British history may escape Kashgar's wrecking ball
Jane Macartney in Kashgar, From Times Online June 18, 2009
老鹤按：最近正在搜集清末民国期间英国驻喀什领事馆以及先是游历官后任总领事长达28年的马继业（George Macartney）的相关文献。很高兴在网上检索到这篇《泰晤士报》北京分社社长马珍（Jane Macartney）女士的报道，特转载一下，以备查考之用（插图是我配的）。马珍女士也姓Macartney，多么奇妙。
One small old building in Kashgar, at least, may escape destruction. It is the former home of the British consul, a diplomat who lived for 28 years in this remote, pivotal outpost, playing a leading role in the Great Game.
Sir George Macartney’s home is now hidden behind a soulless concrete bock of a hotel, the Qini Bagh or Chinese garden, in the local Uighur tongue.
The name is no coincidence. It stands on the spot where Lady Macartney, brought to Kashgar as a 21-year-old bride, created a rose garden that gained fame as one of the most delightful spots in western China.
The house is now closed, used only for receptions on the occasion of a visit by some distinguished guest. Faded curtains keep out prying eyes. But the interior has scarcely changed since the days when the Macartneys played host in its spacious rooms with their polished wooden floors to such adventurers and explorers as Sir Aurel Stein, Albert von Le Cog and even The Times correspondent of the time, G.E. Morrison.
It was Macartney's task to take care of the interests of the small British Indian community in Kashgar. His real role was to keep watch on the Russians. He served at the height of the Great Game when Kashgar was Britain’s most forward position in the shadowy struggle with Tsarist Russia for supremacy in Asia.
He was appointed as British Resident in 1890 and remained until 1918, becoming consul only in 1911 a delay perhaps resulting from his mixed parentage. His father, Sir Halliday Macartney, met his Chinese mother while working in the city of Nanjing.
The other building likely to survive is the home of Macartney’s arch-rival during those years, the Russian Resident Nikolai Petrovsky. The Russian consulate has been converted into rooms in the rear of the Seman Hotel.