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Heimkind 8.31

August 27, 2012 in Events, Music by Yellow Rock China

Check out DJ Heimkind at the Downtown Bar in Qingdao on August 31, 2012. Cover is 30 kuai at the door and Tsingtao beer is free from midnight to 12.30 am – call 134.5524.7795 for more info.

When: August 31, 2012
Venue: Downtown Bar
Address: 100 Nanjing Lu (Creative 100) / 南京路100号创意园

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.

Relevant Links:
Creative 100

by Steven

十 Ren Xihai 8.17-8.31

August 24, 2012 in Events, Photos by Steven

十 (Ten/Shi) is an exhibition by photographer Ren Xihai on display at the Qingdao historical post office at 5 Anhui Lu (corner of Guangxi Lu, one block off the coast near Zhan Qiao Pier) from August 17 to 31, 2012.

When: August 17 – 31, 2012
Venue: Qingdao historical post office
Location: 5 Anhui Lu / 安徽路5号

The photos document the residential compound at 10 Qiu Xian Lu in Qingdao’s Old Town where the photographer was born and raised. The liyuan shown in the photos is no longer, having been completely demolished by 2008.

Ren Xihai Liyuan Photos 10 Qiuxian Lu

Ren Xihai Liyuan Photos 10 Qiuxian Lu

Relevant Links:
Qingdao Liyuan

by Steven

New Youth: Dan Hong 8.25-9.10

August 22, 2012 in Arts, Events by Steven

Paintings by Qingdao artist Dan Hong will be exhibited at Zhan Qiao Prince Hotel in Qingdao from August 25 to September 10, 2012. This exhibition is part of the New Youth series of art exhibitions regularly held in the historic hotel near Zhan Qiao Pier. Visit Kiautschou Coffee in the lobby of the hotel for more info.

When: August 25 – September 10, 2012
Venue: Zhan Qiao Prince Hotel
Location: 31 Taiping Lu / 太平路31号
Tickets: Free

Qingdao New Youth Art Dan Hong

New Youth Qingdao Painting Dan Hong

Qingdao New Youth Art Dan Hong

Relevant Links:
Past New Youth: Lv Nan
Past New Youth: Zhu Xianwei

Qingdao Sailing Week Music Festival 8.23-26

August 22, 2012 in Events, Music by Yellow Rock China

The Qingdao Sailing Week Music Festival takes place at the Olympic Sailing Center in Qingdao from August 23 to 26, 2012. Scheduled performers include the Qingdao based band Han Orchestra with Jako and Chinese folk musicians Yang Jiasong, Ma Tiao, Zhong Lifeng and Chuan Zi from 13 Month Records.

When: August 23 – 26, 2012, 6 pm – 10 pm
Address: Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center / 奥帆中心八角广场
Tickets: 1 Day 80 yuan (RMB), 4 day pass 200

Also appearing will be American band The Wilsons, and Beijing based band Escape Plan (formerly Perdel) featuring Qingdao native Ma Xiaodong, who got his start in the band Ma Yi (Ant). Pictured above is Mao Chuan, lead singer of Escape Plan.

Sailing Week Music Fest Highlights

Relevant Links:
Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center on Google Maps

Qingdao Hash House Harriers 8.25

August 22, 2012 in Events by Qingdao Hash House Harriers

Join the Qingdao Hash House Harriers for a special village excursion on August 25, 2012. This marks run number 290 in the history of the Qingdao group of drinkers with a running problem.

Read on on for a message from the future (see below). Early start – meet @ 12.15 pm at Crowne Plaza on Hong Kong Middle Rd. (next to Jusco) in time for a bus ride to the hills.

