My Trip to Dalian and Lushun

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My Trip to Dalian and Lushun

Post by Kim Sung » 28 Jan 2009 03:09

I've just come back from my trip to Dalian(大连) and Lushun(旅顺). Every year I make it a rule to meet Lunar New Year's Day in China because the Chinese hold much brisker and livelier festivals during New Year's Holiday. During my stay in Dalian, I've visited many historic places of the Russo-Japanese War like Shui Shi Ying, Height 203 and the Dongjiguan Fortress, and have seen many buildings constructed by two imperialist powers (Russia and Japan) that invaded China and exploited the Chinese people. Here I'd like to introduce some of more than 1,000 photos and footages taken by me.

The Victory Bridge (胜利桥) built during the Japanese rule of Dalian. The South Manchuria Railway (南満州鉄道) passed below this bridge. You can see 'the Russian Street' (俄羅斯街, Российская Таможенная Улица) over there.

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Post by Kim Sung » 30 Jan 2009 15:24

Today's Victory Bridge and the railroad

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The Victory Bridge and the South Manchurian Railroad during the Japanese imperialist rule.

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Post by Kim Sung » 30 Jan 2009 15:48

Dalian (Lushun exactly) was a starting point of the South Manchurian Railroad then.

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The Asia Express (あじあ号)

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http://www.lib.utsunomiya-u.ac.jp/photo ... ajiago.htm

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Post by Kim Sung » 30 Jan 2009 15:52

Passengers of the Asia Express

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There were a lot of western and white Russian passengers then. You can see a white Russian waitress in the photo right above.

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Re: My Trip to Dalian and Lushun

Post by South » 30 Jan 2009 20:00

Good afternoon Kim Sung,

Ref: "Height 203";

Real nice pictures!

(For other thread readers: Lushun, the "Gibraltar of the Far East" is the old Port Arthur.)

Having just finished a AHF "battle" on the best WWII artillery nation, let me say a few sentences about "Height 203".

The name "Height 203", a location at Lushun, was an artillery site 203 meters above sea level. It was the commanding location of the Russian rear defense line during the Russo-Japanese War. It was captured by the Japanese. I decided to write this about Height 203 because over at the thread re WWII artillery and best advancements, indirect fire support (ie shooting the guns via a forward observer) was mentioned. For the last couple of days was wondering if during the 1904-05 Russo-Japanese War, some indirect fire techniques were used.

All the guns on exhibit at Height 203 were not originally deployed there. The smaller guns did not have the range to reach
the vessels visible on the water.

Did you visit Shuisshiyang Meeting Place where the armistice was signed? This is where the Czar's Gen Stesil surrendered to Japan's Third Army Commander Nogi Marosuke. The formal peace treaty was signed in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA.

Again, real nice pictures. What still impresses me about "Russian Street" is that it is saved as both a tourist attraction and a "living history" section of town. I'm writing from an area where a US civil War battle field could easily become a Walmart parking lot.

Warm regards,

Bob

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The Gate of 'the Russian Street' (俄羅斯街, Российская Таможенная Улица)

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Post by Kim Sung » 31 Jan 2009 18:08

The Russian Street was desolate with Dalian's severe winter.

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Post by Kim Sung » 31 Jan 2009 18:26

In the Russian Street of Dalian, there are 38 Russian builings constructed during the Russian imperialist rule.

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Post by Kim Sung » 31 Jan 2009 18:29

A worn-out building

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Post by Kim Sung » 31 Jan 2009 18:35

More Russian buildings

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A Russian guy in the Russian Street

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View of downtown Dalian from the Russian Street

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View of the Victory Bridge from the Russian Street

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Post by Kim Sung » 08 Feb 2009 16:07

After visiting the Russian Street, I moved to the Zhongshan Square (中山广场), the center of downtown Dalian.

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The Zhongshan Square during the Japanese imperialist rule. There was a statue of general Oshima Yoshimasa (大島義昌) who was the first Governor of the Kwantung Leased Territory (關東州). This statue was demolished as a symbol of Japanese imperialism after the liberation by the Soviet Army in August 1945.

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Post by Kim Sung » 08 Feb 2009 16:50

Here's the former Dalian branch of the Yokohama Seikin Bank (横浜正金銀行)

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This building was constructed by the Japanese colonial authorities in 1909 and is now used as the Dalian branch of the Bank of China. The Yokohama Seikin Bank founded 8 branches in China during the Japanese imperialist era: Dalian (1909), Beijing (1910), Harbin (1912), Qingdao (1919), Hankou (1921), Shanghai (1924), Shenyang (1925) and Tianjin (1926).

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