by Steven

Bu Pi Shu 10.04

September 29, 2013 in Events, Music by Steven

Bu Pi Shu (布皮树) performs live at Downtown Bar in Qingdao on October 4, 2013. 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. Call 134.5524.7795 for more info. Listen to the music of Bu Pi Shu on Douban. Check out a map to the Qingdao venue below.

When: October 4, 2013, 8.30 pm
Venue: Downtown Bar
Address: 100 Nanjing Lu (Creative 100) / 南京路100号创意园
Tickets: Advance 30; Door 40 yuan (RMB)

Bu Pi Shu Live in Qingdao Music Downtown Bar

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by Steven

Viva Love 10.26

September 29, 2013 in Events, Music by Steven

Viva Love performs at Downtown Bar in Qingdao on October 26, 2013. Check out the band’s Weibo here. Tickets are 50 yuan at the door. 40 in advance.

When: October 26, 2013
Venue: Downtown Bar
Address: 100 Nanjing Lu (Creative 100) / 南京路100号创意园
Tickets: 50 yuan (RMB), 40 advance and students

Listen to the music of Viva Love on Douban.

Downtown Bar is on the mezzanine in the front lobby in Building 3 of Creative 100, the creative industries park complex located northwest of the Nanjing/Jiangxi Lu intersection in Shinan district.

Viva Love Live in Qingdao Event Poster

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Viva Love Douban
Viva Love Myspace
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by Steven

Qingdao Airlines Flies A320

September 29, 2013 in About Qingdao by Steven

The recently formed Qingdao Airlines has ordered 23 A320 planes from Airbus. The joint venture with Shandong Air and Nanshan Group will begin operations in 2014 with leased A320s and take delivery of their new planes in 2016. The purchase will first have to approved by the CAAC, China’s national air authority under the Ministry of Transport. More details below:

More info on Qingdao Airlines purchase of A320s:

Qingdao Airlines, a newly established airline based in the Eastern Chinese coastal city of Qingdao, Shandong Province, has selected the best-selling Airbus A320 Family aircraft to build up its fleet.

The airline has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus for a total of 23 A320 Family aircraft, including five A320ceo and 18 A320neo. The agreement was signed by He Li, director of the Board of Qingdao Airlines and John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers at the 15th Aviation Expo China 2013 in Beijing. The deal is subject to approval from China’s central government. The first delivery is expected to begin in 2016. The airline will start operation in 2014 with leased A320 aircraft.

“As a newly established airline, we need to have a thorough research before we make a decision on what aircraft to introduce to start operation and build up our brand new fleet. We pay much attention to the reliability, economics and cabin comfort of the aircraft and also take the potential for our further fleet expansion into consideration. We believe the Airbus A320 Family aircraft are the right choice,” said Xiao Liyuan, President of Qingdao Airlines. .
“We welcome Qingdao Airlines as a new member of the big Airbus family,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers. “The selection of the Airbus A320 Family by Qingdao Airlines proves again the preference of the market for our efficient single aisle aircraft. With a proven track record of operational reliability and the lowest operational costs in its class, the Airbus A320 will play a key role in Qingdao Airlines’ sustainable development.”

The A320neo is offered as an option for the A320 Family and incorporates new more efficient engines and large “Sharklet” wing tip devices, which together will deliver up to 15 percent in fuel savings. At the end of August 2013, firm orders for the NEO stood at 2,348 from 42 customers, making it the fastest selling commercial airliner ever and underlining its market leadership position.

The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling and most modern single aisle aircraft Family. To date, more than to 9,800 A320 Family aircraft have been ordered and over 5,700 delivered to nearly 390 customers and operators worldwide.

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by Da Wei

Qingdao Seen: All Along The Coast

September 28, 2013 in Photos by Da Wei

Check out this pic of the downtown Qingdao coast with May 4 Square by Da Wei. To contribute your photos of Qingdao, please get in touch.

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by Steven

Los Crasher 9.27

September 24, 2013 in Events, Music by Steven

Los Crasher performs live at Downtown Bar in Qingdao on September 27, 2013. 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. Call 134.5524.7795 for more info. Listen to the music of Los Crasher on Douban. Check out a video of the band on Youku and a map to the Qingdao venue below.

