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Coordinates: 39.908173°N 116.3979°E
Altitude: 43.5 m (143 ft)
Present Day Details
Place Name: Beijing
State/Province: Municipality of Beijing
Country: China
Transport links

Peking, now usually pronounced and spelled Beijing, has been the capital of China for hundreds of years.

Spelling Variants

Modern name: Beijing
Variants: Pekin/Peking


Battle of Peking 1860


External links

  • Beijing Wikipedia
  • Virtual Beijing, a project which is part of a cluster of digital research platforms in urban history and development created by the Institut d'Asie Orientale (Lyons Institute of East Asian Studies). Includes Maps, Images and E Library. The main focus is on the period 1920s-1940s

Historical books online

Cook’s Guide to Peking, North China, South Manchuria and Korea Published by Thos. Cook & Son 1924
Midnight In Peking by Paul French. BBC Radio Reading audio May-June 2012.
Paul French on Midnight in Peking 2013 podcast by Radio Television Hong Kong on One way to listen online is to click on the "Source_url".
Paul French is the author of many books on the "old" period in China, including The Badlands: Decadent Playground of Old Peking (2013) Sample pages Google Books and Bloody Saturday: Shanghai’s Darkest Day, published 2017 Sample pages Google Books. The day was Saturday, August 14, 1937, when the Japanese bombed the city.