Check out the 2013 Qingdao International Fashion Week photos courtesy of News.cn, and also view some videos of the show from QTV below.
Check out the 2013 Qingdao International Fashion Week photos courtesy of News.cn, and also view some videos of the show from QTV below.
The Wave, Muscat out of Oman has taken the Extreme Sailing Series in Qingdao yet again. Congrats to the winners. Overall, Alinghi is leading The Wave, Muscat by 1 point in the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series. Thanks to all who made this event a success in Qingdao. See overall results and more info below.
More info on The Wave, Muscat’s win in Qingdao
MUSCAT — A nerve-jangling final day’s racing in Fushan Bay saw The Wave, Muscat lock horns with rivals Alinghi and emerge triumphant to retain their China crown of the Extreme Sailing Series 2013 Act 3 in Qingdao, according to a press release issued by Oman Sail yesterday. It was the hardest and closest racing they had ever been part of, said Musab al Hadi, one of five Oman Sail crew who fought hard throughout all four days to return The Wave, Muscat to the top of the podium following the frustrations in Singapore.
Going into the final double pointer race, The Wave, Muscat had a slim four point advantage over the Swiss team, their overnight lead having been whittled down by some outstanding light airs tactics and manoeuvres from skipper Morgan Larson and his team. A classic match race between Larson and Oman Sail’s Leigh McMillan in the final race saw the lead — and Qingdao honours — change hands at crucial times and before the final leg, lying in fourth place The Wave, Muscat looked to be defeated before they made a late surge into second to earn the win.
“It was a bit tense but we are massively relieved to get back on top,” said an exhausted but happy McMillan afterwards. “Morgan in his typical style took us by surprise when we were second or third — we weren’t expecting him to get a move on up and we were caught unaware and took a penalty. “From there it was a real battle with him having a dig at us and us having a dig at him but all the time they were eating into our lead. At the end they pushed us down to fourth at the top mark which would have cost us the trophy but we managed to pull back into second which gave us the win but it was nerve-wracking.”
McMillan paid tribute to his winning team of Pete Greenhalgh, Ed Smyth, Musab al Hadi and Will Howden saying the disruptions at the start of the week, where regular Omani crew Hashim al Rashdi was taken ill with appendicitis and was replaced by Howden, had made little difference to team dynamics. “We are a strong team with Hashim and we are a strong team with Will but we are looking forward to having Hashim back on the boat when he has recovered,” he said.
The high tension involved in successfully defending their Qingdao title when they were being chased so hard by Alinghi had made the contest the hardest and closest in their Extreme careers said Musab al Hadi. “It wasn’t easy and we were a bit nervous on the starts. We were watching Alinghi and they were watching us and the pressure was intense but this was what we had been planning for. “It was the hardest and the closest racing I have ever been part of. But we enjoyed it in the end — the support I had from my friends and family in Oman helped me a lot. There were messages telling me we should keep on pushing and we did.”
Earlier in the day, McMillan who as skipper of The Wave, Muscat plays a vital role in teaching younger sailors at Oman Sail what it takes to compete at the top level, took part in an educational session at the Extreme Club in the Race Village on Fushan Bay. He gave a sailing lesson to 20 Chinese students from Qingdao’s Laoshan Zhonghan and Fushan elementary schools and using Oman Sail’s championship winning Extreme 40 The Wave, Muscat, showed the children a range of basic sailing manouvres to excite their interest in the sport.
The Qingdao win leaves The Wave, Muscat in second place overall on the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series leaderboard, trailing Alinghi by just one point. The two boats will resume their duel in Act 4 of the Extreme Sailing Series in Turkey from June 20 to 23. “It looks like we could be having a nice little tussle with Alinghi for the rest of the series but they seem to have a magic touch in the very light airs so we need to look at how we can reduce that advantage,” McMillan said.
ESS 2013 Act 3 standings (after Day 4): 1 The Wave, Muscat (OMA) 202 pts, 2 Alinghi (SUI) 200 pts, 3 SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 191 pts, 4 GAC Pindar (NZL) 181 pts, 5 Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 168 pts, 6 Team Korea (KOR) 163 pts, 7 Realteam (SUI) 154 pts, 8 China Team (CHN) 145 pts.
