Last weekend I went out to Guantao Lu and took a few pictures. The renovation plans for this area go back quite a bit as the German heritage in Qingdao is being preserved and marketed for tourism. The part of the city that I recently visited is a stretch of Guantao Lu north of Zhongshan Lu. This area used to be something like Qingdao’s Wall Street and financial center. There is still the old exchange building there which appears to be empty at the moment. After a Hash House Harriers run, we once had a look inside. It’s a cool building in need of some upkeep. There’s also the old Danish consulate in the area as well.

I think the area could use a proper beer garden and then it would bring some more German spirit to the area

There has been some mixed reaction from the German community here because the area consists of buildings that were built after the Germans had already left Qingdao. Still, Guantao Lu is basically a nice part of town and it’s worth the stroll up Zhongshan Lu. I think the area could use a proper beer garden and then it would bring some more German spirit to the area, and I also hope that they restore more old areas of Qingdao, especially the pre-1914 buildings.

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