by Clay

The Aviator of Tsingtao – Part One

April 7, 2014 in About Qingdao by Clay

John Ross, author of Formosan Odyssey and You Don’t Know China, shares insight into a new (re)publication about the German naval aviator Gunther Plüschow (pictured) in a special two part series. Read Part One below. John writes: “Gunther Plüschow’s bestselling 1917 account first appeared in an English translation in 1922 with the underwhelming title My Escape from Donington Hall. Republished in March 2014 as The Aviator of Tsingtao by Camphor Press, this ebook edition has new material to help modern readers, including notes throughout the text, additional photographs, and an introduction by British author Anton Rippon, whose 2009 biography Gunther Plüschow: Airman, Escaper, Explorer is the standard work on this remarkable figure.  The Aviator of Tsingtao is available from and Amazon for a special introductory price of US$1.99.”

The Aviator of Tsingtao Part One (of Two)
China and the First World War
Far from the carnage in Europe, and neutral up until August 1917, China as a whole had a quiet First World War. The same cannot be said for Shandong; it played a starring role in all three of China’s main wartime episodes: the 1914 Siege of Tsingtao, the sending of Chinese labourers to France, and the controversy surrounding the post-war settlements at the Treaty of Versailles.

In the autumn of 1914 the German enclave of Kiaochow was attacked, the prize target being the port settlement of Qingdao (then rendered as “Tsingtao” in English, “Tsingtau” in German) by Japanese and British forces. The Siege of Tsingtao lasted two months. Japanese troops numbered 23,000 and Britain contributed 1,500 (as well as a squadron of warships); the German garrison was about four thousand strong. The defenders put up stiff but ultimately futile resistance, surrendering on November 7, 1914.
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by Steven

Qingdao Jobs: Hyatt FOM

April 4, 2014 in Qingdao Jobs by Steven

The Hyatt Regency in Qingdao is seeking a Front Office Manager. The hotel is located in Laoshan district near the Old Stone Man Beach (actually right on it). For more info and to apply for this job, check out the Hyatt page here. See more info from their site below. View our posting of the hotel opening in 2013 here.
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Jia Huizhen 4.03

April 2, 2014 in Events, Music by Yellow Rock China

Jia Huizhen performs at Downtown Bar in Qingdao on April 3, 2014. Listen to some of the band’s music on Bandcamp. Check out some video here.

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.

When: April 3, 2014, 9 pm
Venue: Downtown Bar
Address: 100 Nanjing Lu (Creative 100) / 南京路100号创意园
Tickets: 30 yuan (RMB) advance, 40 at door

Qingdao Hash House Harriers 4.05

April 2, 2014 in Events by Qingdao Hash House Harriers

Fellow Hashers,

Last week’s trail was unforgettable for all that joined. A great run through the streets and hills of the Laoshan District, followed by drinks next to the water. And we learned that there are other ways of marking a trail. I already look forward to TOGITV’s next trail in QD.

On 5. April we go back to our old school ways of marking our trail. In the old town even. Whore’s Whisperer and Jack Off will set a trail through the beautiful streets in our unique old town area. They promise that the runners will again get their fair share of miles to run but since both hares are walkers, I’m sure the not so fast crowd will also be able to enjoy the trail. And for those that missed the beer stop last week, the hares will make sure that we can rehydrate well enough during our run.
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by Steven

Qingdao Jobs: Maths Teacher

April 1, 2014 in Qingdao Jobs by Steven

International high school in Qingdao seeks maths teacher with A-Level experience. Check out the details from The Beijinger below.

Mathematics Teacher Needed – Qingdao

Now we’re looking for Math Teachers, who can work with us from Aug 2014, need someone with A-Level & IGCSE math teaching experience, English must be native or close to native level.

Chinese local teacher also welcome, but you must receive Math related education overseas, and have A-Level & IGCSE math teaching experience
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by Steven

Qingdao Port IPO in HK

April 1, 2014 in About Qingdao by Steven

Qingdao Port, one of the 10 busiest in the world, will soon seek around half a billion dollars of capital in an IPO on the Hong Kong exchange. The port moved to Huangdao a few years back from its original location in Old Town. More from Bloomberg Businessweek below.

Qingdao Port Group Co., operator of China’s biggest port for crude oil and iron-ore imports, plans to seek about $500 million through an initial public offering in Hong Kong, said people with knowledge of the matter.

The state-owned company expects to receive the Hong Kong stock exchange’s approval next month and plans to start the share sale in the second quarter, the people said, asking not to be identified because the information is private. BOC International Holdings Ltd., Citic Securities Co. and UBS AG are managing the share sale, the people said.

Qingdao Port operates the world’s seventh-biggest port, according to its website. It handled 450 million metric tons of cargo and had container throughput of 15.5 million twenty-foot equivalent units last year, the website shows.

Photo Source @ Eimskip Coldstore

Migration and Orange Ocean 3.29

March 28, 2014 in Events by Yellow Rock China

Migration and Orange Ocean (former Lazy 1st) perform unplugged at Downtown Bar in Qingdao on March 29, 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 134.5524.7795 for more info. Note early start of 6 pm.

When: March 29, 2014, 6 pm
Venue: Downtown Bar
Address: 100 Nanjing Lu (Creative 100) / 南京路100号创意园

QDHHH Run 372 3.29

March 28, 2014 in Events by Qingdao Hash House Harriers

Fellow Hashers,

Sunshine, almost blue sky and warm temperatures. Spring is finally here and it’s time for us to say hello and welcome back. This week we will get a special trail from The Only Gay In The Village who has hashed in many other countries before and who moved to Qingdao just recently. He will show us a bit how other Hash groups mark their trail and for that he will bring us to the nice mountain area over near the Shilaoren Beach. You might get to see his village as well.

