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Qingdao Double Star vs. Xinjiang 1.28

January 27, 2011 in Events, Sports

The Qingdao Double Star Eagles are hoping to improve on last year’s less than stellar performance when they play at home against Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers/(新疆广汇飞虎) on January 28. Come out and cheer on Qingdao’s local CBA basketball team at the Qingdao University Arena against the league leading Flying Tigers. Check out former NBA player Bateer Mengke at center for Xinjiang. Tickets range from 60 to 200 yuan (RMB) and are available at the venue (enter via south gate on Hong Kong East Road).

Check out a recap of Qingdao’s recent loss to Beijing.

When: January 28 (7:30 pm Tip Off)
Venue: Qingdao University Arena
More Info: 8268-4351

Relevant Links:
CBA 2010-11 Schedule and Info (English)
Official CBA website (Chinese)
Official Qingdao Double Star website (Chinese)
Qingdao Double Star 2010-11 Roster (Chinese)
Qingdao Double Star 2010-11 Schedule (Chinese)
Qingdao Double Star on Sina (Chinese)
NiuBBall (CBA news and more)
Xinjiang Flying Tigers Official Website

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Qingdao Symphony Orchestra 1.22

January 19, 2011 in Events, Music

The Qingdao Symphony Orchestra closes the 2010-11 performance season with a concert at the Qingdao People’s Hall on January 22. The program, conducted by Chief Conductor of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra (Berliner Symphoniker) Lior Shambadal, features Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 and Respighi’s Pines of Rome. Shambadal also serves as Principal Guest Conductor of the Chengdu Symphony Orchestra of the Central Music Conservatory in Sichuan.

When: January 22, 7 pm
Venue: Qingdao People’s Hall / 青岛人民会堂
Location: 9 Taiping Lu / 太平路9号
Info: 8289-7211

Relevant Links:
Event on Douban (Chinese)
More info on Lior Shambadal

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CNY Fancy Dress at Lennon 1.22

January 18, 2011 in About Qingdao, Events

From Preeti over at the Qingdao Expat, here’s news of a fancy dress Chinese New Year’s celebration at the Lennon Bar (Shantou Lu at Zhuhai Lu) in Qingdao:

Hi All,
Hope you are well… Chinese New Year is almost here which means it is also time for a party, AND a FANCY DRESS one at that, here we go:

What: FANCY DRESS Chinese New Year Party ( IT WILL BE THE YEAR OF THE RABBIT SO DRESS AS ONE OR AS ANY OF THE OTHER ANIMALS OR AS YOUR OWN BIRTH YEAR ANIMAL ACCORDING TO CHINESE ZODIAC )
When: 7.30 pm, Saturday, January 22, 2011
Venue: Lennon Bar
Address: 20 Zhuhai Lu, 珠海路20号
Food: Order a-la-carte and pay as you go your own Lennon’s finger-licking, lip smacking Chinese delights
Drinks: 10/Qingpi bottle, 15/Qingpi draft, 20/mixed cocktails, local wine by the glass and shots, 25/imported Irish whisky. LENNON BAR IS INTRODUCING IMPORTED FRENCH WINE BY THE GLASS AT RMB 25/GLASS

Live Band Oriental Jam – Joseph, Amelia, Jacky, Liang + Mr. Saxophone will be in attendance, they even let you accompany them if you fancy, so please bring along your charming voices (after a few drinks ??) and/or any instrument you play, lyrics to the songs you sing to have a go up on the stage with them!

Please spread the word, this is an open party, more the merrier, thanks.

Good day and week !! See you Saturday if not before.

Cheers,
Preeti

Relevant Links:
Qingdao Expat

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Post Free The Birds

January 17, 2011 in Music

Free The Birds played a short and sweet set at the Redstar on January 15. It was the band’s last performance of the Tiger and they are hoping the Rabbit takes them overseas on tour. New drummer Wubuli was welcomed on his first trip to Qingdao. Watch a video of the closing number Take It Off from Saturday’s show below. Very special thanks to all of the guys in the band, it really was a pleasure to have them in town and welcome back anytime.

Relevant Links:
Free The Birds Perform Take It Off
Free The Birds on Douban (Chinese)

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Qingdao Photos: Clay Army II

January 17, 2011 in Photos

A set of photos of Qingdao from Clay Army that shows areas of Qingdao changed in recent years. For more information contact the photographer directly.

