Yamato Hotel

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The Yamoto Hotel in Dalian
The Yamato Hotel in Mukden (Shenyang)
The Yamato Hotel in Hsinking (Changchun)

The Yamato Hotels (Japanese: ヤマトホテル?, Chinese: 大和旅馆) were a chain of hotels in Manchuria owned and operated by the South Manchuria Railway during the period from the 1910s to 1940s. Some of these hotels still exist in Northeast China, used as art nouveau hotels under different names.[1]


During the time of the South Manchuria Railway Company's operations within various cities in Manchuria between 1907 and 1945, the South Manchuria Railway Company was involved in the management of a series of high-grade chain hotels. The South Manchuria Railway Company's department of transportation was responsible for high-class hotels within its jurisdiction, which were intended as a place for men to stay during times of military activity. A total of seven Yamato hotels were built, most notably including Shenyang Yamato hotel.[2]

Some of the larger hotels were in:

  • Dalian: Built in 1914, used now as the Dalian Hotel (Chinese: 大连宾馆). Bo Xilai's favorite hotel while in Dalian.
  • Mukden (now Shenyang): Built in 1910, used now as the Liaoning Hotel (Chinese: 辽宁宾馆). Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping and other polititical dignitaries used to stay at this hotel.
  • Hsinking (now Changchun): Built in 1910, used now as the old building of the Chunyi Hotel (Chinese: 春谊宾馆).
  • Harbin: Originally built by the Russians in 1905, re-built by the Japanese in 1935, used now as the Longmen Dasha VIP Hotel (Chinese: 龙门大厦贵宾楼).

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