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China in photos before 1914

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SNAPSHOT of life in China before 1914:

A family scene in China. In October of 1911 the revolution started in China which would see the end of the Qing Dynasty

Two Chinese women on a Chinese wheelbarrow. In October of 1911 the revolution started in China which would see the end of the Qing Dynasty

A Chinese peasant riding a water buffalo. In October of 1911 the revolution started in China which would see the end of the Qing Dynasty

The three year old Aisin-Gioro Puyi, the Xuantong Emperor of China, who abdicated in 1912 and still lives in Peking under the name of Henry Puyi. He is seen here on the knee of his father, the Regent, Prince Zaifeng Chun. His younger brother Prince Pujie stands next to them.

One of the Royal servants, akin to a senior civil servant, known in China as a Mandarin – 01/01/1911

The throne of the former Emperor of China, in the Forbidden City in Peking – 05/05/1911

The revolutionary outbreak in China has spread to the port city of Hankow. The Imperial authorities have asked theb foriegn consuls to patrol the river, but this request has been refused. Hankow is a treaty port, with a large European colony, a racecourse and a golf-course. British warships have been ordered to steam from Shanghai to Hankow in case the disturbances threaten British lives and property. – 23/10/1911

China’s philosopher Confucius, an aristocrat of the 6th century B.C., is shown in this undated painting. (AP Photo)

The awakening of China.The dowager empress. For half a century, Tzu Hsi, widow of Emperor Hsien-feng, was the real ruler of China and a leader of reaction.

 

This is an undated photo of the sacred city of Lhassa in Tibet, China. This monastery is the living place of the Dalai Lama.