Tsingtao Beer Museum: An insight to imperialism in China

Gothic architecture in China of the Tsingtao Beer Museum
German architecture in China of the Tsingtao Beer Museum

Take a peek in Chinese history through Qingdao Beer Museum.

This museum is unique in China, and people in this region take pride on this. In 1903, German Beer Qingdao Company founded China’s first brewing factory designed with European technology in Qingdao. Due to all the changes and take overs, this factory now days is known as Tsingtao Beer Company.   I picked Qingdao Beer Museum because of its history which is also parallel to China’s history.  It is imperative to know that Qingdao used to be colonized by the Germans who were also the founders of the first brewery. During the 1900’s the West had a tremendous influence on China, to the point that there were parts of China where the Chinese did not have access due to the Western and Japanese imperialistic powers.  In the early 90’s these foreign powers were competing for “spheres of influence.” This almost separated China, this expression is well known about what almost happen to China during that time.- “Foreign powers almost carved up China as a Melon.” These imperialistic powers plus natural catastrophes left China to the point of not being able to provide for its own people. As a result, China took measures toward these imperialistic powers during the late Qing dynasty. This led Germans to leave Qingdao at that time altogether with the brewery. In 1937 the Japanese colonized most parts of China, this led the brewery under Japanese control. Therefore, in the history of this brewery, it was controlled by the Germans, Japanese and the Chinese. Coming to this museum helped me understand how much the colonization, and influence of foreign powers impacted China to its core.

I think the history of Tsingtao Beer Company and China is a great example of how we could have avoided political turmoil and still be able to improve both parties by implementing sustainable development Goal 17. Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development. Germans brought the technology and business plan to start this brewery. I believe a well-thought-out, long-term plan would have incorporated the locals. For instance, they could have partnered up with farmers and taught them methods on how to produce better products in larger quantities. This way farmers would have been more adept in the production process, and the Germans only needed to focus on the quality of the beer. As a result, more jobs would have been created, and due to its business success, more Chinese would have wanted to be part of the creating process, leaving Germans more opportunities to delegate. For this reason, I believe global partnership is possible and is also a smart long-term business method.

Qingdao Beer Street
Qingdao Beer Street
Although the picture should be of the Beer Museum, I think on another interesting note is the fact that there is whole street dedicated to this museum filled with bars where festivals take place every year !
Although the picture should be of the Beer Museum, I think on another interesting note is the fact that there is whole street dedicated to this museum filled with bars where festivals take place every year!

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