“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”
— Mark Twain

Beijing Philistines to Destroy 107-year-old Qinghuayan Station – Remembering it’s opening in 1910

Posted: April 20th, 2017 | No Comments »

Beijing proves, once again, that it has no interest whatsoever in heritage, preservation or architecture as it decides to bulldoze the 1910 built Qinghuayuan Railway Station (details from The Beijinger here). Words cannot describe how horrible this is – though I do hope that those who email me telling me that heritage is now a priority in China and the destruction has stopped in Beijing (and Shanghai and elsewhere) will realise their errors.

Anyway, as we shed a tear in farewell to Qinghuayuan, which managed to survive 107 years, here’s Frank G. Carpenter, the American travellers, author, photographer and journalist, in 1910 passing along the line between Peking and Kalgan (or Zhangjiakou if you must) when he decided to travel on all of China’s new railways….you can click on it to enlarge….

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