Nov 2 2019

Bye, Beijing

It seems that I haven’t been to Beijing airport for a while: you go through security check first: they’re right up front, in your face. Since I’ve a few pieces, a young man mentioned to me to just go ahead. When I hesitate, he became rather unpleasant. Oh well.

Once inside, I immediately saw the vantage point of Forbidden City, which I just went two night before.

What interesting, I ran into the same flight attendant on my Pei-Sea, who was on my JFK-Sea too. Oh well.

Oct 29 2019

The disappearing history

Looking for old information, I went to Xicheng West End District Archives.

To remake their cities (and perhaps to show their achievements while in the office …) and aggressive developers, old historical remnants are being demolished, fast.

Qingdao: the 18 meter high fire watchtower on GuanXiang Road (望火楼; 1905-2009) on the western edge of the old observatory, and the train station (1901-1991) – the current train station is moved back 15 meters.

Ji’Nan: the old train station (1912-1992; by German architect 赫尔曼舍尔) and the two story commercial building (八卦楼; 1914-97).


Oct 7 2019

Yongdingmen 永定门

The Eternally Peace Gate in Beijing is on the central axis 中轴. It was built in 1553 and four hundred years later, demolished in 1950s for the new road construction. The current one is reconstruction in 2004.

The In 1950 fm wiki. In 1900, a Japanese was killed by Dong Fuxiang (董福祥 from Gansu province) near the gate, in the early stage of Boxer Uprising.


Oct 6 2019

Old Man Tower 万松老人塔

Beijing Wansong Old man Tower is on Zhuanta Hutong 西城区西四南大街41号旁门, 第一胡同砖塔胡同. The only dense eaves brick tower (?) 密檐式砖塔 tower in Beijing, is a bookstore now.


Oct 6 2019

Xinhua Bookstore 西四新华书店

55 Xisi North Blvd. next to Guangji Temple
西四北大街255号 (广济寺旁)
Xisi, Beijing

This bookstore is called Corner Building 西四街楼 (also called 皇城警卫楼) is in a landmark building at the corners of … The two 2-story buildings were built in 1894 to celebrate Cixi’s 60th birthday. However, she had to scale down the party within the Forbidden City because Japan had invaded China. The bookstore is on the northwest corner 西北角 and a bank is on the northeast corner of Xisi Blvd., which was, however, demolished in the 1980s.

… and the Xisi N Blvd up till Dahong Luochang Street 大红罗厂街.

Old Beijing Hutong Post Office 老北京胡同邮局

Oct 5 2019

Getting lost in Beijing

After lunch at Xiaodiao Litang 小吊梨汤, I took bus to go to tennis tournament. As I was busily taking pictures of Beijing, I missed my stop by more than 10 miles. Not mentioning that I missed the date with my friend … but my misfortune got me to see the beautiful sunset.


Oct 4 2019

Furen University 辅仁大学

Dingfu Street

The site of former Furen University 辅仁大学旧址, known as Fu Jen Catholic University. It started in 1913 as Furen Group 辅仁社, changed to Furen Uni in 1927. By 1952, it resolved. Many  and absorbed into Beijing Normal, Beijing, Renmin and Shanxi universities.We left Tao Beile Mansion and walked on Dingfu Street, came upon this.

Oct 4 2019

Xishiku Cathedral Church 西什库天主堂

33 Xishiku St., 西什库大街33号

It’s commonly called 北堂 Beitang – the northern church, in Xisi. It opened for business in 1703 and to the current location in 1888, and was greatly damaged during the Boxer Uprising in 1900 …


Oct 4 2019

Deshengmen, #4 School

Beijing‘s 西城区西黄城根北街… 德胜门 and #4 Secondary School 四中


the hair and nail salon …

Oct 4 2019

Mei Lanfang’s Memorial

9 Huguosi Jie 护国寺街9号

The small insert on the lower right was Qixin’s (Chee Hsin) product sample

The admission is ¥10 to the famous female role Beijing opera singer’s old residence. After Furen and Prince Gong’s residence, we ducked in because of the rain after we left

I should thank the weather: I spotted the familiar floor tiles and yes, they were made by Qixin (Chee Hsin). In fact, high end siheyuans’ floors in Beijing were all tiled by Qixin – they were the leader in the industry and because of advanced management and modern equipment, had more than 90% of the domestic market, thanks to Zhou Xuexi.