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  • noun Plural form of yamen.


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  • “You people sit in your yamens, and your horizon is your window sill,” he said.

    The Last Empress

  • It was, instead, the face of a desperate, possibly dangerous man, who had brooded over this monomania in the gorges of the great Chinese river, in the filthy yamens of barbarous mountain towns, in the forts of hill-robbers who practiced extraordinary cruelties.


  • A base and extortionate government has often driven men in sheer self-defence to tearing down yamens and hunting down the "tiger" mandarin.

    Forty Years in South China The Life of Rev. John Van Nest Talmage, D.D.

  • I have no space nor inclination to deal with the ghastly tortures inflicted upon prisoners in the name of that great equivalent to justice, but the more one knows of them the more can he appreciate the common adage urging _dead men to keep out of hell and the living out of the yamens_!

    Across China on Foot

  • Neither party would move a step forward, and presently the Yunnan outrage got hopelessly mixed with every other disputed question of the day; new demands sprang up beside old ones; both parties, as Michie says, found themselves “entangled in a perfect cat's-cradle of negotiations,” and the Chinese in the privacy of their yamens were beginning to ask themselves gloomily, “Will the English fight unless we make full reparation?”

    Sir Robert Hart

  • "Tenth, -- It would be well on every fitting occasion to exhort those under our care to avoid frequenting yamens or cultivating intimacy with their inhabitants, unless, indeed, we feel assured that their motive is the same as that animating our Lord when He mingled with publicans and sinners."

    New Forces in Old China : An Inevitable Awakening

  • The yamens opening out into this street, a small lamasery, several wool depots, houses of citizens and of Tibetans from Lhasa, and more Chinese temples, fill up the remainder of the space within the wall of the town.

    With the Tibetans in Tent and Temple: Narrative of Four Years' Residence on the Tibetan Borders, and of a Journey into the Far Interior

  • Here, as in all yamens, the detached wall or fixed screen of stone facing the entrance is painted with the gigantic representation of a mythical monster in red trying to swallow the sun — the Chinese illustration of the French saying "prendre la lune avec les dents."


  • In the open country, far from habitation, the traveller comes across groups of bare walls with foundations still uncovered, and dismantled arches, and broken images in the long grass, that were formerly yamens and temples in the midst of thriving communities.


  • Temples abound, and spacious yamens and rich buildings, the crowning edifice of all being the Temple to the God of Literature.



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