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The Hisense Arena in Melbourne promotes the Qingdao based company’s brand in Australia. One of the major consumer electronics brands from China, Hisense bought the naming rights for the multi-purpose arena in 2008. Hisense Arena is part of the Melbourne & Olympic Parks and one of the venues for the Australian Open, one of the world’s four Grand Slam tennis tournaments. Hisense, known in Chinese as Hai Xin (海信), is one of Qingdao’s top 5 consumer brands. The multinational firm’s diversified portfolio also includes a luxury shopping mall in Shinan district located between Jusco and Marina City.
More info on the arena from the Hisense Arena website:
A world class entertainment venue, Hisense Arena holds an eclectic range of music concerts, family orientated performances, dance parties and in 2008, the Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala.
Venue features include:
• Fully retractable roof – 10 minutes to close
• Dynamic seating configurations (raise-able, retractable, and removable – raising the seats exposes the world class cycling velodrome)
• A larger floor area than Rod Laver Arena
• Steeper seating rake (angle) allows patrons at the very top to feel like they’re right in the action
• Corporate suites and function rooms
In 2008 every seat was sold for the Australian Open, a tournament that broke a number of attendance records. Later the same year, the Prime Minister’s Olympic Dinner was one of the more spectacular events in the venue’s history. Cycling is a regular feature, events such as the enduring Austral Wheelrace held at Hisense Arena between 2001-10, and the new Revolution format proving popular with spectators. In 2010 Hisense Arena hosted the UCI World Track championship.
Another major Australian marketing promotion for Hisense is the sponsorship of the rugby team Cronulla Sharks, supported by Hisense since 2010. One of the major Chinese brands spreading across the world, Hisense is headquartered in Qingdao on Donghai Road.
Check out some impromptu portraits taken by a tai chi aficionado and former resident of Qingdao now living in the UK. The main image above is from a mock traditional wedding at the kite festival in Weifang in Shandong Province. All the rest were taken in Qingdao. The first two were taken in a la mian noodle restaurant and the remaining three are women vendors at a now closed market near 5 Middle School next to Qingdao University. For more information please contact us.
Little Chinese New Year (Xiao Nian/小年) will be celebrated in Qingdao on the eve of the last half moon of the year, January 26. Little New Year is an event closely connected to the Kitchen God in China. Seven nights ahead of the full moon of Chinese New Year’s Eve, Little New Year begins the Spring Festival and is a time to be with family – expect huge traffic jams and full jiaozi (饺子/dumpling) shops all around town. The Rabbit will also be welcomed early with traditional home made jiaozi- just a week to go for Spring Festival. Little New Year signals a slowdown in work as people are rushing about taking care of last minute preparations for the fireworks and feasts to come, expect your office/school/factory to be winding down as well in the run up to one of the largest celebrations on Earth.
Xiao Nian Kuai Le – Happy Little New Year – 小年快乐～！
More information on Chinese Little New Year from China.org.cn:
Little New Year, which falls about a week before the lunar New Year, is also known as the Festival of the Kitchen God, the deity who oversees the moral character of each household. In one of the most distinctive traditions of Spring Festival, a paper image of the Kitchen God is burned on Little New Year, dispatching the god’s spirit to Heaven to report on the family’s conduct over the past year. The Kitchen God is then welcomed back by pasting a new paper image of him beside the stove. From this vantage point, the Kitchen God will oversee and protect the household for another year. The close association of the Kitchen God with the Lunar New Year has resulted in Kitchen God Festival being called Little New Year. Although very few families still make offerings to the Kitchen God on this day, many traditional holiday activities are still very popular.
When: May 19, 8:30 pm
Venue: Owl Bar / 猫头鹰酒吧
Location: Olympic Center Bar Street / 奥帆中心酒吧街
Tickets: 30 yuan (RMB) / 票价: 30元
More Info: 136.7886.8624
Chinese singer/actor superstar Jay Chou (Zhou Jie Lun/周杰伦) will tour China this summer, stopping in Qingdao on July 31. The venue is the Qingdao Sports Center, with ticket prices ranging from 180 to 1280 yuan (RMB). Jay is madly popular in China, having released 10 albums in as many years on the scene. Other recent big news involving Jay is that he is starring in the 3D movie Green Hornet, reprising the legendary role of Kato that Bruce Lee played in the original television series.
