Chapter

Western 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/9789622097773.003.0046
Western Suburbs

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On the West Straight Gate Avenue, there is a relic from the time of paramount Russian influence in China. The Peking Exhibition Hall was originally constructed in 1954 as the Soviet Exhibition Hall. To the west of the hall is the Moscow Restaurant, a classic relic and once the only Western restaurant in Peking. The Zoological Gardens are slightly to the west of the hall and occupy the site of an imperial park built for one of Shun Zhi's sons. To the north of the Peking Zoo is the Five Pagoda Temple. Further to the north in the Village of the Duke of Wei is the Temple of Great Kindness. The Purple Bamboo Park whose lakes date from the Yuan dynasty is reported. Further to the west at Eight Mile Village Road is the Temple of Benevolence and Longevity. On the entrance to the bridge next to Wan Ping's south gate stands a stele erected with Qian Long's calligraphy, recognizing the bridge as one of the eight great sites of imperial Peking.

Keywords: West Straight Gate Avenue; Peking Zoo; Peking Exhibition Hall; Zoological Gardens; Five Pagoda Temple; Purple Bamboo Park; Eight Mile Village Road; Temple of Benevolence and Longevity

Chapter.  7161 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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