"The former german crowncolony of Tsingdao" Top 5 Page for this destination Qingdao by globetrott

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Quingdao is an interesting place in China, because it used to be a german crowncolony called Tsingdao, founded in 1874. The germans had signed a treaty for 99 years with China like Great Britain did for Hongkong, but with the beginning of WW I this part of China was occupied by the Japanese troops and the treaty was suspended.
So even though the germans had to leave in 1914 you will still find a lot of german traces and influences nowadays, including the famous brewery, a german bakery, a lot of german inscriptions and lots of houses built in the style of german architecture.

  • Last visit to Qingdao: Feb 2009
  • Intro Updated Apr 22, 2009
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  • Pechova's Profile Photo
    Oct 30, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    German Buildings and colony in China, I had no idea about that ! Looks very interesting !

    • globetrott's Profile Photo
      Oct 30, 2012 at 7:53 PM

      Yes, I was surprised about that as well, when I arrived by cruiseship, that I have booked as a last-minute and did not look up anything about the places were were going to ! ;-)

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Apr 30, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    A pity about your bus tour & late in day. Thanks for taxi tip we arrive Beijing 11th May, 24 days & finish in Shanghai. Will worry about taxis.

  • amsor's Profile Photo
    May 2, 2010 at 9:54 PM

    Wußte gar nicht daß die Deutschen dort eine Kolonie hatten !Gut zu wissen daß es dort Deutsches Bier gibt !

  • abc37's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2009 at 6:35 AM

    Deutsches Bier in China, das ist gut zu wissen !

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Sep 20, 2009 at 12:09 AM

    Hi, Michael! ~ Nice to know about the history of that place... Kolonialwaren damals... Vielen Dank für Deine Seite! Alles Gute weiterhin!

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    May 18, 2009 at 9:26 AM

    I haven't also heard about this German Honkong! Yes it was very touching for you to see the "German touchings" there. I quite agree with your anger about the brewery instead of excursion along the city in the daytime...

  • MichaelRees's Profile Photo
    May 18, 2009 at 2:18 AM

    A place on a beer drinker's must-visit list

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    May 2, 2009 at 2:13 PM

    A very interesting page on 'Tsingtao', a former German enclave that I've never heard much about! I usually order Tsingtao beer at authentic Chinese restaurants but never before realized the connection with Germany.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Apr 27, 2009 at 2:24 PM

    Nice new page about another interesting stop on your cruise.

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Apr 26, 2009 at 2:11 AM

    Michael, fascinating page about this city with so much German history. Visiting a German brewery in China sounds like an odd idea to me. Have a lovely Sunday.

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