Silversea Luxury Cruises A Qingdao

Qingdao, China at first glance, strolling in Qingdao’s old town seems to take you back to a 19th-century Bavarian village. There are red-roofed buildings, cobbled streets, intricate iron balconies, and an impressive Teutonic railway station. This is the old German Concession and its combination of German architecture and Chinese ornamentation can certainly create a sense of dislocation. Oriental stone lions sit in discreet European gardens and grand, pompous facades front little shops and laundries. View more

Qingdao was an insignificant fishing village until it became part of Kaiser Wilhelm’s plans to extend the German sphere of influence in the East. Baron von Richtofen carried out a survey and determined the harbour was ideal for a deep-water naval base. Following the murder of two German missionaries by the Boxer movement, Germany managed to get a concession here, with the Chinese ceding the territory for 99 years. It remained German until the Japanese invaded in 1914 and was ceded to Japan in the Treaty of Versailles. The town was eventually returned to China in 1922. Modern Qingdao is still an important port, China’s fourth largest, and behind the old town is a sprawling metropolis of high rises and factories.

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