When: July 31, 8 pm
Venue: Qingdao Sports Center / 青岛体育中心
Tickets: 180/280/380/480/680/880/1280 yuan (RMB)
Info: 8066.8277 / 186.5327.9133
Jay is a boyish looking 30 years old and has been playing piano since he was four years old. He has won 4 World Music Awards and is unique in the Chinese pop star universe in that he writes most of his own songs (music and lyrics) as well as writing for other artists. The handsome idol of countless female fans in Chinese communities around the world is also huge around Asia (especially South Korea) and is known for combining classical Chinese music with Western pop. His tour of China is now underway and is gaining momentum, stopping in Shanghai, Beijing and Tianjin before coming to Qingdao.
Listen to Jay Chou’s music on Myspace.
Qingdao’s short history has seen quite a lot of international influence, most notably the German occupation of 1897 to 1914, which marks the beginnings of modern Qingdao, also known as Tsingtau (Tsingtao). Here’s a look at some old photos and postcards from Qingdao’s German history.
Old postcards from around China, including Qingdao (Tsingtau), Weihai, Dalian and more
Info on Tsingtau, includes basic facts, links and b/w photos (German)
Photos and Info on The Siege of Tsingtao
Photos of German Concession Era Kiautschou
Past and Present Comparison of Qingdao Old Town Buildings
Qingdao is not only a great place for a holiday, it is also a great place to study, live and work. Qingdao colleges and universities offer Chinese language programs and other degree programs in subjects ranging from Marine Biology to German Language. More info on the major schools in Qingdao:
The namesake for our seaside metropolis, Qing Da is the short form (not to be confused with the other “Qing Da”, Qinghua University). Our Qing Da is a provincial school, a comprehensive university with a student body of mostly Shandongnese and quite a few foreign students from S. Korea, Japan, US, Canada, UK, and Germany. QDU maintains sister school relations with universities all over the world, like California State University – Long Beach (CSULB) and Missouri State University in the US, Kangwon National University in S. Korea, and Universität Bayreuth in Germany. Get more information on studying at Qingdao University, including fees and application process, on their International Programs website. Check out the Qingdao University“>university’s official website.
This key school, a charter member of the 211 project, is know as the best college in Qingdao. Hai Da like most major schools in Qingdao, has multiple campuses, with branches around Maidao, and the Songling Lu area. The original location next to Daxue Lu is the prettiest in town and the one most reminiscent of Western colleges with classic architecture and old growth trees, on a list of China’s 10 most beautiful campuses. Get more information on application and program schedules from the Ocean University website in English for international students.
Previously called the Chemical Institute with its main campus in Sifang district, this school is now has a new campus out near Songling Lu in Laoshan district, near 2 Middle School. Also known as Ke Ji Daxue. Check out the Qingdao University“>university’s official website.
Locally called Li Gong Da Xue, Qingdao Tech used to be the Architectural Institute of Qingdao. Campus locations on Shandong Lu in Shibei district and now with a branch campus out near the others in Laoshan. Check out the Qingdao University“>university’s official website.
Ocean University of China
Qingdao University of Science and Technology
Qingdao Technological University
List of Higher Education Institutions in Shandong Province
Photo Credit @ EngineeringInChina.net and Shandong Eye Institute
Joz is a regular QINGDAO(nese) contributor and a graphic designer from Qingdao now studying in Australia. Read about how she got her name and how people respond to it.
Am I the only Joz in the world?
People’s names are usually decided by their parents or grandparents. However, if you want to have a foreign name, you probably need to choose it by yourself or be named by a foreign language teacher. Some people have tons of foreign names, such as a Chinese name, an English name, a Japanese name, a Korean name, a French name, a Russian name, an Indian name, an indigenous name…. well, you get the idea.
I even can’t remember how many English names I’ve had in the past. My parents gave me a good English name, Mary. Yes, the one who had a lamb. But in contemporary society, it’s not quite popular to have a lamb as a pet, isn’t it? So then, when I was in primary school, I thought I needed a cool name like Christina, Jennifer, or Angelina. Have you found the common point among them? That’s right! At least 8 letters. Hoho. At that time, there was a foreign English teacher from the US teaching in my primary school. I asked her to think of a good English name for me. She looked at me for a while, just like the professors looked at Harry Potter in his school. Then she said brightly, “you are Eva”. Goodness. That was only 3 letters, and I thought it may have some relation to ET… so I never used this name. Likewise, I’ve been delighted to never see this teacher anymore.
