REDSTAR magazine was the first of its kind  – an English language city guide, aimed at giving both local and visiting readers the very Best of Qingdao. The first issue was back in September 2003 (and along with this accompanying website www.myredstar.com), it has always kept its readers up to speed with news of the best restaurants, bars and cafes; events not to be missed, interesting cultural, travel and other features. You can find a free copy of REDSTAR at all the best places around town, or if you prefer, you can also subscribe and have a copy delivered to your home or office (click on button below):

REDSTAR Works is the company behind REDSTAR magazine: with an international team of 15 creative designers, writers and experts in branding and web design, and offices in China (Qingdao) and in Brighton & Hove (UK), we look forward to becoming your creative partner. Click on the button below to go to our website, or if you have graphic design / web development requirements – just click on the ‘Creative Brief’ link in the footer of this site.

International Team



Meet the Team

Ian Burns

Ian Burns

Founder & Managing Director


Ian first came to Qingdao in 1994 and after 9 years helping to grow a high tech joint venture (Hexagon Metrology), decided he wanted to be an entrepreneur: REDSTAR was launched in Sept 2003 and although Ian relocated with his family to the UK to open the REDSTAR Works office in 2016, with such an incredible, talented team in Qingdao, REDSTAR magazine continues to go from strength-to-strength with each new monthly issue!
Teddy Lazarova

Teddy Lazarova

Marketing Director


Teddy co-founded REDSTAR Works and continues to drive our marketing efforts, especially in the UK where she is based. She has over 16 years of China marketing experience, is fluent in mandarin Chinese and is your go-to person for any creative, design, website or China-market entry based requirements.
Jasper Zhai

Jasper Zhai

Managing Editor


Jasper has been with REDSTAR since 2013 and took on the role of managing editor in Summer 2017. He is responsible for the monthly REDSTAR magazine, the accompanying Qingdao Family supplement and the annual Shandong Education Guide. He is the person to contact should you be interested in contributing to any one of our 3 publications, or if you have an interesting event that needs promoting!
Zoe Zheng

Zoe Zheng

Sales Manager


Zoe has been with the company since the very early days, around 2004, when she joined as an intern. She’s now our sales manager and has a wealth of experience especially in the hospitality, hotels and medical field. To promote your business to approximately 36,000 readers every month, email Zoe or complete the contact us form below.



Ever imagined yourself in a dark corner of a bookshop with a steaming coffee and a typewriter, absorbed in producing stellar content for a city of expectant readers?

Unfortunately we can’t promise you a typewriter. But writing for REDSTAR will get you much more involved in the city, help you delve deeper into topics you love, give you work experience (if you need it) and give you access to the great network of acquaintances, professionals, and businesses that REDSTAR has built in Qingdao.

Whether your interests lie in music, art, eating, drinking, dancing, travel, opinion pieces, humour, sport, education, science, home life, childcare …the list is endless. If you want to read about it, we want to publish it. We publish a wide range of content, not just standard articles: recipes, artwork, poetry, bucket lists, comic strips, how-to manuals, photography journals, fashion pieces.

Contributions are paid; no experience is required.

Drop us an email to find out more.


We look for energetic and driven people who are ready to dive into the happenings of the city, extend their network, work on interesting content for our three publications (REDSTAR, Qingdao Family, and the Shandong Education Guide). Fluent English necessary, some Chinese preferable.

Please email us for more information.


Whether you are looking to contribute, promote your business in the REDSTAR magazine / website / WeChat, or would like to speak to us about an event, or you have some creative requirements – please complete the form below and we will get back to you asap.

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