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Streets of Qingdao: Guizhou Lu

May 8, 2011 in About Qingdao

Guizhou Lu runs through the heart of an area known in Qingdao as Xi Zhen, one of the main residential quarters in the city prior to the eastward urban expansion of the 1990′s. Following Guizhou Lu west leads to Tuandao, the very tip of the Qingdao peninsula jutting out into Jiaozhou Bay. The main neighborhood of Xi Zhen is called Ba Da Xia, centered around Guizhou Lu where it runs parallel to the coast a block or two off the seashore.

Ba Da Xia is old school Qingdao, a quiet residential area near the sea with a slower pace than other areas of the city

The old German Railway Bureau building on the eastern end of Guizhou Lu is today an administrative center for China Rail, near the 12 Middle School bus stop. Commercial outlets on Guizhou include branches of Liqun Department Store and Impulse Fitness Center. Keeping in line with the Qingdao tradition of naming roads after places in China, Guizhou Lu is named after the sparsely populated, mountainous province in the west of the country.

Streets of Qingdao Guizhou Lu Apartments

Streets of Qingdao Guizhou Lu Beer

Streets of Qingdao Guizhou Lu Rail Bureau

Streets of Qingdao: Guizhou Lu 12 Middle Bus Stop

Streets of Qingdao Guizhou Lu Bus 321

Streets of Qingdao: Guizhou Lu XIkang Lu Sign

Streets of Qingdao: Guizhou Lu Shoe Repair

Streets of Qingdao: Guizhou Lu Welcome

Streets of Qingdao: Guizhou Lu Old Road Sign

Streets of Qingdao Guizhou Lu Map

Relevant Links:
Guizhou Lu/Ba Da Xia on Google Maps

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Dunhuang My Dreamland 5.09-10

May 6, 2011 in Arts, Events

Lanzhou Song and Dance Theater perform Dunhuang My Dreamland at the Qingdao Grand Theatre on May 9 and 10, 2011. The drama tells of star crossed lovers Mogao and Yueya, and the art of the Dunhuang Grottoes.

When: May 9-10, 7.30 pm
Venue: Qingdao Grand Theatre / 青岛大剧院
Location: 5 Yunling Lu, Laoshan district / 云岭路5号
Tickets: 100-380 yuan (RMB)
More Info: 8066.5555

More info from the Lanzhou Song and Dance Theater:

“It is the beginning of the 20th Century, and deep in the heart of the Dunhuang Caves an old Taoist Priest watchman is doing his rounds of the Mogao Grotto. Suddenly he stumbles upon an unknown cave full of Buddhists Documents. He picks one up and as he slowly unrolls it, he discovers a painting that would take him on a compelling and touching journey back in time.

Young painter Mogao proceeded to Dunhuang in pursuit of the highest realm of lofty thought in art. On his way to the desert he was wounded, and his life was in danger. A passer-by heroine Yueya saved him, Not long after, they met again at Dunhuang and fell in love. The Great General (Yueya′s father) opposed their relationship and forced his daughter to choose a husband from among rich and famous men. Yueya decided to run away to seek her true love. They appointed to meet in the cave, but they were surrounded by the Great General’s army amidst blood and fire. Yueya saved Mogao’s life again, but she lost her life and turned into a spring. With great sorrow, Mogao used the spring water to embellish his pens and wrote a song of art at the Dunhuang caves. The Mogao Grotto and the Yueya Spring are still left in Dunhuang and they are immortal for centuries to come. Love and art will be together forever.”

Dunhuang Dream Lanzhou in Qingdao Drama

Dunhuang My Dreamland Lovers Qingdao

Relevant Links:
Lanzhou Song and Dance Theater
Qingdao Grand Theatre

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Qingdao Symphony Orchestra 5.14

May 6, 2011 in Events, Music

The Qingdao Symphony Orchestra performs at the Qingdao People’s Hall on May 14, 2011. The evening’s program includes music by Mozart, Dvorak, and the 20th century English composer Britten. The Qingdao People’s Hall is on the corner of Taiping Lu and Daxue Lu near Xiao Qingdao and Zhan Qiao.

When: May 14, 7.30 pm
Venue: Qingdao People’s Hall / 青岛人民会堂
Location: 9 Taiping Lu / 太平路9号
Info: 8289.7229

Relevant Links:
Qingdao Symphony Orchestra Official Website
Qingdao People’s Hall

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Qingdao Jonoon vs. Nanchang Hengyuan 5.08

May 5, 2011 in Events, Sports

Qingdao’s first division Chinese Super League football club Qingdao Jonoon (青岛中能) plays at home against Nanchang Hengyuan (南昌衡源) on May 8, 2011. Check out more details and stats on the Chinese Super League (CSL) and Qingdao Jonoon. Come out and watch Nanchang’s Uruguayan duo Jhonathan Rafael Ramis Persíncula and Diego Daniel Vera Méndez on the attack against Jonoon on Sunday afternoon.

