Posted by: 1of10boyz | July 28, 2013

Weihai and the Sino-Japanese War of 1894-1895

One of the interesting things about living in this little part of the world is that it is filled with a history that I am nearly unaware of. I had always thought that I was a history buff but have come to realize that I have pretty much ignored the orient and its history. I now get to make amends for that by living among that history.

I hadn’t realized the difficulties that existed in this part of the world that could be seen as premonitions of the wars and conflicts that engulfed the planet in WWI and WWII. The conflicts that occurred between China and Japan in 1894 and 1895 are becoming even more relevant today as the change of control and balance of power that happened because of this conflict. This change is the basis for much of the conflict over the little tufts of land jutting from the sea that today’s conflicts are based on and around.Island conflicts

I had the opportunity to visit the memorial and remembrance halls that the Chinese have constructed related to this conflict in Weihai, Shandong, China. Weihai is a beautiful little sea port town during most of the year. On our most recent visit it was shrouded in fog and the rain fell making it a little less enjoyable.

Historically, Weihai was also a British outpost based on a model similar to Hong Kong. It was commandeered from China near the end of the Qing dynasty as a concession related to the ending of the second Opium war. It didn’t turn into the sister of Hong Kong for many reasons, but I speculate that much of that is that it was not benefited by the connection to the vast empire inland by a mighty river as Hong Kong is. It has an island off-shore but it never became the gateway to the inland dynasty as Hong Kong did.

Who know that Jelly Bellies were a SIN. A replica of a store that was in Weihai during the British period.

Who know that Jelly Bellies were a SIN. A replica of a store that was in Weihai during the British period.

The Liugong Island is quite beautiful and is now home to one of China’s many 5 star tourist attractions. It is also one of China’s still active naval training facilities.

The arrival hall signage.

The arrival hall signage.

The arrival hall.

The arrival hall.

I found the visit to the many attractions and locations on the island to be well worth the 138 RMB ferry ride and entrance price. I am sure that it would have been even more spectacular on a bright clear sunny day; our cloud and fog limited visibility still provided a mystical experience.


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