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Snow Season

December 1, 2013 in Sports by Marcus

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Winter in northern China can be cold and snowy but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the season. For skiiers of all levels, check out the 114 on getting out on the trails around Qingdao and beyond.

Skiing in Qingdao’s Backyard: Jimo

Tiantai Holiday Hot Spring and Ski Resort 天泰假日温泉滑雪场
Being the closest to Qingdao, it’s a convenient and easy day trip, but with only two slight slopes of 350m and 240m long, Tiantai is more geared towards beginners, or those just looking to get some fresh air and share some laughs. Both slopes are equipped with platter-pulls, but walking may be a quicker option if lines are long, as they tend to be on weekends. The gear available (including skis, snowboards, boots and snowsuits) is basic and in decent condition. The season begins in December and should last until the end of February and possibly into March, depending on weather conditions.

After skiing at Tiantai you can loosen up your loins in the afternoon at a couple of hot spring resorts in the area. Kylin Hot Springs Resort is one of the better known resorts and they have everything from milk and mud baths, to pools filled with minnows that nip away at your dead skin. 98 yuan (RMB) will award you with an hour and a half of bathing time. Call ahead for more info: 8657-8888.

There is a shuttle bus that runs from Jusco which costs 30 yuan (RMB) round-trip if you purchase Tiantai Ski tickets beforehand. The trip takes a little more than an hour from downtown Qingdao. The bus price triples if you have not previously purchased ski passes. These trips may include stop-overs at hot-springs as well as a place to grab lunch. The number to order bus and ski tickets is 150-9223-1208. See here for more information on ticket prices (in Chinese). Contact Qingdao Shanshui 山水 Adventures for additional information or help setting up a trip.

Skiing in Qingdao’s Neighbor, Qingzhou

Tuoshan Ski Resort 驼山滑雪场
Qingzhou, located just west of Qingdao, is a historical town bordered to the southwest by mountains which are home to some of the earliest Buddhist relics found in northern China. Now you can find one of Shandong’s best ski resorts amongst their slopes. The resort is around 5 km outside of town and the slopes are a bit steeper and longer than Tiantai. Getting a train to Qingzhou and then a taxi or bus to Tuoshan is probably your best option for getting there. If you get bored after a morning of skiing, head over and visit the municipal museum and see the Lost Buddhas of Qingzhou (photos), half of which are currently circling the globe and being exhibited in some of the world’s best museums. Link here for more information on ski prices at Qingzhou.

Skiing in Qingdao’s Big Brother, Jinan

Crouching Tiger Mountain Ski Resort 卧虎山滑雪场
We don’t know much about this place other than they claim to have the widest ski slope in China, and well, it’s called Crouching Tiger, which is cool in itself!

Jinxiang Shan 金象山滑雪场Supposedly
Shandong’s best, but it’s likely all of the above mentioned resorts would be better enjoyed by snow-bunnies and butt-draggers, while shredders and rippers should probably look further than Shandong to get their white powder fix.

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Skiing Further Away from Qingdao

Duolemeidi Mountain Resort 多乐美地度假山庄
Located 226 kilometers northwest of Beijing, the first foreign invested ski resort in China is named Duolemeidi (a Mandarin transliteration of The Dolomites). Home to China’s finest and fastest ski lift as well as nicely groomed slopes and facilities, Duolemeidi makes for a perfect weekend getaway from Qingdao. There are seven slopes in total, two of which are over 1,500 meters long and plans for many more. They also have world-class ski equipment and the staff and services are very accommodating, including English speaking staff. Don’t miss the Glühwein (warm, spiced red-wine), hot-pot and pizza at the lodge. Getting away for the weekend is simple, head up to Beijing on Friday, catch the shuttle from around the third ring road, ski Saturday all day and Sunday morning than prepare to head back to Qingdao Sunday afternoon. Accommodations can be reserved for any time of the week, and ladies ski for free on Wednesday. See here for more information.

Nanshan Ski Resort 南山滑雪场
A little closer to Beijing is Nanshan, a snowboarding haven which hosted the Eighth Red Bull Nanshan Open. Given its proximity to Beijing, supposedly lines are the norm on weekends.

Yabuli Ski Resort 亚布力滑雪旅游度假区
A few hours outside of Haerbin by train, it is China’s largest ski resort and the training grounds for China’s Olympic ski team. Be prepared for a few days of travel and unless things have changed in recent years, loud techno pumping in your ears on the lifts and then squatter toilets up top. Also, snow making abilities may be an issue at times, so double check conditions beforehand.

