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DJ Alta 8.11

August 11, 2012 in Events, Music

DJ Alta performs at the Downtown Bar in Qingdao on August 11, 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 11, 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.

More info on DJ Alta:

After moving to London in 2006, Alta soon became a regular at seminal club night FWD>> where he became inspired by the dark sounds of grime and dubstep. Soon after he started learning to DJ and after a few months got his debut at Herbal in Shoreditch. Taking his time to learn his craft and immerse himself in an even wider range of music, including emerging genres like UK funky, Alta continued to play sets at clubs across London, including the legendary Ministry of Sound.

Moving to Nanjing, China in 2011, Alta continued to push his distinctive style of DJing, drawing upon an eclectic mix of club music from the last twenty years. In his time in the city he played at all of Nanjing’s venues for underground music – Castle, Fuze and 61 House. In April 2012, he made his Shanghai debut at the city’s leading bass music night, Wonky Kong, supporting UK garage legend Zed Bias. After relocating there permanently in July of that year, Alta went on to join the seminal DJ and promotions crew Phreaktion.

DJ Alta Live in Qingdao Downtown Bar

Relevant Links:
Creative 100

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Qingdao Software Expo 8.10-12

August 9, 2012 in About Qingdao, Events

The 1st Qingdao Software Expo takes place at the Qingdao International Exhibition and Convention Center in Qingdao from August 10 to 12, 2012. The venue is in Laoshan district right next to the site for the 2012 Qingdao Beer Festival. Check out more info below.

What: 2012 Qingdao International Software Expo
When: August 10-12, 2012
Venue: Qingdao International Convention Center / 青岛国际会展中心
Location: 9 Miaoling Lu / 苗岭路9号

More info from China Daily:

The first China (Qingdao) International Software Integration and Innovation Expo will be held in Qingdao, in eastern China’s Shandong province, from August 10 to 12, 2012.

With an aim of integrating informationization and industrialization, the software expo features a products show, a high-end forum, and a business promotion conference.

Famous international software enterprises and some local software companies will come to demonstrate their newest products and technologies in electronics and information technology.

Guests from more than 6,000 enterprises, universities and institutes will take park in the expo, of which 170 corporations will have their own exhibition areas, including Microsoft, IBM, SAP and NEC.

“The expo is essential for the city to boast transformation from technological results to industrial products, satisfying the demand of the software and IT industry,” said Xiang Yangqing, director of the Qingdao Municipal Commission of Economy and Information Technology.

Academicians from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and entrepreneurs from several world-famous companies will give keynote speeches. They will also discuss the topic of “Integration of Informationization and Industrialization” at the high-end forum.

Relevant Links:
Qingdao International Convention Center on
Qingdao International Convention Center Official Website (Chinese)

Qingdao Hash House Harriers 8.11

August 9, 2012 in Events

Join the Qingdao Hash House Harriers for a run in Laoshan on August 11, 2012. This marks run number 288 in the history of the Qingdao group of drinkers with a running problem. More details on the run below.

When: August 11, 2012 @ 1 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. 288, August 11, 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 – 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: EARLY START AS WE GO FAR EAST TO LIUQING RIVER PAST THE LAOSHAN TOURIST ACCESS PARKING LOT. Meet at Hotel Crowne Plaza lobby at 1 PM for a HARE OFF 1.15 PM SHARP ! Bus 304 (last stop) or 104 (confirm the last stop with the driver.)

People going directly to the run start point, please plan to reach there NO LATER than 2.15 PM!

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

Hare says: This is a super nice Hash trail: Hills (of course), woods, views, mountain rivers, lake, beach. Cool your beer and your toes in a mountain stream or take a dip during the beer stop. Swim on the beach after the circle (or before, if you are fast). Bring your swimming gear! This is an A to A run. You’ll have a place to park your super size beach towels and other gear during the run. We all HAVE to carry beer to the beer stop, bring a light beer bag. The last bus returns to the city at 8:00 pm so you’ll have time to visit the Qingdao Beer Festival on its first day.

(Tsingtao Beer Passion Square (Qingdao Century Square): 09:00 – 23:00
* 10 RMB (09:00 – 15:00) — ticket sales begin at 8:30am
* 20 RMB (15:00 – 23:00) — tickets sold until 22:30; venue closes at 23:00)

Plan to attend? Please RSVP here.

Receding Hareline:
Run No. 288 – August 18 – ??
Run No. 289 – August 25 – Stray dog (Chris)
Run No. 290 – September 1 – ??

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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2012 Qingdao Beer Festival 8.11-26

August 2, 2012 in About Qingdao, Events

The 2012 Qingdao International Beer Festival takes place August 11 to 26, 2012, at the Laoshan Beer Passion Square (aka Century Square) near Qingdao Beer City and the Qingdao Convention Center in Laoshan district. This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the festival that originated at Zhongshan Park in 1991 and later occupied Huiquan Square and Beer City, since moved to the renamed Century Square for this year’s event.

