Qingdao Customs Museum was established in July, 1899, which is a witness to Qingdao as a well-known trading port city in north China. The site of Jiaozhou Customs was founded in 1913, which was the office building with highest modernization degree and has been existing for over 100 years. The building was designed by a German architect, Hnas·Feltke, and constructed by F·H·Schmidt Company of Hamburg.
Qingdao Municipal Museum is the national-level one, where the second part of "Qingdao History-Historical Exhibition of Qingdao" is named as "Looking back to the past", dividing into 6 modules as follows: "Qing Dynasty Establishing Defense", "Germany’s Colonization and Exploitation", "Japan’s Occupation and Plunder", "National Sovereignty Return Back", "8-year Anti-Japanese War" and "People’s Deliberation". It fully demonstrates Qingdao' s history and development from establishment to exquisition in the aspects of urban construction, economy, culture, education and scientific research through more than 200 photos and cultural relics.
Western Culture and Art Museum was prepared to be established in August, 2013 and the Cultural Relics Bureau of Shandong Province officially approved the establishment of the museum in November, 2014. This is a specialized museum with the collection and exhibition of European antiques. A group of experts and professionals attended the auction held in Europe and cooperated with well-known European antique associations to acquire a huge amount of luxury antiques, furniture, watches and pianos made in Europe of the 17th-19th century, as well as German Meissen porcelain, the outset of European porcelain.
May Fourth Square is a large public square in the central business district of Qingdao. Named after the nationwide protest May Fourth Movement that started in Qingdao, the square is best recognized by the large “May Wind”, a sculpture near the seaside. The May Fourth Movement was sparked by Article 156 of the Treaty of Versailles which transferred German concessions in Shandong including Qingdao to Japan rather than returning sovereign authority to China. Chinese outrage over this provision ignited mass student demonstrations in Beijing on May Fourth, 1919 which resulted in the cultural movement know today as the May Fourth Movement. The May Fourth Movement influenced the Chinese delegation not to sign the Treaty of Versailles. China declared the end of its war against Germany in September of 1919 and signed a separate treaty in 1921. Now, May Fourth Square light show and fountain show at night attract a lot of tourists everyday.
Qingdao Planning Exhibition Hall is a public welfare venue, an important platform for the public to learn about, participate in and supervise planning. It is also an important window for visitors from other places to know Qingdao, as well as an significant media to demonstrate the charm of Qingdao and promote the city’s image.
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