You have no idea how long I have been waiting for this moment. Remember this
So now you are admitting that the Shandong will be permanently based in Hainan instead of Qingdao eh ?
Called it ages ago, if the PLAN wanted the Shandong to be at Qingdao they would have done the commissioning ceremony there.
Seems to be that way now.
Long ago, when the way they named the ships, based on the locations of the cities they are named on, you have a good inkling on where they are going to be based. For example, the Zhuhai/Luda and Zhanjiang/Luda are on the south while Dalian/Luda are assigned to the north. Shenzhen/051B is assigned to the south, and so is Guangzhou/052B. Hanzhou/Sov, Ningbo/Sov and Fuzhou/Sov are assigned to the East fleet and these are names of coastal cities in the east. Shenyang/051C is assigned to the north. Then they begin to gradually break away from that tradition.
It may have been the original plans for the Shandong is a northern deployment, till someone higher up like Xi Jing Ping wanted a sudden change in plans and wanted the ship to the south for obvious reasons. Almost every trial the Shandong conducted are in the northern waters and barely conducted any trials at the south. It would be 003 that would see the southern assignment.
Shandong might only be in the south because the winter up north is usually very bitter, making it difficult for training exercises. If Shandong stays in Hainan after spring, more or less her deployment to the south is permanent. But if she moves up again, then its another change of mind, or she's just south to weather the season.