'History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme' - Mark Twain.
A gallimaufry of random China history and research interests
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
The Grand Hotel – Tsingtao
A contact in America was kind enough to send me some scans of various luggage labels recently from around Asia collected in the 1930s.The Grand Hotel Tsingtao (Qingdao) is a good one as I’m not sure it’s there anymore.
Here’s a picture of the hotel in its heyday.
Grand Hotels Ltd ran three hotels in Tsingtao as their flyer below shows. I don’t know much about the hotel except that it crops up in a lot of GI memoirs – American soldiers were apparently billeted there at the end of World War Two.
As someone who divides their time pretty evenly writing about China now and China back then this seemed like a place to throw all the interesting bits that fall through the cracks somehow and never get used anywhere else.
It's basically the stuff that doesn't get used in my writing about modern China or in the books I do about old China - i.e. probably of little interest to anyone but me and therefore ideally suited to an obscure blog up a dark cul-de-sac of the Internet.