The Tectonic Quartet played 2 sets at the Redstar 401 in Creative 100 on October 23. Special thanks to Peter Scherr (Creative Music in China), Tommaso Cappellato, Michael Blake, and Teddy Kumpel for coming to Qingdao. Check out a video excerpt of the show below on Youku.
The Qingdao Grand Theatre is the city’s largest performing arts center. Designed by the German architectural group gmp, the theatre is near Shilaoren (Old Stone Man/石老人) in Laoshan district, adjacent to Qingdao International Beer City.
The massive complex cost over a billion yuan and is Qingdao’s premier host venue for cultural events, concerts and theatrical performances. The facilities included a large theatre with 1600 seats and a concert hall with room for 1200.
The area around Shilaoren has been steadily developing along with the rest of the city and the addition of this cultural complex on Hong Kong East Road means there is a more of a definite central area that could be considered “downtown” Laoshan district.
The Qingdao Museum, Qingdao International Convention and Exhibition Center, Beer City, SPR White House (the birthplace of SPR Coffee) and Surf Plaza Resorts (Nong Hai Yuan) are all sandwiched between the largest public beach in Qingdao proper (Old Stone Man) and the Laoshan district government building in the area surrounding the Qingdao Grand Theatre.
The Book Nook is teaming up with Red Star, My Mai, other neighbors in Creative 100 and friends like Korean International School Qingdao (KISQ) to hold a fantastic Halloween Festival Fundraiser. It will be fun, cool, creative, exciting and one of a kind. There will be fun games like bobbing for apples, opportunities to create Halloween art, trick-or-treating in the morning, live music in the afternoon and more. Dressing in costume is encouraged! Metro was generous enough to provide candy for the trick-or-treating. What’s more, the proceeds from the Festival will be donated to the Qingdao Red Cross. The goal is to raise 10,000 RMB. Sounds like a fun and worthwhile day huh? Need more incentive to come? Buying a ticket automatically enters you in a raffle to win two nights stay at the Dabringham Platinum Residence & Hotel. Pre-sale tickets available at The Book Nook, The Book Nook shelves at SPR Whitehouse and at several international schools. Remember to dress in costume.
When: October 30, 9 am – 5:30 pm
Venue: Creative 100 / 创意100
Address: 100 Nanjing Lu / 南京路100号
Tickets: Advance 50, Door 75 / 门票: 预售50元, 现场75元
Yesterday on the front page of Qingdao’s Morning Newspaper (Qingdao Zaobao/青岛早报) was an article about the illegal act of trapping birds with large nets. Some local forest officials along with the journalist set out Wednesday morning to inspect Daoguan Mountain in the Huangdao district for bird nets. They discovered and subsequently destroyed 13 nets (one covering 250 square meters) within just three hours (this was their second raid of the area within the month). They also found small tree shacks used by trappers to stay out of the cold as well as cooking pits to barbecue the birds on the spot.
With its forest-capped mountains and islands, Qingdao is an important stopover for many migratory birds as they make their way south for the winter, but it seems for many it may be their last stop. One eaglet saved by the officials was a Second Level Protected Species in China and this trip they were able to save 13 birds including a northern sparrow hawk, turtledove, and grouse.
Although this type of trapping was made illegal when the Wildlife Conservation Law was passed in 1988, the monetary and scrumptious rewards apparently outweigh the legal deterrents. Trappers are supposed to pay up to a 5000元 fine if caught and some may even serve jail sentences, while many of the birds are sold to restaurants (where a turtle goes for around 20元) or bird markets, where they likely end up with those innocent elders toting bird cages. Any frequenter of the hills and hikes around Qingdao has likely come across these nets as they are quite prolific. Readers in the Huangdao area that spot a net can report it at 8685.0119.
Also this week in the news, China has unveiled a new ambitious wildlife protection plan (coincidence?) that supposedly “will put the country at the forefront of global efforts to reverse habitat and species decline.” Given China’s tainted history with birds, we can all look forward to the day when more birds than plastic bags perch on the trees of 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. Qingdao has been called by nicknames such as Dao Cheng (岛成) and Qin Dao (琴岛). The 2008 Summer Olympics brought the name Sailing City. Check out the various names and spellings for Qingdao below.
Dao Cheng is a name that has recently gained greater popularity as a nickname for Qingdao. It literally means Island City. Technically, Qingdao is a peninsula surrounded by the Yellow Sea and Jiaozhou Bay but island seems to have stuck, as Qing Dao translates as Green (sometimes called Blue) Island.
Ban Dao literally means half island, or peninsula. It refers to Qingdao’s position on the tip of land west of Laoshan that juts out of the mainland and wraps around Jiaozhou Bay. Ban Dao is the name of Qingdao’s largest daily newspaper.
