Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Beijing, The Ming and Qing dynasties

In the mid-14th century Zhu Yuanzhang headed a peasant revolt that overthrew the Mongol dynasty and, as the Hongwu emperor, established the Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644). He moved the capital to Jinling in Jiangsu province and called it Nanjing; Dadu was renamed Beiping (´┐ŻNorthern Peace´┐Ż) and was placed under his son's rule. On Zhu's death (1398) the throne passed to his grandson in Nanjing, but his

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