Dragon Boat Festival (Duan Wu Jie/端午节), the 5th day of the 5th month on the Chinese lunar calendar, falls on June 2, 2014. There is a 3 day holiday in China from May 31 to June 2, 2014.
Duan Wu Jie involves the legend of the poet Qu Yuan (Chu Yuan/屈原), who committed suicide by jumping into a river. Local villagers then attempted to distract the fish by beating the water and throwing in food such as zongzi, a signature feature of the holiday.
The main food eaten on the holiday, sticky rice dumplings (zongzi/粽子), are a triangular shaped bit of sticky rice wrapped in leaves such as banana or lotus. Popular fillings for zongzi include date, peanut, or pork.
Enjoy the holiday – have some zongzi and wish all your friends in Qingdao, “Duan Wu Jie Kuai Le – 端午節快乐”
We’re not the only runners in QD and also not the only ones that organize some runs here in QD. This time the big sports equipment company Li Ning is organizing a big 5K and 10K race in Qingdao for June 15, 2014. It seems like their planning committee is inspired by our hash because they have a date and a run – but no trail for it….
Check out Time Capsule in Qingdao, a vintage shop with cool stuff from the 40’s through the 80’s. The dongxi there includes old cameras, clocks, radios, posters, hot water thermoses commonly used in Qingdao before the days of bottled water, and some retro style Hui Li and Fei Yue shoes to boot.
Drop in for a coffee, beer, usual cafe fare, and one of the best sea views in the city, right next to Lu Xun Park on Qinyu Lu (part of Xiao Qingdao). Call 8286.0444 for more info and directions.
It looks like the weather is better again this week and there is no more reason to stay inside. To give us the well needed exercise again we will have a good and long run again on Saturday. All you runners can come and join again for a long run from the Crowne Plaza to the Hyatt. The walkers can skip the big road part and instead take bus for a bit and then walk from Polar World on. Afterwards we’ll all have beer and other refreshments on the beach. Continue reading
Liu Dong Hong performs at Downtown Bar in Qingdao on June 2, 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 2, 2014, 9 pm
Venue: Downtown Bar
Address: 100 Nanjing Lu (Creative 100) / 南京路100号创意园
Tickets: 40 yuan (RMB) advance, 50 at door
Pre-sale tickets available on Taobao.
Been to the Horticulture Expo yet? The official website of the 2014 Qingdao International Horticulture Exposition has news of visitors giving the event the thumbs up, natch.
Check out a modern day Lei Feng, Laowai edition. Recently Shanghaiist posted about a guy in Qingdao who has been ding’ed up on the Chinese webs and socials for picking up trash on the beach down in Badaxia (near Tuandao and Xi Zhen on the tip of the peninsula across from Huangdao).
Sina seems to be the original English source; their post chimed, “The region around Badaxia is a small gulf with constant seawind blowing towards the mainland, bringing tons of outer sea garbage everday.”
Check out these photos showing Beach Number 1 in Qingdao, taken in the morning and the afternoon from the same spot. This beach can become completely covered with people so that the sea and sand are almost imperceptible in July/August. More photos by Da Wei (photo below) in Qingdao Photos.
The Ocean University students who are involved with helping people in Ningxia are holding a party at Luka Garden in Qingdao on May 31, 2014. Get more info about the students’ efforts here. Tickets for the event are 35 yuan and the price includes a set meal. The party starts at 5 pm. Luka Garden is at 5 Hengshan Lu, around the corner from the Strong Ale Works and near the Lao She Museum. The proceeds from this event will be used to benefit kids in Ningxia.
Get more info by calling 8203.1728 in Qingdao or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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,
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: