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The Search for a Vanishing BeijingA Guide to China's Capital Through the Ages$
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M. A. Aldrich

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9789622097773

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622097773.001.0001

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The Former Legation District

The Former Legation District

(p.145) 9 The Former Legation District
The Search for a Vanishing Beijing

M. A. Aldrich

Hong Kong University Press

In the early twentieth century, Peking had another walled district that was not built on the initiative of Yong Le or his successors. It enclosed a rectangular area running along the east side of Tian An Men Square and in an easterly direction along Chang An Avenue. At the intersection with Chong Wen Men Nei Avenue, the wall turned south. The old Tartar City wall served as the southern boundary. Within these walls, a wholly foreign city came into existence, only to disappear with the rise of the PRC. No traces remain of the wall of the former Legation District, though there are a few buildings scattered in this neighborhood that call to mind a long dead world. In the Ming era, this area was known by the main street that ran along the north of the Tartar wall, the East Alley For Rice Exchange. Beyond the gates of the Legation District, the Boxer Movement gained momentum. During the Boxer Debacle, the British and Japanese legations were the northern barricades. As each year goes by, more and more of the sights in the former Legation District disappear.

Keywords:   Legation District, Peking, Tian An Men Square, Chang An Avenue, Chong Wen Men Nei Avenue, Boxer Movement, Tartar wall

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