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An Armchair Traveller's History of Beijing

Jonathan Clements



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07 August 2020
As China's global influence continues to rise, its capital, Beijing, has become increasingly important-and a popular tourist destination, greeting close to five million international visitors each year. An Armchair Traveller's History of Beijing presents the capital from its earliest beginnings as a prehistoric campsite for Peking Man through its fluctuating fortunes under a dozen dynasties.

Home to capitals of several states over time, the site of modern Beijing has been ruled by Mongolian chiefs and the glorious Ming emperors, whose tombs can still be found on its outskirts. Through Beijing, we can experience Chinese history itself, including its more famous residents-including Khubilai Khan, Mulan, and Marco Polo. Special emphasis is placed on Beijing's precarious heritage in the twenty-first century, as modern construction wipes out much of the old city to make way for homes for twenty million people.

This book also offers detailed information on sites of tourist interest, including the pros and cons of different sections of the Great Wall and the best ways to see the Forbidden City and the fast-disappearing relics of the city's Manchu and Maoist eras. A chapter on food and drink examines not only local delicacies, but the many other Chinese dishes that form part of Beijing's rich dining traditions. With its blend of rich history and expert tips, An Armchair Traveller's History of Beijing is an essential introduction to one of the world's most remarkable cities.
By:   Jonathan Clements
Imprint:   Haus
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 250mm,  Width: 150mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   666g
ISBN:   9781909961272
ISBN 10:   1909961272
Series:   Armchair Traveller
Pages:   300
Publication Date:   07 August 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jonathan Clements is visiting professor at Xi an Jiaotong University in China. He is the author of many books, including Modern China: All That Matters and An Armchair Traveller s History of the Silk Road.

Reviews for An Armchair Traveller's History of Beijing

It's hard to imagine anyone better equipped than Jonathan Clements to compile a readable account of Beijing. Authoritative yet deliciously irreverent, his history of the city is an essential companion for the visitor and a treasure trove of vicarious delights for the chair-bound. --John Keay, author of China: A History

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