Beijing is an intimate and informed portrait of a city at the centre of one of the world’s oldest civilisations and the capital of one of its newest superpowers. For hundreds of thousands of years, humans and their ancestors (including Peking Man) have lived here. Over three and a half millennia, cities have risen and fallen in this place, five of them the capitals of dynastic empires. The scene of sieges, massacres, rebellions and political spectacle, Beijing has produced and inspired some of China’s greatest and most iconic works of literature, film and music. Generously illustrated, with a concise and lively history of the city at its heart, essays on food, art and architecture and a few tips for the traveller as well. Come visit Beijing with me.
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‘Linda Jaivin writes with feeling, wit and great insight on the history of Beijing, bringing to life the great city’s many splendours.’ – Jasper Becker, Asia affairs specialist and author of The City of Heavenly Tranquility: Beijing in the History of China
‘With intelligence and wit, Beijing is the perfect travelling companion for visitors old and new. At last, a book to carry on all of your wanderings through this incomparable city.’ – Michael Meyer, author of The Last Days of Old Beijing: Life in the Vanishing Backstreets of a City Transformed
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