Qingdao Intersection Shandong Hong Kong Lu

Intersection Shandong/Hong Kong Lu
This photo was taken from the Fuxin Hotel behind the Qingdao City Hall around 10 years ago. Note the gas station at the corner is now gone and this location is today the site of the Tsingtao Center across from the Shangri-La Hotel. Also note the vintage yellow painted blocks of flats in the foreground, which are next to the Qingdao government building (not pictured) and behind the large billboard with Deng Xiaoping’s portrait that blocks the old flats from being seen from the main road (only rear of sign seen in photo).

Qingdao Old Lane Ocean University

Qingdao Old Lane Brick Homes
West of the original Ocean University campus is a neighborhood with houses and apartments built back in the day when the school was called Shandong University. These small lanes and homes are still extant and have a certain Western influence that marks much of Qingdao’s past. To visit this area of Qingdao, head down to Daxue Lu and veer off into the streets just north of the Dongfang Hotel. The winding roads and period architecture may spirit you back to another time before Qingdao was liberated. Near Strong Ale Works around the corner on Daxue Lu.

Qingdao Alley Historical Register

Near the Former Residence of Liang Shiqiu
Qingdao’s history is being preserved now after decades of neglect and regretted demolition of old buildings. This photo is classic Qingdao old town, a small alley with large slabs and blocks of Laoshan stone used for the pavement and walls. The local historical register now protects hundreds of buildings in Qingdao, many of them former homes to famous figures from China’s past. Qingdao was and continues to be a preferred destination and residence for many artists, writers, educators, and more. This photo conveys a sense of Old Town: red tile, historical register, Qingdao alleyway. Liang Shiqiu was a well known writer and translator of the complete works of Shakespeare into Chinese.

Qingdao Music La Villa Bones Jako

Qingdao Musicians at La Villa
Bones Xiong and Jako Zhao used to be in a band called Nezha here in Qingdao. Both have since moved on to other projects but this photo shows them on a late night session at La Villa Bar and Restaurant when they took the stage impromptu and played some improvisational songs. La Villa was the site of regular concerts from punk to jazz to Chinese rock and remains the stomping grounds for many artists and creative types in Qingdao. Listen to some Nezha music on Myspace.

Qingdao Jazz Bar Band Nezha Music

Band at Jazz Corner
Qingdao’s Jazz Corner bar is a swinging heart spot packed with dancers and intoxicated revelers on most weekend nights. Not really known for jazz music, the bar did feature live music from local bands in Qingdao before converting the front stage into a DJ booth. This image has some intentionally added noise via a PS filter. Hopefully it still gives an idea of what Jazz Corner was like back in the day before Lennon etc. Unfortunately there aren’t many bars in town serving up live music anymore.

Qingdao City Hall Back Ocean

Qingdao City Hall From The Rear
Also shot from the Fuxin Hotel on Minjiang Lu in Qingdao, this photo shows the back of the Qingdao City Hall/Government Building which fronts Xianggang Lu and looks out on May 4 Square. The background ocean shows the Beihai shipyards which is today a part of the site of the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center. The shipyards moved to Huangdao to accommodate development of the Olympic Center.

Qingdao Liyuan Haipo Sifang Lu

Qingdao Liyuan Sifang/Haipo Lu
Many of the traditional courtyard dwellings known as liyuan have been torn down as they were too old for repair or in the way of current development such as buildings, highways, etc. This one is still there, the entrance is on the corner of Sifang and Haipo Lu. Read more about liyuan in this excellent article by Marcus Murphy.

Qingdao Photos Corner Music Hall Lanshan Lu Zhejiang Lu

Qingdao Concert Hall Corner
The Qingdao Concert Hall is at the corner of Lanshan and Zhejiang Lu in Qingdao’s old town, right across from Zhan Qiao pier. This shot shows the engraved road signs on the corner of the Concert Hall building. Many of the older buildings in Qingdao have this type of signage – look around Badahu and other neighborhoods around town to see more examples of these decorative and functional touches.