Snow Season Qingzhou China

Relevant Links:
Kylin Hot Springs Resort
Crouching Tiger Mountain Ski Resort 卧虎山滑雪场
Jinxiang Shan 金象山滑雪场
Duolemeidi Mountain Resort 多乐美地度假山庄
Nanshan Ski Resort 南山滑雪场
Yabuli Ski Resort 亚布力滑雪旅游度假区
Qingdao Adventures Skiing & Snowboarding Photos

Photo Credits @ Qingdao Adventures

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Qingdao Photos: Marcus Murphy

October 15, 2012 in Photos by Marcus

A set of Qingdao images by Qingdaonese.com member Marcus. Please send us your photos of the city – get in touch here.

Qingdao Photos Marcus Murphy Boats and Rooms

Qingdao Photos Marcus Murphy Moon Hills

Qingdao Photos Marcus Murphy Tombs

Qingdao Photos Marcus Old Red Cross Wall

Qingdao Photos Marcus Tea Rocks Laoshan

Qingdao Photos Marcus Ocean Fishing

Qingdao Photos Marcus Murphy Bike Laoshan

Qingdao Photos Marcus Murphy Stone Cutter

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The Power Of One Yuan: Bike For Charity 8.28

August 26, 2011 in About Qingdao, Events by Marcus

“The Power of One Yuan” Compassionate Bicycling Charity Event

This Sunday, August 28, 2011, Qingdao’s Giant Bicycle Store is helping to organize a bicycling charity event, and all are warmly welcomed to join.

What is more important than allowing children to grow up healthy?

What is more powerful than compassionate giving?

Lets take our love for biking and transfer it to the greater good, by providing less fortunate children with a chance at good health and more smiles.

Time:
Sunday, August 28th – 8:15 am – 10:30 am

Plan:
8:15 am – Meet at the Giant Bicycle Store at 58 Jiangxi Road (Just north of LPG).
8:30 am – Bike together to the Olympic Center next to Marina City.
8:50 am – Set off for Polar Ocean World (where donations will be collected) along Donghai Road.

Requirements:
Compassionate biking enthusiasts bring along a bike, helmet and shirts will be provided by the sponsors. Please abide by the schedule provided. Before Sunday you can provide Giant with your height and weight and they will help you to prepare t-shirts.

The Giant store’s number is +86 (532) 8587.2858 and they have friendly English-speaking staff willing to help answer any questions.

Relevant Links:
Qingdao Tayao Biking

by Marcus

Temple Town

March 22, 2011 in About Qingdao by Marcus

It’s a great time to get out and explore some of Qingdao’s dynamic history and cultural relics. Check out some information on Qingdao’s temples both in town and out in Laoshan.

Lying next to the green oasis of Zhongshan Park, Qingdao’s Zhanshan Temple (zhan shan si/湛山寺) makes for a great peaceful retreat from the buzz of downtown. Zhanshan Temple is China’s youngest temple constructed within the Tiantai (天台宗) sect of Buddhism (China’s oldest homegrown sect of Buddhism). Construction of the main hall, several traditional style temples and the 7-tiered tower began in 1933 and was not finished until 1945. Recently, the cranes and power tools have reincarnated and several new temples and a large ostentatious bell-tower have popped up within the premises over the last years.

Located near the entrance are a pair of stone lions dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). In the early 20th century, supposedly some Germans constructing the Jiaoji Railway looted them from a wealthy landowner’s home in modern day Qingzhou (just west of Qingdao) and brought them to Qingdao. After the German colonial era they were donated to Zhanshan Temple, greatly damaged during the Cultural Revolution, and restored in the 1980′s. Grab some incense and enter through the south gate on Zhiquan Lu for a free peak of the main tower and a lotus pond containing a large Bodhisattva sculpture. If you want to get inside the temple complex it will cost you 10元, and it’s open 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.

Most locals might tell you to head to other cities if you’re looking for historical relics and traditional architecture, as the area that is Qingdao’s present downtown was a small, insignificant fishing village before the German occupation.

