Monthly Archives: October 2014

Hotel Prinz Heinrich, Tsingtao

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The grande dame of the Tsingtao hospitality scene at the turn of the century was the Hotel Prinz Heinrich, built in 1899 by the Germans on a stunning location along the Tsingtao waterfront.  It was named after Prince Heinrich of … Continue reading

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Japanese Tsingtao – 青島市

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In 1914, following Japan’s declaration of war on Germany – Japan was part of the Allies in World War I – the Empire of the Rising Sun occupied the former German colony of Tsingtao. It would rule the city twice … Continue reading

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A Random Wander through the Eight Passes Villa District (八大关), Tsingtao

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The Eight Passes Villa District, or Badaguan, is the most beautiful area of Tsingtao city, hands down.  A residential district, it was built by the Germans between 1898 – 1914, and then subsequently enhanced and beautified during the Japanese era. … Continue reading

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Old Tsingtao 老青島

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Today’s Qingdao is regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in China.  And much of it has got to do with its architectural heritage, which has been remarkably preserved, and is set against a dramatic natural landscape of sea … Continue reading

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The Grand Tour II-7: Turquoise Isle / Grüne Insel… Tsingtao (青島)

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Tsingtao (known as “Qingdao” today) is a rarity in the history of colonialism – in that it was a German colony. The Germans came late in the colonial game (in the 1890s); and they established a scattering of colonies in … Continue reading

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(Unhealthily) Obsessed with the Colonial

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Last week I paid a visit to the venerable Hotel Des Indes in The Hague (the Netherlands) – the sister hotel to the late Hotel Des Indes in Batavia (today’s Jakarta), sadly demolished by Soeharto in the 1970s. It struck … Continue reading

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