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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 Western Chinese City

The Western Chinese City

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The Search for a Vanishing Beijing

M. A. Aldrich

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter tours the Western Chinese City. It begins by walking south of the Zheng Yang Gate towards the commercial and entertainment district of Old Peking called the Great Bamboo Fence. The House of the Six Obligations, located near the intersection of Big Bamboo Street and Grain and Rice Street, started its existence as a shop set up in 1530 by six merchants from Shan Xi province. Around the Vegetable Market are a number of historic sites. There is a Chinese Muslim legend that shows how Chinese culture absorbed Islam. The Peking Museum of Traditional Architecture is housed in the Hall of Jupiter, which was first constructed in 1532 and renovated in 1754. By ascending the marble terrace, one may first past through the Hall of Propriety and enter into a vast enclosed courtyard similar to those in the Forbidden City. To the north is the Hall of Jupiter, now housing exhibits on traditional Chinese construction techniques.

Keywords:   Western Chinese City, Great Bamboo Fence, House of the Six Obligations, Vegetable Market, Chinese Muslim, Peking Museum of Traditional Architecture, Hall of Jupiter, Hall of Propriety

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