after the Shanrong

Publié le par chrislzh

I haven't managed to find a lot of information about the period between the Shanrong and, well, now. Mostly just a few tantalising little glimpses into what may have been happening. I suppose for starters we could begin with Baidu Baike's brief rundown of Yanqing's history:

春秋时期,延庆县曾是山戎族活动地区。春秋晚期和战国初期地属燕国。秦统一全国后,地属上谷郡。西汉开始在延庆境内设县;唐末开始在延庆境内设州。此 后二千多年来先后建有居庸县、夷舆县、妫川县、缙山县、永宁县、四海县和延庆县,并曾先后设置过儒州、镇州、龙庆州、隆庆州和延庆州。

During the Spring and Autumn period Yanqing County was an area where the Shanrong people were active. In the later part of the Spring and Autumn period and the early Warring States period the area belonged to the State of Yan. After Qin unified China, the land belonged to the Shanggu Prefecture. At the start of the Western Han a county was established in Yanqing; towards the end of the Tang a zhou [an administrative division of ancient times] was established in Yanqing. From this time over two thousand years Juyong County, Yiyu County, Guichuan County, Jinshan County, Yongning County Sihai County and Yanqing County were established one after the other, as were Ru Zhou, Zhen Zhou, Longqing Zhou, Longqing Zhou [different characters for long], and Yanqing Zhou.

Well, the first question is, if all these different counties and zhou were established one after the other over two thousand years from the latter days of the Tang Dynasty, doesn't that take us into  the 2800s or 2900s? I had no idea I was so old. Secondly, some of those old names for Yanqing are quite interesting. Take Yiyu County, for one example: The territory of the Yi? Isn't Yi an old term for the people east China in ancient times? Also, some of those names are still in use in Yanqing, with Longqing being the really glaringly obvious example, but also Gui is still the name of a river in the centre of the county. Anyway, the article continues:

1912年,延庆州改为延庆县。1928年成立察哈尔省,延庆县属之。1937825日,日本侵略军占领延庆后,延庆县隶属三个伪政府统治。以延 庆县城为中心设延庆县,隶属伪蒙疆自治政府察南政厅(后改为宣化省);刘斌堡以东隶属伪华北自治政府昌平县。1941年八路军开辟了平北抗日根据地, 今延庆县分属昌延联合县和龙延怀联合县。1944年撤销昌延联合县,重设延庆县,与日伪所设的延庆县并存。

In 1912 Yanqing Zhou became Yanqing County. In 1928 Chahar Province was established, with Yanqing County being a part of it. On the 25 August 1937, after the invading Japanese army captured Yanqing, Yanqing County was under the jurisdiction of the the three puppet governments. With Yanqing county town as the centre, Yanqing County was established, under the jurisdiction of the Chanan [Southern Chahar?] Zhengting of the puppet Mengjiang Autonomous Government (which later became Xuanhua Province); the are east of Liubinbao was under the jurisdiction of Changping County of the puppet North China Autonomous Government. In 1941 the Eighth Route Army opened its “Pingbei” anti-Japanese base area and modern Yanqing was divided into the Changyan United County and the Longyanhuai United County. In 1944 the Changyan United County was disestablished and Yanqing County reestablished, existing side by side with the Yanqing County established by the Japanese puppet regime.

Now, there's a lot in there that I'm really not sure of, especially all those weird Japanese collaborationist place names and that last clause. Help would be appreciated. But anyway, we now have nothing but a list of the various administrative divisions established in what is now Yanqing in the "two thousand years" since the end of the Tang filling the gap between the Tang and the anti-Japanese war, followed by a brief sketch of what happened in Yanqing during the war. But it continues:

1945920日,八路军解放了延庆县城,以青龙桥为界,青龙桥以南为国民党统治区,青龙桥以北为共产党领导的解放区。19461012日, 国民党军队侵占延庆县城之后,再次出现分属共产党和国民党管理的两个延庆县。1948519日,解放军解放了延庆县城。延庆县属察哈尔省,1952 改属河北省,195810月划归北京市.