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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Little Chinese New Year 1.26

January 14, 2011 in About Qingdao, Events

Little Chinese New Year (Xiao Nian/小年) will be celebrated in Qingdao on the eve of the last half moon of the year, January 26. Little New Year is an event closely connected to the Kitchen God in China. Seven nights ahead of the full moon of Chinese New Year’s Eve, Little New Year begins the Spring Festival and is a time to be with family – expect huge traffic jams and full jiaozi (饺子/dumpling) shops all around town. The Rabbit will also be welcomed early with traditional home made jiaozi- just a week to go for Spring Festival. Little New Year signals a slowdown in work as people are rushing about taking care of last minute preparations for the fireworks and feasts to come, expect your office/school/factory to be winding down as well in the run up to one of the largest celebrations on Earth.

Xiao Nian Kuai Le – Happy Little New Year – 小年快乐~!

More information on Chinese Little New Year from China.org.cn:
Little New Year, which falls about a week before the lunar New Year, is also known as the Festival of the Kitchen God, the deity who oversees the moral character of each household. In one of the most distinctive traditions of Spring Festival, a paper image of the Kitchen God is burned on Little New Year, dispatching the god’s spirit to Heaven to report on the family’s conduct over the past year. The Kitchen God is then welcomed back by pasting a new paper image of him beside the stove. From this vantage point, the Kitchen God will oversee and protect the household for another year. The close association of the Kitchen God with the Lunar New Year has resulted in Kitchen God Festival being called Little New Year. Although very few families still make offerings to the Kitchen God on this day, many traditional holiday activities are still very popular.

Little New Year China Qingdao Kitchen God

Relevant Links:
Chinese Spring Festival
Chinese Little New Year
Kitchen God

Image Credit @ Belle Yang

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Qingdao Double Star vs. Zhejiang Wanma 1.16

January 14, 2011 in Events, Sports

The 2010-11 CBA season is in full swing and the Qingdao Double Star Eagles are hoping to improve on last year’s less than stellar performance. The Eagles play at home against Zhejiang Wanma Cyclones on January 16. Come out and cheer on Qingdao’s local CBA basketball team at the Qingdao University Arena. Tickets range from 60 to 200 yuan (RMB) and are available at the venue (enter via south gate on Hong Kong East Road).

When: January 16 (7:30 pm Tip Off)
Venue: Qingdao University Arena
More Info: 8268-4351

Relevant Links:
CBA 2010-11 Schedule and Info (English)
Official CBA website (Chinese)
Official Qingdao Double Star website (Chinese)
Qingdao Double Star 2010-11 Roster (Chinese)
Qingdao Double Star 2010-11 Schedule (Chinese)
Qingdao Double Star on Sina (Chinese)
NiuBBall (CBA news and more)

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Sun Yingdi 1.15

January 12, 2011 in Events, Music

Sun Yingdi performs on piano and Zhang Guoyong conducts the Qingdao Symphony Orchestra at Qingdao People’s Hall on January 15. The show will feature works by Bernstein and Gershwin. Sun was the winner of the 7th Franz Liszt International Piano Competition in Utrecht in 2005. The Qingdao People’s Hall is on the corner of Taiping Lu and Daxue Lu near Xiao Qingdao and Zhan Qiao.

When: January 15, 7 pm
Venue: Qingdao People’s Hall / 青岛人民会堂
Location: 9 Taiping Lu / 太平路9号
Info: 8289-7211

Relevant Links:
Sun Yingdi Official Website

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Qingdao Hash House Harriers Turns 200

January 12, 2011 in Events

“Where were you when the hash turned 200?”
that’s what your grandchildren will ask you someday.
what will you tell them?

will you tell them of that fateful day on January 15 when you took part in the best damn Hash there ever was? the best damn Hash there ever could be?

yes. you will.

Saturday is what we’ve been running for all these years for. the first 199 runs were just preparation for the most glorious hash event the gods could have ever imagined. a hash so good we’re supplying tissues for you to dry your tears of joy (before they freeze to your face). this is Hash #200!!!!

Saturday will be very eventful, so I’ll save a few surprises, but there’s a bit of business we must get out of the way:

The Run:
a good bit of exercise, but there will be a lovely shortcut if you’d prefer to walk.

Meeting:
2pm, Crowne Plaza Lobby. 2:15 departure with the sharpness.

If you want to meet us directly at Start Circle: Junction of Xianggang (East) and Hai Chuan Lu (Hai Chuan Lu is one road/block east of Qingda San Road, which is east of Ocean University). There is a bus stop at the junction. According to the bus stop sign 102, 104, 125, 301, 304 are good if heading east.

