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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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Northern Suburbs

Northern Suburbs

(p.263) 15 Northern Suburbs
The Search for a Vanishing Beijing

M. A. Aldrich

Hong Kong University Press

The face of New Peking will be found in the suburbs to the north of the Old Tartar City. The authorities have selected these plains for the construction of modern apartment blocks for the friends displaced from the heart of the city, like Horn Rims. There really is not that much to see there, though there are a handful of sights that make the effort of a visit worthwhile. Thus, this chapter presents a description on the tour made in the Northern Suburbs. Specifically addressed are the Altar of the Earth Park, the West Yellow Temple, the Earthen City Wall of Yuan Capital, Youth Park, and the Big Bell Temple. It also looks at the Hai Dian District Mosque, the Place of Perfect Brightness, the Garden of Ever Lasting Spring, Perspective Hill, and the Outward Looking Temple. The Old Summer Palace still stirs indignation among Chinese, as evidenced by the sign proclaiming that the palace is “the epitome of the fate of the Chinese nations [sic] in modern history”. The bodies of the British victims were buried in the Old Russian Cemetery, which used to be in the Northern Suburbs.

Keywords:   Northern Suburbs, New Peking, Old Tartar City, Altar of the Earth Park, West Yellow Temple, Earthen City Wall, Youth Park, Old Summer Palace, Hai Dian District Mosque, Place of Perfect Brightness

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