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Beijing Beatles 6.30

June 25, 2012 in Events, Music

The Beijing Beatles perform at Carnegie’s Bar and Restaurant in Qingdao on June 30, 2012. The band is composed of four foreigners based in Beijing (including long time former Qingdao resident Ian Burns) singing songs by the Beatles. The venue is located in Zhonglian Plaza at the corner of Ningxia and Nanjing Lu.

Time: June 30, 2012, 9 pm
Venue: Carnegie’s Bar & Restaurant / 青岛卡内基
Address: Zhonglian Plaza, 147 Ningxia Lu / 宁夏路147号,中联广场101
Info: 139.0639.0437

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, with new songs added to there to repertoire all the time. Get more info on the band on their website.

Check out a map on Baidu to Carnegie’s Qingdao location.

Qingdao Live Music The Beijing Beatles Ian Burns

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The Beijing Beatles

DJ Jackie Vinyl Tour 6.22

June 22, 2012 in Events, Music

Check out the Vinyl Save The World China Tour 2012 featuring self proclaimed vinyl soldier DJ Jackie at Downtown Bar in Qingdao on June 22, 2012. Listen to Jackie’s music at SoundCloud and on Douban.

When: June 22, 2012, 10 pm
Venue: Downtown Bar
Address: 100 Nanjing Lu (Creative 100) / 南京路100号创意园

Cover is 30 kuai and Tsingtao Beer is free from midnight to 12.30 am – call 134.5524.7795 or email Darwin Monkey for more info.

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.

More info on Jackie:

Jackie, a.k.a. Rockid, is a next generation DJ whose musical roots are strongly influenced by traditional Techno and at the same time making a move to a new sound and mixing. Influenced by the classical Detroit sound, he takes on the spirits and aesthetics of Underground Resistance, Tresor, and Basic Channel.

As an individual feedback to the omnipresent alike digital timbres and sounds all over, he tends to return to the nature of the origin, to put his audience on a musical journey of rough texture but rich in groove and speed.

Jackie is an adventurous DJ who’s improvising mixtures of different elements, like sounds from old analog drum machines, some African beats, or industrial bangs are a very personal statement in opposition to DJ sets of no character and spirit.

DJ Jackie at Downtown Bar in Qingdao Vinyl Save The World Tour

Relevant Links:
Creative 100

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Qingdao Water Blues

June 22, 2012 in About Qingdao, Events

The 2012 Qingdao International Conference on Desalination and Water Reuse takes place at the Shangri-La Hotel in Qingdao from June 26 – 29, 2012. Organized by the China Desalination Association (CDA) and other industry groups, the conference concerns a vital issue for humankind’s future on planet Earth: finding ways to solve our water resources crisis.

When: June 26 – 29, 2012
Venue: Shangri-La Hotel
Location: 9 Xiang Gang Zhong Lu / 香港中路9号
More Info: (532) 8388.3838

The theme of the conference is “Desalination Innovation and Sustainable Development“. Presenters and attendees include industry professionals (Abengoa Water, Doosan Heavy, Acciona, Veolia Water Solution & Technology, Hyflux, NanoH2O, Dow Chemical, Siemens, GE, Nitto Denko, Hyundai, Baosteel).

Also in attendance will be municipal representatives (Qingdao, Beijing, Tianjin), embassy counsellor (State of Israel), and academics (Ocean University of China, Qingdao University, Tianjin University, Mumbai University, Fudan University, and Chinese Academy of Sciences).

Check out more info from the CDA below.

More info on the 2012 Qingdao International Desalination Conference:

The Qingdao International Desalination Conference, jointly organized by China Desalination Association and other groups, supported by International Desalination Association, Asia-Pacific Desalination Association and related industrial organizations, is a grand, national-standard, academic and technical pageant.

The conference aims at building an exchange platform for the most advanced technology of desalination & water reuse industry, which contributes to desalination industry development in China and other countries around the world.

Entrepreneurs, experts and professors will gather to share achievements and technologies, response to challenge and explore opportunities together. It is a good chance to make friends, communicate with top experts, and promote the development of desalination & water reuse industry.

The event is co-organized by China Desalination Association, Chinese Society for Metal, European Desalination Society and Qingdao Science and Technology Association.

Relevant Links:
2012 Qingdao International Conference on Desalination and Water Reuse

Qingdao Hash House Harriers 6.23

June 21, 2012 in Events

Join the Qingdao Hash House Harriers on June 23, 2012. This marks run number 281 in the history of the Qingdao group of drinkers with a running problem. More details below.