Position / Team / Points
Extreme Sailing Series
This happens more often than one may think in the waters around Qingdao. Seems this young woman was unable to get back to shore without assistance from some alert bystanders – she was on the rock outcropping and when the tide came in, “Help!”. Glad there was someone there to heed the call.
Please exercise caution folks, especially during windy and high wave conditions, as there are far too many stories of people unfamiliar with the sea getting carried away and not coming back to land. Just fyi. Thanks good samaritans!
China Daily captioned the above photo by Li Zhiyong @ Asianewsphoto: “Two men rescue a woman from a rock where she was stuck after the tide rose near a beach in Qingdao, Shandong province, on Monday. The woman was too excited to heed the danger after seeing the sea for the first time, according to a police officer who participated in the rescue.”
Qingdao based Synutra will make dairy products at a new factory in France: cheese for Europe, whey for China. The facility is to be purpose built for Synutra in the Brittany region at a proposed cost of 100 million euro. The move will allow Synutra to source their own imported whey for their baby formula that will be sold in China. NASDAQ listed Synutra was in the news in 2012 over suspected chemical alteration of baby formula, which the company denied (keep in mind that even without adulterants, some consider cow milk itself as unfit for humans). This will be the first overseas plant built by Synutra.
More info on Qingdao Dairy European Expansion:
Synutra International Inc. has been given approval from China’s commerce authorities to go ahead with a 100-million-euro (130 million U.S. dollars) investment project that will result in the construction of a milk factory in France.
The company, based in the city of Qingdao in east China’s Shandong Province, said Tuesday that construction will kick off in France’s western Brittany region in September.
Li Ke, general manager of Synutra, said the company expects the factory to start production in the first half of 2015.
As Synutra’s first overseas factory, it will supply cheese products to the European market and allow for whey powder to be shipped to China.
Li said Chinese baby formula producers largely depend on imports for whey powder, a crucial ingredient in making formula. Li said the factory will be built according to European standards and target the global dairy market.
Synutra Official Website (English)
Tsingtao Beer is the new sponsor of the WK Race Team of the UK. Qingdao’s hometown brewers are now supporting the team at events including the International Isle of Man TT Race, held since 1907 and historically one of the most prestigious motorcycle races in the world. Tsingtao is also getting involved with the UK’s leading road racing superbike championship, British Superbike (BSB) and the Triumph Triple Challenge.
More on Tsingtao Beer’s sponsorship of WK Race Team:
Beer brand Tsingtao has revealed a sponsorship deal in association with the British Superbike Championship, Triumph Triple Challenge and the Isle of Man TT.
Tsingtao is now the official sponsor of the Tsingtao WK Race Team which is set to launch the first Chinese bike into the Isle of Man TT, which will also mark the first new major manufacturer in the TT since Honda in 1959. As sponsor Tsingtao hopes to capitalise on the sports global audience, widening brand awareness in the UK and further afield.
“Tsingtao’s involvement with the BSB and TT, not only marks motorcycle history, but allows the brand to continue to tell its story of rich tradition, much associated with the TT’s 100 years of culture.
The partnership will be supported in the on trade by a fully integrated campaign including above the line, social media, PR and on trade activation. POS activity will also feature in outlets in the form of merchandise, bar posters and banners as well as competition opportunities in selected outlets.
All activity will be underpinned with Tsingtao’s current ‘Speaking Chinese’ initiative.
Tsingtao Beer Sponsors WK Race Team
Reflector plays at Downtown Bar in Qingdao on April 13, 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. View map to venue below.
When: April 13, 2013
Venue: Downtown Bar
Address: 100 Nanjing Lu (Creative 100) / 南京路100号
Tickets: 80 yuan (RMB) advance, 100 door
Reflector is a popular band (the group is a summer music festival favorite and indefatigable touring outfit), so the venue should be packed – buy tix online and save 20 kuai on door price to boot. Listen to the music of Reflector on Douban (scroll down for audio player).
Qingdao’s hot new nouveau riche area of Aoshan Bay (north of Laoshan along the coast) is getting a new expo center, the Qingdao Aoshan Bay International Exhibition Center. Reported to be one of China largest buildings of its kind, the venue will sit right on the water, and right next to the development that is to carry a name befitting such a location, Water City at Aoshan Bay. Also to be built on the coast: a 5 star hotel and apartment blocks. The master plan is by the international firm NBBJ, who’ve also worked with the University of Southampton, UCLA, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
More info on the Qingdao Aoshan Bay International Expo Center:
The Qingdao Aoshan Bay International Exhibition Center, at 6,000 standard exhibit stands altogether, is one of China’s largest expo and convention centers.