When: August 25, 2012 @ 12.15 pm
Venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel

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. 290, August 25, 2012

Hare/s: Straydog / The Hermit

Costs: RMB 40/head for hashers & harriettes to cover bus and drinks

Meeting Place and Time: Meet at Hotel Crowne Plaza lobby at 12.15 PM

Hare says:

Dear Hashers,

For our next run on Saturday, 25 August, we have another very special run for you. Using his “l33t h4x0r skillz” the Hare Straydog managed to get a very rare email from the future about the run [insert sci-fi sound-effect here]. Read on to find out what the run is about and what to expect. There’s also a tl;dr at the bottom for you lazy folk.

And here is the email from the future:

“Dear diary,

Last Saturday I had a really great time with the Qingdao Hash House Harriers. It was a very special run because we went out to the countryside and could experience the villages away from the big city. We met at the Crowne Plaza lobby at 12:15 and there was a bus waiting for us already. At 12:30 sharp the bus started the engines and we drove around 45 minutes into the countryside. We paid RMB 40 per person and that would be enough to cover the fees for the bus and the drinks for the afternoon. There were two volunteers who prepared the run this time: “The Hermit” and “Straydog”

And the trail was absolutely amazing. First the runners left the bus because they had a longer trail than the rest. Their trail apparently went through some really cool mountain villages and past some small restaurants with stunning views of the mountains. I decided to stay with the slower walkers though and the bus took us to a different spot where everybody got out of the bus. From there we started our walk also through villages and past small creeks and a lot of nature. We had to find our way through the village and make sure we stay ‘on trail’. It didn’t take too long and then a guy called “Too Fucking Fast” caught up with us. No idea how he arrived so early, maybe he took a taxi? We had a short rest in a village where there is a big painting of Chairman Mao and then we continued our trail and went towards the wetland and the water. We walked along the coast and finished up at a harbour where we would then have a big seafood dinner. In total the trail for the walkers must have been 11km and for the runners around 16km. The restaurant is only about 30 meters aways from the fishing boats and we spent around RMB 60 for a big seafood dinner and had a lot of fun. The Hare Straydog even brought some very tasty drinks from Papua New Guinea for us that we all tasted. We had the bus back at around 9pm and arrived downtown in time for some more fun in the evening.

Check out the pictures from the trail! You will see how nice the places are. That is all from along the trail. Cool, isn’t it?

It was one of the best decisions I made lately to go and join this run. This for sure must have been the best run ever”

See Hashers, this could be your email. You only need to come to the Crowne Plaza on Saturday to experience all of the above.

Tl;dr (Too long; didn’t read)

Run #: 290
Meet: Crowne Plaza Lobby, 12:15
Departure: 12:30
Cost: RMB 40 per person
Hares: The Hermit and Straydog
Length: Around 11km for walkers, 16km for runners
Dinner: Around RMB 60 per person
Return: Around 9:30pm

See you on Saturday!

Plan to attend? Please RSVP here.

Receding Hareline:
Run No. 291 – September 1 – Mamasan (Angelina) and Pole Beer (Idzi)
Run No. 292 – September 8 -
Run No. 293 – September 15 -
Run No. 294 – September 22 -
Run No. 295 – September 29 -

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

Qingdao Hash House Harriers 290

Qingdao Hash House Harriers 290 On On

Qingdao Hash House Harriers 290 Finish

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

Back to School Party 8.25

August 21, 2012 in Events by Carnegies

Check out Carnegie’s Back to School Party in Zhonglian Plaza in Qingdao on August 25, 2012. Join in for your chance to win a Lucky Draw and a Best School Uniform Costume contest.

Time: August 25, 2012, 8 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: 139.6980.6180

The venue is located in Zhonglian Plaza at the corner of Ningxia and Nanjing Lu. Check out a map on Baidu to Carnegie’s Qingdao location.

Party Carnegie's Zhonglian Plaza Qingdao

Relevant Links:
Zhonglian Plaza Online

by Steven

Chinese Valentine’s Day 8.23

August 19, 2012 in About Qingdao, Events by Steven

Chinese Valentine’s Day, called Qi Xi (七夕) in China, is a traditional holiday celebrated on the 7th day of the 7th month on the Chinese calendar. In 2012, it falls on August 23.

