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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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by Steven

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”


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