Still, Qingdao covers 10,654 sq. km and that’s plenty of space to size up China’s extensive 5,000 years of civilization, as there are quite a few areas in Laoshan of historical import. One of these is Chaohai Temple, which commemorates the landing of the explorer monk Faxian (法显) at Shazikou (near Laoshan) in 399 AD. Faxian was one of the earliest Chinese monks to travel to the Indian subcontinent in search of original Buddhist scriptures (more than 200 years before Xuanzang made his similar journey that was later immortalized in the epic story ‘Journey to the West’) and his stories of life in the kingdoms following the teachings of Siddhartha Gautma survive today as one of the oldest Chinese travelogues.

Faxian and his crew, aiming to dock in modern day Guangdong, were caught in a storm and somehow ended up at Shazikou. They stayed in the area for almost half a year before moving on to the capital of the area, Qingzhou, to translate his new scriptures. Chaohai Temple was subsequently erected near the spot where Faxian landed and is one of three Buddhist temples found in the Laoshan area.

Other Laoshan area temples of historical interest are Fahai and Huayan. In 1980, a farmer tending his fields on the northwestern edge of Laoshan near Fahai Temple (法海寺) unearthed pieces of a Buddhist sculpture dating back to the Southern and Northern Dynasties (420-589 AD). Given that famine and war was rampant in the north during this period, Buddhism actually became much more popular and widely accepted around the Yellow River Delta (including the Shandong Peninsula) before later moving south during the Tang and Song Dynasties. Finally, on the eastern side of Laoshan is Huayan Temple (华严寺), where there’s a large statue of the Bodhisattva Guanyin and several temples, but to get there you face the 100元 entrance fee for the Laoshan Scenic Park.

One of Qingdao’s most visited temples is Tai Qing Gong (太清宫) in the southern part of Laoshan near the Yellow Sea. Tai Qing Gong is a Taoist temple and receives many individual tourists and tour groups all year round. View some photos of Tai Qing Gong.

Temple Laoshan Qingdao Arch

Temple Laoshan Qingdao Courtyard

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Temple Town 3

Temple Town 4

Temple Town 5

Temple Town 6

Photo Credits @ Marcus, Hunter

Relevant Links:
‘A Record of the Buddhistic Kingdoms’ by Faxian (translated by James Legge)
Information on Buddhist temples in Qingdao (Chinese)
Photos of temples (and more) around Qingdao

by Marcus

Qingdao Birdspotting

March 10, 2011 in About Qingdao by Marcus

After 19 Years, the Ancient Murrelet Returns!
On the March 8, 2011 front page of the Qingdao Evening Newspaper (Wan Bao/晚报) was talk of an extremely rare sighting of an Ancient Murrelet, which occurred just off the southern coast of Qingdao on Monday, March 7. Although the bird is quite common in the northeastern Pacific off the coasts of Canada, it has not been spotted around Qingdao since 1992.

In China it is listed as a Susceptible Species in the Endangered Species Red Book, although populations in the Pacific Northeast seem to be less at threat, and do not even make the endangered list. Supposedly reasons for decline in the Yellow Sea include coastal oil pollution as well as predation on their eggs, mostly by fisherman that is (and we are going to surmise that the use of fishing nets as traps has also played no small part in the decline of local populations).

According to local engineer and ornithologist Wang Ximing, the Ancient Murrelet frequently breeds on the Japanese archipelago, but within China, they only tend to breed on the rocky islands off Qingdao’s coast, as they are not the most courageous birds and like to hide their nests away in the precipitous rock cliffs found here. The birds usually arrive in the area around January and mate during February-March, which is one of the earliest mating seasons of any local bird. At this time crustacean populations flourish in the sea, which is one of the main parts of their diet. Wang Ximing also point to the decrease in Qingdao fish populations as another factor in the birds’ local decline.

In Chinese, the Ancient Murrelet is often referred to as a small penguin, with its black body and white belly resembling that of its flightless cousin. The etymology of its Latin scientific name, Synthliboramphus antiquus, extends back to the first sighting by a European, who decided its white eyebrows and sideburns resemble that of an old man’s, thus the Ancient.

Wang Ximing would also like to push to make the bird a type of ‘mascot’ for Qingdao, bringing not only more attention to its decreasing numbers in the local area, but also more to promote bird conservation ideas in general. It is quite a peculiar bird in that it is the only member of the auk family that raises its young entirely at the sea. Just a few days after the eggs hatch, the fledglings scuttle out to sea at night (to avoid terrestrial predators) where they will swim almost five miles out to sea where the parents are waiting while calling for them. Once in the ocean the parents care for it for several weeks.