Other names for the holiday are Magpie Festival, or Double Sevens. The universal themes of forbidden love and prohibitive desire appear in the Chinese myths associated with Qi Xi. In the Chinese tale, a celestial woman (Zhi Nu, the weaver) and a mortal man (Niu Lang, the cowherder) are star crossed lovers now fated to meet only once a year on a bridge of magpies across the sky.

One version of the legend of the Weaver and the Cowherder:

Niu Lang and Zhi Nu will meet on a bridge of magpies across the Milky Way. Chinese grannies will remind children that they would not be able to see any magpies on that evening because all the magpies have left to form a bridge in the heavens with their wings.

The legend has been handed down for nearly 2 millennia. The story has been recorded as far back as the Jin Dynasty (256-420 AD). Poets composed hundreds of verses on the love story and many types of Chinese opera tell the story. The Chinese people believe that the star Vega, east of the Milky Way, is Zhi Nu and, at the constellation of Aquila, on the western side of the Milky Way, Niu Lang waits for his wife.

Zhi Nu was said to be the youngest of seven daughters of the Queen of Heaven. With her sisters, she worked hard to weave beautiful clouds in the sky, while Niu Lang was a poor orphan cowherd, driven out of his home by his elder brother and his cruel wife. Niu Lang lamented over his lonely and poor life with an old cow, his only friend and companion. The magical cow kindly told him of a way to find a beautiful and nice woman as his life companion.

Under the direction of the cow, Niu Lang went to the riverside on an evening, where the seven fairies slipped out of their heavenly palace to bathe. He took one of the beautiful silk dresses the fairies had left on the bank. When the fairies left the water, the youngest couldn’t find her clothes and had to see her sisters fly back to heaven without her. Then Niu Lang came out with the dress and asked the youngest fairy, Zhi Nu, to stay with him.

Several years passed on Earth, which were only a few days in heaven. Niu Lang and Zhi Nu lived happily together and had two children before the Queen of Heaven discovered Zhi Nu’s absence. She was so annoyed she had Zhi Nu brought back to heaven. Seeing his beloved wife flying in the sky, Niu Lang was terrified. He caught sight of the cowhide hanging on a wall. The magical cow had told him before dying of old age: “Keep the cowhide for emergency use.”

Putting the cowhide on, he went after his wife with his two children. With the help of the cowhide, Niu Lang was able to follow Zhi Nu into heaven. He was about to reach his wife when the Queen showed up and pulled off her hairpin to draw a line between the two. The line became the Silver River in heaven, or the Milky Way. Zhi Nu went back to the heavenly workshop, going on weaving the clouds. But she was so sad, and missed her husband across the Silver River so much that the clouds she weaved seemed sad. Finally, the Queen showed a little mercy, allowing the couple to meet once every year on the Silver River.

Unlike St. Valentine’s Day in Western countries there is not so much emphasis on giving chocolates, flowers and kisses. Instead, Chinese girls prepare fruits, melons and incense as offerings to Zhi Nu, the weaving maiden, praying to acquire high skills in needlecraft, as well as hoping to find satisfactory husbands. In the evening, people sit outdoors to observe the stars. Chinese grannies would say that, if you stand under a grapevine, you can probably overhear what Zhi Nu and Niu Lang are talking about.

Relevant Links:
More info on Chinese Valentine’s Day 2010

by Steven

Qingdao Symphony Orchestra 8.22

August 19, 2012 in Events, Music by Steven

The Qingdao Symphony Orchestra performs at the Qingdao People’s Auditorium on August 22, 2012. The evening’s program opens with the Overture from The Force of Destiny by Verdi and includes works by Gounod, Bizet, and even Jobim’s Girl From Ipanema (Garota de Ipanema).

