紅毛城 Fort Santo Domingo

By greenteapanda

April 18, 2009

Category: Travel

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In Chinese, this place is known as Red Hair castle. It is apparently called that because the foreigners that lived there all had red hair.  The place is small, but this happened to be the first time I could go inside. The place was closed for renovations the last two times I came a few years ago.

On the same grounds is the former British Consulate Residence. While it reminded me of the foreign houses in Nagasaki, and Nagasaki was more interesting in terms of architecture, there was some interesting information to be read on the signage inside.

I had always assumed that a consulate was essentially a lesser embassy, but that is not in fact the case. In particular, “The consulate is not considered a diplomatic establishment, but according to international policy, the institution enjoys exclusive privileges such as inviolability, which includes protection from any manner of confiscation of documents of expropriating the premises.”

 

Also of interest, back in the day, if a country had relations with another, if a foreigner got in trouble with the law, they would have to deal with their own country’s consulate, not the police of that country. No matter China lost so much stature after the Opium War.

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