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The Eastern Tartar City

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622097773.003.0032
The Eastern Tartar City

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The Eastern Tartar City is home to several famous temples, city wall remnants, and princely mansions. Alas, the character of this section of the city is under assault by the wrecking ball. All the places described soon will become islands of antiquity surrounded by drab modern architecture. The former Tartar City once curved in an inverted “u” shape along the northern walls of the city. The Second Ring Road now marks its borders. For this tour, the tower located at the corner of Chong Wen Men Avenue and the Second Ring Road should be the starting place. Chinese history is full of reversals of verdicts. In order to select people worthy to govern the state, China's imperial dynasties implemented a civil examination system where aspirants to government office underwent a rigorous examination in the Confucian classics. Nowadays, the grounds of the Russian Embassy compound are a little Russian town enclosed in the heart of Peking. After the Marco Polo Bridge Incident, the Japanese government moved in its North China Army Command which, among other things, assumed control of municipal functions.

Keywords: Eastern Tartar City; modern architecture; Second Ring Road; Chong Wen Men Avenue; imperial dynasties; Russian Embassy; Marco Polo Bridge

Chapter.  12481 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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