Literally Instrument Island. Not as well known as Gulangyu’s nickname of Piano Island. Qingdao has a strong violin tradition, and Qin/琴 usually refers to stringed instruments. Said to be a local reference to the shape of the city along the coast of the peninsula, like a guqin/古琴.
RIzhao tries to make up in natural conditions what Qingdao had entitled via the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Chosen as the site for the sailing events of the Olympics in 2008, Qingdao has embraced sailing, with yachts, clubs, marinas along the coast in addition to the Olympic Sailing Center. Frequent sailing events such as the Clipper and Volvo yacht races have solidified Qingdao’s place as Sailing City in China.
Mention of Qingdao inevitably leads to discussion of beer and breweries. Tsingtao Brewery at 56 Dengzhou Lu (address on each bottle of Tsing Pi in the world) is still intact, still operational, since 1903. The brewery also houses a museum and a beer bar with some really fresh beer on tap. The Qingdao International Beer Fest is held in the Beer City (pijiu cheng/啤酒城) near Old Stone Man Beach (Shilaoren/石老人) every August.
Tsingtao is the former Western/Romanized name for Qingdao. This spelling has been used for the beer for over 100 years. One of the legacies of this name can be seen in the airport code for Qingdao, TAO. Tsingtau is the German version of the name, and this spelling could probably claim to be the most authentic and historically accurate, in use since the 1898 concession when Germany began a short lived yet productive control of the area then known as Kiautschou (present day Jiaozhou).
The name Jiao Ao was used during the Qing Dynasty and referred to the whole general area including today’s Jiaozhou. The official founding of Qingdao as an administrative area is said to be the Qing’s initial demarcation of Qingdao as Jiao Ao in June, 1891.
The unique nature of pinyin, the romanization of Chinese according to its sound, has made it difficult for some people to get the name of Qingdao/青岛 right. Common mistakes include Quingdao (strange incarnation that appears more often than one would think – even the whistlers got it wrong), and Qindao when the writer is not intending to mean Instrument Isle, but just forgot the g in Qing.
Announcing the inaugural QINGDAO(nese) Member Freebie Giveaway – free tickets for The Tectonic Quartet at the Redstar on October 23.
SIGN UP HERE and become a member for your chance to win free passes for the upcoming Tectonic Quartet concert!
- 1st Place: 4 Tickets
- 2nd Place: 2 Tickets
The winners will be chosen at random from QINGDAO(nese) members only, including new sign ups and existing members. Winners will be notified directly by email and can claim the tickets at the door on the night of the show, which starts at 7.30 pm and is sponsored in Qingdao by QINGDAO(nese), Yellow Rock, and Redstar. Special thanks to Creative Music in China, headed by Peter Scherr, for bringing terrific musicians to China for years.
When: October 16, 8 pm
Venue: Allen’s Story Bar, 206 Minjiang Lu / 阿伦故事酒吧, 闽江路206号
Allen’s Story Bar on Google Maps (Alun Gushi)
The Dama Llamas/大妈辣妈 are hosting a rock show on a Saturday night at the Redstar in Creative 100 on October 16.
When: October 16, 8 pm
Venue: REDSTAR / 红星
Location Room 401, Creative 100 / 创意100, 南京路100号, 401
Tickets: 20 yuan RMB, 10 students / 20元 (学生10元)
Here’s the Google translation of the Douban event announcement in Chinese:
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The Dama Llamas Official Website
Qingdao’s first division Super League football club Qingdao Jonoon (青岛中能) play at home against Changsha Ginde (长沙金德) on October 27 at historic Tiantai Stadium near Zhongshan Park. Check out more details and stats on the China Super League (CSL), Qingdao Jonoon, and Changsha Ginde. M’Peti Nimba from Congo and Brazilian Sandro are on the attack for Changsha.
Who: Qingdao Jonoon vs. Changsha Ginde
When: October 27, 7:30 pm Kick Off
Venue: Tiantai Stadium
Mansfield TYA will perform in Qingdao at Ocean University (Laoshan campus) on October 15. The duo from Nantes, France are appearing in Qingdao courtesy of Alliance Française du Shandong, Pays De La Loire, and Ocean University. Mansfield TYA is Julia Lanoe on vocals, guitar, and piano together with Carla Pallone on violin and piano.
When: October 15, 7.30 pm
Venue: Ocean University (Laoshan) Music Hall
Info: 8590.6232 / 134.7544.4482
Taipingjiao/太平角 is on the eastern end of the European style residential quarter called Badaguan/八大关 in Qingdao. The area is home to many buildings designed and built long after Germany had quit Qingdao, most of them from the 1920′s and 30′s. Check out some photos of one of Qingdao’s best preserved neighborhoods.
Taipingjiao on Google Maps
When: October 30, 8.30 pm
Venue: Allen’s Story Bar, 206 Minjiang Lu
Tickets: Presale 20, Door 30 yuan (RMB) / 预售20元, 现场30元
Chinese Name and Address: 阿伦故事酒吧, 闽江路206号