A black-and-white photograph showing Chinese soldiers in readiness. Beside them, rifles with daggers lie piled up on the ground.
The photograph is the 91st of 449 photographs of Beijing and its surroundings in the album of Ivan Skušek Jr., purchased during his stay in Beijing (1914–1920). In the handwritten inventory of the album, the photograph is referred to as Chin. Militär-Bereitschaft. (DZ, MV)