On October 10, 1911, the Wuchang Uprising broke out. The next day, the revolutionaries took over the town of Wuchang. The rest of the country followed suit, with one province after another declaring independence from the Qing Dynasty government. As a result, the rule of the Qing Dynasty collapsed, marking an end to the feudal autocratic monarchy of more than 2,000 years and founding the first republic in Chinese history.

Beer Bottles and Bowling Balls

In this photo taken in 1990, a group of migrant workers in Wuhan is entertaining themselves after a day’s work. They used empty beer bottles as bowling balls.

Photo: Tong Jianguo

Editor: Shi Liwei

1、The Preparation of the Revolution

In November 1894, Sun Yat-sen setted up the Xingzhonghui in Honolulu. The next year in February, Sun built the headquarters of Xingzhonghui in Hongkong, and put forward the first guiding principle of the China democratic revolution.

2、The Uprising of the Revolution

The incompetent and corrupt rule of the Qing Dynasty caused extreme anger in Chinese people, finally, In June 1911, the Railway Protection Movement in Sichuan became the trigger of the Chinese Revolution of 1911.

3、The Success and Failure

December 1st, the Qing government signed the armistice with the revolutionary army, and the battle was stopped for three days. This truce is a key turning point that marks the revolution army changed the view from armed struggle to the politics of compromise.


The Chinese Revolution of 1911 is a great bourgeois-democratic revolution, which has far-reaching historic in modern Chinese history.