Shirts:
YES WE HAVE SHIRTS! they’re very classy, clean polo shirts for you very classy, clean polo people. please advise your desired size by email ASAP if you have not done so already. We have small, medium, large, and XL. Please note, you’re only getting XL if you NEED it as we really don’t have many, and small shirts are pretty limited as well. Please advise your first choice and second choice, in case your first is already taken. our “large” size this time is probably like the X-Large size from the Nash Hash. Large will fit someone like Whore’s Whisperer or Bush Ranger.

Post-run:
we’re going to finish the run at a lovely restaurant with food, beer, and all the trimmings. probably also be hitting some bars post-post-run.

Events:
so, running isn’t enough for you? fine. we’ll also have games and activities after the run for the attention-deficit-suffering youngsters. this will mostly be in the way of drinking games, but there may be some twister involved as well, allegedly. music? hell yes.

Deadlines:
Commitments…i know, who likes em? but i’m asking to hear back on polo shirts AND, if possible, participation in Saturday Hash by Thursday at 11:57PM.

Cash-Money?:
should be about 50RMB. sorry i don’t have an exact number. will try to get to you all by tomorrow.

Help?
need help? information? whatever? call me. 152 6305 6698

Adios Amigos.


On On !!
Morgan “Family Jewels” Tanner
Hare Raiser/Trail Master – Qingdao Hash House Harriers
qingdaohhh@gmail.com
www.qingdaohhh.com – Drinking club with a running problem ;-)

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The Haygoods 1.20

January 11, 2011 in Events, Music

The Haygoods take the country roads from Branson, Missouri to get to the Qingdao Grand Theatre on January 20. Come out to enjoy wholesome American family entertainment right here in Qingdao with an ensemble cast of 8 performers on 20 different instruments. Tickets range from 100 to 480 yuan (RMB). Get more info on The Haygoods website.

When: January 20, 7.30 pm
Venue: Qingdao Grand Theatre / 青岛大剧院
Location: 5 Yunling Lu, Laoshan district / 云岭路5号
Tickets: 100-4000 yuan (RMB) / 100-400 元
More Info: 8066.5555

Relevant Links:
The Haygoods Official Website
Qingdao Grand Theatre Official Website (Chinese)
More Info on Qingdao Grand Theatre

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FYI – Which Holiday in Qingdao

January 11, 2011 in Polls

The QINGDAO(nese) FYI poll results are in.

When it comes to the holidays, Chinese New Year is most often spent in Qingdao. With a total of 52 voters, the top answer to this FYI poll was ‘Chinese New Year’, with 33% of the total, or 17 Votes. Full poll results are listed below. Please vote on the new poll and let us know where you think Qingdao ranks among China’s other cities.

“Which holiday will you spend in Qingdao?”

Chinese New Year

17 Votes / 33%

Christmas

16 Votes / 31%

Both

15 Votes / 29%

Neither

4 Votes / 7%

Photo Credit @ The InternationAlts

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Qingdao Double Star vs. Zhejiang Guangsha 1.14

January 11, 2011 in Events, Sports

The 2010-11 CBA season is in full swing and the Qingdao Double Star Eagles are hoping to improve on last year’s less than stellar performance. The Eagles play at home against Zhejiang Guangsha Lions/(浙江广厦) on January 14. Qingdao has struggled to 10th place at 5-7 so far even though Charles Gaines leads the CBA in scoring. Dee Brown has also been on a scoring streak, presently ranked 7th in the league. The Zhejiang Lions are a formidable foe, playing strong at 8-4 in 5th place. Come out and cheer on Qingdao’s local CBA basketball team at the Qingdao University Arena. Tickets range from 60 to 200 yuan (RMB) and are available at the venue (enter via south gate on Hong Kong East Road).

When: January 14 (7:30 pm Tip Off)
Venue: Qingdao University Arena
More Info: 8268-4351

Relevant Links:
CBA 2010-11 Schedule and Info (English)
Official CBA website (Chinese)
Official Qingdao Double Star website (Chinese)
Qingdao Double Star 2010-11 Roster (Chinese)
Qingdao Double Star 2010-11 Schedule (Chinese)
Qingdao Double Star on Sina (Chinese)
NiuBBall (CBA news and more)