Did you know that…
Looting of the Old Summer Palace by Anglo-French forces in 1860 during the Second Opium War.
…the Old Summer Palace in Beijing (Yuanming Yuan (“Gardens of Perfect Brightness”) was totally destroyed by Anglo-French troops in 1860, and although the French commander C. Cousin-Montauban assured his British counterpart, James Hope Grant, that “nothing had been touched”, there was extensive looting by French and British soldiers on October 18, following instructions by Lord Elgin, the British High Commissioner to China during the Second Opium War and son of the famous Lord Elgin who took and brought to England of the Parthenon Sculptures?
Major General Charles G. Gordon (later known as Chinese Gordon, Gordon Pasha, and Gordon of Khartoum), who was then a 27 year old captain in the Anglo-French expeditionary force commented that,
‘You can scarcely imagine the beauty and magnificence of the places we burnt. It made one’s heart sore to burn them; in fact, these places were so large, and we were so pressed for time, that we could not plunder them carefully’