An Historical Geography of Peiping by Renzhi Hou

By Renzhi Hou

This booklet is ready town of Peiping in China, often referred to as Beijing and Peking, and a urban of serious historic importance. Divided into 3 components, this paintings explores Peiping first as a frontier urban at a time while the good Wall was once verified, 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, throughout 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 information topographical positive aspects and geographical family of the town, describing the best way the mountains upward thrust from the obvious developing concave hands to surround Peiping, resulting in the identify, the ‘Bay of Peiping’. We examine that the mountains often achieve over 3000ft and feature virtually no foot-hills, while the bay itself is stuffed with sediments of gravel, sand, loam and loess that have been deposited in horizontal strata, to an exceptional intensity. a variety of illustrations and figures are integrated, and readers will see how the town sits among rivers, the Hun (浑河 or Muddy River) and the Pai (白河 or White River). those chapters exhibit how every one river has made its contribution to the cloth improvement of the town and its environs, together with via irrigation and because the Hun River shifted its direction. due to the geography of the area, just about all roads major 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 effects of this, in addition to neighborhood weather stipulations and different elements of geography are explored during this e-book, which lines the historic upward thrust to eminence of Peiping.

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An Historical Geography of Peiping

This e-book is ready town of Peiping in China, often referred to as Beijing and Peking, and a urban of significant ancient importance. Divided into 3 components, this paintings explores Peiping first as a frontier urban at a time while the nice Wall used to be proven, from the Chou dynasty (ca. 1122—220 B. C. ) till the T’ang Dynasties as much as the Khitan career (A.

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Immediately after his conquest of the Shang dynasty (ca. ), which ruled the central part of the great North China Plain for several centuries, the Chou emperor Wu Wang (武王), whose personal domain was in the Wei Ho Valley centered on the royal capital at Hao (镐), began to redistribute the newly conquered land. This marked the beginning of the first eight feudal states, among which there 1 The date indicated here for the beginning of the Chou dynasty is most probably incorrect. The true date may be much later rather than earlier.

The first answer lies in its physical geography. West of this line, as mentioned above, is the Tai-hang Range, which rises abruptly above the Great North China Plain in the same manner as the Yan Shan Range rises above the Bay of Peiping. Its eastern slope is so steep and rocky that penetration into it is almost impossible except through some natural 13 Vaughan Cornish first pointed out the geographical condition for the development of this highway in his work The Great Capitals [4, pp. 2–3], but he did not go into detail.

Soon after Shih Huang Ti became emperor, immediate steps were taken to make uniform the weights and measures of the whole empire. Implements and the gauges of wagons were standardized, and a new style of script aiming at unified writing was promoted. These were done with the double purpose of insuring unity and prosperity. Finally, as in the Roman Empire, wide roads were constructed for the emperor’s travel, the movements of troops and the development of commerce. On one occasion, it was recorded: ‘The imperial highway constructed by the Ch’in reached Yen (燕) and Ch’i (齐) in the far east, and Wu (吴) and Yüeh (越) in the remote south.

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