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Xinhai Revolution

Changing minds

Three recent blog essays by the young writer Han Han - on revolution, democracy and freedom - sparked a fierce debate on the internet. Among his views, his support for reform over revolution was the most contentious.

Tuesday, 3 January, 2012, 12:00am

Superb visual record puts the 1911 revolution in context

China in Revolution: The Road to 1911 by Liu Heung-shing Hong Kong University Press

6 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Rights from wrong

Colluding with foreign powers to topple the government is a crime regularly denounced by government propaganda in China. This is seen as such a heinous transgression in people's mind that an offender is despised by all. But, every time we commemorate this or that event in our revolutionary past, we can't help but see that the great revolutionaries we honour today did exactly that.

15 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Centenary celebrations

China's 1911 revolution started 100 years ago today. It would go on to overthrow the Qing dynasty and 2,000 years of imperial rule.

The historic event is also known as the Xinhai revolution.

October 10 was celebrated as National Day on the mainland until the victory of communism in 1949. The day continues to be celebrated in Taiwan.

10 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Cradle of revolt hoping to cash in

Wuhan has been one big construction site for the past three years.

With city planners seeing the centenary of the 1911 revolution as a rare opportunity to promote the city to a wider world, the Hubei capital undertook an unprecedented facelift of historical sites.

9 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

News reports at the time painted vivid picture of plots and uprisings

Reports by the South China Morning Post a hundred years ago provide many interesting details about the 1911 revolution, including Hong Kong's role as a transit point for revolutionaries, Sun Yat-sen's personality, vivid eyewitness descriptions of the uprisings and what the revolutionaries were like.

9 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

1911 revolution

1840 Opium war breaks out, putting an end to a long period of self-imposed Chinese isolation.

1850-1864 The Taiping rebellion against the Qing government, led by heterodox Christian convert Hong Xiuquan, sees southern China descend into civil war. It becomes an inspiration for Sun Yat-sen, who will lead the 1911 revolution decades later.

9 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Something to celebrate?

As celebrations marking the centenary of the 1911 revolution near their climax on the mainland, the usually politically sensitive anniversary has become a rare opportunity to revive debate about democracy and political reform - even in a year that's seen intensified efforts to stifle dissent.

5 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Revolutionary echoes in Central

A hidden corner in Central that was a cradle of China's 1911 revolution has been revamped as a historic garden to retell stories of the event.

The open space behind Pak Tsz Lane will open to the public late next month to celebrate the centenary of the revolution.

27 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

A wrong note on Sun Yat-sen opera

After all this time, you'd think there would be nothing controversial about the legacy of Dr Sun Yat-sen, but that would underestimate the mainland's unpredictable sensitivities.

24 Sep 2011 - 12:00am