Sandwiched In with Ron Brown - Five Wonderful Things To Do in Beijing

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Join Ron Brown as he continues his travel series with Five Wonderful Things To Do in Beijing.  Along with ancient Rome, Babylon, and Jerusalem, Beijing was one of the great cities of the ancient world. This lecture will take visitors to five little visited places that explain the ancient history of this wonderful city and its current quest to be recognized as one of the, if not THE dominant city of the future. The ancient Temple of Agriculture in the far south of the city was the private rice patty of the ancient emperors. If the rice crop of China failed, he could be overthrown. The medieval Hutongs in the far north, preserve the powerful force of the Confucian clan that still pervades the billion and a half Chinese. The Mongolian restaurants reveal the amazing ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity of China. The Tomb of Mao, like those of the emperors of old, reveal the deeply rooted centralized character of Chinese society. One of Professor Brown’s personal favorites, McDonalds, which has unlimited American style coffee and gives an insight into the Chinese fascination with everything modern.  (Sponsored by the Friends of the Library)

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