QDHHH 5.24

May 20, 2014 in Events by Qingdao Hash House Harriers

UPDATE: Weifang Run Postponed
Yes, unfortunately it is true. We have waited and checked the forecast but it still doesn’t look good. It’s supposed to rain heavily in Weifang on Saturday (probably Friday and Sunday will be very pleasant) and it will not be the best weather to do our first run there. So we have decided to do it another time. Thank you Maggie for offering to set the run there and doing all the preparations so far!

We know that some have bought tickets already (which is cool and we thank you for your preparation) and we hope that you can return the tickets for a full refund.

We will do our normal QD run on Saturday and meet in the Crowne Plaza at 2PM.

Not going to Weifang now doesn’t mean that we will never go there. We will find some other good time to go. And it also doesn’t mean that there are no more interesting runs coming up. We got a run in a vineyard in Laixi coming up in 2 weeks and a very special drink/run competition in the Olymipic Harbour coming up in late June.

Hope to see you on Saturday, cheers and on on,


Fellow Hashers,
As you might have heard we are heading out to Weifang for our next Hash run. It will be the first Hash run ever in our neighboring city and let’s try to bring over a good group there. With the help of local experts we will get a trail which will introduce the nice spots of Weifang to us coastal people. But, just as with the Jinan Run, you will need to arrange your own tickets. Here are our suggestions:
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by Steven

Er Guang 6.25

May 15, 2014 in Events by Steven

Er Guang (耳光乐队) performs at Downtown Bar in Qingdao on June 25, 2014. 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 186.6170.6950 for more info.

When: June 25, 2014, 8 pm
Venue: Downtown Bar
Address: 100 Nanjing Lu (Creative 100) / 南京路100号创意园
Tickets: 60 yuan (RMB) advance, 80 at door

Yin You 6.07

May 15, 2014 in Events, Music by Yellow Rock China

Yin You (吟游) performs at Downtown Bar in Qingdao on June 7, 2014. 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 186.617.0695 for more info.
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Zhang Yi De 6.02

May 15, 2014 in Events, Music by Yellow Rock China

Zhang Yi De (张艺德) performs at King’s Head Pub in Qingdao on June 2, 2014. Listen to his music on Douban here (scroll down for audio player). King’s Head Pub is next to the Zhonglian Plaza near corner of Nanjing and Ningxia Lu.

When: June 2, 2014, 8.30 pm
Venue: King’s Head Pub / 国王头像英格兰吧
Address: 11 Xingyi Lu / 新沂路11号
Tickets: 40 yuan (RMB) advance, 60 at door

by Da Wei

Qingdao Photos: Then and Now I

May 14, 2014 in Photos by Da Wei

Check out the comparison of some old photos with today’s view sent in by frequent Qingdaonese contributor Da Wei. Please submit your Qingdao photos (old and new) by getting touch with us here.

by Steven

Neukamp Papers in Germany

May 14, 2014 in About Qingdao by Steven

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek will have a exhibition about the end of the German colony of Tsingtao and about life in the Japanese prisoner-of-war camps from 9 May – 25 June 2014. The documents are all from the personal papers of Hermann Neukamp (1927-1987), who lived in Tsingtao for a long time and over decades compiled a comprehensive collection about the history of the former colony.

The port of Tsingtao (Qingdao) formed the centre of the German leased territory Kiaochow (Jiaozhou) on the north-eastern coast of China, which formed part of the German Reich since 1898. Within just a few weeks following the outbreak of the first world war, the colony was conquered by Japan, that had entered the war as an ally of Great Britain and had been interested in the strategically favourably situated bay of Kiaochow for a long time. A total of around 5,000 soldiers and civilians were taken as prisoners of war by Japan.

Source: http://www.bsb-muenchen.de/

by Steven

Toastmasters Thursdays

May 11, 2014 in Events by Steven

The Qingdao chapter of Toastmasters International meets every Thursday evening at China Gong She in Qingdao. Toastmasters is a group dedicated to the improvement of members’ public speaking. The working language of Toastmasters in China is English. Speech givers receive feedback from Toastmasters members in attendance.

When: Thursdays at 7 pm
Venue: China Gong Zhe / China公社文化艺术酒店
Address: No. 8 Minjiang 3 Road

Visitors are welcome free of charge, regular attendees are asked to pay a small fee.

More info on Toastmasters:

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Our membership is 270,000 strong. These members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 13,000 clubs that make up our global network of meeting locations. Toastmasters International empowers people to achieve their full potential and realize their dreams. Through its member clubs, Toastmasters International helps men and women learn the arts of speaking, listening and thinking.

