by Da Wei

Qingdao Photos: Da Wei Xmas

December 18, 2013 in Photos by Da Wei

Christmas tree Qingdao Hisense Da Wei

Taken by Da Wei in Qingdao for Christmas. Send us your photos: info@qingdaonese.com.

Christmas Qingdao Hisense Da Wei

by Admin

Qingdaonese Seeking: Writers / Photographers

December 9, 2013 in About Qingdao by Admin

Qingdaonese.com is currently seeking staff who can contribute stories, impressions, views of Qingdao. We need a content editor, contributing writers, and photographers with an eye for capturing the city and countryside surrounding Qingdao, i.e. Laoshan, Pingdu, Laixi, Jimo and more.

Please contact us to find out more information.

by Clay

Qingdao Photos: Multi Coastal

December 8, 2013 in Photos by Clay

Qingdao Photos Xizhen Coast Old Town

When in Qingdao one is never far from the coast. Check out views of Zhan Qiao, Xizhen, and like a new town animal in a furnished cage, the Olympic Sailing Center Marina. Contribute your photos of Qingdao – get in touch.

Qingdao Photos Coastline Dusk Zhan Qiao Pier Little Qingdao

Qingdao Photos Red Jacket Marina Sailing Center Coast

by Hunter

Qingdao Eagles vs. Guangsha Lions 12.08

December 8, 2013 in Events by Hunter

Qingdao Double Star Eagles CBA Basketball

The Qingdao Double Star Eagles take on Zhejiang Guangsha Lions in Qingdao on December 8, 2013. Qingdao is currently in second to last place in the CBA with a 2-8 win-loss record. Josh Akognan of the Double Star Eagles is ranked 7th among CBA scorers while American Jonathan Gibson (New Mexico St) of Guangsha is 4th overall. Come check out the shoot out between 2 of the CBA’s leading scorers in Qingdao.

When: December 6 (7:30 pm Tip Off)
Venue: Qingdao University Arena, Hong Kong East Rd.
More Info: 8268-4351

Relevant Links:
NiuBBall (English)
Official CBA website (Chinese)
Official Qingdao Double Star website (Chinese)

by Steven

Qingdao Metro Subway Map

December 4, 2013 in About Qingdao by Steven

Qingdao Metro Skyscraper City

Check out the above map of the Qingdao Metro Subway Lines from Skyscraper City. Recently there was an announcement on the Qingdao City Gov website that Line 3 (Blue Line above) would be finished by late 2015 based on current construction rate. Earlier estimates had placed completion date at end of 2014. View a close up map of the Qingdao peninsula subway routes here.

“We are going to continue to work hard and try our best to realize the operation of Line 3 in the second half of 2015″, said Wang Yongliang, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Qingdao Metro Construction Headquarters and general manager of Qingdao Metro Group.

Relevant Links:
Qingdao Metro Map
Igloo Subway Design for Qingdao Subway Interior

by Steven

Qingdao Double Star vs Bayi Rockets 12.06

December 4, 2013 in Events, Sports by Steven

Qingdao Double Star Eagles CBA

The Qingdao Double Star Eagles shoot for improvement on last year’s last place finish in the CBA when they play at home against Bayi Rockets on December 6, 2013. Qingdao is currently in second to last place. See full standings on Asia-Basket.com here and get more info on Qingdao’s team here. Come out and cheer Josh Akognan, one of the league’s highest scorers for the Eagles. Shuang Xin, Jia You! Tickets range from 60 to 200 yuan (RMB) and are available at the venue (enter via south gate on Hong Kong East Road).

When: December 6 (7:30 pm Tip Off)
Venue: Qingdao University Arena, Hong Kong East Rd.
More Info: 8268-4351

Relevant Links:
Official CBA website (Chinese)
Official Qingdao Double Star website (Chinese)
NiuBBall (CBA news and more)

2 Xmas Markets

December 4, 2013 in Events by Qingdao Expat Group

Qingdao Christmas Market 2011

Dear Friends and Expats,

There are 2 Christmas Markets/Fairs this weekend. Hope you are able to attend these and make the most of them for your Christmas shopping needs. Season’s greetings and all the very best to you and your families!

