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160 years ago, the road to Peking was opened up by force

The Battle of Baliqiao between Anglo-French and Chinese forces on the morning of September 21st, 1860 was the culmination of the Second Opium War (October 8th, 1856-October 24th, 1860), successfully fought by the British and the French Empire against Imperial China. The name refers to a historic bridge from the Ming Dynasty (1368 to...

160 years ago, the road to Peking was opened up by force

The Battle of Baliqiao between Anglo-French and Chinese forces on the morning of September 21st, 1860 was the culmination of the Second Opium War (October 8th, 1856-October 24th, 1860), successfully fought by the British and the French Empire against Imperial China. The name refers to a historic bridge from the Ming Dynasty (1368 to 1644) originally located east of Peking, which passes over the Tonghui River and nowadays connects the districts Tongzhou and Chaoyang in the vastly expanded Chinese capital. While the Third Battle of the Taku Forts, which ended on...

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