More on Qingdao’s proposed mascot from PBS:

“But the bird with least connection of all to land is the ancient murrelet, filmed at Buldir in the Aleutian Islands. This strange bird has dispensed altogether with the need to return to land to feed its chick, unlike most seabirds, which return to land to breed and feed their chicks on land until they are almost fully grown.
The murrelet lays its eggs in burrows. The chicks hatch and, for the first day, feed off their egg sac. Then, at dead of night, two days after the chicks hatched, the parents fly out to sea, calling their young to follow with a continuous sparrow-like chirping. The fluffy black and white chicks, still unable to fly or feed on their own, pour in a living flood down the hillsides. They evade killer mice and insomniac ravens, and hurtle for the surf like downy toys on clockwork legs, heeding the call of their parents. They don’t stop when they reach the water, but pursue their parents into the breakers and swim five miles out to sea. Once here they will continue to be fed for a few more weeks until they can fly.”

Relevant Links:
Qingdao Newspaper Group Online

Photo Credit @ Birds Korea

by Marcus

Chinese Character for Qingdao 2010

December 12, 2010 in About Qingdao by Marcus

As Qingdao’s biting winter winds arrive and 2010 comes to an end, the local newspaper Bandao/半岛 has a post on their BBS encouraging residents to choose one Chinese character which best represents the year 2010 in Qingdao.

“Anything on your heart, some unforgettable moment? Or something leaving you like a fish-bone in the throat, you just won’t be happy until you spit it out? . . . Come use one Chinese character to describe your impressions of the past year.”

On December 10th, Bandao chose five characters from the more than 200 submissions, and are listed below as well as others not chosen for the final five. You can head over and vote on their blog after registering, and we here at QINGDAO(nese) would also love to hear your thoughts about the year 2010 in Qingdao as well, so throw us a word/character or two below in the comments.

Our 2010 was still full to the brim with touching and brilliant moments. Big love has no borders.

Top 5 Choices For Chinese Character of the Year for Qingdao in 2010

涨 – inflation, rise in price
低俗屠夫: Garlic prices increased like mad! Now Qingdao’s baozi shops don’t even offer free garlic anymore, when is the last time that has happened?

堵 – character used to describe a traffic jam, as in 堵车
匹死马: Everyday, every hour, every road, every moment, Qingdao is a city that jams your heart (堵心).

爱 – love
清梦无痕: Although in the past year we have experienced troublesome traffic jams, and before us is the irritating inflation of consumer goods, and every are of the motherland has felt a saddening disaster, however we always have love by our side. Friends’ help, family’s support and fellow compatriots’ unity . . . Our 2010 was still full to the brim with touching and brilliant moments. Big love has no borders.

旱 – drought
岛上拍客: Droughts everywhere, Yunnan at the beginning of the year and now Shandong near the end of the year. Qingdao originally is a city lacking freshwater, and its been quite a while since we have last seen rain. Less water, and the fields of farmers are lacking green sprouts, and the cheeks (describing the suburbs and outlying areas of Qingdao?) of the city are becoming bleak. Water, water, water, Qingdao needs a nice downpour this winter.

新 – new
土豆儿等: Demolish, demolish, demolish, everything is totally being demolished, the city as a whole, a modernized district, a piece of rural villages changing to an urban district, today Qingdao has become an entirely new city.

semolove: We all know, Qingdao is a beautiful city. Lining the sea, scenic areas abound. We shouldn’t look at the troubles in our lives as the norm. Our live is similar to the spreading of a briar vine. Why don’t we record the positive parts of our life. There’s no doubt Qingdao is a beautiful city.

Other characters that didn’t make the final five:

乱 – chaotic
牛后小雪: Just look at traffic during rush hours. Just before evening look at Taidong, no planning.

黑 – black, dark, mafia, swindle
曲动江城:
1) Banks are more similar to supermarkets, ripping off old folks.
2) Use mafia to relocate residents.

累 – tired
小小白杨: Life, work, all the pressure is too much.
三联: This year the only thing that didn’t inflate was my salary. You dare say not exhausted?

