Electronic style tracks on both nights. There is no cover charge and Tsingtao Beer is free from midnight to 12.30 am.

Downtown Bar is in Building 3 of Creative 100, the creative industries park complex located northwest of the Nanjing/Jiangxi Lu intersection in Shinan district. Check out a map to the venue below.

When: May 4 and 5, 2012
Venue: Downtown Bar
Address: 100 Nanjing Lu (Creative 100) / 南京路100号创意园

Relevant Links:
Creative 100

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2012 Qingdao International Auto Show 5.16-21

May 1, 2012 in About Qingdao, Events

The 11th Qingdao International Auto Show runs from May 16 to 21, 2012 at the Qingdao International Convention and Exhibition Center. The Convention Center is in Laoshan district a few blocks north of Shilaoren Beach (Old Stone Man/石老人), next to the Leader Plaza shopping center.

Tickets for the first day are 50 yuan (RMB); other days’ tickets are 30 kuai. Also on display at this year’s show are the latest campers, caravans, and RVs for the China car market. Student price is 15 yuan with proper ID. Call 8589.6753/6533 for more info.

When: May 16 – 21
Venue: Qingdao International Convention Center / 青岛国际会展中心
Location: 9 Miaoling Lu / 苗岭路9号

Relevant Links:
Qingdao International Auto Show Official Website (Chinese)
Qingdao International Convention Center on Google Maps
Qingdao Auto Show Model Photos

Photo Credit @ China Daily

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Qingdao Panto 2012

March 23, 2012 in About Qingdao, Events

The Qingdao International Drama Group (QIDG) is currently seeking sponsors for the 2012 production of Into The Woods. QIDG’s mission is to bring dramatic arts, music, dance & comedy together to celebrate our international community and give something back to Qingdao. There will be 4 shows from May 18-20, 2012 and your support is needed to continue to make this event a success.

The QIDG was formed 6 years ago by expats living and working in Qingdao, creating a much welcomed tradition in resident expat life, the Qingdao Panto.

While providing a stage for the community performing arts to develop, Qingdao Panto is also committed to charity work. The objective is to raise money in support of the already established Qingdao Expat Charity, or other worthy local causes, through presenting live performances of Pantomimes, Musical Shows or Drama/Plays.

The Qingdao charity efforts assist children in rural areas in financial assistance for medical treatments, construction of schools, and scholarships for underprivileged students, including work in Laixi and other areas around Qingdao.

Currently the 2012 Panto production is in need of funds for show expenses and charity. The funds raised during last year’s Panto were given to Qingdao Expat Charity Group, the group of volunteers assisting the Qingdao community for 10 years. QECG regularly cooperates with Qingdao Children’s Hospital Heart Centre, University Hospital in Qingdao, cancer diagnosed children and different primary, middle and high schools.

For more information please contact Ron Freud.

Sponsorship options for Into The Woods by Qingdao International Drama Group:

Bronze

  • (1500 RMB)
  • logo on show program
  • sponsor list in promotion in local media, inclusing Red Star, Mins, Qingdao Expat magazines, and Qingdaonese.com
  • QIDG website banner sponsor list
  • 1 ticket to the first show

Silver

  • (2500-4000 RMB)
  • Red Star article- which include all sponsor names (Silver and above)
  • sponsor list in promotion in local media, inclusing Red Star, Mins, Qingdao Expat magazines, and Qingdaonese.com
  • QIDG website banner sponsor list
  • half page on show program
  • 2 tickets to the first show

Gold

  • (2500-4000 RMB)
  • Red Star article- which include all sponsor names (Silver and above)
  • sponsor list in promotion in local media, inclusing Red Star, Mins, Qingdao Expat magazines, and Qingdaonese.com
  • QIDG website banner sponsor list
  • half page on show program
  • 4 tickets to the first show
  • 2 Into The Woods t-shirts
  • Mentioned at beer coaster at all main pubs in town
  • additional mention in Red Star article
  • “thank you” at the event.

Qingdao Panto 2012 Rehearsal

Qingdao Panto 2012 Group

Relevant Links:
Panto 2011 Robin Hood

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Lao Dong Jie 5.1

May 1, 2011 in About Qingdao, Events

The International Labor Day on May 1st is called Lao Dong Jie (劳动节) in China. The days surrounding May 1 are heavy travel days – transportation, accommodation, and recreation outlets will be crammed with travelers for the annual Spring holiday.

Labor Day is celebrated on various days in different countries, such as the fourth Monday in October in New Zealand, the first Monday in September in Canada and in the US (where labor day originated when the 1884 convention of the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions proclaimed that “eight hours shall constitute a legal day’s labor from May 1, 1886.”), and May 23 in Jamaica. TimeAndDate.com says “May Day dates back to pagan cults that worshipped trees and other symbols of nature. Traditionally, May Day is characterized by the gathering of flowers and the fertility rite of dancing around the maypole.”

Even though Labor Day actually comes from events surrounding a worker’s strike in Chicago, there aren’t any activities in the US on May 1. Here in China, May Day is one of the year’s major holidays. Before the May Day holiday was shortened to three days, it was known as a golden week from May 1 to May 7, a holiday of shopping, travel, and hanging out. Today the vacation only lasts for about three days, but it is still popular to go out and participate in all kinds of outdoor activities.

The word “labor” translates as “lao dong” in Chinese, thus Labor Day is called Lao Dong Jie. The holiday is often referred to as “wu yi” – meaning “five one” or May 1. Happy Lao Dong Jie ! Workers of the world: recreate!

Benefits of May Day Holiday:
Shops, supermarkets, and malls offer customers a real bargain. Workers can get some extra money if they keep working on holidays, such as double or triple pay. Students can earn more by doing different kinds of part time jobs during this period. Families get together and go to parks or amusement parks, just to enjoy the beauty of quality family time. Children can stop studying for a while to have fun with their friends or siblings. One big aspect of the holiday is the promotion of consumption in the domestic market, which helps relieve some economic pressure for the nation for a little bit.

Disadvantages of May Day Holiday:
Since people prefer to go out on the May Day holiday, severe traffic jams happen everywhere. Every road is crowded with cars and people. It can take hours to complete a journey that on average days takes 30 minutes or less. Due to the heavy crush on the roads and rails, the number of traffic accidents, theft, or other form of crimes increases. Take care when traveling on May Day.

Relevant Links:
International Labour Day on Wikipedia