Mug Shot — «Qingdao - Zhan Qiao Bridge»

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Starbucks City Mug Qingdao - Zhan Qiao Bridge

Qingdao also known in the West by its postal map spelling Tsingtao, is a major city in eastern Shandong province, Eastern China. It borders Yantai to the northeast, Weifang to the west and Rizhao to the southwest. Lying across the Shandong Peninsula while looking out to the Yellow Sea, Qingdao is a major seaport, naval base, and industrial centre.

Zhan Bridge, also known as Qianhai Zhan Bridge, Nanhai Zhan Bridge and Grand Pier, is the icon of Qingdao City. It is located in the southern coast of Qingdao City, starting from the southern end of Zhongshan Road and stretching into the broad sea in the end. Zhan Bridge was originally established in 1892 with a width of 10 meters and a length of 200 meters and became the earliest military pier in Qingdao City. Then the bridge was turned to be a freight pier after being invaded by Germany. Later in 1901, it was expanded from several aspects: iron rail was replaced by iron chain rail; the whole bridge lengthened to 350 meters; the road paved with railway rail; etc. Around 1905, Qingdao Harbor was the major place for commodity transport and Zhan Bridge served as an exclusive port for quarantining and piloting ships into Qingdao harbor. The local government improved the bridge from September, 1931 to April, 1933. Partial steel and wood structure of the original bridge was replaced by reinforced concrete and the whole road was covered with cement. The length was expanded to 440 meters and the bridge was heightened another 0.5 meter. A half-round shape sea wall was built up on the south. What’s more, a two-storey octagonal pavilion with typical ethnic architectural style was founded here, which is named Huilan Pavilion and enjoys great fame. Stretching above the shoal of the sea, Zhan Bridge of Qingdao City looks like a dragon sleeping comfortable and peacefully. Soft waves blow the bridge, hundreds of seagulls screech here and there, and stunning sunrise and sunset emerge in the boundless blue sea. It is a paradise for human beings and creatures. As time goes by, the place is gradually viewed as one of the major landmarks of Qingdao City and also a great scenic spot to explore in China.

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  China, Qingdao

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