美 – beauty
semolove: We all know, Qingdao is a beautiful city. Lining the sea, scenic areas abound. We shouldn’t look at the troubles in our lives as the norm. Our live is similar to the spreading of a briar vine. Why don’t we record the positive parts of our life. There’s no doubt Qingdao is a beautiful city.

Some other characters that made it on the boards:

汗 – perspiration, sweat

高 – high
花逸梦: High buildings, high people, high prices, high.

拆 – common character spray painted on the wall of a building before it is to be demolished
青稞酒: Every buildings are coming down, buildings not even finished being built already coming down, its no wonder real estate prices continue to climb.

牛后小雪: Just look at traffic during rush hours. Just before evening look at Taidong, no planning.

跳 – jump
Old workers retire then their income is too low, hospital bills too expensive, and in order to prevent suffering, or from burdening their children, they jump from a building. So many that in one day more than three suicide attempts may occur.

钱 – money
Prices are inflating, currency value is deflating, corrupt officials appetite is getting larger, but the money in regular citizens pockets is decreasing. All for earning more money, more and more businesses, by fair means or foul, are unscrupulously losing their conscious, and leaving this society greatly confused.

贪 – corruption

闷 – bored, depressed, stifling, stuffy
子文 – Think for a minute what enjoyable event has occurred in Qingdao this year. Its all the same stuff as every year, roads are being repaired, traffic jams have become the norm, oil prices continue to rise. Homes continue to come down, new ones go up, unlivable homes more and more, people turn on each other over real estate, its all family. Public heating is still supplied, yet the common folks are freezing, food prices rice, but our pockets are still flat, people donating still donating money, advertisements popping up all over the place. Knockoff products are becoming more and more popular, if you have no money its crucial. Gold prices are sky-rocketing, if you don’t have gold you can only lament. Disasters continue to happen, and the perished are unable to rest peacefully. The common folk scream out, yet no one pays attention. If you want to ask how was this year in Qingdao, brother I was depressed and have lost my head. What about 2011, guess we will have to watch the newly-appointed party secretary make a move.

盼 – hope
找不到北: Hope for the government to clean up real estate problem and implement policy. Hope for a raise on my salary and no more inflation. Hope that people can be equal, and those evil folks won’t take their anger out on children anymore, can make kindergartens a safe and healthy learning environment. Hope construction on the subway finishes soon, and transportation in Qingdao will further develop, so I don’t have to live in inferior housing outside of the, and get angry every time the bus is overcrowded. Hope every one can have a placid heart, won’t cheat, won’t bully and won’t feel such high pressure. Hopes are so many. We live in a small food, eat poor tea and bland food, go to the square to exercise, go to Laoshan for hiking, just to keep our body healthy and sturdy, hope for good health so we will be ready for that day when when peace and prosperity arrives.

Qingdao Character 2010 Traffic Jam Diagram

晕 – dizzy

愤 – furious

凸 – raised
天阳 – Have only seen inflation, no deflation (凹).

挤 – crowded

挖 – to dig
我不是一百分: Everything in Qingdao has been dug up and made in to an absolute mess.

If you want to ask how was this year in Qingdao, brother I was depressed and have lost my head. What about 2011, guess we will have to watch the newly-appointed party secretary make a move.

尘 – dust
海上黎明: Constructing buildings, fixing roads, dust is floating around everywhere. Especially are those large dump trucks over loaded with dirt. Are they not overloaded? Is there no regulations over them? So dangerous, every time I get on the road I am scared to the dickens.

等 – to wait
good-1606: Wait forever, waiting for Qingdao to not be jammed, not chaotic, not high, not corrupt, not dark, not bewildering, etc. waiting for that day.

假 – fake, false, artificial
Everything is fake, news, competition, lottery, ages, son, emotions, promises, name-brands, name-brands, food, beauty, and lets not forget hymens.

晕 – dizzy
Living in Qingdao, nothing to do, no free time, just the whole day is spent spinning around staying busy with work. Just for a bit of food and a home.

装 – to fake, to adorn, put on airs

憋 – stifling, suffocating, suppress

净 – clean
Air quality is very high and clean.

美 – beautiful

弱 – weak
xiyong: To those on the outside we are too soft.

创 – to create
nichwang: Everyday recreate the city, every month make new, create traffic jams, just for face continue construction and in the end, common citizens gain nothing positive.

