The Former Legation District

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:
The Former Legation District

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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

Chapter.  5913 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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