Heart of the Celestial Empire 1409-1949
Hardback 147pp Illustrated 186x102mm
9789627283942   Product Code: 19281
In 1404, on the ruins of Khanbalik, capital of the defeated Mongols, the Ming emperor Zhu Di founded Peking, a dazzling metropolis designed to express his transcendent power. This compact, elegant pocket book traces the city's history over the subsequent five centuries until its capture by the Communist forces of Mao Zedong. Illustrated with evocative period photographs and antique prints, it includes a fold-out map of the Forbidden City.