1842 in China

Events from the year 1842 in China.

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See also:Other events of 1842
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  • First Opium War
    • February 1842 — the Nemesis saw action at Taisam in, in a successful skirmish associated with repulse of a much larger Chinese attack on Ningbo.[1]
    • In the spring of 1842 the Daoguang Emperor ordered his cousin Yijing to retake the city of Ningpo. In the ensuing Battle of Ningpo on 10 March the British garrison repelled the assault with rifle fire and naval artillery. At Ningpo the British lured the Qing army into the city streets before opening fire, resulting in heavy Chinese casualties.[2][3][4]
    • 15 March — The British pursued the retreating Chinese army, capturing the nearby city of Cixi[5]
    • 29 August — The First Opium war officially ends with the signing of the Treaty of Nanking.[6]


  • Wu Tingfang (Chinese: 伍廷芳, also known as Ng Choy or Ng Achoy[1] (Chinese: 伍才; pinyin: Wǔ Cái); 30 July 1842 – 23 June 1922) was a Straits Settlements-born Chinese diplomat and politician who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and briefly as Acting Premier during the early years of the Republic of China.


  1. ^ "The Asiatic Journal and Monthly Register for British and Foreign India, China, and Australia". Parbury, Allen, and Company. 1842: 300. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ Bulletins of State Intelligence 1842, pp. 578, 594
  3. ^ Waley, Arthur (2013) p. 171
  4. ^ Lenton Robbren. "Tibetan Expeditionary Force participating in the Opium War Archived 14 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine . " [1] China Tibet Information Center.
  5. ^ Bulletins 1842, p. 601
  6. ^ Greenwood, Adrian. Victoria's Scottish Lion: The Life of Colin Campbell, Lord Clyde.