Tianjin railway station (formerly romanized as Tientsin), circa 1900

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Tianjin railway station (formerly romanized as Tientsin), circa 1900
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Illustration from Cassell's History of England, pub circa 1905. Info from wiki: Tianjin ([tʰjɛ́n.tɕín] (About this sound listen)), formerly romanized as Tientsin, is a coastal metropolis in northern China and one of the four national central cities of the People's Republic of China In June 1900, the Boxers were able to seize control of much of Tianjin. On June 26, European defense forces heading towards Beijing were stopped by Boxers at nearby Langfang, and were defeated and forced to turn back to Tianjin. The foreign concessions were also under siege for several weeks. In July 1900, the Eight-Nation Alliance recaptured Tianjin. This alliance soon established the Tianjin Provisional Government, composed of representatives from each of the occupying forces (Russian, British, Japanese, German, French, American, Austro-Hungarian, and Italian). The city was governed by this council until August 15, 1902 when the city was returned to Qing control. Eminent Qing General Yuan Shikai led efforts to transform Tianjin into a modern city, establishing the first modern Chinese police force. In 1907, Yuan supervised China's first modern democratic elections for a county council