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.
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 number of Yamato hotels were built, including the following:
- Dairen: Opened on August 1, 1914, used now as the Dalian Hotel (Chinese: 大连宾馆). Bo Xilai's favorite hotel while in Dalian.
- Hosigaura (Hoshigaura): Beach resort in suburban Dairen.
- Ryojun (Port Arthur): Opened March 21, 1908 by the Russians, when the city was known as Port Arthur. Today used by the People's Liberation Army, not open to foreigners.
- Mukden: Opened in 1910, current building constructed in 1929, used now as the Liaoning Hotel (Chinese: 辽宁宾馆). Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping and other political dignitaries used to stay there.
- Mutanchiang: Opened 1939.
- Hsinking (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).
Yamato Hotel in Dalian, 2010
Yamato Hotel in Dalian, 2009
Yamato Hotel in Dalian, lobby, 2009
Luggage label from the Yamato Hotel in Mukden, 1930s
Yamato Hotel in Hsinking
Yamato Hotel in Ryojun (Port Arthur) today
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