When: September 27, 2013, 8.30 pm
Venue: Downtown Bar
Address: 100 Nanjing Lu (Creative 100) / 南京路100号创意园
Tickets: Advance 50; Door 60; Students 40 yuan (RMB)

Los Crasher Live In Qingdao Music Fans

Qingdao Live Music Downtown Bar Los Crasher Drummer

Los Crasher Live In Qingdao Music Guitar

Qingdao Music Live Downtown Bar Los Crasher Event Poster

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by Steven

The Bollands 9.24

September 24, 2013 in Events, Music by Steven

The Bollands perform live at Downtown Bar in Qingdao on August 29, 2013. 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. Call 134.5524.7795 for more info. Check out a video of the band performing live in Hong Kong and a map to the Qingdao venue below.

When: September 24, 2013, 8.30 pm
Venue: Downtown Bar
Address: 100 Nanjing Lu (Creative 100) / 南京路100号创意园
Tickets: Advance and Students 40 yuan (RMB); Door 50

Live Music in Qingdao China The Bollands Event Poster

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by Steven

Qingdao To Be Eastern Hollywood

September 22, 2013 in About Qingdao by Steven

Qingdao is poised to become a Hollywood of the East of sorts with plans for the world’s largest film studio to built along the coast in the Huangdao Development Zone. The announcements come ahead of the official launch of the project which was celebrated with a party in Qingdao attended by Leonardo DiCaprio, John Travolta, and other film stars. The move is said to signal the movie making business’s pivot to the East as China’s theaters continue to realize huge box office numbers for Hollywood’s major studios.

According to the Wanda website, stars in attendance at the ceremony to open the Qingdao Oriental Movie Metropolis: Leonardo DiCaprio, Nicole Kidman, John Travolta, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Christoph Waltz, Kate Beckinsale, and Ewan McGregor; and famous Chinese movie stars Zhang Ziyi, Jet Li, Tony Leung, Donnie Yen, Zhao Wei and Huang Xiaoming.

The Beijing Film Academy built the Qingdao School of Creative Media in Xuejiadao, across Jiaozhou Bay from downtown Qingdao, in 2006. More details on Wanda boss Wang Jianlin’s plans for Qingdao and China’s film industry below.

China’s Richest Man and Qingdao’s Movie Industry:

China’s richest man is taking a $5 billion bet that the country’s box office will overtake that of the United States in the next five years and double it by 2023, as he builds the world’s biggest film studio and resort complex in the coastal city of Qingdao.

Wang Jianlin made the bullish prediction ahead of the official launch of the mega-property development on Sunday, which will be attended by major Hollywood studio heads and film stars including Nicole Kidman and Leonardo Di Caprio.

His company Wanda Group said it had signed agreements with a number of film studios and talent agencies to have about 30 foreign movies produced at the facility every year, on top of 100 local films.

Wanda also said the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has signed an agreement supporting an annual Qingdao International Film Festival every September starting from 2016. Mr Wang said in a statement that it would be one of the world’s top international film festivals within three to five years.

The support from the Academy comes after Wanda announced earlier this month it had donated $US20 million ($21.27 million) to the organisation’s film museum.

Wanda claims the 30 billion yuan ($5.2 billion) it is spending on Qingdao’s “Oriental Movie Metropolis” is the world’s biggest ever investment in a film studio complex. It will include a film and television industrial park, a wax museum, an indoor water park and seven hotel resorts.

Qingdao Eastern Hollywood Wanda Event Catherine Zeta Jones

Qingdao Eastern Hollywood Nicole Kidman Gown China

Qingdao Eastern Hollywood Nicole Kidman

Qingdao Eastern Hollywood Leo DiCaprio

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by Steven

Qingdao Photos: Elena I

September 19, 2013 in Photos by Steven

Check out some shots of Qingdao by Qingdao based photographer Elena. To contribute your photos of Qingdao, please get in touch.

Qingdao Photos Elena Husky Feet

Qingdao Photos Elena Building

Qingdao Photos Elena Sitting Room

Qingdao Photos Elena Camera Full

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Fernando Fidanza 9.21

September 13, 2013 in Events, Music by Yellow Rock China

Fernando Fidanza performs live at Downtown Bar in Qingdao on September 21, 2013. 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. Call 134.5524.7795 for more info. Listen to the music of Fernando on Douban.