After that I thought maybe I should just forget about having an English name, as it wasn’t really a necessity.
But then, when I was in high school, I began to be keen on finding an English name for myself again.
Chris! I liked it very much. But a lot of my friends said it felt like an androgynous name. April! Someone said it’s Spring and it’s the time of estrus. Ruby! That doesn’t sound like my name…
Then one of my best friends got her English name, Boz, from the pronunciation of her Chinese name, Bo. I thought, hmmm, it’s quite interesting that Boz sounds like steamed bun (Bao Zi). Therefore I chose to name myself dumpling (Jiao Zi). That’s where Joz comes from:)
But later my friend told me Joz couldn’t be an English name. It doesn’t exist, he said. I didn’t care, ’cause I liked it. When I first came to Australia, I told them my name was Joz. They asked, “pardon?”
- “Yes, that’s it! I’m Joyce. Nice to meet you…”
From that day, I publicly announced that my name is Joyce. This name was subsequently insulted several times unintentionally by different people. One said Joyce was his aunt’s name. One said it’s an honest name. The latest comment was from an Aussie guy who works for a delivery service. ‘Oh, It’s a bit old-fashioned. Hum, is the fashion coming back again?’ The last part sounds more like a comfort for me. Anyway. Personally, I would love to be recognised as Joz:)
Choosing a foreign name is really an academic task. It reminds me of one of my old classmates. Her English name was Baby. But the English teacher refused to call her name, because it’s quite an strange for a male to call an unfamiliar female ‘baby’ all the time. Another example is a Westerner who made a Chinese name for himself, 散步, meaning ‘Walk’. I couldn’t figure out how he got this name. But I think it is probably a name which is unprecedented, with none ever after among Chinese local people.
This is my first diary entry here. Nice to let you guys get to know me from my name. And maybe you will be interested in making international names from now on.
Good luck with that!
Born in Qingdao, Li Chuan Yun (李傳韻) is world famous for his mastery of the violin at a young age, having won his first competition at age 5 in Beijing. Now approaching 30 years of age, the virtuoso will appear at the Qingdao Concert Hall on February 7.
When: February 7, 7:30 pm
Venue: Qingdao Concert Hall, 1 Lanshan Lu
Venue (Chinese): 青岛音乐厅, 蓝山路1号
Li Chuan Yun Bio
Chen Danqing is considered a master of contemporary painting in China. Called a “strong personality with strong paintings”, Chen owned and operated an art gallery in New York for most of the 80′s and 90′s, returning to China to teach at Qinghua University but later resigning over controversy regarding mandatory English proficiency requirements for all Chinese students. Weng Yunpeng, one of Chen’s first five students, said, “Danqing has never been just a painter. He is an intellectual with a social conscience.”
When: January 15
Venue: Shao Nian Gong (Youth Palace), Ertong Gongyuan (Children’s Park)
Address: Youth Palace: 2 Zhushuishan Lu / Ertong Park: 280 Liaoning Lu
Tickets: 30 yuan (RMB) / Students 15 yuan (RMB)
Chinese Info: 青岛市少年宫: 贮水山路2号 / 儿童公园: 辽宁路280号
If Not You, Then Who? is the English name of a Chinese language stage production coming to Qingdao this January 1st to 3rd, 2010. The literal translation of this play’s Chinese name (不作你,作谁?) is “Not Do You, Do Who?”
Sponsored in Qingdao by Kadenza Art and Media, the drama deals with the sexual and emotional tensions of a couple of Chinese IT college students and the girls that change their lives forever in modern day China. The play is notable for its strong language and has been well received in Beijing and Shanghai by the post 70′s and post 80′s generation, as the script incorporates a lot of internet and pop culture memes. There is a lot of topical humor and improv, and the shows in Qingdao are sure to include some riffs on local language and customs. Catch a rising star at the Qinghua Theater (formerly named the Qingdao Theater) this winter. See more info in the Dec 09 (No. 5) Arteffect.
Venue: Qinghua Theater, 12 Linqing Lu
Tickets: 100 yuan, 80 yuan, 60 yuan (RMB)
More info: 8297-2871, 8281-8181