BEIJING WALKS: Exploring the Heritage

BEIJING WALKS: Exploring the Heritage

DON COHN    Book Number: 84964    Product format: Paperback

The best way to see the world's capital cities is on foot, and this is certainly true of Beijing, which abounds in unexpected alleys and broad vistas. Beijing is a vast curiosity shop housing the customs, manners and material culture of millennia. During World War II, threatened by Japan, numerous artworks were transported to the provinces and only recently have been finding their way back. This comprehensive book of six walks aims to recreate the magic and authority of Old Peking side by side with its modernity. The first walk focuses on the Forbidden City, the central imperial palace occupied for five centuries up to 1921 by the emperor and his wives, concubines and thousands of eunuchs. Amid its aesthetic glories the author gives us fascinatingly detailed accounts of the palace's toiletting facilities, particularly those of the redoubtable empress Cixi, patroness of the martial arts practitioners the Boxers. Other walks include the Legation Quarter with Tiananmen Square, Beihai Park, the Temples of Heaven and Sky, the Confucian Temple with the Imperial Academy and Lama Temple, and the Summer Palace. Quotations from famous western visitors enliven the text, for instance Osbert Sitwell's memorable description of monks 'howling for peace'. The book has instructions for getting around, with numerous maps, a guide to the underground railway system and bus routes, and advice on tipping, shopping, restaurants and much else including how to brush your teeth safely. 384pp, softback, 170 colour photos, maps.
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ISBN 9789622177628
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