On the 20 September 1945, The Eighth Route Army liberated Yanqing county town, with Qinglong Bridge as the boundary. South of Qinglong Bridge was the area ruled by the Guomindang [Kuomintang/KMT/Nationalist Party] and north of the Qinglong Bridge was the liberated area under the leadership of the Communist Party. On the 12 October 1946, after the Guomindang army invaded Yanqing county town, once again there were two separate Yanqing Counties ruled respectively by the Communist Party and the Guomindang. On the 19 May 1948, the PLA liberated Yanqing county town. Yanqing County belonged to Chahar Province, but in 1952 came under the jurisdiction of Hebei Province. It was incorporated into Beijing Municipality in October 1958.

So we get a brief rundown of the last civil war, then Yanqing is transferred from Chahar (which was carved up between Inner Mongolia and Hebei) to Hebei to Beijing. And that article is actually a little more detailed than others I've found on the history of Yanqing.

So what happened, apart from the establishment, disestablishment, reestablishment, and coexistence of various counties and zhou, in that huge, huge gap between the Shanrong and the Japanese invasion?

Well, this article tells us about a bunch of tombs from the Warring States, Han and Tang all the way through to the Liao and Jin being dug up. Apparently Nan Caiyuan "has now turned out to be the largest burying area of ancient tombs recently discovered in Beijing, and it has also provided very important archaeological materials for studying the history of the Yanqing County." Apart from the usual terrible English and lack of details, the article does manage to tell us this:

First, no matter whether it is Han Tomb or Tang Tomb, the large number of unearthed relics and the burial forms are quite different to that of the central China, nor the same as those found in other counties in Beijing area. This shows that Yanqing, a county lying in between the Central and the north China, has always been the hotspot for the collision and blending of the Central China culture and the north grassland culture.

Ah, thanks, People's Daily, but I think we'd already managed to figure this out. Now how's about, instead of telling us that this find is really important for the study of Yanqing's history and repeating what we've known for a long time already, actually telling us why these finds are important and how, exactly, they improve our knowledge of Yanqing's history.

Moving on, we do manage to discover that Genghis Khan paid a visit to the Kangxi Grassland

公元十二世纪,女真人建立了北起黑龙江南到淮河流域的强大帝国,是为金朝。当时,康西草原一带属金德兴府(今涿鹿)下辖的妫川县。十三世纪初,蒙古族兴 起。公元12117月,成吉思汗以哲别为先锋,率军南下,首先攻破乌沙堡(今张北县西北),9月攻陷德兴府,占据妫川县(今怀来县东部和康西草原一 带)。金朝居庸关守将见蒙军势大,遂弃关南逃。成吉思汗军直抵中都(今北京)城,久攻不下,12月撤兵北归。此后,金朝将缙山县(今延庆)升为镇州,并加 强了镇州至德兴一线的防务。公元1213年秋,成吉思汗再次出兵,金军与蒙军在妫河激战,金兵大败。金尚书完颜纲将大印丢进妫河逃走。蒙军占领镇州后,遂 经八达岭进攻居庸关。蒙军攻居庸关不下,成吉思汗依计从小道绕过居庸关,直抵南口,然后兵分三路,掠夺了黄河以北除中都、檀、顺等城之外的在部分州县。金 元帅遣都元帅完颜晖与蒙军议和。金朝以献童男女各五百、绣衣三千件、御马三千匹和大批金银珠宝,并将歧国公主献给成吉思汗为条件,向蒙古屈服。1214 4月,成吉思汗出居庸关过妫河北还。公元1213年秋,成吉思汗再次出兵,金军与蒙军在妫河激战,金兵大败。金尚书完颜纲将大印丢进妫河逃走。蒙军占领镇州后,遂 经八达岭进攻居庸关。蒙军攻居庸关不下,成吉思汗依计从小道绕过居庸关,直抵南口,然后兵分三路,掠夺了黄河以北除中都、檀、顺等城之外的在部分州县。