1) International Christmas Market – Hotel Intercontinental Gardens.
The Qingdao Expat Charity Committee will be selling Gluwien and baked goods at the Qingdao International Christmas market taking place at the Intercontinental Hotel December 5-8. The hours of the market are as follows:

Thursday, December 5, 5:00PM – 8:00PM
Friday, December 6, 3:00PM – 8:00PM
Saturday, December 7, 12:00PM – 8:00PM
Sunday, December 8, 12:00PM – 8:00PM

2) ISQ’s Christmas Fair at their Campus.
This year the Christmas Fair is on Saturday, December 7th, 10AM – 2PM at the ISQ Baishan Campus Shazikou, Dongjiang, Laoshan District Shandong Province, Qingdao. That address in Chinese is 青岛MTI国际学校崂山区沙子口东姜白珊校园内.

Thanks everyone, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Happy holidays!


Best Regards,

Preeti Chaudhary
Qingdao Expat Group Administrator

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Qingdao Christmas Market 2011 InterContinental

Qingdao Christmas Market 2011 InterContinental

by Marcus

Snow Season

December 1, 2013 in Sports by Marcus

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Winter in northern China can be cold and snowy but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the season. For skiiers of all levels, check out the 114 on getting out on the trails around Qingdao and beyond.

Skiing in Qingdao’s Backyard: Jimo

Tiantai Holiday Hot Spring and Ski Resort 天泰假日温泉滑雪场
Being the closest to Qingdao, it’s a convenient and easy day trip, but with only two slight slopes of 350m and 240m long, Tiantai is more geared towards beginners, or those just looking to get some fresh air and share some laughs. Both slopes are equipped with platter-pulls, but walking may be a quicker option if lines are long, as they tend to be on weekends. The gear available (including skis, snowboards, boots and snowsuits) is basic and in decent condition. The season begins in December and should last until the end of February and possibly into March, depending on weather conditions.

After skiing at Tiantai you can loosen up your loins in the afternoon at a couple of hot spring resorts in the area. Kylin Hot Springs Resort is one of the better known resorts and they have everything from milk and mud baths, to pools filled with minnows that nip away at your dead skin. 98 yuan (RMB) will award you with an hour and a half of bathing time. Call ahead for more info: 8657-8888.

There is a shuttle bus that runs from Jusco which costs 30 yuan (RMB) round-trip if you purchase Tiantai Ski tickets beforehand. The trip takes a little more than an hour from downtown Qingdao. The bus price triples if you have not previously purchased ski passes. These trips may include stop-overs at hot-springs as well as a place to grab lunch. The number to order bus and ski tickets is 150-9223-1208. See here for more information on ticket prices (in Chinese). Contact Qingdao Shanshui 山水 Adventures for additional information or help setting up a trip.

Skiing in Qingdao’s Neighbor, Qingzhou

Tuoshan Ski Resort 驼山滑雪场
Qingzhou, located just west of Qingdao, is a historical town bordered to the southwest by mountains which are home to some of the earliest Buddhist relics found in northern China. Now you can find one of Shandong’s best ski resorts amongst their slopes. The resort is around 5 km outside of town and the slopes are a bit steeper and longer than Tiantai. Getting a train to Qingzhou and then a taxi or bus to Tuoshan is probably your best option for getting there. If you get bored after a morning of skiing, head over and visit the municipal museum and see the Lost Buddhas of Qingzhou (photos), half of which are currently circling the globe and being exhibited in some of the world’s best museums. Link here for more information on ski prices at Qingzhou.

Skiing in Qingdao’s Big Brother, Jinan

Crouching Tiger Mountain Ski Resort 卧虎山滑雪场
We don’t know much about this place other than they claim to have the widest ski slope in China, and well, it’s called Crouching Tiger, which is cool in itself!

Jinxiang Shan 金象山滑雪场Supposedly
Shandong’s best, but it’s likely all of the above mentioned resorts would be better enjoyed by snow-bunnies and butt-draggers, while shredders and rippers should probably look further than Shandong to get their white powder fix.

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Skiing Further Away from Qingdao

Duolemeidi Mountain Resort 多乐美地度假山庄
Located 226 kilometers northwest of Beijing, the first foreign invested ski resort in China is named Duolemeidi (a Mandarin transliteration of The Dolomites). Home to China’s finest and fastest ski lift as well as nicely groomed slopes and facilities, Duolemeidi makes for a perfect weekend getaway from Qingdao. There are seven slopes in total, two of which are over 1,500 meters long and plans for many more. They also have world-class ski equipment and the staff and services are very accommodating, including English speaking staff. Don’t miss the Glühwein (warm, spiced red-wine), hot-pot and pizza at the lodge. Getting away for the weekend is simple, head up to Beijing on Friday, catch the shuttle from around the third ring road, ski Saturday all day and Sunday morning than prepare to head back to Qingdao Sunday afternoon. Accommodations can be reserved for any time of the week, and ladies ski for free on Wednesday. See here for more information.

