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The Eastern Chinese 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/9789622097773.003.0036
The Eastern Chinese City

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This chapter takes a tour in the Eastern Chinese City. It begins by going to Dragon Pool Park in the southeast corner of the former Eastern Chinese city. Here, there is a beautifully landscaped park where the Peking authorities have revived lunar New Year temple fairs. In the middle of the park stands a single rectangular brick structure. The chapter also visits Commander Yuan's grave in a little while at a separate location in this part of the city. By traveling to the west from the Temple of Prosperous Peace, No. 59 Middle School on Wo Fo Si Street can be seen. The Chinese were not the only nation to have an Altar of Heaven. Since Confucianism hugely influenced Vietnamese and Korean culture, the kings of these two countries constructed circular altars for Heaven in Hue and Seoul.

Keywords: Eastern Chinese City; Dragon Pool Park; Commander Yuan; Temple of Prosperous Peace; No. 59 Middle School; Altar of Heaven; Confucianism

Chapter.  3568 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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