Qingdao Mountain Battery Site Museum
Address: 26 Jingshan Road, Qingdao city, Shandong province.
Opening hours: 9 am-5 pm (Last entry at 4pm)
Closed Mondays (Except for public holidays)
General admission: Free
Tickets are available every day from 9 am to 4pm.
Climbing up to the scenic Qingdao Mountain is a wonderful chance to appreciate blue sea and verdant trees, but you should also not miss the Qingdao Mountain Battery Site Museum, a military fortress site museum built by the Qingdao municipal government in 1997. Located at the northeastern foot of Qingdao Mountain, the museum records the vicissitudes of Qingdao from its establishment to the return of its sovereignty by Japan (1897-1922), and reflects the history of colonialists' invasion of China.
Renowned as the only topical museum that comprehensively displays the influence of World War I (1914-18) on China, this museum was rated as a national first-class museum in 2020, and serves as a cultural facility integrating tourism and education.
Resembling a flying peace dove in its overall shape, the Qingdao Mountain Battery Site Museum covers a construction area of nearly 10,000 square meters and holds more than 1,800 collections of a wide spectrum including weapons of various kinds, military uniforms, newspapers, books, commemorative medals, and postcards.
There are also many precious and even unique historical and cultural relics with a potent impact that cannot be seen in any other places, among them a picture of the Paris Peace Conference (1919), a portrait of the last German Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941), a Prussian spire helmet, and a piece of commemorative embroidery of the Third German Marine Corps.
The museum's thematic exhibition "Give me back Qingdao" consists of three parts: Germany’s Occupation of Qingdao (1897), Japan-Germany War (1914) and Suffering Return (1922). More than 300 photos and hundreds of objects are displayed, vividly narrating not only the trials and tribulations that Qingdao went through during wartime, but also the unyielding and patriotic spirit of the Chinese people.