|Qingdao is a major city in eastern Shandong Province, Eastern China with 4.5 million citizens. Qingdao is a major seaport, naval base, and industrial centre. The world's longest sea bridge, the Jiaozhou Bay Bridge, links the main urban area of Qingdao with Huangdao district, straddling the Jiaozhou Bay sea areas. Qingdao is also the site of the Tsingtao Brewery, the second largest brewery in China.
|Qingdao is also known for culture and being held at the same time as the accordion festival, was the 4th China International Violin Competition (Quindao).
|Prof. Li Cong (right) President of the China Accordion Association (CAA) was greeted by Feng Huan Bin who proudly showed the Certificate of Honor presented to him at the most successful 2011 Coupe Mondiale in Shanghai by Prof. Li and CIA President Raymond Bodell.
|These were very happy memories.
|Also there to greet us was CAA Executive Secretary Crystal Wang and well known teacher Prof. Chen Yiming, Shan Dong Normal University, Jianan City.
|Chen Yiming (pictured with Harley Jones) has written a poem and music that was being performed at the Opening Concert.
|The Opening Concert was nicely presented with a large sign above the stage and a very large sign at the entrance to the hall.
|Starting the concert off was a miltary choir of men and women, Qingdao Veterans Choir conducted by Zhang He Yu, with accordion accompaniment. Their beautiful sound was greatly appreciated by the large audience in the hall.
|The two accordionists, Zhang Ting and Wang Ming Zhi, were very skilled accompanists of the choir. Wang Ming Zhi was also the main organiser of this festival.
|Feng Huan Bin, famous for playing the accordion upside down.
|Second was a military choir of men, Qingdao Bai Hua Lin Choir conducted by Gao Si Kuan was again beautifully accompanied by accordionist Zhu De Lin. Their excellent singing pleased the audience very much.
|Next came the poem written by Chen Yiming about "Our China Accordion
Dream" and the development of the accordion in China. The poem was read by:
Crystal Wang, Prof. Li Cong, Xu Ping and Guan Lin.
|Crystal Wang and Prof Li Cong reading the poem with great feeling from the heart.
There was large applause for this excellent poem.
|Beijing Changping Huilongguandong Village of Traditional Instruments Orchestra. Accordionist is Yu Wei Zhong.
|Yu Wei Zhong
|A group of ladies from the Qingdao Veterans Choir accompanied by Zhang Ting.
|Varuzhan from the Ukraine has been
|living in China for about 8 years.
|Shanghai Normal University (SHNU) Accordion Group
Noya Hou, Susie Gao, Shell Chang, Cherry Liu.
|Ocean University of China, Qingdao, Accordion Group.
|Prof. Wan Ming and Prof. Chen Yi of Xinjiang Normal Unversity, Urumchi.
|Accordion Orchestra of Qingdao formed for a performance at this concert, was conducted by Jia Wei.
|Jia Wei thanking the audience for their applause which concluded the concert.
|All the performers and guests on stage for photographs.
|The Poem performers, Xu Ping, Li Cong, with the poem writer Chen Yiming, Crystal Wang and Guan Lin.