National Geographic : 1920 Nov
337 t).J I PEKING, THE CITY OF THE UNEXPECTED) Photograph by W. F. Robertson THE GATE TO THE IMPERIAL CITY: PEKING Occupying the center of the Inner (Tatar) City, the Imperial City is inclosed by a rectangular brick wall. In the center of this city is the Purple Forbidden Palace, within which, in turn, was the Emperor's Palace, containing many halls of vast proportions, magnificently decorated. Tatars as possessing horses, asses, mules, and "other peculiar breeds of the equine family." These ancient other breeds still trot about the Tatar city. A CITY WITHOUT A SKYLINE If streets and traffic, carts and camels are unexpected, no less so are the build ings. The traveler who has seen pictures of the majestic temples and palaces of Peking enters the imposing South Gate prepared for architectural raptures. But he finds the broad, straight highways of the city lined with insignificant one-story shops or with equally insignificant gray, windowless, one-story house walls, or long, unlovely, stretches of dull-red plas tered fence walls.