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Huangdao History Timeline

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Ric Richardson and ZN opens the first western bar and restaurant in Kaifaqu called Ric’s American Café. Two crazy dudes (far left & right) ride small Chinese motorcycles from Huangdao to England. Only Dan on the right makes it all the way.

2006-04-Ric-opens-first-western-restaurant
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Ric gathers the foreign community and rents a common fishing boat to sail around Zhucha Island and enjoy a little fishing boat party.

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Brendon (Houli) opens Revolution Bar about 2007-03. In that same year Brendon marries Amy and has their first baby on 2007-05-22.

2007-03-27-Brendon-Opens-Revolution-Bar
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2007-08-18-Brendon-Amy-get-married

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2007-08-10 Huangdao gets hit with heavy winds and rains. One month later Huangdao gets hit again 2007-09-20 and floods the Jusco knocking out power for a month or so.

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Somewhere early 2007 Kyle opens Flavors Restaurant in Tiantai and later in November Ujwal joins him to expand the menu and offer Indian food.

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2007 Mark Anastasia buys Daisy’s Place from Daisy Zhang and opens Catch-22 Bar & Lounge.

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2008-10-01 Lily Zhao opens MyPlace and soon after meets Arek and they get married in 2009.

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2008-11-01 The unofficial Huangdao Dragons Motorcycle Club ride from Ric’s to Laoshan. Nice couple day ride around Qingdao and the Laoshan mountains.

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Ujwal & Dima open 519 Bar some time here, then sold to Richard who started Kafei Ba?

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Richard Lapointe buys 519 Bar from Ujwal and Dima to form Kafei Ba and closes one year later. The following is a closing party picture from 2010-09-30.

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Qingdao opens the Jiaozhou Bay Bridge and the Jiaozhou Bay Tunnel. The Jiaozhou Bay bridge sets world record for the longest over the water bridge at 41.5 Kilometers. The tunnel is not a world record but also impressive at 7.8 KM with an off ramp part way through.

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2012-05-19 Rodrigo and Lily get married at Golden Sands Beach. First child Maxi is born 2014-11-08 and second child Ana born 2017-11-17.

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In 2012-09-15 the local Chinese thrash Jusco, burn several Japanese dealerships and cause lots of damage. This uprising was primarily due to the Diaoyu Island dispute.

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2012-09-15 Michael Tickle and Cathy open Knuckles. The first major western Sports Bar with live entertainment.

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In Nov 2012 Daniel & Johannes rent the workshop in Kunlun Shanzhuang. We have a lot of fun, play some Rock & Roll,
drink a lot of beer, and do a little business.

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On 2013-03-19 Liyun and Daniel have their first baby. Bella Li Janssen

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2013-03-31 Knuckles hosts the first western Rock & Roll band “Mr. Right” with Johannes, Giuseppe, Pei and Ming Chen.

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In 2013-10-02 Jiaonan hosts its first Speed Festival and invite us to do some racing. Giuseppe flips his bike doing
a wheelie.

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In fall 2013 Huangdao sets another world record for the largest mosaic of tents on a beach during the Huangdao Golden
Sands Beach Camping Festival.

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In 2014 the Mr. Right Rock & Roll Band put on another couple shows in Jiaonan. First two pictures is the 2014-05-02 show and the last image is the 2014-10-08 show.

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2014-08-28 West Coast New Area (Huangdao) hosted the OMC World Bikini Model Competition. 48 Bikini Ladies from 46 countries gathered in Huangdao to show their stuff.

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Daniel Elsaber marries Hailey (Zhao Haijie) on June 6th 2015 and has two lovely children. Oliver was born Nov 9, 2015, and Florian born Feb 12, 2018.

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2016-10-24 one of the long-term friends of Kaifaqu Frank Dreier dies of most likely heart failure during a smoke break of one of his English tutoring classes.

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On 2016-11-30 a good friend of the local foreigners Martin Ding puts on his first International Car Show in Jiaonan.

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The 2017 Qingdao International Beer Festival is celebrated in a grand style at its main venue, Golden Beach Beer City in Huangdao district from Aug 4 to Aug 27.

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2 Comments on “Huangdao History Timeline”

  1. Matt says:

    The first foreign bar was Daisy’s Place. It opened late 2005

    1. DJ says:

      Thanks Matt, your correct. It was Daisy and David with his motorcycle that started it all off and it was from motorcycles that connected Ric and Gar some of the original foreigners in the area.

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