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The Yamato Hotel (today's Dalian Hotel 大连宾馆)

The grande dame of Dairen’s hospitality scene was the Yamato Hotel 大和旅館, built in 1914 by the occupying Japanese on Nicholas Square.  It was the equivalent of the Astor House Hotel in Shanghai, and the Raffles Hotel in Singapore, hosting the likes of Royalty and celebrities who passed through Dairen en route to Japan on their round-the-world tours. 405 more words

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Dairen 大連, or Japanese Dalian

In the aftermath of the Russo-Japanese War in 1907, Russia surrendered the city of Dalny to the Japanese, who renamed it Dairen, and would rule it for the next 38 years. 510 more words

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Dalny Дальний, or Russian Dalian 达里尼

The city of Dalian was established by Imperial Russia in 1898 as Dalny, within the larger Guandong Leased Territories.  They would hold it for only seven years before relinquishing it to Imperial Japan.   544 more words

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Nicholas Square, Dalny

The most important landmark in present-day Dalian is Nicholas Square, called the Ohiroba 大広場 in the Japanese era, and Zhongshan Square  中山广场 today.  It is the equivalent of Shanghai and Hankow’s Bund, in terms of the number of monumental concession-era architecture still remaining. 320 more words

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The Grand Tour II-10: Great Connection... Dalny / Dairen / Dalian (大連)

Past Peking, we leave China proper and enter the realms of Imperial Japan. In this new year, our Grand Tour will take us first to 2 former Japanese colonial treaty ports (exploring how Japan itself became an imperial and colonial power) and then to 3 Western Treaty ports in Japan itself (in an era when Japan itself was subject to Western Imperialism) and finally to the Imperial City of Tokyo, in the midst of modernisation during the Meiji Restoration. 647 more words

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Summing Up 2014 and Resolutions for 2015

What a year!  What a dream!

I’ve done so much… and seen so much!

I don’t just have one book being published – The Romance of the Grand Tour: Fabled Port Cities from Rangoon to Hong Kong… 266 more words

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Le Grand Hôtel de Pékin

Le Grand Hôtel de Pékin was Peking’s oldest and most splendid hotel establishment, situated just north of the Foreign Legation Quarter and offering the Grand Tourist panoramic views of the Quarter and of the Forbidden City to the west of the hotel. 506 more words

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