Nanshan Ski Resort 南山滑雪场
A little closer to Beijing is Nanshan, a snowboarding haven which hosted the Eighth Red Bull Nanshan Open. Given its proximity to Beijing, supposedly lines are the norm on weekends.

Yabuli Ski Resort 亚布力滑雪旅游度假区
A few hours outside of Haerbin by train, it is China’s largest ski resort and the training grounds for China’s Olympic ski team. Be prepared for a few days of travel and unless things have changed in recent years, loud techno pumping in your ears on the lifts and then squatter toilets up top. Also, snow making abilities may be an issue at times, so double check conditions beforehand.

Snow Season Qingzhou China

Relevant Links:
Kylin Hot Springs Resort
Crouching Tiger Mountain Ski Resort 卧虎山滑雪场
Jinxiang Shan 金象山滑雪场
Duolemeidi Mountain Resort 多乐美地度假山庄
Nanshan Ski Resort 南山滑雪场
Yabuli Ski Resort 亚布力滑雪旅游度假区
Qingdao Adventures Skiing & Snowboarding Photos

Photo Credits @ Qingdao Adventures

by Steven

Qingdao Photos: Transport

November 30, 2013 in Photos by Steven

A series of photos taken around Qingdao of various modes of transport, including a Lada taxi and a jeep at the 1st beer fest.

Check out the image below of a Chinese style jeep wagon – in the background is an International Beer Festival banner above the gate of Zhongshan Park. That was for the very 1st beer fest in Qingdao in 1991.

Qingdao Photos Transport China Jeep

The one below shows a China Post Delivery Bike, complete with canvas pouch. These guys are out along Hong Kong Road in rain, sleet, snow, sun… This one was parked in front of the Hai Bian Ren (HBR) Restaurant near Shangri La Hotel.

Qingdao Photos Transport China Post Bike

Also below, check out a typical rural ride, i.e. a Chinese made motorbike/scooter in a field in Wang Ge Zhuang, Laoshan and a car that leaves no doubt as to where it was made.

Qingdao Photos Transport Motorbike Laoshan

Qingdao Photos Transport Made in China

Many rush hour shuttles around Qingdao are huge buses delivering workers door to door. One of my favourites has always been a Hino Japanese brand bus that is ripe for renovation and a road trip further with some Merry Pranksters to western Yunnan.

Qingdao Photos Transport Hino Bus

Back in the 1990′s, most Qingdao taxis were Lada cars from Russia. What they lacked in style, reliability, and suspension was made up for in HEAT, strong and plentiful. Here’s a shot of the dashboard from the mid 90′s, somewhere in downtown Qingdao.

Qingdao Photos Transport Lada Taxi Dash

Electric vehicles are made by Qingdao based Aucma – here’s one on the grounds of the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center, next to the InterContinental Hotel near Aomen Lu. Battery powered, no emission vehicles might be the boon for Qingdao’s air, how fast do you need to get to Taidong anyway?

Qingdao Photos Transport Jinlu Aucma E Car

Qingdaonese.com is always on the lookout for images of Qingdao, especially ones that help portray life and times of a great city. Please send us your pics of Qingdao!

Relevant Links:
QINGDAO(nese) Photos on Flickr

by Hunter

FYI – Best Way to Stay Warm

November 29, 2013 in Polls by Hunter

The QINGDAO(nese) FYI poll results are in.

When it comes to staying warm in Qingdao during winter, people like to escape the cold by heading south. With a total of 36 voters, the top answer to this FYI poll was ‘Go South’, with 28% of the total, or 10 Votes. Full poll results are listed below. Please vote on the new poll and let us know which holiday you’ll be enjoying in Qingdao.

“Best way to stay warm during Winter?”

