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Qingdao Site Museum of the Former German Governor's Residence

No.26 Longshan Road, Shinan District, Qingdao 266000, China
0532-82889888
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Ranked #12 of 204 attractions in Qingdao
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Museums
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The Germans were only in Qingdao for seven years, but left their mark on Qingdao architecture (even recent buildings) and of course beverages. We were told by Chinese family and friends that the reason these buildings were not destroyed was because they were all occupied by Communist party founders adding to their historic value. Definitely worth a visit.

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Detroit, MI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

This former governor's mansion is an amazing anachronism-- a high-style German Arts-and-Crafts style building transplanted to China! Much original furniture remains and the overall impression is that the Europeans lived pretty high off the Chinese!

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

This old structure has been remarkably preserved/restored. It is marked contrast to Modern Qingdao, Strolling through it and looking at all the fuirnishings and photos displayed you gain a sense of what it was like to be a German official in late 19th and early 20th century China.

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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

This wonderful building is well worth the visit. Its great to see some German culture in a Chinese city. You can really see that it was made for the governor.

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Medford, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Visited in early September which is shoulder season, between summer and Mid Autumn and China National Day (10/1) so very quiet and no crowds. Was surprised by 20RMB admission, but once inside I thought worth it. Most of the explanation is in Chinese sadly which is a bit rough for a non-native Chinese speaker. I wish they would add several... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This beautifully maintained building provides a good overview of the benefits Qingdao gained from the Germans and the prominence of this venue since that time.

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Top Contributor
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

It's a great looking mansion on the outside and there is plenty of original furniture and history to make the inside interesting. I'll bet the governer of Qingdao and all the chinese party officials that stayed here were quite content with their little palace on the hill.

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Peoria, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

The Governor's Residence is minimally changed since its previous owners under Chinese rule. Little furniture remains, but a few specific pieces used by former Chairman Mao. Many labels are in Chinese, but a few describe rooms in English. The view of the bay is more blocked by full grown trees. Plan on 30-45 minutes for a visit. Definitely a piece... More

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No. VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

Our Qingdao hosts took us to visit the Governor's Residence. I was surprised and amazed at the German architecture in the middle of a Chinese city. The Residence is a very beautiful building, with quite a history. The inside tour is very interesting, but I really wish that more of the Residence was open for viewing. Prior to the visit,... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

It is situated in the centre of Qingdao's historical area and was designed by a famous German Architect. It and the gardens are facscinating on their own. It houses many artefacts and photographs about its history. Later on it became a guest house and Chairman Mao Zedong himself stayed there. It provides a real insight into the Qingdao's history in... More

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