Toastmasters helps people to:

  • Learn to communicate more effectively.
  • Become a better listener.
  • Improve your presentation skills.
  • Increase your leadership potential.
  • Become more successful in your career.
  • Build your ability to motivate and persuade.
  • Reach your professional and personal goals.
  • Increase your self confidence

Relevant Links:
Toastmasters International

by Steven

Qingdao Stories: Yu Dafu

May 11, 2014 in About Qingdao by Steven

Qingdao was a popular hang out for authors in the 1930′s. One of those who visited Qingdao during this period was Yu Dafu (郁達夫), the author of Sinking (Chen Lun/沉淪), a tale of a young Chinese student in Japan who has trouble coming to terms with his personal and national identity, and ends up committing suicide out of shame. Yu was one of many Chinese students who went to Japan to study -both Lu Xun (Zhou Shuren) and his brother Zhou Zouren had been there on scholarship during the Qing Dynasty – and returned to China to help build a better homeland. In 1934, Yu came to Qingdao from Shanghai, writing “Qingdao is indeed cool. The weather here is just like in new autumn”. A poem he wrote about Laoshan is engraved in a rock at Beijiushui (north of Beizhai).

During his visit to Qingdao, Yu Dafu stayed in the extant building at the corner of Zhejiang Lu and Guangxi Lu, which today sits across from the Red House Hotel and Lao Zhao’s antique and curio shop near the Zhan Qiao bus stop for the 316 and 26 routes. The ground floor of the building houses some seafood restaurants and small shops while the upper floors are still residences. Just about 50 meters off the coast and Zhan Qiao pier, it’s also a short jaunt up Zhejiang Lu to the Catholic Church. Other famous Chinese authors who lived in Qingdao around the same period were Xiao Hong, Lao She, and Shen Congwen.

Yu Dafu Famous Chinese Author Book Cover

Yu Dafu and Wang Yingxia

Relevant Links:
Yu Dafu on Wikipedia
More Info On Yu Dafu
Essay on Sinking and Nationalism
Learn Chinese Through Stories
Photo of Yu Dafu with his wife Wang Yingxia

QDHHH 5.10

May 8, 2014 in Events by Qingdao Hash House Harriers

Fellow Hashers,

First things first:

I was approached by several Hashers (and I also share their opinion) and asked to repeat something:


It’s not that we all hate children, but the Qingdao Hash is an adult group and the vast majority of us wants to keep it this way. Children are welcome on some other special runs but not on our regular runs on Saturdays. The two main reasons are:
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by Clay

Qingdao Expo, Tsingtao Beer

May 8, 2014 in About Qingdao by Clay

Here in Qingdao, it seems that no one escapes the allure of Tsingtao Beer. Even the Qingdao Horticultural Expo has a beer garden, under the premise of barley and hops cultivation being an essentially horticultural pursuit. Anyway, ganbei with the world at the Expo in Laoshan this year – the event runs until October 25, 2014. See the full schedule and more info at the official 2014 Qingdao International Horticultural Exposition website.

Will they have a display of plants & flowers at this year’s Qingdao Beer Festival? You betcha – cross pollination!

by Steven

Captivate HR Training 5.28

May 8, 2014 in About Qingdao, Events by Steven

Captivate Training & Consulting will offer a FREE demo class at the Shangri-La Hotel in Qingdao on the morning of 28th May from 8:30 am to 11:30 am. The main topic of the demo class is as follows:

“How to write more effective emails to your foreign clients?”

The event is aimed at HR / Training Managers and Learning & Development professionals from Foreign and Chinese companies in Qingdao. Managing Directors and other professionals are also welcome to attend if they want to upgrade their skills.

Why should you attend?

  •  1. Network with HR/Training Managers from Fortune 500 companies and large Chinese firms.
  •  2. Learn new knowledge and skills for both yourself and also that you can pass on to your colleagues.
  •  3. If you are one of the first 10 people to register and you attend the event you will win a free book
  • (in Chinese) written by one of the worlds leading American success coaches. 

Places are limited. To register please e-mail: events@captivatechina.com. For more information call 5557.9498 in Qingdao or see www.captivatechina.com/whats-new/.

by Da Wei

Qingdao Photos: Historical B/W

May 8, 2014 in About Qingdao by Da Wei

Here is a set of images showing Qingdao (Tsingtau) from back in the day when the city was being built by kuli and administered by representatives of Germany. There are 3 postcard images of the area around what is today called Zhan Qiao Pier, where the original Qingdao quay was built. The remaining images are:

* QD Port Photo was taken sometime between 1898 and 1914. This photo was found on the New Zealand History site online: nzhistory.net.nz.

* The view over Qingdao date is unknown. It shows two ships. The larger ship is the German light cruiser SMS Koln (it was sunk during WWI, I think).
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