Badaguan is made up of streets named after great military forts of the ancient times. It was originally a residential area for the Germans built when Qingdao was a German protectorate (1897-1914). Each street is lined with a single species of tree and many street names are colloquially known by the trees that line them. Along the streets are houses built in a variety of European architectural styles. Badaguan is bordered on the west by No. 1 Beach and on the east by No. 3 Beach. Badaguan is a popular destination for wedding photography. One can often see dozens of newlywed-couples being photographed along Badaguan's shoreline and greenspace.
Next to Badaguan, on the south end of No. 2 Beach, is a large rocky outcropping on which a stone Russian villa was constructed. Built in 1932, Huashi Lou (花石楼) combines Greek, Gothic, and Gothic influences throughout its five storey hulk. It is constructed from marble and stone and features a large turret and a multicolored outer face which inspired the locals' nickname for the structure, "the colorful rock building". It also contains a passageway which Chiang Kai-shek used to get from the building to the seashore.
The streets of Badaguan
These streets run north-south:
These streets run east-west:
- Wushengguan Road (武胜关路)
- Jiayuguan Road (嘉峪关路)
- Hanguguan Road (函谷关路)
- Zhengyangguan Road (正阳关路)
- Linhuaiguan Road (临淮关路)
- Juyongguan Road (居庸关路)
- Shanhaiguan Road (山海关路)
Festival on Badaguan
An annual festival of "Badaguan Beer Festival" is held from August 10th to 25th, during which period there is such a variety of holiday events as musical instruments performance, dance performance, and beer-drinking competition.
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