The Western 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:
The Western Tartar City

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This chapter continues with the visit to the Old Tartar City, which has a variety of sights, including scenic lakes and other landmarks. The intersection at Di An Men West Avenue and Di An Men Wai Avenue is located right on the central axis of Old Peking. From here, one can turn to the north and walk in the direction of the Drum Tower and Bell Tower. While walking north, one will come across the Ming-era Back Door Bridge. An interesting account of Old China meeting with New India is highlighted. But there was indeed a time when China's intellectuals regarded the United States as a source of idealism and benevolence, and in turn, Americans could not resist the temptation of clinging to this ideal even as their government's external actions undermined it. To the minds of many, the image of American hypocrisy deepened tenfold because of the Second Gulf War and the Bush Administration's lame justifications for its misadventure. Perhaps the present state of the Democracy Wall is a fitting end to Chinese idealism about the United States. Now, nothing is left.

Keywords: Western Tartar City; Di An Men West Avenue; Di An Men Wai Avenue; Old Peking; Drum Tower; Bell Tower; Back Door Bridge; Chinese idealism

Chapter.  12497 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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