An Historical Geography of Peiping (China Academic Library) by Renzhi Hou

By Renzhi Hou

This booklet is set the town of Peiping in China, often referred to as Beijing and Peking, and a urban of serious old value. Divided into 3 components, this paintings explores Peiping first as a frontier urban at a time whilst the good Wall used to be proven, from the Chou dynasty (ca.1122—220 B.C.) till the T’ang Dynasties as much as the Khitan profession (A.D. 590—937). the second one half explores Peiping because it turns into a countrywide centre, in the course of the Liao Dynasty and the Chin Dynasty, until eventually 1234, and the 3rd half explores the way it turned the capital of the chinese language empire, till 1911. This paintings is a historic geography and the creation info topographical positive aspects and geographical family members of town, describing the way the mountains upward thrust from the obvious developing concave fingers to surround Peiping, resulting in the identify, the ‘Bay of Peiping’. We examine that the mountains usually achieve over 3000ft and feature virtually no foot-hills, while the bay itself is full of sediments of gravel, sand, loam and loess that have been deposited in horizontal strata, to a very good intensity. quite a few illustrations and figures are incorporated, and readers will see how town sits among rivers, the Hun (浑河 or Muddy River) and the Pai (白河 or White River). those chapters display how every one river has made its contribution to the fabric improvement of town and its environs, together with via irrigation and because the Hun River shifted its direction. as a result of the geography of the quarter, just about all roads best from the northern lands of Mongolia and Manchuria to the good simple of North China within the south are sure to converge at Peiping. The ancient outcomes of this, in addition to neighborhood weather stipulations and different points of geography are explored during this publication, which lines the old upward thrust to eminence of Peiping.

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