October 31, 1985 |
The eastern Chinese province of Shandong has banned the worship of dead relatives during their cremation ceremonies, an official newspaper said. The Qingdao Daily reported new regulations stating that "the masses must be educated not to engage in superstitious funeral activities." "No one is allowed to worship spirits, burn incense or paper at crematoria. Offenders will be fined," the paper said.
December 2, 1991 |
A Chinese submarine has disappeared in the Yellow Sea, and People's Liberation Army ships and helicopters have launched a search, according to information reaching Hong Kong. The conventional Romeo-class submarine, belonging to the North China Sea Fleet, left the Chinese port of Qingdao about two weeks ago on a Yellow Sea mission, sources said. In its reports, the Taiwan Central Daily News linked the submarine's disappearance with massive air and sea maneuvers that China held on Nov.
December 9, 1993 |
A Chinese businessman with a surgeon's knife hijacked a Chinese passenger plane to Taiwan on Wednesday. It was the eighth hijacking from China to Taiwan since April. The China Northern Airlines MD-82 with 129 passengers and eight crew was hijacked en route from Qingdao in northeast China to Fuzhou in the southeast. The same plane had been hijacked Nov. 12. Gao Jun, 25, from Shandong province, threatened a crew member with a knife, police said.
October 1, 1986
U.S. warships will visit China for the first time under an agreement between Peking and the Washington on port calls by ships capable of carrying nuclear weapons. A port call scheduled for May, 1985, was postponed after Peking complained over this issue. The agreement was announced by Defense Minister Zhang Aiping, who gave no details. He said that U.S. naval vessels could visit the East China Sea port of Qingdao as early as this month. Secretary of Defense Caspar W.
July 5, 2013 |
BEIJING - Like a bright green shag carpet mutating uncontrollably, an algae bloom twice the area of Los Angeles County has engulfed the Chinese coast around the city of Qingdao and buried beaches knee-high in grass-like material. Bulldozers and brigades of workers with pitchforks have been deployed to clean up the algae, called Enteromorpha prolifera, which began to appear a month ago. Though crews are hauling away hundreds of tons of the material per day, it's unclear whether they're even keeping pace with the growth.
April 28, 2008 |
At least 66 people were killed and 247 were injured when a passenger train derailed early today and slammed into another train in eastern China, state-run media reported. Witnesses said a train traveling from Beijing to the coastal city of Qingdao hit another traveling from Yantai to Xuzhou about 4:40 a.m. in the city of Zibo, New China News Agency said. News photos showed the derailed train in a ditch, with rescuers removing passengers from one of several carriages that had fallen over.
September 22, 2013 |
BEIJING - China's richest man, Wang Jianlin, announced plans Sunday to build what he is touting would be the world's largest movie studio. An $8.2-billion project to be named the Oriental Movie Metropolis, the development is to consist of 20 studios and a permanent underwater stage. It is to be located an hour outside Qingdao, a coastal city with more than 8.7 million people. Wang, 58, the son of a Red Army veteran, is the billionaire owner of Dalian Wanda Group Corp., which last year acquired movie theater chain AMC Entertainment Inc. He was ranked this month as China's richest man by the Hurun Report, which publishes its findings in Forbes magazine.
April 16, 1987 |
China's air force commander, Wang Hai, left Beijing on Wednesday for an official visit to the United States at the invitation of U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Larry Welch, the New China News Agency said. The Chinese air force chief's official trip follows a visit to Washington by Yang Dezhi, chief of the general staff of the People's Liberation Army, and a visit by U.S. warships to the east China port of Qingdao in 1986. China agreed last year to buy $550 million worth of U.S.
August 23, 1985 |
Nearly 1 million civilians and soldiers battled severe flooding in four provinces Thursday after a destructive sweep by Typhoon Mamie that killed at least 16 people in northeastern China. Winds and rains ruined homes and crops in Shandong, Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang provinces, Chinese radio and newspaper reports said. The official New China News Agency said the typhoon struck Monday in Qingdao, 350 miles southeast of Peking, and then blew north over Bohai Bay to batter Dalian.