The trip along Chang He was the Favorite boat-ride of the Empress-Dowager Hsu-Tzi.
In the year 1905 AD, a new station was to be developed on the western-outskirts of Beijing in order to connect to the City of Zhangjiakou (Kalgan) someways North-West out of Beijing on the Great Wall of China in Hebei Province.
In the Past a river had flowed from the western hills into Beijing through the (vicinity of) Xizhimen Gate, however there was no place for both the River
and a Railway Station. Thus, the historic Chang He (Chang River) Section near Xizhimen - known as the ZhuanHe for its curvature - was filled in and its course changed. Although the original Chang He River does not exist anymore and Xizhimen has meanwhile grown into the Beijing North Railroad, Subway and Bus Station, the River gained a new life in 2003 AD.
Change He Reopened and with a 3.7 kilometer lenth, the Chang He River flows again.
Find the current River flowing some ways to the North behind Beijing Zoo in the eastward
After passing through some dusty and not particlularly interesting Hutong one comes to the new Chang He River, at most times only a modest little Canal running from West to East, north of Beijing Zoo and South of the Five Pagoda Temple.
In the Past, some 700 years ago, the river between the Summer Palace Area
Map of the Ancient Imperial City and Waterflows, including the entrance to the Grand Canal at Tongzhou Village. Chang He is not marked on the Map but stands at the basis of the entire system shown on the Map.
direction. Somewhere in the next stretch it tunnels underground beneath the highways of Beijing's Second Ring Road, after which it reappears above ground just West of Deshengmen Gate. After passing Deshengmen in the shape of a concrete canal its name changes to Andingmen XiBin, the waters running along the North Section of the 2nd ring road to flow past Andingmen and just North of the YongHeGong - Lama Temple. Go North of the Lama Temple and pass underneath the second ring road to find the Water Flow and Canal again.
The Official schematic Map of The Forbidden City, by The Palace Museum.
This Map clearly shows the Water-flow through the Palace from the North-West Corner to the South-West Corner. It ends at current day Park of the Peoples Culture from where it used to connect through underneath Eternal Peace Avenue - Chan An Jie' to run through "Canal Street" in the Legations Quarter (now Zheng Yi Lu) to by disposed off through a watergate underneath the Ming Dynasty Era City Walls into the City Moat.
Schematic Map of the 1900 AD Legation Quarter and it's defenses.
This Map depicts North ChaoYang District focusing on the 2008 Olympic Green (or Olympic Park) in the recently transformed North section of ChaoYang District. Included in the map are large parts of Haidian District in the West (Left), a small part of Changping District in the North, and minor parts of Dongcheng District and Xicheng District in the South.
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