Monthly Archives: January 2015

The Cities we call “Home”

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I don’t believe for one moment that Home is just one city. At least, it has never been that way for me.  And I suspect that for many people – be it migrants, refugees, frequent travellers or even armchair travellers, … Continue reading

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The Yamato Hotel (today’s Dalian Hotel 大连宾馆)

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The grande dame of Dairen’s hospitality scene was the Yamato Hotel 大和旅館, built in 1914 by the occupying Japanese on Nicholas Square.  It was the equivalent of the Astor House Hotel in Shanghai, and the Raffles Hotel in Singapore, hosting … Continue reading

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Dairen 大連, or Japanese Dalian

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In the aftermath of the Russo-Japanese War in 1907, Russia surrendered the city of Dalny to the Japanese, who renamed it Dairen, and would rule it for the next 38 years. The city of Dalian today still retains significant vestiges … Continue reading

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Dalny Дальний, or Russian Dalian 达里尼

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The city of Dalian was established by Imperial Russia in 1898 as Dalny, within the larger Guandong Leased Territories.  They would hold it for only seven years before relinquishing it to Imperial Japan.  That said, they managed to stamp their own … Continue reading

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Nicholas Square, Dalny

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The most important landmark in present-day Dalian is Nicholas Square, called the Ohiroba 大広場 in the Japanese era, and Zhongshan Square  中山广场 today.  It is the equivalent of Shanghai and Hankow’s Bund, in terms of the number of monumental concession-era architecture still … Continue reading

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The Grand Tour II-10: Great Connection… Dalny / Dairen / Dalian (大連)

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Past Peking, we leave China proper and enter the realms of Imperial Japan. In this new year, our Grand Tour will take us first to 2 former Japanese colonial treaty ports (exploring how Japan itself became an imperial and colonial … Continue reading

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