The Chinese pavilions in Vauxhall Gardens, London, in 1751. Photo: Getty Images The Chinese pavilions in Vauxhall Gardens, London, in 1751. Photo: Getty Images
The Chinese pavilions in Vauxhall Gardens, London, in 1751. Photo: Getty Images
Jason Wordie
Opinion

Opinion

Then & Now by Jason Wordie

How the West fell in and out of love with China

  • 17th and 18th century Europe admired all things Chinese, from textiles and furniture, to garden design and even philosophy
  • China having fallen out of vogue, suspicion turned into outright hostility, setting a precedent for modern geopolitics

The Chinese pavilions in Vauxhall Gardens, London, in 1751. Photo: Getty Images The Chinese pavilions in Vauxhall Gardens, London, in 1751. Photo: Getty Images
The Chinese pavilions in Vauxhall Gardens, London, in 1751. Photo: Getty Images
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