The festival is open daily from 10 am to 11 pm. Beer brands on tap include commercial brews like Tsingtao, Budweiser, Carlsberg, Heineken, Kirin and Asahi as well as Krombacher, Paulaner, Beck’s, Černá Hora and more. Long time Chinese bar faves Tiger and Corona will also be available. See the beer fest’s official website for more info on the beers and venue (excuse the Chinglish).

More info from

The organizers of the Qingdao International Beer Festival have announced that ticket prices for the event will be fixed at 10 yuan (US$1.56) for morning entry and 15 yuan (US$2.35) after 3 pm. The announcement means that ticket prices for the event have remained unchanged for 12 years.

The organizers hope that the ticket price will make the festival accessible to all, and that it will also act as a beer expo and a city brand for Qingdao.

What to Expect

Vendors using the gaudiest costumes and loudest music at their disposal to attract thirsty drinkers and eaters. Beer drinking contests in a perfect storm of ganbei culture. Drunken public karaoke on big stages with performances by dancers and singers.

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.

Qingdao International Beer Festival

Qingdao Beer Festival Dancers

The Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony takes place on August 11 at Tiantai Stadium. It will be televised throughout China on CCTV and broadcast live in Qingdao on QTV. The headliner scheduled to appear this year is Chinese-American pop star Li Wen. The opening ceremony traditionally showcases 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.

Tips for a Better Experience at the 2011 Qingdao International Beer Festival

  • Feel free to strike up innocuous friendships with perfect strangers who would like nothing more than to get drunk with you and then part ways forever. Or not.
  • Go on a weekday when the crowds are smaller. Less people means shorter lines at the WC.
  • Eat well to soak up all the beer, which goes very well with meat on a stick, aka chuanr, on sale along with other Chinese food all around the fest.
  • Ganbei (Cheers) with the World!

Tsingtao Beer

Qingdao International Beer Festival Keg

Qingdao Transportation and Accommodation for the 2012 Qingdao Beer Fest

The fest site is in the far east of the metropolitan Qingdao area, in Laoshan district near 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 the fest is usually restricted for personal vehicles 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. Downtown hotels are sometimes a good place to catch an arriving cab.

The 317 bus along Donghai Lu and the 321 on Hong Kong Middle Road both get you out to the area near the fest. Other routes that stop near Beer City and Shilaoren are 104, 125, and 304, all of which run along Hong Kong Road and stop near Jusco and Carrefour.

Finding a hotel in Qingdao: Accommodation includes the cheap and cheerful chains Home Inn and Jinjiang Inn to the top of the line Crowne Plaza, Shangri-la, InterContinental, Le Meridien and everything in between, either in eastern Qingdao near Beer City, downtown around May 4th Square, or somewhere in the middle i.e. near Qingdao University/Mai Dao area.

There are many hostel options in old town: Kai Yue Old Church Lounge and Old Observatory Youth Hostel, Nemo (Huangxian Lu near Strong Ale Works off Daxue Lu). A great place to stay might be near the old Tsingtao Brewery on Beer Street, Dengzhou Lu, the ancestral home of Tsingtao Beer. Check out Ctrip for good deals on flight and hotel packages for the Qingdao Beer Fest.

Contact Info For Hotels In Qingdao:

Near Laoshan Beer Passion Square

  • Sophia International
    217 Xianggang Dong Lu / 香港东路217号
  • Kylin Best Western
    197 Xianggang Dong Lu / 香港东路197号
  • Home Inn
    22 Xiang Gang Dong Lu / 香港东路22号

Downtown CBD

  • Crowne Plaza
    76 Xianggang Zhong Lu / 香港中路76号
  • Shangri-La
    9 Xianggang Zhong Lu / 香港中路9号
  • Grand Regency
    110 Xianggang Zhong Lu / 香港中路110号
  • Intercontinental
    98 Aomen Lu / 澳门路98号
  • Le Meridien
    112 Yanji Lu / 延吉路112号
  • Qingdao Hotel
    66 Xianggang Zhong Lu / 香港中路66号

Near Beer Street in Taidong

  • Home Inn
    54 Dengzhou Lu / 登州路54号

Old Town

  • Kai Yue International Youth Hostel (Old Church Lounge)
    31 Jining Lu / 济宁路31号
  • Old Observatory
    21 Guanxiang Er Lu / 观象二路

Relevant Links:
Qingdao Beer Fest Official Website
Impressions of Qingdao Beer Festival

Photo Credits @ Steve Price, Qingdao Beer City