Although it is one of China’s top industrial cities and has a rich cultural heritage, Qingdao lacked a facility for large events and for exhibiting the many goods produced in the region. Therefore, when NBBJ planned the new Qingdao Water City at Aoshan Bay, 50 km northeast of the city center, a new expo center formed a crucial element and gateway of the development.
Organized into an “L,” two wings of expo halls, ten total, linked by a vast canopy, shelter a public plaza that can be used for large outdoor events. At the corner, a dramatically curved main entrance faces outward to welcome visitors to the expo center. Each of the column-free halls can be subdivided into two smaller, square halls, allowing maximum flexibility in planning a variety of events.
The expo center anchors the new Water City at Aoshan Bay, part of a regional economic strategy designed to increase and promote tourism, convention, and resort activities in Qingdao and greater Shandong province. The expo center, the first built component of NBBJ’s master plan, is to be followed by a 5-star hotel (linked to the expo center via a pedestrian bridge) and residential areas, all integrated into the wetland site along the shore of the East China Sea.
Tsingtao Beer, the pride of Qingdao, the nectar of choice for many in the Dao, and for (as Frank Zappa said), “all the rest of whom for which to when-so-never of partially indeterminate biochemical degradation seek ‘the path’ to the sudsy yellow nozzle of their foaming nocturnal parametric-digital wheat inter-faith geo-thermal terpsichorean ejectamenta”, has been selling slower than usual for the first time since 1999. Whoa.
Net profits are up, but just not as up as previously, and below earlier estimates. A cold winter and rising costs were stated as reasons for the slow down. On the bright side, Tsing Pi’s HK stock is up 5% this year on the Hang Seng. QD folk, it’s time to pitch in, drink up, ganbei, and help the hometown hopsters get back to earlier levels of growth.
More info from Reuters:
(Reuters) – Tsingtao Brewery Co Ltd , China’s second-biggest brewer by volume, on Wednesday said its 2012 net profit rose 1.2 percent in its slowest growth since 1999, as higher production costs offset a rise in beer sales.
Tsingtao, in which Japan’s Asahi Breweries Ltd holds a stake of about 19 percent, said net profit rose to a record 1.76 billion yuan in the year ended December, up from 1.74 billion yuan profit in 2011.
The result lagged an estimate of 1.8 billion yuan, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Revenues increased 11.3 percent to 25.78 billion yuan from 23.16 billion yuan in 2011.
A slowdown in China’s economy and cold and wet weather had hit the beer industry production, while rising raw material and labour costs further squeezed margins, analysts said.
The Chinese brewer posted fourth-quarter profit of 80 million yuan in the three months ended December, compared with 73.8 million yuan profit in the year earlier period, Tsingtao said. That lags a forecast of 120 million yuan.
Sales growth was hampered by rising costs of labour, packaging and raw materials including barley, analysts said.
Tsingtao’s Hong Kong-listed shares have risen 5 percent so far this year, outpacing a 0.8 percent fall in the benchmark Hang Seng Index.
Qingdao born artist Leah Wong has been gaining attention with her latest work consisting of three dimensional papercuts. Featured in the Shanghai publication SpaChina, Leah is now living in the US where her work is part of a group exhibition called “Diverse” at Ohio Wesleyan’s Ross Art Museum in Delaware, Ohio through March 31, 2013. Take a look at her papercuts installations here.
“To Leah, cutting paper is like drawing with a knife, and setting up an installation is like composing a painting in an open space.”
Coincidentally, Rachel Marsden recognized one of her favourite hangouts in Shanghai, the Elisabeth de Brabant Art Center on Fuxing West Road in Shanghai’s former French Concession, from a photo of Leah’s work hung on the wall of the stairway at the center. She comments on Leah’s papercuts on her blog, “I like their site-specific nature along with their sheer magnitude, which makes you think about the enduring man hours that have gone into their creation.”
“Artist Leah Wong utilizes a new kind of artistic expression to create paper cutting works, transforming “art on paper” into tri-dimensional installations, by using one piece or many pieces of paper with different colors and qualities.
