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65 rare images of old China by Maurice-Louis Branger

Maurice-Louis Branger was a French photographer born in Fontainebleau in 1874.

He began to work as a photographer beginning in 1895. Around 1905 Branger created the photo reportage agency Photopresse.

The following images were taken between 1900 and 1914 in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Macau, Changsha, and other places.

Related articles: Fascinating images of the Chinese Revolution of 1911; Facts, History & Combatants of the Boxer Rebellion; Amazing restored old photos of China

The Boxer Uprising was an armed and violent xenophobic, anti-Christian and anti-imperialist insurrection in China between 1899 and 1901, towards the end of the Qing dynasty.

Old China photos of the Boxer Rebellion, Xinhai uprising, foreign concessions and daily life by Maurice-Louis Branger

Japanese observer. Tsingtao (China), 1914.
The English legation. Beijing (China), 1911.
Japanese observer. Tsingtao (China), 1914.
Yuan Shikai (1859-1916), Chinese general, politician and “Emperor” (first row, third from the right).

Yuan Shikai (袁世凱; 16 September 1859 – 6 June 1916) was a Chinese general and warlord, famous for his influence during the late Qing dynasty, his role in the events leading up to the abdication of the last Qing Emperor, his autocratic rule as the first formal President of the Republic of China, and his short-lived attempt to restore the monarchy in China, with himself as the Hongxian Emperor. Related articles: the first Sino-Japanese war

Sacred Way of the Ming Tombs. Beijing (China), 1911.
Xinhai Revolution (or Revolution of 1911). Tuan-Fang, Viceroy of Nankin.

The Xinhai Revolution (辛亥革命), also known as the Chinese Revolution or the Revolution of 1911, was a revolution that overthrew China’s last imperial dynasty (the Qing dynasty) and established the Republic of China (ROC). The revolution was named Xinhai (Hsin-hai) because it occurred in 1911, the year of the Xinhai (辛亥, metal pig) stem-branch in the sexagenary cycle of the Chinese calendar.

Xinhai Revolution (or Revolution of 1911). Western people on the ramparts of Hankou, at the outbreak of the revolution. China, 1911.
Xinhai Revolution (or Revolution of 1911). Wan-Ring-Chung, vice-director of the Foreign Affairs.
Panorama of Macau (China), 1911.
Panorama of Macau (China), 1911.
Canal in Guangzhou (Canton, China), 1911.
Chinese junk sailing on the Yangtze river. China, 1911.
Pagoda. Changsha (China).
The Flower Pagoda (Temple of the Six Banyan Trees). Guangzhou (China).
Imperial throne in the Hall of Supreme Harmony. Forbidden City (China).
A procession in Beijing (China), 1911.
Great Wall of China near Beijing (China), 1911.
Caravan of camels. China, 1911.
Man in a cangue, form of torture. China, 1911.
Chinese men, 1911.
Men. China, 1911.
Street of a village. China, 1911.
Village in the mountains. China, 1911.
Xinhai Revolution (or Revolution of 1911). Chinese refugees at the German fort of Beijing (China).
Gate of the Legation Quarter. Beijing (China), 1911.
Xinhai Revolution (or Revolution of 1911). General Sen-Kun-Pao.
Italian sailors. Beijing (China), 1911.
Chinese children with a European nun. Beijing (China), 1911.
Chinese man. China, 1911.
District of a concession in a Chinese city. China, 1911.
China. The Boxer Rebellion, 1900. Chinese men beheaded by Japanese soldiers in the presence of Chinese policemen, August 1900.

The Boxer Rebellion was a violent anti-foreign, and anti-Christian uprising that took place in China between 1899 and 1901, towards the end of the Qing dynasty. It was initiated by the Militia United in Righteousness (Yihetuan, the “Boxers”), for many of their members had been practitioners of the martial arts, such as boxing. They were motivated by proto-nationalist sentiments and opposition to Western colonialism and associated Christian missionary activity. [wikipedia]

Procession of a Chinese wedding. Beijing (China), 1911.
Procession of a Chinese wedding. Beijing (China), 1911.
Street scene. Beijing (China), 1911.
Day nursery. Beijing (China), 1911.
Elephant on the Sacred Way of the Ming Tombs. Beijing (China), 1911.
European man posing in front of a gate at the entrance of a temple. Beijing (China), 1911.
Funeral. Shanghai (China), 1911.
Italian sailors. Beijing (China), 1911.
Pavilion at the entrance of the Catholic cathedral. Beijing (China), 1911.
Chinese men. China, 1911.
Italian sailors. Beijing (China), 1911.
Russian sailors. Beijing (China), 1911.
The Yuntai Cloud Terrace (16th century), in the surroundings of Beijing (China), 1911.
The Legation district. Beijing (China), 1911.
End of a school day. Beijing (China), 1911.
Europeans. Beijing (China), 1911.
Railway line. Beijing (China), 1907.
Camels carrying some wood near Beijing (China), 1907.
Chinese man. China, 1911.
Old Chinese man. China, 1911.
Beijing China, 1911
China, 1900.
Chinese Coiffeur, Beijing, 1911
Chinese man, China 1911
Harnessing. China, 1911.
China 1911.
The Fengai train station. China, 1911.
Harnessings. China, 1911.
Sedan chair. China, 1911.
Village on the caravan road. China, 1911.
Construction of a road. China, 1911.
Wedding procession. Beijing (China), 1911.
Beijing 1911

Source: Europeana , Parisienne de Photographie, [wikipedia], [wikipedia]

Topic: photos of ancient china,historical photographs of china,pictures of ancient chinese civilization,pictures of china,old chinese paintings,pictures of the great wall of china,qing dynasty photos, biography of Maurice-Louis Branger

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