Photo of the Day: The Taiping Rebellion

Photo of the Day: The Taiping Rebellion

Taiping Heavenly Kingdom Street Graffiti

The name of the 太平天囯 (Taiping Tianguo), the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom is invoked on a street sign on Salisbury Road in Hong Kong. The Taiping were a rebel faction led by Hong Xiuquan who carved out a nation in southern China from 1851 to 1864. At odds with the ruling Qing Dynasty, the so called Taiping Rebellion was the costliest civil war in history, with some estimates placing the death toll at 25 million.

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