When: September 21, 2013, 8.30 pm
Venue: Downtown Bar
Address: 100 Nanjing Lu (Creative 100) / 南京路100号创意园
Tickets: 30 yuan (RMB)

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by momo

Qingdao Photos: Momo

September 8, 2013 in Photos by momo

Check out some shots of Qingdao by local photographer Momo. To contribute your photos of Qingdao, please get in touch.

Qingdao Photos Momo Huiquan Hotel

Qingdao Photos Momo Sunset Tv Tower

Qingdao Photos Momo Xiao Qingdao Huiquan Bay Naval Museum

Qingdao Photos Momo Small Shop Old Town Qingdao Summer

Qingdao Photos Momo Badaguan Vendors Sleepy Summer Day

Qingdao Photos Momo Qingdao Aquarium Huiquan Bay

Qingdao Photos Momo Huiquan Bay Rocks Qingdao Aquarium

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by Steven

Qingdao Soar Auto Spotting

August 9, 2013 in About Qingdao by Steven

Car News China has recently published pics of a Rolls inspired “wedding car” spotted in Shanghai, made in Qingdao. Qingdao Soar vehicles made in the Rolls mold have appeared all over China, as evidenced here. Soar’s production facility is located in Jiaozhou, but at this time the links on Wikipedia and China Car Times to the former Soar website with info on the Rolls vehicles are not in service, and the current Soar site does not have any photos or info on the Rolls inspired vehicles.

More info about Soar on their website:

Qingdao SOAR Group Special Automobile Technology CO.,LTD Is located on the offshore of Yellow Sea, Jiaozhou Dagu River industrial park. It is 10 kilometers’ distance to Qingyin highway and 16 kilometers from Qingdao international airport. Also, it is close to No. 204 national highway, which means it is quite convenient in terms of transportation.

The company was established in 1989 and is one of the entrepreneurs approved by the national development and reform commission (NDRC). SOAR works on production, research and sales. At present, the company has gathered a team of professional and experienced staff in the area of special vehicle. There are over 30 staffs in research and development department and over 70 members who are professional technicians. It is proud to say that we have the ability to produce more than one thousand vehicles within one year.

Now the company products are as follows: medical vehicles, police vehicles, emergency vehicles, communication command vehicles, sanitation trucks, exhibition vehicles, stage vehicles, semi-trailers, classic cars, etc. Also, some products have been granted as the design patents. The products are used in many areas, including health and medical service, public security, police and armed force, radio and television, telecommunication, petroleum, fire control, water and electricity supply, marine geological investigation, etc.

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P.K.14 8.29

August 5, 2013 in Events, Music by Yellow Rock China

P.K.14 performs live at Downtown Bar in Qingdao on August 29, 2013. 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. Call 134.5524.7795 for more info. Listen to the music of P.K.14 on Douban. Check out a video of the band performing live in Beijing and a map to the Qingdao venue below. Read an extensive bio of the band by James Bollen on Rock In China.

When: August 29, 2013, 9 pm
Venue: Downtown Bar
Address: 100 Nanjing Lu (Creative 100) / 南京路100号创意园
Tickets: Advance 60 yuan (RMB); Door 80

More info on P.K.14 from Rock in China:

The abbreviated name P.K.14 is a continuous play on words. Primarily standing for Public Kingdom for Teens (青春公共王国), known to also stand for Pent Kilowatt One More Than Thirteen, Pelikan Kraut Seven Times Two and Psycho Killer Two Less Than Sixteen amongst others…

Founded 1997 in Nanjing by Yang Haisong, Sun Xia, Xu Feng and Yang Sen. P.K.14 played their first show in December of 1997 and since then they have released three albums and toured China and Europe extensively. Current line-up has gradually come together during the last five years. The band is self managed and have released their material through Maybe Mars, Modern Sky Records, Sub Jam and Kuguabang.

PK14 Live Music Photo by James Bollen 2007 d22 beijing 2

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P.K.14 on Maybe Mars
P.K.14 on Rock in China
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Image Credits @ James Bollen