When: August 22, 2012, 7.30 pm
Venue: Qingdao People’s Auditorium / 青岛人民会堂
Location: 9 Taiping Lu / 太平路9号
Info: 8289.7229

Qingdao People’s Hall is on Daxue Lu near Xiao Qingdao and Zhan Qiao. Check out the complete program below:

  • Verdi:Overture “La Forza del Destino”
  • Gounod:Funeral March of a Marionette
  • Saint Saenz:Bacchanale from “Samson and Dalila”
  • Bizet:Carmen Suite No.1
  • Carlos Gomes:Abertura “Fosca”
  • Francisco Mignone:II Valsa de Esquina
  • Tom Jobim:Garota de Ipanema
  • Duda:Suite Nordestina
  • Alberto Ginastera:Suite Ballet Estancia
  • I. The Land Workers
  • II. Wheat Dance
  • III. The Cattle Men
  • IV. Final Dance(Malambo)

Relevant Links:
Qingdao Symphony Orchestra Official Website
Qingdao People’s Auditorium

by Steven

DJ iSkreammmm 8.17

August 16, 2012 in Events by Steven

Check out DJ iSkreammmm at the Downtown Bar in Qingdao on August 17, 2012. Cover is 30 kuai at the door and Tsingtao beer is free from midnight to 12.30 am – call 134.5524.7795 for more info.

When: August 17, 2012
Venue: Downtown Bar
Address: 100 Nanjing Lu (Creative 100) / 南京路100号创意园

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.

Relevant Links:
Creative 100

by Steven

Sig/Luxx/Esa/Huge 8.18

August 16, 2012 in Events by Steven

DJs Sig/Luxx/Esa/Huge performs at the Downtown Bar in Qingdao on August 18, 2012. Cover is 30 kuai at the door and Tsingtao beer is free from midnight to 12.30 am – call 134.5524.7795 for more info.

When: August 18, 2012
Venue: Downtown Bar
Address: 100 Nanjing Lu (Creative 100) / 南京路100号创意园

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.

Relevant Links:
Creative 100

Qingdao Hash House Harriers 8.18

August 15, 2012 in Events by Qingdao Hash House Harriers

Join the Qingdao Hash House Harriers for a run on August 18, 2012. This marks run number 289 in the history of the Qingdao group of drinkers with a running problem. Qingdao HHH announces: “Fellow Hashers! It’s time to come outside and get some sunshine. After a rainy week, a bit of fresh air and some cold beer will be a welcome treat. Below is the info for the run on Saturday. We hope to see many of you there. On on!” :)

When: August 18, 2012 @ 2 pm
Venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel

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. 289, August 18, 2012

Hare/s: Horny Medic (Lisa) and Premature Finnish (Timo)

Costs: 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 Hotel Crowne Plaza lobby at 2 PM for a HARE OFF 2.15 PM SHARP!

Hare says: This is a typical QD Hash trail: Hills (what else) are dry and slippery, wear your best traction shoes. Medication available for internal dryness early in the run.

Plan to attend? Please RSVP here.

Receding Hareline:
Run No. 290 – August 25 – Stray dog (Chris)
Run No. 291 – September 1 – Mamasan (Angelina) and Pole Beer (Idzi)
Run No. 292 – September 8 -
Run No. 293 – September 15 -
Run No. 294 – September 22 -
Run No. 295 – September 29 -

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 (View from Signal Hill) @ Cao Na

by Steven

Qingdao Symphony Orchestra 8.16

August 12, 2012 in Events, Music by Steven

The Qingdao Symphony Orchestra performs at the Qingdao People’s Auditorium on August 16, 2012. The evening’s program opens with the Overture from The Force of Destiny by Verdi and includes works for violin by Beethoven and Rachmaninoff.

When: August 16, 2012, 7.30 pm
Venue: Qingdao People’s Auditorium / 青岛人民会堂
Location: 9 Taiping Lu / 太平路9号
Info: 8289.7229

Qingdao People’s Hall is on Daxue Lu near Xiao Qingdao and Zhan Qiao.

Relevant Links:
Qingdao Symphony Orchestra Official Website
Qingdao People’s Auditorium