Saturday, August 23, 2008

On this day

in 1914, Tsingtao, China, was bombarded as Japan declared war on Germany in World War I.

Known as Qingdao or Quing Dao it has an intersting history. Many have drunk its famous beer* but don't know that the area was ceded to Germany in the same way the Hong Kong was ceded to Britain, hence the beer. However they left after the Japanese invasion.

This year it has hosted the Olympic sailing where GB won 6 medals.

*This is weird, you have to enter your date of birth to enter to prove your are over 21 so you can read about beer! How authoritarian and pointless is that?

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