When: June 23, 2012 @ 1.30 pm (at the latest)
Venue: May 4th Square bus stop in front of City Hall

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. 281 – June 23, 2012

Hare/s: Pole Beer “Idzi” and Lisa

Costs: Run: RMB 10/head for hashers & harriettes; RMB 5/ head for horrors up to 12 years old for bus & beers/water – Horrors MUST BE ACCOMPANIED by one or both parents on ALL OUR RUNS, unaccompanied Horrors will be sent back home!! Dinner: is optional and will be at an added cost if you decide to stay!

Meeting Place and Time: PLEASE NOTE: For this Run, we have a different meeting place – it will be Hong Kong Rd in front of the City Hall at the May 4th Square. We’ll be taking bus 502 to Chengyang. The bus ride will take one hour. We’ll get on the bus from the starting bus stop so we should have seats. Meet at the above said bus stop NO LATER than 1.30 PM for an immediate hare off!

Run starts as soon as we reach the start point, approximately by 2.45-50 PM!

More Info: In Chengyang, the run will start from Shi Ji Gong Yuan (世纪公园). So far, bus 502 is the fastest one from downtown to there with fewer stops. There is no privilege for Laoshan hasher this time. While for Licun (李村) hashers, you can go to the start point directly. The bus in front of Shi Ji Gong Yuan (世纪公园) on Changcheng road is 306, 374, 502, 906, 917, 919. If you are going directly, please plan to be at the run start in Chengyang NO LATER than 2.40 PM.

Hares say: If you think you know QD or CHENGYANG, come to see if you really do!! You will find out……… BTW, if someone plans to take a flight, you can bring your luggage. Don’t worry you will find a big and nice place to take shower. Don’t forget your towel ;-)

Plan to attend? Please RSVP here.

Receding Hareline:
Run No. 282 – June 30 – Farewell Run – Horny Hunchback “Dean”
Run No. 283 – July 7 – Old Town Run – Pole Beer “Idzi” and Catarina
Run No. 284 – July 14 – ??
Run No. 285 – July 21 – ?? – Maybe Huangdao??
Run No. 286 – July 28 – ??

Planned out of town specials:
Huangdao – Maybe Run No. 285 – July 21 !! To be confirmed!

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

Image Credit @ Chengyang Shi Ji Park by Tsingtao_Hu on Panoramio

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Li Yu Gang 6.21-22

June 21, 2012 in Arts, Events

Li Yu Gang (李玉刚) performs at the Qingdao Grand Theatre in Laoshan district, Qingdao on June 21 and 22, 2012. Li is an opera singer and actor who has been compared to Mei Lanfang, the legendary performer of the 20th century who remains the standard bearer for female impersonators in Chinese opera.

When: June 21 and 22, 7.30 pm
Venue: Qingdao Grand Theatre / 青岛大剧院
Location: 5 Yunling Lu, Laoshan district / 云岭路5号
Tickets: 200-1080 yuan (RMB)
More Info: 8066.5555

Li, who rose to fame after a CCTV talent show appearance in 2006, will perform Flower in Mirror, Moon in Water. Check out a video from one of his performances below.

The Qingdao Grand Theatre is near the Qingdao Museum in Qingdao’s Laoshan district. For more info, call 8066.5555.

Li Yugang Live Qingdao Chinese Opera

Relevant Links:
Li Yugang Official Website
Li Yugang Live in Tokyo
More info on Mei Lanfang

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Qingdao Jonoon vs. Guizhou Toro 6.27

June 20, 2012 in Events, Sports

The Chinese FA Cup (branded Toshiba Chinese FA Cup for 2012) is in its 14th edition and one of the teams in the running is Qingdao Jonoon from the Chinese Super League.

Qingdao Jonoon plays at home vs. Guizhou Toro from China League One at Tiantai Stadium (across from Zhongshan Park) on June 27, 2012, in the Third Round (Match 30) of this year’s CFA Cup.

Who: Qingdao Jonoon vs. Guizhou Toro
When: June 27, 2012 (3:30 pm Kick off)
Venue: Tiantai Stadium

The Chinese FA cup began in 1984, though it hasn’t been contested consecutively since then – e.g., in 2007 it was suspended due to sponsor woes and 2008 Olympics prep.

