National Geographic : 1934 Nov
PEIPING, CITY OF DUST AND COLOR THE CHIEN MEN IS PEIPING'S PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE It is in direct line with the Imperial Forbidden City and was used by the emperors when they visited the Temple of Heaven to perform religious rites. The street gets its name from the central gateway on the south side of the Walled City, the guard tower of which rises in the background. MANCHU PRIESTS AWAIT THE ARRIVAL OF A ROYAL FUNERAL CORTEGE After the Manchus were driven from the Dragon Throne, royal funerals lost much of their pomp. In 1932, however, when Manchuria was slipping from their grasp, the Chinese officials permitted the funeral of a lady of the late Emperor Tung Chih's court with full ancient ceremonies.