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 Photos of Old Chefoo ( Yantai )

 

 

Chefoo became an open port after the Treaty of Tianjin in 1858. The name Chefoo comes from the name of the

nearby peninsula, called Zhifu. It was home to the American China Mission

and the American Asiatic Squadron would spend the summer there till World War II broke out,

when it was occupied by the Japanese. Some Japanese soldiers refused to surrender and holed up

in the West Fort, where you can still see traces of machine gun fire . There is also an East Fort, built in the Qing dynasty

with several Krupp guns .Many foreign consulates were located on Yantai Hill, which is now as museum .Raymond Burr, of

Perry Mason fame spent some time here as a child, as did Henry Luce of Time Magazine .Yantai was a German concession for 20 years, till WWI.

Yantai Beer was brewed here before Qingdao (Tsingtao) Beer.

 

 

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Chefoo 1920s

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view of Yantai Hill

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The Chefoo Bund

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guns at the west fort

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Church and Astor hotel, torn down

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same spot today

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Chefoo 1926

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Working girls, Chefoo was bemoaned as a din on iniquity due the American Squadron Naval Base by the missionaries there

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torpedo boats of the American Squadron

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British Legation

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Chefoo city wall, long gone

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East Fort

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American Mission with World war I memorial gate, may be part of the entrance to Times Square now

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Jean Ermitage

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old chefoo by Yantai Hill

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old German post office

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old French Post office

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old main post Office, still in use

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pillbox on the beach from the Japanese occupation days, most of these have been destroyed

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American sailors on rickshaws

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street scene, Chefoo

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Chefoo street in the 30s

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roughly the same spot today

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many of the old buildings were torn down or restored to make an open muesum a few years ago

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West Fort with bullet holes

 

 

 

 

 

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