48 teams are taking part in this year’s CFA Cup, including ones from the Chinese Super League (Qingdao Jonoon is one of these), China League One, China League Two, China Amateur Football League, Chinese Collegiate Football League and the Vision China Championship.

For more info on Chinese football, check out this page on China League history – it goes back to the 1910 championship which had only 3 participants!

Teams playing for the cup this year include CSL squads Beijing Guoan (just recently disappointed in a draw with Qingdao Jonoon) and Shandong Luneng Taishan (Qingdao Jonoon arch rivals). Hohhot Dongjin (from China League One, recently moved from Shenyang) and Tongji University are also playing for the CFA Cup.

Another entrant from Shandong is Zibo Sunday, from the birthplace of Cuju, recognized by FIFA as the ancient origin of football.

Check out the full list of teams in English and in Chinese.

青岛 Qingdao Jonoon Football Club Tsingtao Ultras

Relevant Links:
China League One (Chinese)
China League History
More info on Guizhou Toro
More info on Chinese FA Cup

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2012 Dragon Boat Festival 6.23

June 19, 2012 in About Qingdao, Events

Dragon Boat Festival (Duan Wu Jie/端午节), the 5th day of the 5th month on the Chinese lunar calendar, falls on June 23, 2012. There is a 3 day holiday in China from June 22 – 24, 2012.

Duan Wu Jie involves the legend of the poet Qu Yuan (Chu Yuan/屈原), who committed suicide by jumping into a river. Local villagers then attempted to distract the fish by beating the water and throwing in food such as zongzi, a signature feature of the holiday.

The main food eaten on the holiday, sticky rice dumplings (zongzi/粽子), are a triangular shaped bit of sticky rice wrapped in leaves such as banana or lotus. Popular fillings for zongzi include date, peanut, or pork.

Enjoy the holiday – have some zongzi and wish all your friends in Qingdao, “Duan Wu Jie Kuai Le – 端午節快乐”

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Dragon Boat Duan Wu Jie Zongzi

Another tradition involves balancing an egg on end at noon on the day of Dragon Boat Fest – success is supposed to foretell good fortune in the coming year.

Here in Qingdao it is common to put branches and leaves of the plant Artemisia on outer doors or windows to act as an insect repellent – June is dubbed a “poisonous month” by Chinese farmers.

The origins of Dragon Boat Festival could be in ancient dragon worship as well as an agrarian society’s way of marking time. Duan Wu Jie occurs near the Summer Solstice and is a time to harvest the winter wheat.

Celebrated around the world, Dragon Boat Festival continues to be an important annual milestone on the Chinese calendar.

More info on Dragon Boat Festival

The day of the Dragon Boat Festival is infused with the colors and the lingering scent of incense and festival foods permeates the hot summer air. this is the day of “Double Fifth”, which corresponds to the period around the summer solstice (June 21).

The festival was originally an agricultural festival to appease the dragon god of the river; however, it later became a festival to commenorate Qu Yuan, a patriotic poet. Today the Dragon Boat Festival is widely celebrated, especially in Southern and Central China, with river parades, dragon boat races, and rice offering of Zongzi.

The day of the Double Fifth is characterized by the struggle between the dual force of yin and yang as the waxing yang reaches a culminating point with the arrival of the summer and the yin principle, symbolizing darkness and dampness, comes fully into play. Because the Dragon Boat Festival is in the hottest month of the year, evil vapors abound being considered the most “poisonous.” Every attempt is made to harmonized both the yin and yang so that the diseases could be avoided. “Five poisons” and “Five Colors” are considered the most powerful and protective pratices.

Of various images of healers and exorcists that make their annual appearance on the day Double fifth, the most popular are pictures of the monster-scholar Zhong-Kui.

Relevant Links:
Dragon Boat Festival Traditions
Qu Yuan on Wikipedia

Image Credit @ Alex’s Blog

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Qingdao Campus English Corner 6.17

June 17, 2012 in Events

The Qingdao Campus Mobile English Corner (Q_C MEC) is hosting an event at AuFir Coffee Milk Bar in Qingdao on June 17, 2012. A speaker will lead some group activities based on a topic, followed by a period of free talk among attendees. The motto of the Q_C MEC is “Free Fair Friendly”.