唉 – an interjection representing frustration, similar to gasping

干 – another character often implying the f-bomb

愁 – worry, anxious
海歌: 1.Most people still have to worry about what to eat, where to live and how to exist while laboring tirelessly for these things.
2. Fake medicine, fake milk powder, fake leeks, poisonous food has caused common citizens unceasing worries.

伪 – false

非 – nothing

囧 – stupefied, sad, embarrassed
An actual Chinese character often used as an emoticon given it resembles an actual face

圈 – circular, enclosed

贵 – expensive
Food is expensive, shopping is expensive, real estate is expensive, heating is expensive and even finding a spouse is quite expensive (must have a house and car).

操 – a character of many meanings, including to operate, to grasp, to control, etc.
When seen on the internet, especially BBS forums, it likely means the F-bomb.

Photo Credits @ 守望者, China.CoolerThanThou.net

by Marcus

Bird Up

October 22, 2010 in Huangdao by Marcus

Yesterday on the front page of Qingdao’s Morning Newspaper (Qingdao Zaobao/青岛早报) was an article about the illegal act of trapping birds with large nets. Some local forest officials along with the journalist set out Wednesday morning to inspect Daoguan Mountain in the Huangdao district for bird nets. They discovered and subsequently destroyed 13 nets (one covering 250 square meters) within just three hours (this was their second raid of the area within the month). They also found small tree shacks used by trappers to stay out of the cold as well as cooking pits to barbecue the birds on the spot.

With its forest-capped mountains and islands, Qingdao is an important stopover for many migratory birds as they make their way south for the winter, but it seems for many it may be their last stop. One eaglet saved by the officials was a Second Level Protected Species in China and this trip they were able to save 13 birds including a northern sparrow hawk, turtledove, and grouse.

Although this type of trapping was made illegal when the Wildlife Conservation Law was passed in 1988, the monetary and scrumptious rewards apparently outweigh the legal deterrents. Trappers are supposed to pay up to a 5000元 fine if caught and some may even serve jail sentences, while many of the birds are sold to restaurants (where a turtle goes for around 20元) or bird markets, where they likely end up with those innocent elders toting bird cages. Any frequenter of the hills and hikes around Qingdao has likely come across these nets as they are quite prolific. Readers in the Huangdao area that spot a net can report it at 8685.0119.

Also this week in the news, China has unveiled a new ambitious wildlife protection plan (coincidence?) that supposedly “will put the country at the forefront of global efforts to reverse habitat and species decline.” Given China’s tainted history with birds, we can all look forward to the day when more birds than plastic bags perch on the trees of Qingdao.

Photo Credit @ Qingdao Adventures

by Marcus

Graffiti of Tsingtao: Spade Crew

May 22, 2010 in Arts by Marcus

Earlier this month, a crowd of both novice and experienced Shandong graffiti artists, better known as the Spade Crew, descended on Nanning Lu out near Qingdao Technological University. Their mission was simple – add a bit of color to Qingdao’s streets – and after a several hours they achieved unhindered success.

Qingdao’s streets may not be as prolifically tagged as those in BJ and SH, but there are several local artists hoping to change that by adding a bit of paint to the many make-shift walls erected on Qingdao’s ever-evolving urban landscape. As Qingdao has been known to produce a multitude of traditional artists over the years, and many contemporary artists make the exodus up north to Beijing, these guys also paint in hopes of putting Qingdao on China’s contemporary-art map.

We took the time to sit down and talk with ICE, one of the harbinger’s of the Qingdao graffiti scene, and below is a short video and interview.

Why do you think there isn’t as much graffiti here in Qingdao as in Beijing or Shanghai?
There actually aren’t so many good walls in Qingdao because it’s so hilly here and most of the streets are quite curvy.

What do you think most common people and Qingdaonese think about graffiti?
There are two main reactions we usually come across: one is “Wow, that’s beautiful!” while others often stop, stare and inquiry “What in the hell does that mean?”

What do you see for the future of graffiti in Qingdao?
Hopefully there will be more and more people getting out and doing graffiti.

Aren’t you concerned that the authorities might catch you?
Well the police aren’t really concerned about graffiti. I guess the chengguan (城关/a type of street security) would be the only ones we would have to worry about, but they usually don’t work on the weekends.