Who: Qingdao Jonoon vs. Nanchang Hengyuan
When: May 8, 2011 (3:30 pm Kick Off)
Venue: Tiantai Stadium

Relevant Links:
Tiantai Stadium on Google Maps
Qingdao Jonoon Official Website
Nanchang Hengyuan Official Site

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Xi Ming 5.13

May 4, 2011 in Events, Music

Xi Ming (习明) performs in Qingdao at the Owl Bar (sHooters) in the Olympic Sailing Center on May 13, 2011. Listen to Xi Ming on Douban (scroll down for player). Watch a video of Xi Ming on Tudou.

When: May 13, 8 pm
Venue: Owl Bar (sHooters) / 猫头鹰酒吧
Location: Olympic Center Bar Street / 奥帆中心酒吧街
Tickets: Door 30 yuan (RMB)
More Info: 136.6886.6600

Relevant Links:
Xi Ming on Douban
Xi Ming on Tudou

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May 4th Square

May 3, 2011 in About Qingdao, Featured

May 4th or 5.4 (Wu Si), is a special date in Chinese history. It refers to the May 4th movement of 1919 that was a response to events concerning Qingdao and Shandong after WW1.

May 4th Square (Wusi Guangchang/五四广场) is the centerpiece of downtown Qingdao. It is located across from the city government building and stretches south to the coast at Fushan Bay. The square is actually rectangular in shape and broken into two parts by Donghai Lu. The northern section is bordered by the office complex known as Fenghe Plaza on the west and Pacific Plaza on the east. At the southern end of May 4th Square is the red sculpture called May Wind that is the post 90′s symbol of Qingdao.

May 4th Square is also called Wu Si Square, Wu Si Guangchang, 5.4 Square, or just Wu Si (五四).

May 4th Square is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike, becoming crowded during the warmer months on holidays and weekends, with the area of the square next to the May Wind sculpture populated by kite flyers and tandem bike riders. May 4th Square is sandwiched between Music Square and the Olympic Sailing Venue. Places to eat, drink, and hang out on the square include Coffee Spark, The Diner, Cafe Alley, and Quanjude Peking Duck. Watch a video introducing May 4th Square on Youku (Mandarin Chinese narration) and a video of the night views of the square on Youtube.

Relevant Links:
May 4th Square Info
Wu Si Guangchang on Google Maps

Image Credit @ Sophia Lum

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TNT: Much Ado About Nothing 5.11

May 3, 2011 in Arts, Events

TNT Theatre stages a production of Much Ado About Nothing at the Qingdao Grand Theatre on May 11, 2011. The British theatre group is touring China this spring with a modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic comedy about 2 couples confused in love and marriage by themselves and those around them.

TNT founder Paul Stebbings has written that “Much Ado About Nothing throws down a challenge to the audience with its very title. What is this play? A comedy that is not always funny? A tragedy with a happy ending? A thriller even? Or is it a masque: that strange mix between symbolic drama and dance theatre that was to overwhelm English theatre a few years after Shakespeare’s death. I think the answer is yes to all these questions”.

Tickets range from 30 to 200 yuan (RMB) and are available at Creative 100, Building 3, Rm. 107 (enter at the door near The Book Nook). Call 8097.0303 for more information.

When: May 11, 7.30 pm
Venue: Qingdao Grand Theatre / 青岛大剧院
Location: 5 Yunling Lu, Laoshan district / 云岭路5号
Tickets: 30-200 yuan (RMB)
More Info: 8066.5555, 8097.0303

Excerpts from TNT Britain – An Introduction and Manifesto by Paul Stebbings
In 1980 three unemployed actors borrowed a small car and set off on a tour of Britain. They called the company TNT – The New Theatre – and by 2008 that same company is known as “the most popular theatre company in the world” (China National TV) performing in over thirty countries on three continents in 2008 alone.

The same principles that made The London Guardian call the “the most interesting development on the current theatrical scene” back in TNT’s first year are present almost thirty years later as indeed are two of the original members: director (then actor) Paul Stebbings and dramaturg Phil Smith. TNT present a dynamic actor based style of theatre that rejects television based realism in favour of fantasy, imagination, physicality and a muscular approach to serious text. We also like a good laugh. Since 1984 TNT have been exploring music theatre and every production includes a new score. TNT’s first composer was John Kenny and he is still with us. Paul Flush and Thomas Johnson compose for the company too.

