‘We, the Chinese nation, after fifty years of sanguinary revolutions and five and a half years of sacrifice in the War of Resistance, have finally transformed the history of a hundred years of the Unequal Treaties of sorrow into a glorious record of the termination of the Unequal Treaties’

~ Chiang Kai-Shek, January 1943

Somewhere near the prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing, China’s capital city, lies a large and beautiful park that contains a couple of ruined rubble on its outskirts that may resemble classical Greek architecture to any onlooker. Most foreigners know little about this ruined area and its serene park, but not to the Chinese.

At the height of its grandeur, this park in the north-western parts of Beijing was once known as the Imperial Gardens, constructed during the 18th and 19th centuries by the Manchu emperors who reigned China during the Qing Dynasty. Its …