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Origin·Oriental Spring

 

       Historical records have it that in 1905, when a German merchant called Maya hunted on the verdant Taiping Hill of Laoshan Mountain, he accidentally found some hedgehogs drinking water from a clear spring gurgling out of towering ancient trees. He also sipped some and found it surprisingly fresh and sweet. Then he took some samples back to Germany to be tested and found that the quality of the water is on a par with the famous French mineral water. This founding had not only amazed the world, but blazed the trail of mineral water in China.

 

       In 1930, Rodeway, a German businessman, found a mineral water resource of high quality from the granite fracture in deep underground, and dug the first mineral water well in China, which is the origin of the historic “Hedgehog Well”.

 

       The German scientists in Faber Hospital, now Qingdao People’s Hospital, examined the well water and confirmed its nutritional and medical value. After drinking from the well, many patients felt much better than before. Their praise and acknowledgment contributed to its rising to fame almost overnight.

 

 

       And then, Rodeway made an investment to establish a factory, producing the first bottle of mineral water in China. By virtue of its luscious taste and rich content of various minerals and trace elements, the water became popular in the domestic market and also pioneered into markets of Hong Kong, Japan, and Germany, with its supply always falling short of the demand.