On the southern coast of the Shantung peninsula, that huge arm that strikes out into the Yellow Sea, is to be found Tsingtao. Variously called “the Riviera of the Far East,” “the playground of China,” and “the Paradise of the East,” Tsingtao—or if you will be Asiatic, Chingtao—is indeed one of the most unique and beautiful cities of the Orient.
Situated as it is in the same latitude as San Francisco, Norfolk, and Gibraltar, Tsingtao enjoys all of the climatic changes of our Middle Atlantic states. The Shantung peninsula is famous for its beef, apples, strawberries, peaches, plums, fog, bathing, and peanuts, and of all the cities in Shantung, Tsingtao rates first. Furthermore, Tsingtao is clean. When one speaks of a city in China and calls it clean, the last word has been said.
Of course, Tsingtao has had its quota of missionaries. As a matter of fact, it was as a consequence of the murder of two German missionaries that Tsingtao was occupied by German forces in November, 1897. As a result of this occupation, Germany obtained a lease of Tsingtao and the hinterland for a period of ninety-nine years.