What Happened to the ‘Most Stylish Train Station in the Far East’?
, the capital of Shandong province in eastern China, was once home to a spectacular
Designed by a little-known German architect by the name of
, the station was completed in 1912 in the
style — the German counterpart of Art Nouveau.
is characterized by
floral and arabesque flourishes
, as well as a merging of
The railway station’s domed tower and curved arches were perfect examples of this.
The station was a product of the
Sino-German lease treaty
of 1898, which gave Germany leaseholds and railway construction and coal rights in parts of Shandong.
Jinan Railway Station was renovated thrice:
Japanese occupying forces
in 1937 and the
Chinese Railway Department
in 1958 and 1972; the second time was to welcome
Sadly, the stylish railway station was
— to much opposition — in 1992.
Authorities said they needed a
to keep up with the growing city’s transportation needs.
Some officials also considered German architecture a symbol of
In 2013, the Jinan government announced its plans to
the iconic building.
However, 10 years later, the project has
still not begun
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