Leah was born and grew up in the northern China city of Qingdao. She was always fascinated by images from when she was young, from beautiful-designed and colorful candy wrappers, to paper-cuts and comic books. She also tried to make her own paper-cuts and copy from the images she liked the best. Over time, her love for beautiful images resulted in her participating in an after-school art club and attending a night-school art class when she went to middle school.
Years later, she got a job painting billboard advertisements for movie theaters which gave her a chance to get to know many wonderful art teachers and join an excellent young artists’ group. Through the club, she was introduced to many art books and participated in many discussions about art, which gave birth to her dream of studying art in college.
With the guidance of art teachers and hard work, Leah passed the national exam in Beijing in 1981 and was accepted into the Zhejiang Fine Arts Academy, today’s China Academy of Art. After graduating in 1985, Leah worked at the Shanghai Theater Academy as a teacher, where she met her future husband. In 1993, she decided to go to America with her husband, which became a turning point in her life.
She did not speak English and had no clear idea about life and work, and she experienced a period of confusion when she first arrived in America. But she overcame difficulties and found a way to survive. She earned an MFA degree in art from Ohio University in 2004.
She thinks that artistic development involves many kinds of self-critique. Dissatisfaction pushes artists to investigate new solutions. At one point, her personal life was altered in a fundamental way, and with it her cultural environment changed. She has changed direction several times throughout her art career. Leah was an oil painting artist in a realistic idiom when in China, and she became an abstract art student when she was in graduate school in the US.
Now, after leaving China for almost twenty years, Leah is bringing her art works back to China. “I value my Chinese traditions and embrace the differences with other cultures,” she said. “I believe that an artist must pursue a unique personal voice in their art but the ‘voice’ always originates from their cultural background.” Leah knows that it is difficult for her artwork to fit everyone’s taste, but she tries her best to satisfy herself, and she trusts that sooner or later someone will share her taste.
She believes that Chinese people will come to understand and accept her works.”
Check in at Carnegie’s Qingdao with some cool shades and maybe win a free super dinner for 2 on March 30, 2013. Wear the coolest sunglasses you have from 9 pm to midnight and be eligible for the competition. Carnegie’s “pay 100 yuan (RMB) & drink as much as you can” promotion is still on. Also, Jazz Night coming up on April 6 and the Man vs. Burger competition on April 13, details to follow.
What: Sunglasses Party
When March 30, 2013, 9 pm
Venue: Carnegie’s Bar & Restaurant / 青岛卡内基
Address: Zhonglian Plaza, 147 Ningxia Lu / 宁夏路147号,中联广场101
Qingdao’s first division Chinese Super League football club Qingdao Jonoon (青岛中能) plays at home against Guangzhou R&F (广州富力) on April 6, 2013. At the moment, Jonoon is imperceptibly in a 4 way tie for 1st place, with 2 points, very early in the CSL season. Guangzhou R&F (stands for Rich and Force) is winless and pointless. Before meeting Guangzhou R&F in Qingdao, Jonoon plays in Changchun against Yatai on March 31, 2013.
Who: Qingdao Jonoon vs. Guangzhou R&F
When: April 6, 2013 (3:35 pm Kick off)
Venue: Tiantai Stadium
Come out and root for the home squad at historic Tiantai Stadium near Zhongshan Park in Qingdao. Tickets are available at the stadium, check the west side for the outdoor orange tents set up for ticket vending.
The Qingdao Symphony Orchestra performs at the Qingdao Grand Theatre on April 6, 2013. The concert is part 1 of the Tang and Song Poetry Series. The program for the evening features works from Zhu Jian’er Symphony No. 1: Festival Overture for erhu and orchestra.
When: April 6, 7.30 pm
Venue: Qingdao Grand Theatre / 青岛大剧院
Location: 5 Yunling Lu, Laoshan district / 云岭路5号
Tickets: 50 yuan (RMB)
Venue Info: 8066.5555 (theatre), 8289.7229 (QSO)
Also on the program is The Song of the Earth (Mahler) with tenor Han Peng and baritone Wu Yiqun. For this work, Mahler used the text from 4 Chinese poems by Tang poet Li Bai from Hans Bethge’s book, The Chinese Flute. The QSO conductor for the evening is Zhang Guoyong.