The Beautiful City of Qingdao
Qingdao's environment, featuring azure sea, white sand, and green trees, is widely admired by people of many other places. Qingdao is a special city that combines the charm of south China with the generosity of north China. Because it was opened early and was once occupied by Japanese and German invaders, it takes on a look that appears to be more Westernized than many other cities in China. Lying on the southern bank of the Shandong Peninsula, Qingdao is one of China's most attractive cities, integrating modern cityscapes with old European-styled architectures on the mountain slopes and by the seashore, blue and beautiful sea beaches scattered with red reefs, and 1,132.7-meter-high Mt. Laoshan, the highest mountain along China's coastal line. German-styled castles, constructed in 1936, once received late Chairman Mao Zedong and Norodom Sihanouk, then prince of Cambodia. A Denmark-styled Catholic church.
In November 1897, Germany occupied Qingdao by force on the pretext of the Juye litigation over religious disputes. In 1914, the World War I erupted, and in November that year, Japan invaded Qingdao and ousted Germany to put Qingdao under its military colonial reign. People's strong claim for "Reoccupying Qingdao" later ignited the famous May 4 Movement in 1919. In January 1938, Japan once again invaded Qingdao and occupied the city until September 1945. While the western part of urban Qingdao, namely old urban district, features red-roofed houses, green trees, blue sky, and azure sea, the eastern part, namely new urban district, congregates modern architectures. The old and new districts are pleasantly fused together, making Qingdao an oceanic city imbued with European and Asian customs. Traveling from west to east along the seashore of Qingdao, one can view picturesque seascapes and find pleasure in four tourist zones in different styles. Hidden in the beautiful natural landscapes are cultural heritages, which have...
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