We are a physical theatre company, and all the original actors trained in the Grotowski method in Britain and Poland. We aim to combine all the performing arts. TNT’s choreographer since 1992 is Eric Tessier Lavigne.

TNT invented a word “audiencentric” – theatre is for you, our public. The relationship essential in our theatre is not between actor and text, or actor and actor, or actor and director or even designer and director but actor and audience. Simple. And the greatest weapon in TNT’s armoury is your imagination, not ours.

Theatre is a language, we happen to be English so we use a lot of English.

We perform anywhere to anyone … our technical requirement is an audience.

We share a vision of theatre as a global force for positive change: live art for all.

TNT Britain Theatre Much Ado About Nothing Qingdao

Relevant Links:
TNT Britain Much Ado About Nothing on Youku
Shakespeare Much Ado About Nothing Full Text
Qingdao Grand Theatre

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Chyi Chin 5.15-16

May 2, 2011 in Events, Music

Chyi Chin (齐秦) performs in Qingdao at the Qingdao Grand Theatre on May 15 and 16, 2011. The singer usually goes by the English name Chyi Chin though the pinyin spelling of his Chinese name is Qi Qin. He was introduced to performing by his singing star older sister Chyi Yu (齐豫). Chyi’s 1985 hit song Wolf (狼) established him as a star in his own right. Chyi Chin sang many of the famous Chinese songs of the 1980′s and 90′s. The uptempo Yi Wu Suo You (一无所有) is another crowd favorite almost sure to be heard on the 2 nights he sings in Qingdao, as well as Probably in Winter (Da Yue Zai Dong Ji/大约在冬季) and Yue Liang Dai Biao Wo De Xin (月亮代表我的心), easily the biggest hit ballad in Chinese contemporary music, originally popularized by Deng Lijun (Teresa Teng). Tickets range from 50 to 880 yuan (RMB) and are available by calling toll free 400-818-3333.

When: May 15-16, 7.30 pm
Venue: Qingdao Grand Theatre / 青岛大剧院
Location: 5 Yunling Lu, Laoshan district / 云岭路5号
Tickets: 50-880 yuan (RMB)
More Info: 8066.5555

Relevant Links:
Chyi Chin Official Website
Qingdao Grand Theatre

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Qingdao Photos: Clay Army IV

May 2, 2011 in Photos

Check out the fourth installment of photos by Qingdao based Clay Army. The main image shows the northeast corner of Shandong Lu and Xianggang Lu (Hong Kong Rd) intersection during the 50th anniversary celebrations of the founding of the PRC in October 1999. Contact the photographer directly.

Qingdao Photos Beihai Shipyards

The Beihai Shipyards used to be on the site of the present day Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center (next to May 4 Square in Fushan Bay) before moving to Huangdao to make way for the 2008 Olympics Sailing Regatta. This photo was taken facing south from the Jin Guang Da Sha on Hong Kong Rd circa 1998.

Qingdao Photos Pichai Yuan

Pi Chai Yuan is in one of the oldest commercial areas in Qingdao’s old town just west of Zhongshan Lu. The area was renovated in 2008. This photo shows Pi Chai Yuan in the 1990′s. Read more about Qingdao’s traditional liyuan.

Qingdao Photos Huiquan Arena

The Huiquan Arena was torn down in renovations of Huiquan Square near Qingdao’s Number 1 Bathing Beach after the year 2000. This arena used to host sports events as well as concerts – Cui Jian played there in 1994. The Double Star Badminton Club was attached to the turtle like structure built in the 1980′s. Tiantai Stadium behind the arena is undergoing renovations, covered by scaffolding.

Qingdao Photos Laoshan Billboard

The billboards in Qingdao used to be hand painted (the former profession of Qingdao painter Pan Wenyi). This one shows an ad for Laoshan Mineral Water. Picture taken in 1992. Note the lack of cars and use of bikes.

Qingdao Photos Hong Kong Road Ocean Hotel

The view from a taxi at the intersection of Xianggang Zhong Lu and Yanerdao Lu, traveling west. Note the Ocean Hotel on the right middle just in front of the still under construction Qingdao Financial Center. The Ocean Hotel is no longer there – in its place are 2 new COSCO office towers (across from Jusco).

Qingdao Photos Jimo Lu Market

Jimo Lu was formerly an outdoor market that spread out over many blocks in the neighborhood surrounding the Jiaozhou Lu/Zhongshan Lu area. It was a covered market open year round.

