Qingdao – China’s Sailing City
Sat, 16/11/13 – 0:00 | No Comment

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China’s Sailing City, with its abundance of natural beauty, talented human resources, three central business districts, and the new Blue Silicon Valley along with the Economic and Technological Development Zone (QETDZ) located in Huangdao, continues to attract tourists and international businesses from around the globe.

In 2014, QingdaoQingdao (青岛; 青島; QīngDǎo; TsingTao) is a picturesque coastal city that lies on the southern tip of China’s Shandong Peninsula, located in JiaoZhou Bay facing the Yellow Sea. With an annual average temperature of 12.2°C, the Sailing City is also a well-known holiday resort in China. Qingdao has six urban districts (ShiNan, ShiBei, LiCang, LaoShan, ChengYang, and HuangDao) and four county level cities (Jimo, JiaoZhou, PingDu, LaiXi) under its jurisdiction with 10,645 square kilometers of land and a population of more than 8.7 million. Before troops were garrisoned here by the imperial court of Qing in 1891, it had been a small coastal fishing village. Qingdao became a German concession in 1897 and was occupied by invading Japanese soldiers when the First World War broke out in 1914. The famous May 4th Movement was launched in 1919 and protesters, against the then Chinese government yielding to Japanese pressure, demanded the recommencement of sovereignty over the region. The city reverted to Chinese rule in 1922, but was occupied by Japan again during the Second World War. After World War II Qingdao served as the headquarters of the Western Pacific Fleet of the US Navy. After the end of the war with Japan on September 2, 1945, the U.S. Marines were ordered to participate in the occupation of certain areas of China primarily to assist Chiang Kai-shek’s government in the surrender and disarmament of Japanese troops. In October 1945 the USS Alaska, allowed by the Kuomintang, occupied the city which at that time was called Tsingtao. The 6th Marine Division, under the command of General Lemuel C. Shepherd (later Commandant of the Marine Corps), was ordered to carry out the mission in the Tsingtao-Chefoo area. The 6th Marine Division was deactivated on March 31, 1946 and the Tsingtao command size was sized down to become a reinforced brigade. In May, 1947, after more reductions in force, the command became Fleet Marine Force, Western Pacific (“FMFWesPac”). Some Marine units remained in Tsingtao until early May, 1949. Tsingtao was also the headquarters of the Western Pacific Fleet of the US Navy from 1945-1949 and the Marines provided security for the naval facility in the northwest part of the city. On June 2nd, 1949, the CCP’s Peoples Liberation Army entered the City; Shandong and local municipalities have been under PRC control since that time. As one of China’s most important independent coastal cities with state planning and budgeting powers including provincial power in economic management, the city has experienced rapid growth over the last decade. Qingdao’s Port is the second-largest such facility in China and handles imports of more natural rubber, cotton and crude oil than any other port in the country. The Qingdao Economic and Technological Development Zone (QETDZ), located in Huangdao, along with three Central Business Districts (one near the international marina & water sports center, east of May 4th Square and the city government building, the other in Shibei District near the city library and archives, and a third in Laoshan District near the international convention center) combine to form Shandong’s premier coastal international business Mecca and Blue Silicon Valley. Qingdao’s major industries include trade, light industry, home appliances, petrochemicals, vehicles, textile processing, food processing, machinery, pharmaceuticals, tourism and oceanography research. Qingdao is well known for its European architecture and attractive coastal landscape including mystical Mount Lao. With its abundance of natural beauty and growing human resources, the year-round schedule of international events and seasonal tourist attractions – coupled with extensive public transportation networks and beach resorts – make the city an ideal tourist destination for both domestic and international travelers. In 2008, Qingdao hosted the Sailing Regattas of the 29th Olympic Games as well as the 13th Paralympic Games and in 2009 welcomed sailors from the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR 2008-2009). In February 2014 the sailing city will once again welcome the sailors of the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race.
will host the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, International Sailing Week (青岛国际帆船周), China International Consumer Electronics Show (中国国际消费电子博览会), International Beer Festival (青岛国际啤酒节), and World Horticultural Exposition (青岛世园会).

