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The Search for a Vanishing Beijing

M. A. Aldrich

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9789622097773
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207585 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622097773.001.0001
The Search for a Vanishing Beijing

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This book weaves the genres of travel essays and travel guides into a narrative about the cultural mosaic of the capital of China. The book leads the reader through palaces, temples, back streets, and markets while bringing back to living memory forgotten or overlooked Peking customs, stories, and beliefs. The text touches on everything under the sun as the reader walks from Tian An Men Square through the surrounding neighborhoods and further to sights in rustic settings. The narrative relates stories about imperial customs, street food, temple festivals, historic trees, Red Guard struggle sessions, Tibetan and Mongolian customs, hiking trails, political clashes, residences of famous Chinese and foreigners, ghosts, prisons, classical Chinese poetry, ice-skating, espionage, burial customs, old and new embassy districts, courtesans, restaurants, and (even) Chinese liquor. Interspersed throughout the book are stories told by such diverse sources as Marco Polo and Bernard Shaw as well as twentieth-century Sinophiles like Juliet Bredon, George Kates and David Kidd. Commentary from Ming and Qing era travel guides are brought out for a Chinese perspective on celebrated locations in the city.

Keywords: travel essays; travel guides; China; Peking customs; stories; beliefs; Tian an Men Square; Sinophiles; Ming; Qing

Book.  422 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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The Plan Of Old Peking in The Search for a Vanishing Beijing

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Traditional Beliefs in The Search for a Vanishing Beijing

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Historical Overview in The Search for a Vanishing Beijing

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Tian An Men Square in The Search for a Vanishing Beijing

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Zhong Shan Park And The Ancestral Hall in The Search for a Vanishing Beijing

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The Purple Forbidden City in The Search for a Vanishing Beijing

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The Eastern Imperial City And Environs in The Search for a Vanishing Beijing

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The Western Imperial City in The Search for a Vanishing Beijing

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The Former Legation District in The Search for a Vanishing Beijing

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The Eastern Tartar City in The Search for a Vanishing Beijing

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