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. It was under German rule for 17 years from 1898 and under Japanese in the early 20th century.
Germans were enthusiastic about expanding infrastructures such as ports, buildings and roads in their districts, and later left many of them behind in the aftermath of World War I as "a parting gift" to the local people. The former German beer brewery, preserved in the Qingdao Beer Museum today, is probably one of those cultural assets. I had been very interested in looking at it 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 had bee told at the travel agency in the hotel, really wonderful. The Park is set on a hill, and from the top of it you will see a panoramic view of the former German settlement districts and the milky blue Yellow Sea below.

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 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 Germans are exhibited following the order of brewing process all round the floors. The articles on exhibition include brass boilers, Siemens brand power motors, maturing cellars with countless barrels, bottling and packing machines, and life-size wax dolls in work postures. It was exciting to see how people had made beer 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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