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tazzles
11-06-2003, 04:08 PM
Photography was allowed inside so:

The inside is built around a large central hall, that amongst other things has a magnificent jade-tiled fireplace:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Nov-2003/23169-qingdao-residence5-web.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Nov-2003/23169-qingdao61-web.jpg

Downstairs are 2 large bedroom/sittingroom/office complexes which have been preserved ever since Chairman Mao DzeDong and his wife stayed here for some time in the 1950's:

Mao's bedroom:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Nov-2003/23169-qingdao58-web.jpg

Meeting Rooms:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Nov-2003/23169-qingdao59-web.jpg

Also in the central hall is this interesting painted glass window leading into the conservatory. It's about a meter high.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Nov-2003/23169-qingdao60-web.jpg

Upstairs are more sleeping quarters, the best of which has a plaque of who slept here. Sihanouk and Ho Chi Min amongst others:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Nov-2003/23169-qingdao62-web.jpg

I mention this plaque only because the last entry intrigued me:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Nov-2003/23169-qingdao63-web.jpg

"Hill AUSTRLIA (sic) spring of 1980" it said. I thought that was very far sighted of the Chinese, since senator Robert Hill, our current defence minister, was then a very junior senator, just elected for the 2nd Malcolm Fraser government.

It's interesting to note that one of his first acts as defence minister in the late 90's was to break new ground by sending 3 Australian warships on a good-will visit to Qingdao.

moore hill graphics
11-07-2003, 12:20 AM
Once again, an amazing mix, architecturally. And fascinating historically - thanks for the continuing ed., tazz :D

geckonia
11-09-2003, 11:28 AM
Wow.... The scale of that interior is huge, isn't it! The fire place looks so tiny, but I can imagine it's really impressive! But, I am fascinated by the painted "Stained Glass" window. I've never seen anything like that form Asia.... very interesting. Thanks for posting these.

katcocat
11-09-2003, 08:48 PM
The window shot is my favourite, but they're all fascinating.
Kate