Chapter

Eastern Suburbs

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/9789622097773.003.0041
Eastern Suburbs

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The Eastern suburbs of Peking were sparsely inhabited in the years before 1949. In the 1980s, it still felt as if the urban section had been left behind and farmlands had taken its place. This rustic feeling has disappeared under a veritable tidal wave of concrete and steel. These days, this district is the major commercial district for foreign companies in China. Pan Jia Yuan Morning Market can be found in the southeast part of the city, between the Second and Third Ring Roads. Park of the Altar of the Sun was originally owned by a member of the imperial guard. The Ri Tan Park is surrounded by one of Peking's embassy districts that were built as the city grew in size and made the former Legation District inconvenient. To the north of Ri Tan Park lies Russian Town. In the last courtyard, the temples have exhibits on the history of the temple and Old Peking. Dong Zhi Men Wai Avenue is the last bit of the tour of the Eastern suburbs.

Keywords: Eastern suburbs; Peking; Pan Jia Yuan Morning Market; Ring Roads; Ri Tan Park; Dong Zhi Men Wai Avenue

Chapter.  4835 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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