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Day 14 (17.12.2007)


Translated into English Qingdao means "Green Island". It is located in the south of the Shandong Province, at the Yellow Sea. Between 1897 and 1914 Qingdao was part of a German colony. On the 14th of November 1897 the Jiaozhou Bay and the surrounding area were occupied by the German Empire (Deutsches Reich) and Qingdao became the capital of this German colony. At that time the transcription for "Jiaozhou" was "Kiautschou" and for "Qingdao" it was "Tsingtau". The reasons for the occupation of the Jiaozhou Bay were: 1st(military) naval base for the Imperial Navy (Kaiserliche Marine), 2nd(economical) coal mining, railway construction, trade in the range of the heavy industry, trade in the range of the arms industry, 3rd(political) maintenance of the own (German) position of power towards other countries. On the 7th of November 1914 (during World War I) Japan had occupied the Jiaozhou Bay. And so the time of Jiaozhou as a German colony was over. One can find many buildings in Qingdao, which architecture look German, especially buildings with red tiled roofs. First on this day I passed by the St. Michael's Cathedrale. Afterwards I went to the coast and so also to the beach and I walked along the waterside promenade. Then I passed by the city hall, which was built in 1906. A few streets further I saw the Protestant Church, which was built in 1908. The architect of this church was Curt Rothkegel. The next sight I visited was the former residence of the German governor. It was built in 1905 and it has got an area of 4083 m2. This building looks like a small castle and the interior furnishing is luxurious, too. Afterwards I went back to the waterside promenade and I walked to the Pavilion of the Rebounding Waves.

The St. Michael's Cathedrale
The St. Michael's Cathedrale

The city hall built in 1906
The city hall built in 1906

The former residence of the German governor
The former residence of the German governor


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