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The Aviator of Tsingtao – Part Two

April 21, 2014 in About Qingdao

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 here. 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 www.camphorpress.com and Amazon.

The Aviator of Tsingtao – Part Two
Part One of our story ended with Japanese and British forces launching a massive final assault on Tsingtao in early November 1914, the Germans about to surrender after a two-month siege, and Gunther Plüschow, the defenders’ lone pilot, preparing to run the blockade. Here in his own words he describes his dramatic last minutes in the German enclave:

“There was no more time to lose. The aviation field had become extremely uncomfortable through the continuous shell and shrapnel fire.


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All China Nash Hash in Xiamen 6.13-15

April 14, 2014 in Events

Some info from the folks in Xiamen:
Hi Hashers,
Come One Come All, this year’s All China Nash Hash will be held in Xiamen from Friday, June 13th through to Sunday, June 15th. The HuanDaoLu Xiamen HHH will be hosting, and with Hashers from all around, hopes to make it a Great Hashing Weekend!!! Read the rest of this entry →

Family Easter Brunch 4.20

April 14, 2014 in Events

Dear Friends and Expats,

Season’s greetings!
Qingdao Expat Group presents Family Easter Brunch in association with Hotel Shangri-La as per details below.

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Qingdao Golf Trophy From Back In The Day

April 14, 2014 in About Qingdao


The photo shows a golf trophy from Qingdao in what appears to be 1924 or perhaps 1913? The photo was sent in by Qingdaonese member Dennis who thinks it may be from 1938.

Does anyone have any info on golfing in Qingdao from back in the day?

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Qingdao Airlines Planes & Uniforms Unveiled

April 14, 2014 in About Qingdao


Launching March 2014, just in time for the Qingdao International Horticulture Expo, Qingdao Airlines recently unveiled its new planes and crew uniforms. Check out Bruce Drum’s photos of the planes here. CAAC announced the new airline in May of 2013.

Photo from Qingdaonews.com.

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Qingdao By Any Other Name

April 9, 2014 in About Qingdao

Qingdao is the current international spelling for the city known in China as 青岛.

Historically the city has been represented as Tsingtao and Tsingtau (German spelling). Qingdao has been called by nicknames such as Dao Cheng (岛成/Island City) and Qin Dao (琴岛/Stringed Isle). The 2008 Summer Olympics brought the name Sailing City to go with Beer City.

Check out the various names and spellings for Qingdao below.
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Qingdao Photos: Historical Parking

April 8, 2014 in Photos

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La Villa 11th Anniversary Party 4.11

April 7, 2014 in About Qingdao, Events


Qingdao’s best bistro is throwing its annual birthday bash. La Villa is 11, still there, and pouring some of the finest beer in Qingdao. Check out the party on April 11 at La Villa, on Hong Kong Middle Rd, just west of Shangri-La Hotel. Call 8388.6833 for more info.

Long Live La Villa!

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Qingdao Spring Blossoms

April 7, 2014 in Photos

 

Hooray, Spring is finally here, and Qingdao blossoms to celebrate. These shots were taken near the Kylin Hotel in Laoshan District, next to Tsingtao Beer City. Check out more photos of Qingdao Spring flowers by Michael Zhu in Zhongshan Park, and what things look like in “Summer’s Cauldron” along the Binhai Highway by Edward Pan.

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The Aviator of Tsingtao – Part One

April 7, 2014 in About Qingdao

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 www.camphorpress.com 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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Qingdao Jobs: Hyatt FOM

April 4, 2014 in Qingdao Jobs

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

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