|On August 4, 1900, approximately 20,000
Allied Forces marched toward Beijing from Tianjin, They defeated
the Chinese troops in succession and captured Beijing on August
14. After they entered the city, the Allied Forces plunged into
a massacre. There were countless occurrences of bloodshed, looting
and rape. A Frenchman published a book entitled The End of
Peking after he returned to France. He wrote: "The
solitude and desolation were the same in and outside the city.
There was nothing except rubble everywhere¡.The city
of Peking, which was full of splendid buildings in the past,
is now a wildness."