Qing­dao Rail­way Sta­tion

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An un­equal treaty signed by Ger­many and the Qing Em­pire, re­sulted in Ger­many in­vest­ing in the con­struc­tion of a rail­way from Qing­dao to Ji­nan. In or­der to build the rail­way, the Ger­man au­thor­i­ties raised 54 mil­lion Deutschmarks from 14 Ger­man banks. The rail­way was opened to traf­fic in 1904. There were 55 sta­tions across the line, with the Qing­dao Sta­tion be­ing the largest.

The sta­tion is a work of Re­nais­sance style. It has an asym­met­ri­cal fa­cade, con­sist­ing of a tow­er­ing clock tower and a sta­tion hall with a large slope. The 35-me­tre-long sta­tion clock tower fol­lows the style of a Ger­man coun­try church.

Ja­pan seized the rail­way af­ter in­vad­ing Qing­dao in 1914. When the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment re­gained its sovereignty over Qing­dao, it also re­claimed own­er­ship of the rail­way from the Ja­panese on Jan­uary 1, 1923.

Al­though the sta­tion was dis­man­tled and re­built sev­eral times, to­day as a tran­sit cen­tre suit­able for mod­ern trans­porta­tion, it still main­tains the orig­i­nal ap­pear­ance of the past 100 years.

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