Legends of the Building of Old Peking

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Legends of the Building of Old Peking is a study of a series of unique popular legends surrounding the building of the imperial cities in old Peking, including the Nazha City legend of the Yuan "Great Capital" and the Ming "Northern Capital," and the Mongol legend of "sitting by bowshot to locate the capital city" and its Chinese adaptations. These legends reveal a rich tapestry of religious and cultural traditions surrounding the Chinese and non-Han people's conceptions of the origins of their capital cities; ...

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Overview

Legends of the Building of Old Peking is a study of a series of unique popular legends surrounding the building of the imperial cities in old Peking, including the Nazha City legend of the Yuan "Great Capital" and the Ming "Northern Capital," and the Mongol legend of "sitting by bowshot to locate the capital city" and its Chinese adaptations. These legends reveal a rich tapestry of religious and cultural traditions surrounding the Chinese and non-Han people's conceptions of the origins of their capital cities; they are very distinct from imperial ideologies and dynastic traditions, and are constantly evolving under changing political and cultural circumstances. The book is a unique study of the historical origins of the building of old Peking as well as the genesis and efflorescence of related popular culture in the modern capital of China.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789629963132
  • Publisher: Chinese University Press, The
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Pages: 450

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Hok-lam Chan is a senior academician well-known for his research on the history of late Imperial China. He was formerly Professor and Chairman of the Department of History at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and is currently Affiliate Professor of Chinese History, Department of Asian Languages and Literature, University of Washington; and Honorary Professor, Institute of Chinese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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Introduction 1

Pt. I The "Nezha City" of Old Peking: Origins and Transformations 33

Ch. 1 Liu Bingzhong, Nazha, and the Building of Yuan "Great Capital" 35

Ch. 2 Liu Bowen, Nezha, and the Building of Ming Peking 87

Pt. II "Siting by Bowshot": Locating the City of Ming Peking 171

Ch. 3 The Mongolian Story of How Emperor Yongle Built the City of Peking 173

Ch. 4 The Stories of Liu Bowen, Yao Guangxiao, and Shen Wansan Building the City of Peking 207

Epilogue 249

Pt. III Appendices 261

1 The Eight-armed Nezha City (1) 263

2 The Eight-armed Nezha City (2) 266

3 Book of the Story of How Emperor Yung-lo of the Great Ming Built the City of Peking - The Yuan Prince - The True Prince 270

4 Liu Bowen Built the City of Peking 277

5 How was the City of Peking Built? 283

Glossary 289

Notes 291

Bibliography 345

Index 375

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