Relevant Links:
More Clay Army Photos on QINGDAO(nese)
Talent Will Out Or Else
Build It
Impressions of Midi 2010
Transparent Burial Presents Reflected Light

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CBSL: Qingdao 2011 Champs

May 2, 2011 in Sports

The Qingdao (Tsingtao) Beer badminton team has been declared the 2011 champions of the China Badminton Super League. This is the second year in a row for the Qingdao team to take top honors. The league was formed in 2010 with 8 teams featuring some of the world’s top players including world number 1 Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia and Chinese Olympic medalist Lin Dan. This year, Qingdao defeated Hunan on April 30th to take the 2011 title with victories coming from women’s singles winner Wang Xin, men’s double team Fu Haifeng and Shen Ye, and women’s doubles duo Qiu Zihan and Ma Jin.

Final results for the 2011 season

  • Winner: QINGDAO Beer
  • Runner-up: HUNAN Xiangcai Securities
  • 2nd Runner-up: BAYI Dongling Refineries
  • 4th place: WUHAN Hubei Autocity
  • 5th place: ZHEJIANG Yinjiang
  • 6th place: GUANGZHOU Yueyu
  • 7th place: JIANGSU Yonex
  • 8th place: SHANGHAI Zwick

Qingdao Beer 2011 Champs China Badminton Wang Xin

More info from Badzine Badminton Webzine

The two-year-old China Badminton League closed its chapter on the annual badminton calendar on Saturday, with Qingdao declared champion and Hunan following closely behind with Bayi tailing along. Coincidentally, these three names in order displayed a complete duplicate of the final results last year.

On Saturday, April 30th Beijing time, the China League’s defending champion, Qingdao Beer took on the previous year’s runner-up Hunan Xiangcai Securities in a final battle.

According to the league’s regulations, a team is declared champion if placed top of the list twice at the end of both cycles. If a different team grabs the first place in the second cycle, the team with a higher ranking within top four in the other cycle wins.

With a #1 finish in the first cycle, the Qingdao-Hunan match on Saturday was the utmost deciding match for the former team, who were still fighting for the last ticket into the top four of the second cycle, hoping to grab the final victory of the league. If first cycle’s runner-up Hunan had won, it would have been a taste of victory for them instead, while Qingdao would have fallen off to the 7th place in the cycle, ending the season only as the second runner-up.

Watch matches from the 2011 China Badminton League online.

Relevant Links:
China Badminton Association (Chinese)
China Badminton League Revived

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Post Beijing Beatles

May 2, 2011 in Music

The Beijing Beatles played at Club New York on April 22, 2011. Here’s a short lo-fi video excerpt from the night’s performance.

Relevant Links:
The Beijing Beatles Official Website

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Lao Dong Jie 5.1

May 1, 2011 in About Qingdao, Events

The International Labor Day on May 1st is called Lao Dong Jie (劳动节) in China. The days surrounding May 1 are heavy travel days – transportation, accommodation, and recreation outlets will be crammed with travelers for the annual Spring holiday.

Labor Day is celebrated on various days in different countries, such as the fourth Monday in October in New Zealand, the first Monday in September in Canada and in the US (where labor day originated when the 1884 convention of the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions proclaimed that “eight hours shall constitute a legal day’s labor from May 1, 1886.”), and May 23 in Jamaica. TimeAndDate.com says “May Day dates back to pagan cults that worshipped trees and other symbols of nature. Traditionally, May Day is characterized by the gathering of flowers and the fertility rite of dancing around the maypole.”

Even though Labor Day actually comes from events surrounding a worker’s strike in Chicago, there aren’t any activities in the US on May 1. Here in China, May Day is one of the year’s major holidays. Before the May Day holiday was shortened to three days, it was known as a golden week from May 1 to May 7, a holiday of shopping, travel, and hanging out. Today the vacation only lasts for about three days, but it is still popular to go out and participate in all kinds of outdoor activities.

The word “labor” translates as “lao dong” in Chinese, thus Labor Day is called Lao Dong Jie. The holiday is often referred to as “wu yi” – meaning “five one” or May 1. Happy Lao Dong Jie ! Workers of the world: recreate!

Benefits of May Day Holiday:
Shops, supermarkets, and malls offer customers a real bargain. Workers can get some extra money if they keep working on holidays, such as double or triple pay. Students can earn more by doing different kinds of part time jobs during this period. Families get together and go to parks or amusement parks, just to enjoy the beauty of quality family time. Children can stop studying for a while to have fun with their friends or siblings. One big aspect of the holiday is the promotion of consumption in the domestic market, which helps relieve some economic pressure for the nation for a little bit.

Disadvantages of May Day Holiday:
Since people prefer to go out on the May Day holiday, severe traffic jams happen everywhere. Every road is crowded with cars and people. It can take hours to complete a journey that on average days takes 30 minutes or less. Due to the heavy crush on the roads and rails, the number of traffic accidents, theft, or other form of crimes increases. Take care when traveling on May Day.

Relevant Links:
International Labour Day on Wikipedia