Three Small Temples for Three Big Heroes
Part of A Better Guide to Běijīng
Out of all the myriad monuments and ancestral halls that were once sprinkled across Běijīng, it’s instructive to note that shrines to resisters of foreigners have been those not only most likely to survive but also most likely to be chosen for restoration by the current emperors.
This might give foreign investors pause for thought, until perhaps they consider that all three heroes came to bad ends, two of them at the hands of those who owed them most.
The foreigners always won in the end.
For discussion of China travel, see The Oriental-List.