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Part 1- Jiaozhou Bay Incident

On Nov. 13th, 1897, 3 German ships broke into the formerly tranquil Jiaozhou Bay. With 24 hours, soldiers from the ships landed and easily occupied Qingdao. This became known as he Jiaozhou Bay incident, which shocked China and the world. What made the German army seize this part of Chinese territory?

Part 2- Secrets in the fort

Qingdao is a mountainous harbour city with many large and small hills. In the autumn of 1996, a middle-aged man frequented Qingdao Hill, a well-known hill in Qingdao. He ascended to the summit, and walked in the valley. He went where few people had trod before. And he kept going there. What was he doing? What was it in those places that irresistibly attracted him? The man was Zhagn Shufeng, a researcher at the Academy of Social Sciences of Qingdao. He was on a special mission.

Part 3- War between Germany and Japan

During its 17-year occupation, the Germans transformed Qingdao city into its Far Easern naval and army base, and gained massive economic benefits by exploiting the port and railroad facilities linking the hinterland. While China´s resources were being constantly transported to Germany, eyes not far across the sea also gazed covetously at the city. Japan, already the No. 1 military power in Asia, had long desired Qingdao. Since "Interference of the Three Countries on the Peninsula of East Liaoning" in 1895, Japan had been enemies with Germany and decided to seize Qingdao as soon as possible.

Part 4- The return journey amid storms

On Nov. 19, 1914, ten days after the Imperial Japanese Army(IJA) occupied Qingdao, the 18th Independent Division of the Japanese army declared in the name of its commander Mitsuomi Kamio that it would exercise military control over Qingdao. The Japanese garrison in Qingdao directly subject to the Emperor was also established. With the excuse of relieving the garrison in Qingdao, they continued to send in reinforcements. At that time, the IJA in Qingdao and along the Qingdao-Jinan Railroad totaled over 10,000 soldiers.