A Dance with the Dragon: The Vanished World of Peking's Foreign Colony
With its fossil hunters and philosophers, diplomats, dropouts, writers and explorers, missionaries and refugees, Peking's foreign community in the early 20th century was as exotic as the city itself. This is a dazzling portrait of an eclectic foreign community and of China itself.
'Julia Boyd tells the fascinating tale of the foreign community surviving in Peking between the end of the Ching Dynasty and Mao's communist revolution. It is a great story very well told - turmoil behind, turmoil ahead and turmoil all around.' - Chris Patten; 'Based on a treasure-trove of original sources, this book gives an enthralling insight into the expatriate community in Peking during the half-century before the triumph of Mao. Anyone who wants to understand China's relationship with foreigners, today as well as yesterday, should read it.' - Piers Brendon; 'A fascinating account sourced from many previously unpublished letters and archives. Boyd's characters flit on the surface of the city like water beetles, unaware of the depths below.' - Frances Wood
Julia Boyd is the author of 'Hannah Riddell, An Englishwoman in Japan' and 'The Excellent Doctor Blackwell'. She has travelled frequently to China.