Hugh and Virginia Davies
Hugh and Virginia Davies, who are about to leave Peking after their second posting here, had their first taste of life in Peking at the Office of the British Chargé d'affaires between January 1969 and January 1971. Two walls were coming down - the City Wall around Peking, and the wall of isolation surrounding China. Hugh will be talking about Peking life of that time as the Cultural Revolution ended, and contrasting it with Peking today. He will illustrate his talk with his own slides and cinefilms taken during his first posting. These include footage of Mao and of other leaders of the time, glimpses of the then frequent political rallies and pictures of familiar haunts of the foreign community.