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The Grand Tour II-8: Heavenly Ford…Tientsin (天津)

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Of all the cities on this Grand Tour of the Far East, Tientsin (spelled Tianjin in pinyin) is my favourite by far, for three reasons. First – unlike any other treaty port in China, Korea or Japan, Tientsin consists of 8 … 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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The Grand Tour II: Treaty Ports and Imperial Cities of East Asia

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So I initially thought that 12 cities (and chapters) would cover it.  This was what I had done for The Grand Tour Part I in Southeast Asia, and there was no reason East Asia, or China, Korea and Japan, were … Continue reading

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