2014年09月30日

Trip to Qingdao 青島

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Qingdao, a major harbor city located on the northeastern coast of China, is widely known for its quality beer "TSINGTAO", but its unhappy history is less known. The area was under the occupation by Germans for 17 years from 1898, and later by Japanese in the early 20th century.
During the occupation period, the Germans were very active in developing the infrastructures in their districts, such as ports, buildings and roads, and left many of them behind in the aftermath of World War I as "a parting gift" to the local people. One of the typical examples must be the beer brewing facilities preserved in the Qingdao Beer Museum today. I have been curious to look at the historic heritage with my own eyes.
On September 1, early in the morning, I took a taxi at the hotel to visit, at first, Xiaoyushan Gongyuan (or "Small Fish Mountain Park"). Qingdao was still hot and humid. The taxi driver looked reluctant to drive me there probably because the destination was not far enough to make good money.
The outlook from the Park was, as I was told at the travel agency in the hotel, really wonderful with the former German districts and the Yellow Sea in a panoramic view.

View from the Park
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Pier
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Catholic Church
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The map shows that the Qingdao Beer Museum is not a long way from the downtown areas, but it took more than 40 minutes by taxi to reach there because of the traffic congestion. The city was flooded with cars everywhere. At the reception counter, I was greeted by a Japanese-speaking young lady, requested to pay an entrance fee of 30 yuan (or about 500 Japanese yen), and urged to proceed inside.
The beer brewing machines formerly used by the Germans are exhibited following the brewing procedures throughout the floors. The main installations are huge brass boilers, Siemens brand power motors, maturing cellars with countless barrels, bottling and packing machines, and life-size wax figures taking a working posture; these apparatuses excitingly show how the beer used to be made from barley such long time ago.
At the end of the tour inside, in a small bar in the museum, I was served a glass of free non-filtrated premium beer. It was a great time of refreshment for me.

Qingdao Beer Museum
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A bar in the museum
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Beers of the world
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