When: June 17, 2012, 6.30 pm
Venue: AuFir Coffee Milk Bar / 奥菲尔咖啡奶吧
Address: Qing Da Yi Lu / 青大一路
Tickets: Free

The Chinese name for this group is 101 English Corner (101 英语角), as reflected by their Douban site. The venue is located on Qing Da Yi Lu near Qingdao University and Ocean University of China. Check out the Baidu map for directions to Qing Da Yi Lu here.

The event is free and requires no RSVP. It is requested that participants purchase something to support the proprietor of the venue.

qcmec_qingdaoenglishcorner_aufir coffee milk bar qingda yi lu

Relevant Links:
English Corner in China

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Butoh 6.29-30

June 17, 2012 in Arts, Events

Check out butoh at Sonospace Books (不是书店) and 138 Art Warehouse in Qingdao on June 29 and 30, 2012. The art form of butoh originated in Japan and involves music and dance.

The activity at Sonospace includes a free presentation lecture about the art form with music by Qingdao native Li Zenghui (李增辉). Enjoy the smoke-free Sonospace 2F loft in Creative 100 on Nanjing Lu. Call 8080.9565 for more info.

When: June 29, 2012, 7 pm
Venue: Sonospace Bookstore / 不是书店
Address: 100 Nanjing Lu (Creative 100) / 南京路100号创意园
Tickets: Free
Info: 8080.9565

The following evening features butoh dance performance by Du Du/Du Yu Fang (杜杜/杜昱枋) at 138 Art Warehouse in eastern Qingdao near the Korean Consulate on Xianggang Dong Lu. Tickets for the June 30 event are 100 yuan (RMB), 50 for students. Call 133.6127.6692 for more info.

When: June 30, 2012, 8 pm
Venue: 138 Art Warehouse / 138艺术仓库
Address: 138 Xianggang Dong Lu / 香港东路138号
Tickets: 100 yuan (RMB), students 50
Info: 133.6127.6692

Background info on Butoh:

Butoh is a contemporary avant-garde dance form which originated in Japan and which was first performed there in 1959. It combines dance, theater, improvisation and influences of Japanese traditional performing arts with German Expressionist dance (Neue Tanz) and performance art to create a unique performing art form that is both controversial and universal in its expression. It has evolved to become an international art form with artists and groups devoted to teaching and performing it in East and South-East Asia, North and South America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii.

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Relevant Links:
Creative 100
Sonospace Books
138 Art Warehouse on Baidu Maps

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Beyond Tribute 6.16

June 16, 2012 in Events, Music

Qingdao music lovers pay tribute to Beyond on June 16, 2012. The death of singer Wang Ka Kui in June, 1993 is marked every year by fans around the world. Beyond is considered one of the most successful and influential rock bands in China.

When: June 16, 7.30 pm
Venue: Si Ji Wen Hua Guan / 四机文化宫
Tickets: 80 yuan (RMB) / students 50
More Info: 80668766

The event takes place at the Si Ji Wen Hua Guan (四机文化宫) in Sifang. Check out a map to the venue on Baidu. Watch a video of the band’s music performed in Qingdao below.

More info on the Chinese band Beyond from Wikipedia:

Beyond was a rock band formed in Hong Kong in 1983. The band became prominent in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia. They were also very popular in mainland China. The band was, and still is, widely considered as the most successful and influential Cantonese band from Hong Kong.

In 1993, the group’s founder and key vocalist Wong Ka-kui died due to an accident while filming a show in Japan. Beyond continued to perform and record after Wong Ka-kui’s death. In 2005, the remaining members Paul Wong, Wong Ka-keung, and Yip Sai-wing decided to pursue their own solo careers, and Beyond officially disbanded.

Beyond was the first Chinese rock band to have an international fan base in Asia among Chinese and non-Chinese.

Relevant Links:
Beyond on Rock in China
Beyond on Wikipedia

Qingdao Hash House Harriers 6.16

June 15, 2012 in Events

Join the Qingdao Hash House Harriers on June 16, 2012. This marks run number 280 in the history of the Qingdao group of drinkers with a running problem. More details below.

When: June 16, 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. 280 – June 16, 2012

Hare/s: Visiting Hasher Hareless “Jimmy” assisted by Safe Semen “Nick”

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!

Shi Lao Ren Residents/people going directly: No such privileges this time, please show up at CP at 2 PM like everyone else!

Run starts no later than 2.30 PM!

Plan to attend? Please RSVP here.

