The Monument to the People’s Heroes: Struggle Memorialized

This is a very interesting monument, covering not just the heroes of the communist struggles in China, but all 19th and 20th century resistance to outside influence and Imperial repression. That is a lot to commemorate. The monument is patterned like an Egyptian obelisk, except thicker.  Some 10 stories high, it is centered between theContinue ReadingContinue Reading

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Mausoleum of Mao: The Monument to the Chairman

No, I am not talking about Frank Sinatra here.  THAT chairman is buried in the Palm Springs. Chairman Mao (full name of Mao Zedong) was the spiritual head of the Communist movement.  It was he that declared the People’s Republic of China in Tiananmen Square in 1949, and he that went on to lead theContinue ReadingContinue Reading

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Seeing Tiananmen Square, the “Rectangle of Change”

Tiananmen Square is one of the top sights that everyone sees in Beijing.  And it is a BIG sight to see.  At 109 acres, the square is the third largest public square in the world.  After its last expansion, at the death of Chairman Mao, it became large enough to hold 600,000 people. That isContinue ReadingContinue Reading

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On the Thorny Issue of Beijing Air Quality…

Maybe I should have named this “A Little Smog Never Hurt Anyone”.  Na, I can’t quite make that statement.  I am not a pollution specialist nor a doctor. Given that this is a travel blog to encourage you to get out and kick Beijing’s “tires”, I have been thinking about the best way to approach Continue ReadingContinue Reading

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What to Know When You Have to Go, in Beijing (Toilets)

I will warn you.  This will not be pleasant for some of you to read.  This is not about the toilet that you have at home.  When visiting Beijing, prepare to squat. This will also be more important to women, as most restrooms will have standalone urinals, or urinal troughs.   Still, both sexes may findContinue ReadingContinue Reading

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Looking for the Tartar Wall of Beijing

If you read my post on the Qianmen Gatehouse, then you know that most of the original Tartar wall that surrounded Beijing was taken down in the late 1960s. I did know, though, that part of that wall still remained.  I was on a hunt to find it.Continue Reading

6 Responses to Looking for the Tartar Wall of Beijing

  1. Laura Lee Anders says:

    Thanks for the post. I just started to read Midnight in Peking and your blog taught me about the Tartar wall.

    • Kenny Edwards Kenny Edwards says:

      Thanks, Laura. Glad it was of help to you.

      As my friend was there in 1940-41, that area holds a special place in my interest. Have not read “Midnight in Peking” yet. I need to get that from Amazon as it will help with my map reconstruction of the Foreign Legation.

      I have just listened to the walking audio notes, and added some notes for future readers. These include indicating Fox Tower and the base entrance of the tower, the location where Pamela’s body was found. I also added a link to the excellent walking notes and map over at Penguin Press.

      Again, thanks for bring this to my attention. :)


  2. Steve Kendley says:

    My father Thomas “Ed” Kendley, was in Peking in 1936. He is a living link to what it was like! Yesterday he drove out to my house to bring i us a delicious roast that he had cooked. You need to know that he is approaching 96 years of age!
    He sat with me and spoke at great length of the Tartar wall and his wishes to know if it is still there. He talked of a ramp that the Chinese charged up during the Boxer Rebellion. He said he used to sit in a swing that was attached to a large tree growing on the top of the wall and what a pleasant place this wall was. He also mentioned many names carved into the soft stones on the wall. He still has a few photos from those days and he has many more memories of being a China Marine. I am so thankful to get to hear them.
    Steve Kendley
    Polson, Montana

    • Kenny Edwards Kenny Edwards says:

      Steve, treasure him as long as you can. China Marines are special in the Marine Corps.

      I had hoped to find the barracks intact, and I had some rumor that it had been turned into an apartment building. But, no. It was demolished to make room for the grand boulevard going around Tianamen Square. You could have literally thrown a baseball and hit the main gate to Peking. Considering the baseball field was on that side of the barracks, I would not have been surprised if some marines actually did that. :)

      Glad you found this site valuable.


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The Zero Point of China

Right outside the south side of Qianmen gate, in Beijing, is a marker called the Zero Point of China.  Most tourist will not even see it.  They may accidently walk by it, and think it is pretty, but they have no idea of it true value. Zero Point.  That is an odd name for aContinue ReadingContinue Reading

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Visiting Beijing’s Qianmen Gatehouse and Its Archery Tower

The Zhengyangmen gate (today known as “Qianmen” gatehouse) and it’s archery tower are all that remains of the old Tartar wall gates that surrounded Beijing.  UPDATE: Actually, that is not completely true.  There are a couple of archery towers left elsewhere, and one of the other gates was rebuilt in 2007.  This is, however, theContinue ReadingContinue Reading

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That’s a Little Small: Converting US and Chinese Clothing Sizes

It would be great to buy clothing in Beijing that properly fits.  Chinese clothing sizes are not the same as American clothing sizes, though. I have assembled information from the web, and I write about my personal experience with clothing that I purchased in China. First, the research:Continue Reading

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Shopping at a Chinese Walmart in Beijing

Many will be surprised to hear that Walmarts exist in China.  They are there and adding stores like crazy.  So if you have a Walmart “habit”, you can get your fix while in Beijing, China. I ran out of room on my sdhc cards, and I had nothing to transfer the large number of picturesContinue ReadingContinue Reading

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