Where The Sun Goes Down

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What would you do if one day you woke up as a Buddhist monk in the Tang dynasty? 

We would leave the Jingtu Temple to obtain better translations of some Buddhist scriptures and undertake an overland expedition to India stretching out over almost two decades.

Just kidding. In fact, We think we would find a companion, someone like Sun Wukong, also known as the Monkey King, and we would travel to the West together. By the West, don’t mean India. And rather than being set in the Tang dynasty, our story would take place a thousand years after “Journey to the West” was written. 

Who was the Monkey King?

The Monkey King, Sun Wukong, had enjoyed his artless existence for several hundred years until one day, at a Monkey feast, he suddenly felt very sad and burst into tears. He had no reason to be unhappy, but the Monkey King had a misgiving about the future that troubled him greatly.

Since his Majesty is very hard to cheer up, we decided to take him on a trip with me. Where does the West start? From the side where the Sun goes down? Or does it start where the East ends? 

We travelled to a town on the shore of the Yellow Sea, to a town located at latitude 36.064 and longitude 120.380 in the northern hemisphere. The town we travelled to was Qingdao. Qingdao was conceded to Germany by the Qing Empire in 1898 until 1914, a decade that benefited the town’s history and made the area desirable to other foreigners. 

Nowadays, all of its citizens and tourists have the chance to touch upon Qingdao’s past through its local architecture, which has been preserved in all its diversity and  greatness. 


1.St. Pauls Cathedral

 St. Paul’s Cathedral: located in 市南区观象二路1号, is made out of red brick and was designed by a Russian architect in 1938.  The style of the Chapel resembles Georgian architecture, even though it doesn’t actually have anything to do with Orthodoxy and in fact, belongs to the Lutheran Concession. 


2.The Road Transport Museum

The Road Transport Museum Tower: built-in 市北区馆陶璐49号, has lots of old-fashioned chariots, cars, and machines. If you consider yourself a huge steam-punk fan, this is definitely the place for you!


3.Qingdao German Prison Site Museum

The Qingdao German Prison Site Museum is located in 常州路25号. This castle is full of old-world charm and has a large underground cellar. The landscape is also incredibly beautiful. Once you have looked upon this castle, you will feel as if you have stepped into a fairy tale. 

4.German Police Station

The German Police Station: located in 湖北路29号, also has the atmosphere of a fairy tale. When you cross the road to this police station, you may get a strong feeling that Snow White is just around the corner.

5.The German Village

The German Village: located in 市北区坏弯路. Especially if you have never been to Germany before, now is the time to take a trip to Qingdao’s German village.