Go South

10 Votes / 28%

Tsingtao Insulation

7 Votes / 19%

Cocoa, Coffee, Cha

6 Votes / 17%

Municipal Heat

6 Votes / 17%

Bundle Up

4 Votes / 11%

Other

3 Votes / 8%

QDHHH Potluck 11.30

November 29, 2013 in Events by Qingdao Hash House Harriers

Qingdao Turket Trot
QDHHH Run No. 355 – Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 -& Post-Run Potluck Dinner/BYOB at John’s

Hares: Flipper Over “Shannon” & John
Costs: RMB 10 for bus and beers

Dinner: It’s a potluck! Bring some food/ drink to share if you can, we’ll all gather together in John’s apartment and have a great meal!

Meeting Place and Time: **Winter start time** – meet at 1 PM at Crowne Plaza for a 1:15 SHARP hare-off.

Or, hop on a west-bound bus (31/ 304/ 321/ 501…) and jump off two stops later at city hall 市政府.

Run starts when we reach the start point, approx 1:20-1:25.

Hare/s say:
On the fourth Thursday of November, Americans gather together and feast, usually on delicacies such as turkey and potatoes and pie. Friends and families come together to expand their stomachs, to celebrate relationships and give thanks for all of the wonderful things that have occurred over the past year. And the only thing better than celebrating Thanksgiving once on Thursday* is to do it again!

Saturday we’ll go for a run. Most of these places you’ll have seen before, but it’s always fun to go for a run with friends. We’ll visit the ocean, some city streets, probably go up some hills. It’ll be an A-A run, starting from the bus stop nearest nearest May 4th square, at city hall 市政府, beginning around 1:25.

After we work off some of the extra calories from this week, we’ll feast again! John has kindly invited us to his apartment, where there’ll be delicious food. Probably no turkey, as Flipper Over is both uncertain how to cook a turkey and skeptical that it would in her toaster over. Freshly baked cookies are promised (you’ll even be able to shape the dough yourself!) and there might be a pie or two. Plus, we hope that some of the hashers will also share their specialties (convience store shopping can count as a specialty!)

If you want to come for dinner, send an email to rsvp*! Reply to this email or email Flipper Over by clicking here. Include: how many people for dinner and if/ what you can bring.

TL/DR:
Sat run, meet 1 at Crowne Plaza or at 1:25 at bus stop nearest May 4th square (city hall)
A-A run. There’s a place to store things/ food during the run if you need.
Potluck dinner. Bring something to share if you can. RSVP needed.

The Fine Print
**We’d love to have everyone, but rsvps are necessary, for silly things like knowing how many plates we will need. And whilst ‘the more the merrier’ is our motto, we also have to consider how many people will fit into John’s apartment.

*FYI- For those looking to feast on Thursday, there’s apparently a party at Lennon bar starting at 7pm with: Turkey, corn, sweet potatoes, vegetables, cranberry sauce – and, as always, inexpensive drinks . LIVE music and loads of fun, head over to Lennon on Thursday :-) Yum Yum Yum!

Plan to attend? Please RSVP !

Receding Hareline:
WE NEED HARES! Send an email here or volunteer at the next hash if you’d like to hare a date below, thanks!

Run No. 356 – December 7th – ?? it could be YOU!
Run No. 357 – December 14th – ?? or YOU!
Run No. 358 – XMAS SPECIAL SANTA’S GIFT EXCHANGE RUN – December 21st – ?? yes, YOU!
Run No. 359 – NEW YEAR SPECIAL – December 28th – ?? and YOU too!

Hash Specials:
Henrik’s 10K challenge- A straight 10K run, postponed to November/ December. No short cuts, no stops. The following prizes at Thai Me Up will be up for grabs:

1st Man/Woman Thai Me Up gift card 400 RMB
2nd Man/Woman Thai Me Up gift card 200 RMB
3rd Man Woman Thai Me Up gift card 100 RMB
4th to 10th free beer.

Best Man/Woman over 45 Gift card 200 RMB.

Prepare well!


On On !!

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

E: qingdaohhh@gmail.com
W: http://qdhhh.eu5.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/QdHHH – Drinking club with a running problem ;-)

Global Hash Trash: www.gthhh.com

by Da Wei

Qingdao Photos: Aerial Da Wei

November 23, 2013 in Photos by Da Wei

Check out an aerial shot of the city by QINGDAO(nese) member Da Wei. To contribute your photos of Qingdao, please get in touch.

Qingdao Photos Da Wei Aerial City View Coast

Relevant Links:
Qingdao Photos