Saturday, October 17, 2009

Yamato Hotel-South Manchurian Railway

The Yamato Hotel was not in Japan as its name might imply.  It was actually in Lushun Port, China, formerly known as Port Arthur. Although I read somewhere that the hotel still exists, I couldn't confirm it, so I refer to it in the past tense.
The South Manchurian Railway (founded by the Empire of Japan) maintained five Yamato hotels in southern Manchuria in an effort to open up this undeveloped, mineral-rich part of China. Some of them are still operational, in case you're planning a trip to Manchuria. The hotels were reportedly very elegant, western-style hotels. From this picture, it looks as if they stood in stark contrast to their surroundings.

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