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Friends of Old Beijing: Recommended Reading

In order to gain a deeper understanding of Old Beijing, program participants should do some independent research in addition to attending the training sessions and monthly lectures. Below is a recommended reading list in various relevant subjects (courtesy of Gladys Frame).

Of course, we believe there are many other books that we should include here. If you have any good recommendations, please contact us at: info@bjchp.org. Thank you!


Author Title Publisher Year ISBN
Elder, Chris Old Peking: City of the Ruler of the World Oxford University Press 1997 0-19-590304-8
Meyer, Jeffrey F The Dragons of Tiananmen University of South Carolina Press 1991 0-87249-739-9
Morrison, Hedda A Photographer in Old Peking Oxford University Press 1986 0-19-584056-9
Moser, Michael J Foreigners Within the Gates Oxford University Press 1993 0-19-585702-X
Strand, David Rickshaw Beijing University of California Press 1993 0-520-08286-9
Tun Lichen & Bodde, Derek Annual Customs & Festivals in Peking Hong Kong University Press 1987 962-209-195-4
Sit, Victor F S Beijing John Wiley 1995 0-471-94983-3
Nigel Cameron Old Peking Revisited      
Yang Yin Find the Old Beijing      
Architecture, Planning, Hutong, Residences
Aldrich, M A The Search for a Vanishing Beijing Hong Kong University Press 2006 962-209-777-4
Anami, Virginia Stibbs Encounters with Ancient Beijing China Intercontinental Press 2004 7-5085-0381-3
Arlington, LC & Lewisohn In Search of Old Peking Oxford University Press 1987 0-19-584226-X
Beijing Municipal City Planning Commission Conservation of 25 Historic Areas in Beijing Old City Beijing Yanshan Chubanshe 2002 7-5402-1474-0
Bredon, Juliet Peking Oxford University Press 1982 0-19-581502-5
Li Ming De & Li Hai Chuan The Architectural Art of Hutong Gate Buildings China Architecture and Building Press 2003 7-112-05518-0
Li Ming De The Art of Gate Buildings in Beijing’s Alleys International Culture Publishing House 1997 7-80105-585
Li Yu Xiang, Wang Qi Jun Lao Fangzi: Beijing Siheyuan
For picture references
Jiangsu Meishu Chubanshe 1999 7-5344-0885-7
Liang Ssu-Ch’eng A Pictorial History of Chinese Architecture, Baihua Wenyi Chubanshe 2000  
Naquin, Susan Peking: Temples and City Life 1400 – 1900 University of California Press 2000 0-520-21991-0
Pfandler, Isabelle Si Miao Pagoda Verlag, Zurich 1991 3-9520160-04
Wang Tan The Arch Heritage of Mod China: Beijing
For picture references
Zhongguo Jianzhu Gongye Chubanshe 1993 7-112-02102-2
Wu Liang Yong Rehabilitating the Old City of Beijing UBC Press, Vancouver 1999 0-7748-0727-X
Xiao Xiaoming Hutong Alleys Former Residences of Celebrities Foreign Languages Press 2005 7-119-03346-8
Xu Yong Beijing Hutong 101 Photos
For picture references
Zhejiang Sheying Chubanshe 1990 7-80536-077-4
Zhao Bao Cheng Century Commemoration: The Celebrities’ Former Residences Old Houses in Beijing (Two vols) Dizhen Chubanshe (Earthquake Publishing House) 2003 7-5028-2204-6
Zhou Shachen Beijing Old and New New World Press Beijing 1984 0-8351-1392-2
Zhu Jianfei Chinese Spatial Strategies: Imperial Beijing 1420 – 1911 Routledge Curzon 2004 0-415-31883-1
Zhu Qi Xin The Sights of Beijing China Travel and Tourism Press 2003 7-5032-2005-8
Acton, Harold Peonies and Ponies Oxford University Press 1984 0-19-581593-9
Blofeld, John City of Lingering Splendour Shambhala 1989 0-87773-506-9
Bodde, Derk Peking Diary Jonathan Cape 1951  
Grey, Anthony Hostage in Peking Michael Joseph 1979 0-7181-0804-3
Guo Yue Music, Food and Love Portrait 2005 0-7499-5078-1
Hsiao Chien (Xiao Qian) Traveller Without a Map Stanford University Press 1991 0-8047-2238-2
Kates, George N The Years That Were Fat OUP Hong Kong 1988 0-19-582709-0
Kidd, David Peking Story Eland 1996 0-907871-47-X
Little, Mrs Archibald Round About My Peking Garden Unwin Brothers Ltd, The Gresham Press, Woking & London 1900  
Lum, Peter My Own Pair of Wings Chinese Materials Center Inc, San Francisco 1981 0-89644-617-4
Lum, Peter Peking 1950 -1953 Robert Hale Ltd 1958  
Trevor-Roper, Hugh Hermit of Peking Eland 1993 0-907871-32-1
Vare, Daniele The Laughing Diplomat John Murray 1938  
Wong, Jan Red China Blues Bantam Books 1997 0-553-50545-9
Wood, Frances Hand-Grenade Practice in Peking John Murray 2000 0-7195-5781-X
Wu Ningkun A Single Tear Hodder & Stoughton 1993 0-340-43046-X
Bridge, Ann The Ginger Griffin Oxford University Press 1985 0-19-583977-3
Bridge, Ann Peking Picnic Virago Modern Classics 1989 1-85381-083-5
Jin Shou Shen Beijing Legends Panda Books 1982  
Lowe, H Y The Adventures of Wu Princeton University Press 1983 0-691-01400-0
Vare, Daniele The Gate of Happy Sparrows Black Swan 1987 0-552-99241-0
Vare, Daniele The Maker of Heavenly Trousers Black Swan 1986 0-552-99240-2
Vare, Daniele The Temple of Costly Experience Black Swan 1988 0-552-99309-3
Wynd, Oswald The Ginger Tree Eland 1988 0-907871-76-3
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