Check out these fascinating photographs of “old China”. Click on a photograph to bring up information about the image you are looking at. (Thnx Graham!)
The photograph above conveys a majesty that is rarely seen, even by today’s standards. The huge tower and extensive wall, receding as far as they eye can see, somehow belied the fact that the imperial government was really just a shadow of its former self. In a few short years, the Qing dynasty, despite those powerful walls, would literally cease to exist. China would choose to dispose of its monarchy and become a republic.