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    Qingdao Guest House

    by Willettsworld Written Jul 19, 2009
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    This building is probably the most famous in Qingdao. It was originally built in a Bavarian style in 1903 and covers an area of 4,083 square metres. It was built as the residence of the German Governor-General during the period when Qingdao was occupied by the Germans but later became known by its present name, in 1934, after the Germans left. The building is now a museum with all the old fixtures and fittings in place.

    Perhaps the most famous person to have stayed here was Mao Zedong along with his wife and kids in 1957. His bedroom on the ground floor has been preserved. Along with him, other leaders such as Ho-Chi-Minh of Vietnam, Prince Sihanouk of Cambodia and Mao's foreign minister, Zhou Enlai and two general secretaries of the Albanian Communist Party have stayed here along with Michael Palin during his Full Circle series in the mid-90s.

    Admission: RMB15.

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    Views from Signal Hill Park

    by Willettsworld Written Jul 19, 2009
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    These are some of the views you get from the top of the largest mushroom-like red domed signal tower on top of Signal Hill. Unfortunately, the weather wasn't too good when I visited so the views I got were rather misty.

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    Signal Hill Park

    by Willettsworld Written Jul 19, 2009
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    Signal Hill rises 98 metres above sea level just to the east of the city centre. Its original name was 'Huge Stone Hill' and later became known as Signal Hill because of the German occupation force who built a navigating signal tower on the hills top in 1898. In 1986 the area was developed into one of the ten hill parks of Qingdao. Today there are three red-domed mushroom-like signal towers on top of the hill which offer some great views over the coast and city.

    Admission: RMB15.

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    Protestant Church

    by Willettsworld Written Jul 19, 2009
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    This Bavarian styled church was originally designed by German architect Curt Rothkegel and completed in 1908. The church was formerly called the Gospel Church and then the International Church. The churches interior is very plain with white-washed walls. It's possible to climb up the bell tower to view the churches showpiece clock mechanism which was built by J.F. Weule in Bockenem in 1909.

    Admission to see the clock: RMB7.

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    St Michael's Catholic Church

    by Willettsworld Written Jul 19, 2009
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    This magnificent church was designed by German architect Pepieruch in a Gothic and Roman style. It was built in 1934 and features two 60-metre high bell towers at the front which contain four large bronze bells. During the Cultural Revolution, the church was seriously damaged and was re-opened after many years of repair in April 1981.

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    German architecture

    by Willettsworld Written Jul 19, 2009
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    The unique combination of German and Chinese architecture in the city centre, combined with German demographic roots and a large Korean expat population, gives Qingdao a distinct atmosphere. You almost feel like you're walking around Bavaria-on-Sea rather than an eastern Chinese seaside city. The main areas to find some of the finest German architecture are around Guanhaishan Park between St Michael's Church and the Protestant Church. Another area of colonial architecture can be found in an area known as Badaguan (Eight Passes Area) north of No.1 Beach and south of Zhongshan Park in the east of the city.

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    Municipal Government Office

    by MikeAtSea Written Jul 11, 2009

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    The impressive Town Hall, or Municipal Government Office of Tsingtao was built in 1904 by the German administration. During the history the Japanese took control from here and later the Chinese. In a 1989 reconstruction effort, the ivy was removed and the entire building was replicated. From the front there is an unobstructed view down a wide avenue to the sea.

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    Tsingtao Brewery

    by MikeAtSea Written Jul 11, 2009

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    The brewery was founded in 1903 as the Germania-Brauerei to brew beer in the German tradition mainly for Germans and other Westerners in China.
    In 1915 the brewery was taken over from the cooperation of Chinese and German owners and their hired managers and until 1945 was under Japanese management.
    After the defeat of Japan in World War II the Tsingtao Brewery was turned into a Chinese brewery under ownership of the Tsui family and supervision of the Nationalist government in Nanjing. However, this period of ownership only lasted until 1949 when the People's Republic of China was founded and the company became a state-owned enterprise.
    The company was privatized in the early '90s and in 1993 merged with three other breweries in Qingdao and was finally renamed Tsingtao Brewery Company Limited. Today one can find Tsingtao Beer all over the world - I even found a picture inside the brewery of Pretoria / South Africa.

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    Number 1 Beach

    by MikeAtSea Written Jul 11, 2009

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    The longest and most popular beach in Qingdao. However it is usually packed with people and you probably don't want to stay too long unless you like to jostle for space. It could be a good place to people watch though, especially if you're planning to visit the nearby Lu Xun park or Navy Museum. Equipment rentals are available.
    I was there in winter - hence the promenade was busy - yet the beach not...

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    Governor House

    by MikeAtSea Updated Jul 11, 2009

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    The Governor House is located at the foot of Signal Hill, and is known locally as "Guest House". It is one of the many impressive villas in the Qingdao area. At the time of German colonization, it served as the Governor's official residence, and the building is accordingly built with flamboyant ornaments, graceful lines and bold colors aping its counterparts back in the Kaisers' Germany.
    In one of the rooms one can also see a bed in which Mao slept when he was visiting the city - quiet amazing is that the bed had to be extended - since Mao was so tall!

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    St. Michael's Cathedral

    by MikeAtSea Written Jul 11, 2009

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    Built in 1934, this authentic Gothic style cathedral with twin spires and stained glass windows is testament to the strong German influence in Qingdao many decades ago. Thousands of Chinese Catholics still attend mass there.

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    Zhong Shan Road

    by MikeAtSea Written Jul 11, 2009

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    The city's main thoroughfare and historic district - it is filled with shops, department stalls, restaurants, cinemas and more. Qingdao's strong colonial heritage is evident from the numerous European style buildings and cobblestone-paved small alleys.

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    Granite Mansion

    by MikeAtSea Written Jul 11, 2009

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    The Granite Mansion, another stately residence, was built for the German governors. Its Chinese name is Huashilou, the architecture a blend of the neo-classical and Gothic . This granite architecture, once the symbol of authority, was built in 1906 as the German Governor’s office building. The building became the seat of Qingdao Municipal Government after the liberation of the city.

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    Qingdao Beer Museum

    by MikeAtSea Written Jul 11, 2009

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    Tsintao Beer is the best-known Chinese Beer in the world and at home. It has become one of the major exports of Qingdao internationally. The local residents are proud of their brewery, and have constructed a museum that offers samples of their beer. The museum chronicles the brewery's century-old history through interactive and entertaining displays.

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    Zhanqiao Pier

    by MikeAtSea Written Jul 11, 2009

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    Zhanqiao Pier is the symbol of Qingdao, originally completed in 1891 as a naval pier and expanded by the Germans in 1897. It is accompanied by a two-story Chinese pavilion and the impressive Zhan Bridge. The pavilion stands in contrast to the European architecture in the background. The bay, islands and lighthouse make it an enchanting location and a hub of activity.

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