'Beijing News': a newspaper hidden in hutong

2017-04-20 16:39 千龙网

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It is well-known that Tianqiao and guild culture flourishes in the areas south to Xuanwumen in Beijing. Actually, it is also the birthplace of Beijing’s newspaper industry, which has played an important role in the development history of China’s media.

During the period of the Republic of China (1912-1949), more than 500 newspapers and periodicals settled in more than 100 hutongs in the areas south to Xuanwumen, including the famous “Beijing News”.

Photo taken on April 19, 2017 shows Weiran Hutong, Xicheng district, Beijing. [Photo/Qianlong]

“Beijing News” was a newspaper founded in 1918 by journalist Shao Piaoping (1886-1926), a pioneer of China’s news theory. It aimed to promote progressive ideas, fight against the feudal warlord system, and objectively introduce Marxist Theory. In 1920, the newspaper moved its office from Zhuguojie to No. 30 of Weiran Hutong. In 1926, Shao was executed because the articles he had wrote criticized warlords, so the publication was forcibly stopped. In 1928, the newspaper was restarted by Shao’s wife, Tang Xiuhui, and remained in circulation until 1936.

Now when people walk along Weiran Hutong, they will find a two-story gray building stands silently but looks particularly prominent among the surrounding bungalows in the middle of Weiran Hutong. Sitting east to west, the terse and decent building is part of the site of “Beijing News” offices.


The building of “Beijing News” offices stands at No. 30 of ”Weiran Hutong, Xicheng district, Beijing, April 19, 2017. [Photo/Qianlong]

The “Beijing News” offices consisted of the two-story brick and wood building and a courtyard. The facade of the building was decorated with classical western brick walls and pillars. Two characters “Jing Bao” were used to be embossed on one side of the building wall, but now only a “Jing” character remained. The door faced to west in the middle of the building, and a wood board hanged above the door with three characters “Jing Bao Guan” handwritten by Shao Piaoping.


Photo taken on April 19, 2017 shows the door of the building of “Beijing News” offices at No. 30 of Weiran Hutong, Xicheng district, Beijing. [Photo/Qianlong]


A wood board with three old characters “Jing Bao Guan” handwritten by Shao Piaoping hangs above the door of the building of “Beijing News” offices at No. 30 of Weiran Hutong, Xicheng district, Beijing, April 19, 2017. [Photo/Qianlong]

In the building, there were wooden stairs and flooring. The first floor was used to be the reception office and management office of sales and advertisement, while the second floor was used to be editorial offices and the manager office. The courtyard behind the building was originally part of the editorial offices, and now it has become a compound occupied by many households.


Photo taken on April 19, 2017 shows the wooden stairs in the building of “Beijing News” offices at No. 30 of Weiran Hutong, Xicheng district, Beijing. [Photo/Qianlong]


Photo taken on April 19, 2017 shows the second floor of the building of “Beijing News” offices at No. 30 of Weiran Hutong, Xicheng district, Beijing. [Photo/Qianlong]

In those years, after the newspapers were compiled, they were sent to be printed in the bungalows opposite to the offices, which had over 20 rooms of lodging, proofreading, printing and lead letters. When the printing was finished, the newspapers were sent to the room in Beiliuxiang, and then sold to vendors.

In 1984, the site of the “Beijing News” offices was listed as one of the historical and cultural sites under Beijing municipal government, and in 2013 it was listed as one of Beijing municipal patriotism education bases.


Photo taken on April 19, 2017 shows a stone tablet set up outside the building to show it is one of the historical and cultural sites under Beijing municipal government. [Photo/Qianlong]

 

Photo taken on April 19, 2017 shows a stone tablet set up outside the building to show it is one of Beijing municipal patriotism education bases. [Photo/Qianlong]

Today, when touring around in Beijing, people find it is hard to experience old Beijing cultures like before, but the site of “Beijing News” offices hidden in the hutong is a good place for it stands still to tell the past nearly 100 years ago.

If you go

Admission: Free and open all day

Transportation: Take subway Line 4, get off at Caishikou Station, and then walk about 10 minutes to arrive at No. 30, Weiran Hutong

责任编辑:Ai Ting(QN0043)