Damaged pailou after Peking Mutiny, 1912
© 2012 Charles Poolton
University of Bristol - Historical Photographs of China reference number: OH01-110. The Peking Mutiny (Ch: 北京兵变; pinyin: Beijing bingbian) erupted on the night of 29 February, 1912. Rumours of Yuan Shi-kai’s move to Nanjing as a concession to southern republicans, atop of long-standing problems of indiscipline among soldiers in Peking, triggered the insurrection. The upheaval was followed by widespread looting. Only the intervention of the turbaned soldiers of the old Manchu loyalist, General Chiang Kuei-ti ( Ch: 蒋桂题；pinyin: Jiang Guiti; other: Chiang Kwei-ti), in early March brought the situation under control. (See EP Young, ‘Yuan Shih-k’ai’s Rise to the Presidency’ in M Wright (ed.),China in Revolution: The First Phase, 1900-1913 (New Haven, 1968), pp 438-42.). These pailou were at the crossroads of Dongsi palou dajie ("Avenue of the Four Archways of the East") and Chaoyangmen dajie ("Avenue of the Gate facing the East").
Black and white photograph