Northern Suburbs

M. A. Aldrich

in The Search for a Vanishing Beijing

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9789622097773
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207585 | DOI:
Northern Suburbs

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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

Chapter.  2759 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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