In the 12th century AD the Jurchen established a powerful empire stretching from the Amur River in the north south to the Huai River valley, the Jin Dynasty. At that time the area around the Kangxi Grassland belonged to Guichuan County under the jurisdiction of Jindexing Prefecture (modern Zhuolu [a county in Hebei]). At the beginning of the 13th century the Mongolian people rose up. In July 1211, Genghis Khan with Zhebie [Mongolian general] as the vanguard, he led the army south, first breaking through Wushabao (the northwest of modern Zhangbei County), then in September capturing Jindexing Prefecture, occupying Guichuan County (the area of modern eastern Huailai County and the Kangxi Grassland). The general of the Jin Dynasty’s Juyongguan Garrison, on seeing the strength of the Mogolian army, abandoned his post and fled south. Genghis Khan’s army headed for Zhongdu (modern Beijing), but didn’t attack, and in December he withdrew his army to the north. From then on, the Jin Dynasty made Jinshan County (modern Yanqing) Zhen Zhou, and strengthened the defensive line from Zhen Zhou to Dexing. In the autumn of 1213 AD, Genghis Khan sent his troops out again, and the Jin and Mongol armies fought fiercely at the Gui River, the Jin soldiers being heavily defeated. The high official of Jin Wan Yangang [just guessing that’s his name] threw the Great Seal into the Gui River and fled. After the Mongolian army occupied Zhen Zhou, it immediately crossed Badaling and attacked Juyongguan. Not being able to break through Juyongguan, Genghis Khan had to use a small path to pass Juyongguan, heading straight for Nankou, then he sent his soldiers on three separate routes, pillaging zhou and counties north of the Yellow River apart from towns such as Zhongdu, Tan, and Shun.

Now this is the kind of thing I'm looking for, exciting things happen in places I'm familiar with, but I just haven't managed to find that much of it.

The Kangxi Grassland also gets a mention in this story about the emperor Kangxi fighting people in the north, but only towards the end.

Now let's add this article about a discovery from the Jiuyanlou section of the Ming Dynasty Great Wall, which does contain a few details, but not much, and no explication, with everything we've learnt so far and you could be forgiven for thinking that Yanqing County has been of some serious strategic importance since the Spring and Autumn period. An impression that would be reinforced by a quick trip up the Badaling Expressway, in which you will pass under the Great Wall twice (Juyongguan and Badaling, the latter via a tunnel through the mountain on which Badaling sits) and pass a third section (Shuiguan). 

So where are all the detailed stories of events in Yanqing County over these thousands of years of strategic importance?!?!?!?

Where are the Yanqing people proud of their county's unique history publishing articles online to enlighten us all of the importance of this little slice of northwestern Beijing?

Or let's play another favourite game of mine and look at the place names. Here's a list of the one community (社区) and thirty two village committees (村委会) under Zhangshanying Township (张山营镇):

张山营镇 辖1个社区(张山营镇社区)、32个村委会(大庄科村、佛峪口村、水峪村、胡家营村、姚家营村、东门营村、下营村、西五里营村、前黑龙庙村、后 黑龙庙村、西卓家营村、下卢凤营村、上卢凤营村、张山营村、马庄村、小河屯村、上板泉村、下板泉村、玉皇庙村、西羊坊村、辛家堡村、丁家堡村、靳家堡村、 田宋营村、吴庄村、龙聚山庄村、晏家堡村、中羊坊村、黄柏寺村、上郝庄村、韩郝庄村、苏庄村)。

Note the prevalence of the character 营? That means camp, barracks or battalion. That character appears in the name of the township itself, a name that is taken from one of the villages under the township, and in the names of 10 of the thirty two villages, or roughly one third of the villages, namely 胡家营村、姚家营村、东门营村、下营村、西五里营村、西卓家营村、下卢凤营村、上卢凤营村、张山营村田宋营村.

Now, Zhangshanying is in the northwest of Yanqing County, whereas the Great Wall runs through the mountains along the border with Changping in the south, on the opposite side of the Guanting Reservoir. The Kangxi Grassland mentioned in those articles about Genghis Khan and the Kangxi emperor are in the southwest of the county, also on the opposite shore of the reservoir. This, to me, only reinforces the impression that Yanqing has a long and proud military history. I would be surprised if all those 营 referred to the camps of nomadic herders. And so once again I express my frustration with the lack of information I have found and once again I ask:

So where are all the detailed stories of events in Yanqing County over these thousands of years of strategic importance?!?!?!?

Where are the Yanqing people proud of their county's unique history publishing articles online to enlighten us all of the importance of this little slice of northwestern Beijing?

Well, all of this brings us back up more modern times, when, as already noted, Yanqing was first a part of Chahar, then after much chopping and changing and division during the war, Hebei, then finally Beijing. And that's it. Apparently I have reached the end of this little project, and it feels like a huge anticlimax.

Well, all of these posts are preserved on a separate page here which I will add to and modify as (if) I find new information, suggestions to improve the translations, and so on.

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