Brick residence in a Beijing hutong ("alley"). Found in north China and especially Beijing, the hutong as urban organizing principle dates to the 13th century; this structure is of more recent vintage. Note the stacks of coal piled outside for fuel.
Colored bulbs and happy chefs proffering tasty dishes adorn the restaurant of a guest house for military personnel.
A young boy and girl chat animatedly as they stroll on the path through the Beijing University campus.
Workers at Beijing University involved in the construction of new housing for foreign students.
Seen from the edge of the Temple of Heaven's circular mound (site of yearly imperial sacrifices), the Imperial Vault of Heaven, which housed that deity's spirit tablet, lies beyond a series of stone gates.
Constructed in 1924 to supply the Yanjing University campus with water, Boya ("erudition") Tower has since, along with Weiming ("unnamed") Lake, become an iconic feature of the Beijing University campus.
In the fall of 1988, a Beijing University student reads a wall poster welcoming new students and reminding them of the storied role of the school in 20th century Chinese history.
View of the Hall of Supreme Harmony, foremost of the three central halls in the Imperial Palace complex, from the front courtyard where officials assembled for great court audiences.
One of five stone bridges which cross the Inner Golden River in the courtyard beyond Meridian Gate, the entrance to the Imperial Palace.
The overgrown courtyard beyond this Beijing University campus gate houses the Marxism-Leninism Research Institute, Japan Research Center, Foreign Philosophy Research Institute, and the Afro-Asian Research Institute.
A close-up of Beijing University's ornate and traditional styled, beyond which can be seen the willow trees of campus.
A shiny new license plate marks a change in ownership for this rusty old bicycle.
View of the Gate of Supreme Harmony, beyond which lies the Hall of Supreme Harmony to the north in the Imperial Palace complex in Beijing known as the Forbidden City.
St. Olaf Students Angie Lau and Naoya Nishino (Class of 2005) climb the Great Wall.
Cyclists, pedicabs and buses pass a billboard exhorting passersby to "Rely on one's own strength to pioneer new enterprises with painstaking effort; Do a good job of constructing a socialist economy."
Inner tubes lie piled on the eaves of a humble Beijing bicycle repair shop
Cars and buses move through late afternoon haze on a Beijing thoroughfare.
Two young boys playing in a Beijing street
Designed in 1531 (by the Ming Emperor Shizong, it is said), the Temple of Heaven's Hall of Prayer for a Prosperous Year known to modern tourists is the result of a 1751 renovation. The circular roof signifies Heaven, the square base earth.
Detail of entryway to the Hall of Sovereign Heaven, a structure at the northern end of the Temple of Heaven which housed the tablets of heavenly spirits. (The tablet representing Heaven itself, however, was stored in the central Imperial Vault of Heaven.)
Three sets of conical eaves representing Heaven, Earth and Nature cap the Temple of Heaven's Hall of Prayer for a Prosperous Year. Originally colored azure, yellow and green to indicate that symbolism, a 1751 renovation left all eaves azure.
Lion statues flank the stairs to the Gate of Heavenly Purity (Qianqing men), entrance to the three rear, or inner, palaces of the Forbidden City situated to the north of the Hall of Supreme Harmony, Imperial Palace.
Rows of bicycles line a Beijing University campus hall, while overhead a bright red banner reads "warmly welcome new classmates."
Detail of wall a the base of the Temple of Heaven's Hall of Prayer for a Prosperous Year, capped by beams bearing the dragon and phoenix motif.
Beijing University student peruses flyers on a campus kiosk for a coffee house, photography service, and new books, among other announcements.