Come and join us and enjoy a good run outside!

Meet: 2PM Crowne Plaza Lobby OR 2:45 at the parking lot east of the Hyatt Hotel on Shilaoren Beach (close to Wei Lan Hai Residential Area,,120.4640319,18z)

Run start: 3:00 PM
Details: About 13 KM long and “lumpy”. Walkers join the first half and then can walk back to the finish
Hash Cash: 10 RMB per person
Other stuff: Dinner optional afterwards. No children under the age of 16

Upcoming runs:
5. April: Whore’s Whisperer will set a trail for us in the old town
12. April: Thai Me Up 10 KM challenge. A race from the east to the west. There are prizes for fast people.

Thai Me Up will sponsor prizes for the run. They also offer a special buffet with many Thai dishes and including beer and other drinks. The cost is 120 RMB and we need at least 20 people in total for this. The buffet will start 12:00 and last until 17:00 so not only runners can take part. Bring your friends and family as well.

To register for the buffet please email us or Henrik directly at

19. April: The Horny Medic will take us out to the area of the international flower show and show us some new green areas.

And a bit further in the future:

13. – 15. June 2014: All China Nash Hash in Xiamen. More info at

See you on Saturday, On on!

On On !!

Well Hung Jury “Steve” & Team
Hare Raiser/Trail Master – Qingdao Hash House Harriers

Facebook: – Drinking club with a running problem ;-)

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by Steven

Tsingtao Profits in 2013

March 28, 2014 in About Qingdao by Steven

Tsingtao Brewery profits were up 12.2 percent in 2013. The original brewery is at 56 Dengzhou Lu (aka Beer Street) in Qingdao. Check out the Tsingtao museum and get a (small) free sample at the beer hall at the end of the tour. Pitchers of fresh beer are available for purchase. Try the restaurants along Dengzhou Lu for some passion and success.

Though if you really like beer, try some of the microbrews in town, led by Strong Ale on Daxue Lu and in La Villa. John will turn you on to the other small brewers in the area, and Chris please comment and let everyone know where to get some real good beer in Qingdao, ’cause Tsing Pi has got enough cash judging from appearances. Chris is a part of the Qingdao Homebrewing Club.

More on the Beer in QD group.

Get more info from Reuters on the earnings report for Tsingtao Beer below.

(Reuters) – Tsingtao Brewery Co Ltd , China’s second-biggest brewer by volume, saw 2013 net profit rise 12.2 percent, lagging market estimates as an oversupply and stiff competition weighed on the country’s beer sector.

Tsingtao, which is one-fifth owned by Japan’s Asahi Breweries Ltd, said net profit rose to 1.97 billion yuan ($318.32 million) in the year ended December, up from 1.76 billion yuan profit in 2012.

Asia has become the main battleground for the big four global brewers – Anheuser-Busch InBev SA, SABMiller , Heineken and Carlsberg, as they face flagging sales in Europe and the United States. China is also the world’s biggest beer market by volume.

“The beer sector is a highly competitive traditional industry. Competition among big players is expected to intensify as more global names enter the domestic market,” Tsingtao said in a filing on the Shanghai stock exchange.

Tsingtao’s profit was slightly lower than an estimate of 2.1 billion yuan from 10 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters, but marked a bounce from anaemic growth of 1.2 percent last year, which was the slowest since 1999.

China’s beer industry, estimated at 451 billion yuan in 2013 according to Euromonitor, is consolidating, which should support earnings for market leaders such as Tsingtao.

Tsingtao said in its results statement its market share in China rose 1.07 percentage points to 17.2 percent in 2013.

Tsingtao posted a fourth-quarter loss of 191.6 million yuan in the three months ended December, compared with an 80 million yuan profit the same period a year earlier, according to Reuters calculations.

The firm, which competes with SABMiller-backed Snow beer, AB InBev and Beijing Yanjing Brewery Co Ltd, saw 2013 revenues rise 9.7 percent to 28.3 billion yuan against 2012. Denmark’s Carlsberg is also mounting a challenge, upping its stake in local brewer Chongqing Brewery last year.

Tsingtao’s Shanghai-listed shares ended up 0.23 percent on Tuesday, compared to the 0.1 percent fall in the benchmark CSI 300 Index.

Chen Liang & Chen Yanhong 4.07

March 28, 2014 in Events by Yellow Rock China

Acoustic guitarists Chen Liang and Chen Yanhong perform in Qingdao on April 7, 2014. Tickets are 580 yuan so they must be good. Call for more info: 8272.6977 The theater in Sifang can be reached at 8374.3404.

When: April 7, 2014, 7.15 pm
Venue: Sifang Theater / 四方剧院
Address: 6 Renmin Er Lu / 人民二路6号

Check out a video of Chen Liang playing guitar on Youku. Chen Yanhong goes by the English name Henry and plays Farida guitars.

by Steven

Qingdao Springs Up

March 25, 2014 in Photos by Steven

A sunflower in downtown Qingdao springs up in the shadow of the Holiday Inn on Xuzhou Lu. Send in your photos of Qingdao – contact us here.

by Clay

Qingdao Photos: Welcome To Qingdao

March 22, 2014 in Photos by Clay

Ms. Cong spreads her vestigial wings at the Qingdao Airport.