Oct 29 2019

The disappearing history

Looking for old information, I went to Xicheng West End District Archives.

To remake their cities (and perhaps to show their achievements while in the office …) and aggressive developers, old historical remnants are being demolished, fast.

Qingdao: the 18 meter high fire watchtower on GuanXiang Road (望火楼; 1905-2009) on the western edge of the old observatory, and the train station (1901-1991) – the current train station is moved back 15 meters.

Ji’Nan: the old train station (1912-1992; by German architect 赫尔曼舍尔) and the two story commercial building (八卦楼; 1914-97).


Mar 29 2018

Qingdao Beer Museum

Or Tsingtao beer.


Mar 29 2018

Seashore Hotel 海滨旅馆

Qingdao 青岛: This building is a modern guesthouse structure of German architecture. It was built from 1903 to 1904, with gross space of 4940 square meters. The owner was the Stock Corporation of Qingdao Hotel Trade 青岛旅店业股份公司. It was once used as US Army Club after 1945.

Mar 28 2018

Prince Hotel; Qingdao Daily

Qingdao‘s Taiping Road 青岛太平路 is on the north shore of Qingdao Bay. It has many grand houses. Few are still notable.

The old Prince Heinrich Hotel


Qingdao Daily Newspaper

Mar 28 2018

ChunHeLou 春和楼

146 ZhongShan Road 中山路146号甲
ShiNan District, Qingdao Bay Area

This over 100 years old restaurant near St. Michaael, since 1891, is undergoing a make over. What they

Mar 28 2018

1901 Gothic Tower & The book store

5 Anhui Road

The plaque reads, “The 1901 Gothic Tower is a twin-towers of wood and steel structure built before World War One. They skyline view of Qingdao from the tower is a breathtaking adventure. It is one of the historical sites welcome visitors to Qingdao.”


The book store Liangyou 良友 is on the 4th floor of the building 塔楼 (south gate at 5 Anhui Road, in the same building as the Museum) that sells light food and clothes, aside from books.

Mar 28 2018

St. Michael’s Cathedral 圣弥爱尔大教堂

5 Zhejiang Road 浙江路15号

The German architecture in Qingdao is extensive.

St. Michael’s Cathedral is at the center – used to be – of the city. The church plaza is a favoriate place for wedding photography – I saw at least four couples where fighting for a spot, at such late time – 6:15 pm.


………2018.3.28 and 1985.7.29

My first visit to Qingdao was in 1985. Many memories and stories. The street at the hill end, 中山路 Zhongshan Lu/Road was bustling with activiies and crowds but now, is dying. Walked over to Chun He Lou for dinner.





Mar 28 2018

Hyatt Qingdao

88 E Donghai Road
东海东路88号, 近金狮广场

Check in and out need half an hour, it is the most terrible thing. And once you checked out, there isn

Mar 28 2018

The German architecture 

Qingdao was under German occupation since 1898.

The way they came into possession was disgraceful.

But Qingdao’s development impressed Zhou Fu so much that he lobbied to open Jinan to foreign trade.


The photo on the left is Hotel George 1906. The right photo is the German Empire Court in Jiaozhou 胶州帝国法院, built in 1912-4. This is part of German archietecture group in Qingdao 青岛德国建筑群, now the Southern District Court 青岛南区人民检察院.


Jiaozhou Governor’s Hall 青岛德国总督府旧址/胶澳总督府 @ 南区沂水路11号 built in 1905 (Friedrich Mahlke was the architect). An old photo of the building.


Luther’s Apartment 路德公寓 @ 4 Dexian Road (德县路4号), some history; and Laoshe Park.


Mar 28 2018

Qingdao by the water

The Qingdao subway ticket is pretty, one of the stations has a book vendor. Taking the subway at HK Middle Road and Shandong Road, to Taiping Road by the sea.

Walking along the water, the area is pleasing, unhurried. At that hour, wasn’t crowded.

Buildings painted in varied colors.


The Prince Heinrich Hotel is next to Qingdao Daily 青岛日报社.


Next, to the Qingdao Posts & Telecommunications Museum 青岛邮电博物馆 @ 5 Anhui Road (closed), known as the Gothic Tower. This old building was built in 1901 by the Germans, on the corner of (位于市南区安徽路5号,安徽路与广西路交界处) Anhui and Guangxi roads. A neat window. The south gate leads up to a bookstore Liangyou 良友.