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Attractions & Travel

Things to see and do in and around China’s Sailing City: Old Town, Tsingtao Beer Museum, Pichaiyuan, Badaguan …

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Property, real estate, business news and events: SINOCES, Foreign Investment, Internships, Blue Silicon Valley …

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How and where to get things done in China’s Sailing City: Shopping, Culture, Public Transportation, Local Markets …

Restaurants & Cafes

Coffee shops, local and international cuisine: Shandong, Sichuan, Canton, Italian, Indian, French, Korean, Japanese …

Sport & Entertainment

Activities & Nightlife: Sailing, Hiking, Bicycling, International Beer Festival, Theater, Dance, Bars, Clubs, Live Music, …

Beizhai Cherry Festival – Mount Lao
Tue, 20/05/14 – 8:33 | No Comment
Beizhai Cherry Festival – Mount Lao

Every year at the end of May, BeiZhai hosts Mount Lao’s Cherry Festival. Local farmers open their orchards for a set fee where you can pick and eat as many cherries as you like. BeiZhai is located on the north-western side of Laoshan Scenic Area along the Bin Hai Expressway corridor.

Captivate Training & Consulting
Tue, 29/04/14 – 9:01 | No Comment
Captivate Training & Consulting

Captivate Training & Consulting, Qingdao’s only British owned corporate training firm, offers a free demo on “How to write more effective emails to your foreign clients.” The event will be hosted at Shangri-La Hotel on May 28th from 8:30-11:30am. RSVP Required.

China Internship Visa
Wed, 2/04/14 – 18:23 | One Comment
China Internship Visa

Thinking of doing an internship in China? If so, then some of your first questions will be about accessing opportunities, which visa you need and whether you’re able to get paid. InternChina have been placing interns in Qingdao since 2007…

Qingdao HHH Run 368 – 03.01
Fri, 28/02/14 – 2:35 | No Comment
Qingdao HHH Run 368 – 03.01

Qingdao Hash House Harriers Run 368 on March 1st, 2014: This run will take you through some hills and local street markets in backyard of the Shilaoren District government. Meet 2PM in Cronwe Plaza lobby -or- 3PM at Number 2 Middle School in Shilaoren.

Pi Chai Yuan (劈柴院)
Sat, 14/12/13 – 7:48 | No Comment
Pi Chai Yuan (劈柴院)

Tsingtao history passed down to younger generations at Fire Wood Court (劈柴院 Pi Chai Yuan) in Qingdao’s Old Town on Zhongshan Road. Other popular destinations include: SiFang Lu, ZheJiang Lu, YiShui Lu, GuangXi Lu, Taiping Lu, and …

New York Bar, TsingTao 1940
Sun, 10/11/13 – 13:13 | No Comment
New York Bar, TsingTao 1940

TsingTao New York Bar photographed in 1940 by Harold “Harry” Carrico, a former United States Naval Officer on the SS Pike (a.k.a. Submarine 173), prior to the Japanese strike on Pearl Harbor, Oahu Island, Hawaii on 7 December 1941.

Tsingtao Rickshaw Drivers 1948
Thu, 7/11/13 – 11:13 | No Comment
Tsingtao Rickshaw Drivers 1948

Need a ride? As all residents and travelers to Qingdao should know it is nearly impossible to get a taxi from 8:00am to 9:00am or 4:00pm to 6:00pm. The city’s public transportation system offers a reliable alternative, especially with the new Metro set to open 2014.

Qingdao 青岛 Style
Tue, 5/11/13 – 13:50 | One Comment
Qingdao 青岛 Style

Yeah sure … we have all heard “Gangnam Style” by the Korean pop star Psy, but you probably have never really seen how we do it here in China’s Sailing City. I miss the city I called home for 10 years, my friends, and of course that infamous … Qingdao 青岛 Style ! … ;-}

U.S. Marines in Tsingtao, China 1945-49
Wed, 30/10/13 – 8:03 | 10 Comments
U.S. Marines in Tsingtao, China 1945-49

Fred Greguras, a former US Marine, came to Qingdao to trace the footsteps of the 6th Marine Division stationed here in Qingdao (Tsingtao) back in 1945 at the end of World War II to assist Chiang Kai-Shek’s government in the surrender and disarmament of Japanese troops.

