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Le Grand Hôtel de Pékin

Le Grand Hôtel de Pékin was Peking’s oldest and most splendid hotel establishment, situated just north of the Foreign Legation Quarter and offering the Grand Tourist panoramic views of the Quarter and of the Forbidden City to the west of the hotel. 506 more words

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The Forbidden City 紫禁城, Peking

There isn’t much that hasn’t been said already about the Forbidden City.  How it was the seat of the Chinese Emperor from the 1400s all the way till 1911.   588 more words

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The Legation Quarter, Peking

Instead of the more obvious historical and tourist sites, I have chosen to start off my sojourn in Peking with a tour of the Former Foreign Legation Quarter. 501 more words

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The Grand Tour II-9: Northern Capital... Peking (北京)

On this Grand Tour of the Far East, we pay a visit to only three Imperial Capitals. The first – and the grandest of them all – is Peking, a.k.a. 631 more words

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The Japanese Concession, Tientsin

The Japanese Concession was established in 1898 and lasted till 1945, following the Japanese surrender at the end of World War II.

The Concession is noted for housing the last Emperor of China, Puyi – who, after having been forced to abdicate and flee the Forbidden City, took up home here in the Japanese Concession for another seven years, following which he was forcibly whisked off to Dairen to be the Puppet Emperor of the Japanese Manchukuo state.   243 more words

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The Austro-Hungarian Concession, Tientsin

The Austro-Hungarian Concession was the smallest and the shortest of the foreign concessions in Tientsin, lasting a mere 16 years from 1901 to 1917.  Like the German Concession, it was surrendered to the Chinese just after World War I ended. 141 more words

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Die Deutsch Konzession, Tientsin

The German Concession was established in 1899 and lasted a mere 18 years till 1917, the end of World War I. That said, the Germans invested their territory with a distinctly Teutonic identity. 269 more words

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