An Important Port in History
Many Chinese civilizations originated in Qingdao from the Neolithic Age. It became an important port connecting China and its eastern neighbors after Qin Shi Huang unified the country. Thus, Qingdao played an indispensable role in the development of Japanese civilization. Over the following dynasties, Qingdao has developed into the most important transportation hub, trade port, and coastal fortress in North China.
In 1871 the German Empire was established. Germany needed a port in the Far East at that time therefore European businessmen in China highly recommended the city of Qingdao to the Germans.