Sipping Tsingtao Beer in a Bag
Sun, 14/07/13 – 17:52 | No Comment
Sipping Tsingtao Beer in a Bag

A local Qingdao resident demonstrates how to properly drink Tsingtao draft brew from a bag. You will find loads of photographs on the internet depicting local residents buying the golden nectar from their favorite street vender who serves it to them in a bag …

Zhan Qiao Loading Pier Closed
Sat, 13/07/13 – 22:25 | No Comment
Zhan Qiao Loading Pier Closed

Tsingtao beer’s iconic structure Zhan Qiao Pier is closed this summer for structural repairs and storm reinforcement. The last few typhoons took its toll on one of Qingdao’s most popular tourist attractions causing its closure until the end of 2013 …

Qingdao Tesco Lifespace Closes Shop
Fri, 12/07/13 – 0:31 | No Comment
Qingdao Tesco Lifespace Closes Shop

UK’s Tesco Lifespace Department Store, located on Renmin Road in Qingdao, packs up and goes home. The non-profitable super-store, which was twice the size of its closest Chinese competitor, offered free buses and every day “low prices” to its customers.

International Community Centre (QICC)
Tue, 18/06/13 – 15:24 | No Comment
International Community Centre (QICC)

The QICC opened October 2012. The facility, located in Huangdao, offers the foreign community a place for both indoor and outdoor activities for all ages. New events include: Kinder Club, Soccer for ages 3 – 13, Apple computer classes, and summer camp.

St. Michael’s Cathedral
Thu, 23/05/13 – 10:09 | No Comment
St. Michael’s Cathedral

St. Michael’s Cathedral, constructed by the Divine Word Missionaries (abbreviated “SVD,” from their Latin name: Societas Verbi Divini), is located in Qingdao (TsingTao) Old Town at 15 ZheJiang Road. The Catholic Protestant Church was completed in 1934.

2013 Extreme Sailing Series – Act 3
Fri, 3/05/13 – 13:14 | No Comment
2013 Extreme Sailing Series – Act 3

Extreme Sailing Series comes to Qingdao International Marina and Olympic Sailing Center from May 2nd through the 5th. Catch the adrenaline filled “stadium Racing” action on Fushan Bay in front of May Fourth Square or Marina City from 2:00pm-5:00pm.

Prinz Heinrich Beach Hotel
Mon, 29/04/13 – 15:04 | No Comment
Prinz Heinrich Beach Hotel

Qingdao’s first Beach Hotel, located across from famous Bathing Beach Number One, was formally called Prinz Heinrich Hotel. Constructed in 1907 and sometimes referred to as New World Hotel, it was the sailing city’s premier beach resort in the early 1900s.

Qingdao City Offers Free WiFi
Wed, 24/04/13 – 15:16 | No Comment
Qingdao City Offers Free WiFi

Qingdao Shinan District is set to have free WiFi at most of its popular tourists destinations (Olympic Sailing Center & International Marina, Beaches 1-2-6, and May Fourth Square) by the end of 2013 with intentions on being China’s first “Smart City”

ZhongShan Park Cherry Blossoms
Sun, 21/04/13 – 21:33 | One Comment
ZhongShan Park Cherry Blossoms

Every year at the end of April – Qingdao’s ZhongShan Park in China’s Sailing City, attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists for the Cherry Blossom Festival. The 500-meter-long Sakura Road is a famous scenic spot featuring 20,000 Japanese cherry trees.

Qingdao Home Brewing Society
Fri, 12/04/13 – 8:25 | One Comment
Qingdao Home Brewing Society

Got beer? If you are a craft beer lover, brewing enthusiast, or interested in making your own beer contact the Qingdao Home Brew Society. We are open to all and not just limited to brewing beer, we might even experiment with fruit & grape wines. QDHBS was organized in April 2013.

China H7N9 Viral Outbreak Map
Wed, 10/04/13 – 0:11 | One Comment
China H7N9 Viral Outbreak Map

Human cases of H7N9 bird flu reported in China. As of 4pm on May 7, there were a total of 130 confirmed cases, including 31 deaths and at least 43 who have fully recovered. As of yet there are NO reported cases of H7N9 bird flu in Qingdao City or its municipalities.