Long Peace Street: A Walk Along China's Most Important Street | University of Oxford

Long Peace Street: A Walk Along China's Most Important Street

Speaker
Jonathan Chatwin
Event date
Event time
17:00 - 18:30
Venue
University of Oxford China Centre
Dickson Poon Building
Canterbury Road
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX2 6LU
Venue details

Kin-ku Cheng Lecture Theatre

Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Not required

Dr Jonathan Chatwin, writer and journalist, will talk about his book 'Long Peace Street: A Walk in Modern China'.

Across the centre of Beijing, Long Peace Street cuts an arrow-straight, 20-mile line. At its midpoint, the so-called ‘Number One Street of China’ divides the Forbidden City, home to generations of Chinese emperors and Tiananmen Square; the vast granite square constructed to glorify a new China under Communist rule. It is a storied stretch of the Middle Kingdom, littered with physical and architectural reminders of the seemingly unrelenting drama of China’s recent past: national cemeteries, communist party boltholes and high-security military sites, as well as ministries, museums and leadership compounds.

In 2016, Jonathan walked its length from west to east, a journey related in his travelogue, Long Peace Street. Using archival and modern photographs, Jonathan’s talk takes the audience with him on a journey through China’s capital – but also through China’s 20th century, from the fall of the Qing dynasty to the modern day, excavating some of the fascinating stories Long Peace Street has to tell.