More Info:
Hare says: The plan is it will be an A to B run. … point A starting from our meeting point ( Crowne Plaza), ..it is about 10K, an hour and 15 mins..maybe longer… Don’t say you’ve not been warned ;-)

Receding Hareline:
Run No. 281 – June 23 – Pole Beer “Idzi” & Lisa
Run No. 282 – June 30 – Old Town Run – Pole Beer “Idzi” and Catarina
Run No. 283 – July 7 – Farewell Run – Horny Hunchback “Dean”
Run No. 284 – July 14 – ??
Run No. 285 – July 21 – ?? – Maybe Huangdao??
Run No. 286 – July 28 – ??

Planned out of town specials:
Huangdao – Maybe Run No. 285 – July 21 !! To be confirmed!

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

Zhou Yun Peng + Xiao He 6.24

June 14, 2012 in Events, Music

Zhou Yun Peng (周云蓬) and Xiao He (小河) perform at SY Experimental Theatre in Qingdao on June 24, 2012. The venue is in Taidong at 26 Shunxing Lu, near the Taidong San Lu pedestrian mall.

When: June 24, 7.30 pm
Venue: SY Theater / 青岛SY实验剧场
Location: 26 Shunxing Lu / 顺兴路26号
Tickets: 100 yuan (RMB) advance/students, 120 at door
More Info: 186.5327.4612

Listen to the music of Zhou Yun Peng and Xiao He on Douban.com. Also check out video of Xiao He on Youku below and more of his music on Myspace.

Buy pre-show tickets at Xiao Xian Noodles (小咸汤面) at 43 Jiangxi Lu (江西路43号) across from the Shandong Foreign Trade College and also at Xueyuan Bookstore (学苑书店) at 22 Quanzhou Lu (泉州路22号) behind Mykal in the Hong Kong Gardens area.

There will be also be a free meet and greet / book signing for the publication Green Skinned Train (Lu Pi Huche/绿皮火车) at Xueyuan Bookstore on June 25 at 7.30 pm.

Call 186.5327.4612 for more info.

Check out the Google map or the Baidu map (Chinese) for directions to the theatre.

More info on Zhou Yun Peng from Rock in China:

Zhou Yun Peng was born in 1970 in Liaoning province. His childhood was all about train traveling to hospital with his mother due to his eye sickness. He lost his eyesight at the age of 9. The last vision in his mind was the elephant playing harmonica with its nose (trunk), which may have been an early impetus for his songwriting.

In 1980, Zhou got into School for the Blind in Shenyang (沈阳盲童学校) and then went to Tianjin for high school. In 1991, he entered Chang Chun University, majoring in Chinese, and graduated in 1994. During university, his favourite books were “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” and “The Stranger”.

After graduation, he was assigned to a salad oil factory but he couldn’t bear that lifestyle and quit after a few months. He persuaded his parents, took his guitar, went to Beijing and made a living performing on the street – as many blind players had done in the past.

From 1996 to 1997, He traveled through Nanjing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Qingdao, Changsha, occasionally performing live at universities.

1999, he founded the magazine Fate and Door (民刊命与门), officially beginning to write poems and songs.

2001, he went to Tibet alone.

In 2002, he founded a second magazine 民刊低岸, aiming at illustrating underground people’s status and spirit in the form of poetry.

2003, he signed with Modern Sky and recorded his first album Silent Breathing 沉默如谜的呼吸.

In April 2009, his song 我愛孫敬修 (I Love Sun Jingxiu) was included on the compilation record Red Bulldozer.

On May 2nd, 2010, he performed at the Strawberry Music Festival 2010. According to Beijing Gig Guide: A lot of the appeal of his music is, I think, in the social mes­sages in the lyrics (there was a song about the ring roads stretch­ing out­wards and out­wards to other cities in China, then south-east Asia, then Aus­tralia, etc), but for those non-Chinese in the audi­ence, he offers an unique sound with his deep, hum­ming voice and sin­gle gui­tar. The pecu­liar thing about this per­for­mance was not the blind man on stage, but the fact that every­one was made to sit down by secu­rity. Per­son­ally, I think it was just for visual effect in the record­ings, but it did make for an impres­sive stand­ing ova­tion at the end of his set.

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Relevant Links:
Qingdao SY Experimental Theatre
Zhou Yun Peng on Douban
Xiao He on Douban
Zhou Yun Peng on Rock in China
Xiao He on Rock in China
Xiao He on Myspace
SY Qingdao Experimental Theatre on Google Maps
Sy Experimental Theatre on Baidu Maps