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The Astor Hotel, Tientsin

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Tientsin is my favourite city on this entire Grand Tour of the Far East not only because of its wealth of historic architecture and history, but more importantly, because of incredibly evocative and beautiful Astor Hotel, Tientsin. The Astor Hotel … Continue reading

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The Japanese Concession, Tientsin

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The Japanese Concession was established in 1898 and lasted till 1945, following the Japanese surrender at the end of World War II. The Concession is noted for housing the last Emperor of China, Puyi – who, after having been forced to … Continue reading

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The Austro-Hungarian Concession, Tientsin

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The Austro-Hungarian Concession was the smallest and the shortest of the foreign concessions in Tientsin, lasting a mere 16 years from 1901 to 1917.  Like the German Concession, it was surrendered to the Chinese just after World War I ended. … Continue reading

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Die Deutsch Konzession, Tientsin

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The German Concession was established in 1899 and lasted a mere 18 years till 1917, the end of World War I. That said, the Germans invested their territory with a distinctly Teutonic identity. Sitting to the Southeast of the British … Continue reading

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La Concessione Italiana, Tientsin

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The Italian Concession is unique in history, because it is probably the only Italian colonial territory in all of the Far East.  It was established in 1901 and was governed by the then-Kingdom of Italy till 1947. In my view, it … Continue reading

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La Concession Française, Tientsin

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The French concession was established in the same year as the British concession, in the aftermath of the Treaty of Tientsin.  It sat to the northwest of the British Concession, and was about two thirds of its same. The main … Continue reading

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The Five Great Avenues (五大道), British Concession, Tientsin

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The Five Great Avenues is a residential area towards the Western end of the British Concession.  It is a rectangular area containing more than 22 suburban streets lined with concession-era residential villas. In its heyday, this was the heart of … Continue reading

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The British (and American) Concession, Tientsin

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The British Concession was the oldest foreign concession in Tientsin, dating from 1860.  It was leased in perpetuity to the British Crown and occupied some 200 acres on the left bank of Pei Ho River. The seat of administration was … Continue reading

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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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