Relevant Links:
More street art in Qingdao
Graffiti Artist ICE’s Blog

by Marcus

Qingdao Postcards at Municipal Archives

April 30, 2010 in About Qingdao, Events by Marcus

Just yesterday Qingdao Municipal Archives opened doors on an expansive exhibition consisting of hundreds of historical postcards gathered from around the world over the past several years by local collectors. The postcards picture scenic landscapes, local daily life, historic buildings and monuments in and around Qingdao, mostly during the first half of the 20th century. The collection includes both privately owned postcards and some from the in-house permanent collection.

A few highlights include:

  • Women dressed in kimonos walking through the cherry blossoms of Zhongshan Park and then two large Shinto shrines built during the first Japanese occupation of Qingdao during 1914-1922.
  • A large German eagle epigraph carved in a cliff just below Signal Hill that is no more.
  • Traditional rural life in and around the Jiaozhou Bay area, including the large gates of Jimo which was a large walled-in city for many centuries.

There is also a short video near the entrance which includes footage of a horse race at what is now Tiantai Stadium (where Jonoon football club plays), as well as rural festivals around Qingdao. Unfortunately there are no translations of introductions and background information, but the images alone are a fascinating revelation of a Qingdao that once was. Also, on a side note, it does appear some of the supposed postcards are just copies, but a large percentage are certainly originals.

The Qingdao Municipal Archives is located on 148 Yanji Lu (延吉路148号) just east of the new Jusco/Wanda shopping center. The exhibition will be open daily from 9:00am-5:00pm up until May 31st and is free. View more information on the Qingdao Municipal Archives online.

by Marcus

Fast Fashion Qingdao

April 17, 2010 in About Qingdao by Marcus

Qingdao’s 潮人/chaoren (term for hipsters) now have yet another new outlet for grabbing all their latest threads. If you haven’t seen the signs and massive marketing campaign all around town, Swedish ‘fast fashion’ clothing company H&M just opened doors on a Qingdao branch.

The new store is located in Marina City in a post-Olympic renovation known as Baili Guangchang/百丽广场. With a supposed 2 billion RMB investment, Baili is Qingdao’s latest addition to what appears to be an insatiable shopping scene. The mall will also contains Zara (Spanish) and Uniqlo (Japanese) clothing stores as well as an SPR Coffee. There’s even an indoor skating rink. Baili Guangchang has been labeled as ‘China’s first shopping mall overlooking the sea’ in local press and it seems that it might be a bit of a cheaper alternative to the wicked expensive Hisense Plaza next door.

Relevant Links:
H&M Official Website
Pics of H&M Local Ads
Article about Baili Guangchang (Chinese)

by Marcus

Qingdao Artist: Sun Yong

April 16, 2010 in Arts by Marcus

Sun Yong (孙勇), aka Lao A Fei, is a Qingdao native currently residing in Beijing. Growing up amongst the red-tiled roofs and cobblestone alleyways of the ‘Old Town,’ his passion for Qingdao’s environs and architecture are clearly visible in his fascinating illustrations.

He attended Number 6 Middle School (Qingdao’s premier art high school located atop one of Qingdao’s most beautiful hills, Guanxiang Shan) before moving on to Sichuan Fine Art Institute where he studied Environmental Art. He is also a great enthusiast and knowledgeable resource on all things ‘Old Town,’ so check out his blog or more of his art and photos.

Qingdao Artist Sun Yong

Sun Young - Rock

Sun Yong Redrest

Sun Yong Pig

by Marcus

Chemical Leek Dumplings

April 8, 2010 in About Qingdao by Marcus

If you are a big fan of Qingdao’s lubao/炉包 (a specialty from the Qingdao suburb, Gaomi) it might be a good idea to fight the craving for a month or so after a large quantity of Chinese chives sold in and around Qingdao have been responsible for more than 20 extreme cases of food poisoning in just the past few days. Chinese chives, or jiucai/韭菜, are similar to leek and a common ingredient in lubao. After the first few cases of food poisoning were first discovered last Friday, just yesterday nine more people checked into Haici Hospital with symptoms of extreme abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea after eating jiucai jiaozi at a restaurant on Renmin Yi Lu. It seems a few of the patients discovered food poisoning symptoms within a half-hour after ingestion. Jiucai has a strong taste and is commonly mixed in with egg in dumplings, and also frequently appears as an ingredient in baozi. This story is receiving a lot of local press, with pics here and here.

Relevant Links:
Photos of Jiucai
Photos Link on Baidu
Pics and Story from Qingdao News (Chinese)